Postal History

1994 29¢ Legends of the West, Error Sheet, 20 Stamps
October 26, 1881,

Shootout at the OK Corral 

On October 26, 1881, the Earp brothers took on the Clanton-McLaury Gang at the OK Corral in Tombstone, Arizona.  The shootout became one of the most famous events in the Old West.

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1929 2¢ Ohio River Canalization stamp
October 19, 1929

Ohio River Canalization Stamp

On October 19, 1929, the US Post Office issued a 2¢ commemorative honoring the canalization of the Ohio River.  It came as the culmination of over 50 years of work on the project, which was a major engineering feat.

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1937 3¢ Hawaii stamp
October 18, 1937

Territorial Series

On October 18, 1937, the US Post Office issued the first stamp in a new series honoring the overseas territories of the United States.  These stamps chronicled decades of US territorial expansion.

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1969 Pitcairn Islands stamp picturing Pitcairn Island
October 15, 1940

Pitcairn Islands Stamps Fund the Colony

On October 15, 1940, the Pitcairn Islands Post Office opened, issuing the colony’s first stamps.  These stamps were very popular with collectors and eventually helped support most of the colony’s budget.

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1975 10¢ Traditional Christmas: Madonna and Child stamp
October 14, 1975

First Non-Denominated US Stamps

On October 14, 1975, the USPS issued its first non-denominated postage stamps.  The two Christmas stamps were issued without denominations because the USPS was unsure about an upcoming rate change.

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1953 3¢ Future Farmers of America
October 13, 1953

Future Farmers of America Stamp

On October 13, 1953, the US Post Office issued a 3¢ stamp honoring the 25th anniversary of the Future Farmers of America. It was issued at the place the organization was founded – Kansas City, Missouri.

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2003 37¢ + 8¢ Semipostal - Stop Family Violence, non-denonimated
October 8, 2003

Stop Family Violence Semipostal

On October 8, 2003, the USPS issued its third Semipostal stamp, which raised funds to help stop family violence. 

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1922 11c Hayes, blue, perf 11
October 4, 1922

Series of 1922-25

On October 4, 1922, the US Post Office issued the first stamp in Series of 1922-25. This would be the last stamp series printed by the flat plate press.

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1933 50¢ Century of Progress Issue
October 2, 1933

The “Baby Zepp”

On October 2, 1933, the Century of Progress airmail stamp, affectionately known as “Baby Zepp” was issued.  It sold poorly at the time and 90% of the stamps were destroyed, leaving a relatively small number available today.

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