Postal History

1967 5¢ Search for Peace, Lions International
July 5, 1967

Search for Peace Stamp & Essay Contest

On July 5, 1967, the US Post Office issued a 5¢ stamp honoring the 50th anniversary of Lions International as well as a special contest hosted by the organization.

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1957 4¢ Old Glory, 48 stars
July 4, 1957

First US Flag Stamp

On July 4, 1957, the US Post Office issued its first stamp with the US flag as the central element.  It was also the first stamp printed by the Giori press, which allowed the design to be printed in its natural colors in one step.

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1963 5¢ City Mail Delivery Centennial
July 1, 1863

Free City Mail Delivery

On July 1, 1863, the US Post Office inaugurated its free City Mail Delivery Service in part in response to the Civil War. By the end of the first year, 65 cities offered the service and employed 685 mail carriers.

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1985 3.4¢ Transportation Series: School Bus, 1920s
June 28, 1926

Birth of Lou Nolan

Stamp and poster artist Louis James Nolan Jr. was born on June 28, 1926, in Washington, DC.  During his long career, he designed several military recruiting posters and over a dozen US stamps.

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1991 29¢ Comedians: Laurel and Hardy
June 21, 1903

Birth of Al Hirschfeld

Legendary illustrator Albert Hirschfeld was born on June 21, 1903, in St. Louis, Missouri.  Hirschfeld’s work was so iconic, the USPS broke their own rules to feature his illustrations on two sets of stamps…

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1870-71 15¢ Webster
June 10, 1840

Webster’s Stamp Proposal

On June 10, 1840, Senator Daniel Webster submitted a resolution to the US Congress recommending that the US issue stamps.  He was inspired by the success of Britain’s recently issued Penny Black, and proposed the US follow their example.

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1909 2¢ Alaska-Yukon Pacific Exposition
June 1, 1909

Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition

On June 1, 1909, the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition opened in Seattle, Washington.  The Expo honored the purchase of Alaska, the Klondike Gold Rush, and trade in the Pacific. 

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1985 22¢ Ameripex ‘86
May 22, 1986

Opening of AMERIPEX ‘86 

America’s eighth International Philatelic Exhibition opened to the public on May 22, 1986, in Chicago, Illinois.  It was also the first to be held in the Mid-West.

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1990 25¢ Plastic Flag
May 18, 1990

First USPS ATM Stamp

On May 18, 1990, the USPS issued an experimental plastic stamp to test the popularity of selling stamps through Automatic Teller Machines (ATMs). While the plastic stamp proved unpopular, especially with environmentalists, the ATM format proved to be a success.

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