Postal History

1971 8¢ Space Achievements stamps
July 26, 1971

Launch of Apollo 15

On July 26, 1971, Apollo 15 was launched, bringing the fourth American crew to the Moon’s surface.  Apollo 15 would become the first of three extended missions to the moon, known as K missions.  The mission was more focused on science than previous landings had been.  It also marked the first use of the lunar rover.

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1990 Seaplane stamp
July 22, 1929

Catapult Mail

On July 22, 1929, catapult mail was successfully launched from a German ship to New York. Catapult mail cut down on transatlantic delivery times until advances in aviation enabled planes to make the entire journey even faster.

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US #2349 – US joint issue stamp with Morocco
July 17, 1987

First U.S.-Morocco Joint Issue 

On July 17, 1987, the USPS issued its first joint issue with Morocco, commemorating 200 years of diplomatic relations.

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1988 Railroad Mail Car stamp
July 7, 1838

Railway Mail

On July 7, 1838, Congress approved an act that declared all United States railroads as post roads.  This would lead to a dramatic increase in the use of railroads to deliver mail.

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1851 Franklin Type Ib
July 1, 1851

The Series of 1851-57

On July 1, 1851, several stamps from America’s second series of postage stamps were issued. These new stamps were issued to meet reduced postal rates that practically eliminated distance as a factor.

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1992 V-mail Delivers Letters from Home stamp
June 15, 1942

Start of V-Mail Service

On June 15, 1942, the Post Office Department inaugurated its V-Mail service.  During World War II, letters bound for service personnel were photographed and transferred to microfilm.  This special process enabled letters to take up a fraction of their usual space on planes going to war zones, allowing more room for crucial supplies. 

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2002 37c Flag, coil, 9 3/4 vertical perf
June 10, 2005

BEP Produces Its Last U.S. Stamp 

On June 10, 2005, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) printed its last US stamp. The Bureau first began printing US postage stamps in 1894 and for 75 years, printed nearly all US stamps.

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U.S. #3130-31 – America’s first triangle stamps.
June 8, 1997

End of the Pacific ’97 Stamp Show 

On June 8, 1997, the ninth U.S. stamp show came to an end. Pacific ’97 was the first IPEX (International Philatelic Exhibition) held on the West Coast.

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1955 Certified Mail stamp
June 6, 1955

U.S. Issues Its Only Certified Mail Stamp 

On June 6, 1955, the US Post Office issued its first and only Certified Mail Stamp, US #FA1. The stamp gave mail special protection and provided the sender with proof of delivery.

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