Stamp Series

1991 Dennis Chavez stamp
April 3, 1991

First U.S. Stamp Printed Outside America

On April 3, 1991, the USPS issued its first stamp to printed outside the US. News of the stamp’s printing outside of America set off a firestorm of criticism and debate that made it all the way to Congress.

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1916 $2 Madison
March 22, 1917

High-Value Stamps Rushed into Use for WWI

On March 22, 1917, the US Post Office rushed to issue two new stamps to meet an urgent need. These high-value stamps were needed quickly for use on packages going to Europe.

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Yellowstone National Park stamp
March 1, 1972

National Parks Centennial

On March 1, 1972, the USPS issued the first stamp in a new series honoring the 100th anniversary of the world’s first national park. Exactly 100 years earlier, Congress established Yellowstone as a national park to protect its unusual features and resources.

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George Gershwin stamp
February 28, 1973

American Arts Series

On February 28, 1973, the USPS issued the first of seven stamps in its new American Arts Series. The stamps in the series honored artists from several different genres, including painting, music writing, and filmmaking.

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 US #4740 – First Global Forever Stamp
January 28, 2013

Global Forever Series 

On January 28, 2013, the USPS issued the first stamp in its Global Forever Series.  These stamps are used on international mail.

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 US #308 – The border of this stamp reflects Harrison’s educational initiatives, showing muses reading and sculpting a child.
November 18, 1902

Start of the Series of 1902-03 

On November 18, 1902, the US Post Office issued the first stamp in the Series of 1902-03.

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 US #319 – the redesigned “Shield” stamp
November 12, 1903

Washington Flag and Shield Stamps

On November 12, 1903, the new 2¢ Washington stamp was issued with a new design after the earlier stamp was deemed disappointing. 

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 US #1321 – The original painting hangs in the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.
November 1, 1966

First Traditional Christmas Stamp 

On November 1, 1966, the US Post Office issued its first Traditional Christmas stamp, picturing the Madonna and Child with Angels, by Hans Memling.

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 US #RE1 – from the first issue of Wine stamps
October 22, 1914

Wine Stamps

On October 22, 1914, the Emergency Revenue Act was passed, which called for the creation of Wine Revenue Stamps.

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