1939 3¢ Golden Gate International Exposition
Issue Date: February 18, 1939
First City: San Francisco, California
Quantity Issued: 114,439,600
Printed by: Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Printing Method: Rotary Press
Perforation: 10 ½ x 11
Color: Bright Purple
The Post Office Department issued U.S. #852 in conjunction with the Golden Gate International Exposition – and on the same day it opened. The Exposition was a World’s Fair, celebrating two new bridges – the Golden Gate Bridge (opened in 1937) and the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge (opened in 1935).
The stamp shows the “Tower of the Sun,” which symbolized the “Pageant of the Pacific” theme. The tower rose 400 feet high and was surrounded by four statues representing Science, Agriculture, Industry, and Art.
FDR’s Stamp Collection – A Constant Companion
U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt said he owed his life to his hobbies – “especially stamp collecting.” Roosevelt began collecting stamps at the age of 8. The Roosevelt family had many business dealings in countries around the world. Young Franklin begged his relatives to send him mail and bring him stamps from those countries.
Paralyzed by polio at the age of 39, FDR spent countless therapeutic hours with his stamp collection as he recovered. Even while he campaigned for the highest public office in the land, Roosevelt turned to his stamp collection to relax and unwind.
Roosevelt took his large wooden stamp box everywhere – except on his final journey. Minnie Astor, a family friend, had borrowed the stamp box so a replica could be made in leather – meant for a Christmas present. Roosevelt died in Warm Springs, Georgia, on April 12, 1945.