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Introduced in 1966, the American Folklore stamp series captured the things that make our nation unique. It honored some of the people and tales that have played an important role in our nation’s culture:
• John Chapman, popularly known as Johnny Appleseed, was an American pioneer who traveled over 100,000 square miles planting apple orchards. Most of the apples he grew were meant for cider, rather than eating, but they provided much-need sustenance on the frontier, where water was riddled with bacteria. Among the apples we can credit to Johnny Appleseed are the delicious and golden delicious.
• Davy Crockett was a master storyteller with a gift for exaggeration. Crockett told a story about a raccoon that gave up when he spotted him on a hunt. He also claimed to kill 105 bears in just seven months. One fictionalized account of Crockett claimed he could “run faster, jump higher, squat lower, dive deeper, stay under longer, and come out drier than any man in the whole country.”
• Daniel Boone is one of the greatest pioneers in American history. This frontiersman paved the way for settlement of Kentucky by leading settlers from North Carolina through the Cumberland Gap into that territory. Boone’s exploits as a frontiersman, hunter, and trapper earned him a special place in American folklore.
• Grandma Moses (born Anna Mary Robertson) began painting when she was in her 70’s. With no formal art training, she painted simple, yet realistic, scenes of country life that were praised by critics. This stamp was issued to coincide with Senior Citizen’s Month.
• Tom Sawyer was created by Mark Twain to represent the typical adventurous American boy. Twain, who settled in Hannibal, Missouri, as a child, also wrote Huckleberry Finn.
• “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” stamp was issued just in time for use on Halloween mail in 1974. The stamp pictures a scene from Washington Irving’s famous folk tale in which poor Ichabod Crane, the timid schoolteacher, is being chased by the dreaded Headless Horseman.
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