U.S. #1342a Tagging Omitted
6¢ “Support Our Youths” Elks
Issue Date: May 1, 1968
City: Chicago, IL
Printed By: Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Printing Method: Lithographed, engraved
Color: Ultramarine and orange red
This stamp honors the youth service program of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, on the organization's 100th anniversary.
Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks
The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks is a fraternal charitable organization. One of the oldest and largest fraternal organizations in America, the Order of Elks has grown to include 1.2 million members since its creation in 1868.
There are about 2,300 lodges in the U.S. and its territories. During its long history, the Elks have contributed more than $2.69 billion in cash, goods, and services to America’s youth, its veterans, the disadvantaged and handicapped, and in support of patriotic and civic programs. Elks headquarters are located at Elks National Memorial Building in Chicago, Illinois.
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What is Phosphorescent Tagging and Why is it Important?
Tagging of U.S. stamps was introduced in 1963 with airmail stamp #C64a. It helps the U.S. Post Office use automation to move the mail at a lower cost. A virtually invisible phosphorescent material is applied either to stamp ink or paper, or to stamps after printing. This “taggant” causes each one to glow in shades of green (red on older airmails) for a moment after exposure to short-wave ultraviolet (UV) light. The afterglow makes it possible for facing-canceling machines to locate the stamp on the mail piece, and properly position it for automated cancellation and sorting.
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