37¢ Greetings From America
Issue Date: October 25, 2002
City: New York, NY
Printed By: American Packaging Corp. for Sennett Security Products
Printing Method: Photogravure
Perforations: Serpentine Die Cut 10.75
Ice Cream Cone Is Popularized At St. Louis World’s Fair
The St. Louis World’s Fair (also known as the Louisiana Purchase Exposition) ran for seven months in 1904 and saw the introduction of a number of foods we still eat today. These included hamburgers, hot dogs, peanut butter, cotton candy, and ice cream cones.
Several people in attendance at the fair claim to have been the first to create edible containers for ice cream, but Charles Menches is often considered the inventor. According to Menches, while at the fair on July 23, he watched little girls put their ice cream into the holes of small cakes. Inspired, he ran to the nearest confectioner’s booth and bought a round cake (some accounts say a waffle), rolled it around his finger and then filled it with ice cream.
Whether Menches was indeed the first can be disputed, but it’s widely accepted that the ice cream cone, or “cornucopia,” was born and became popular at the St. Louis World’s Fair.
The romance of travel and nostalgia for popular American culture are captured in the Greetings from America stamps. The unique character of each of the 50 states is displayed in vividly colored collages on each stamp, resembling the retro large-letter postcards of the ‘30s and ‘40s. The sheet was first issued with 34¢ denominations on April 4, 2002. Due to a rate change, this sheet was reissued with 37¢ denominations on October 25, 2002. This se-tenant has proven to be very popular with collectors.
U.S. #3720 showcases the great state of Missouri. In 1860 and 1861, St. Joseph, Missouri, was the starting point of the famous Pony Express mail service. It took riders about ten days to make the 2,000-mile journey to California.