This Day in History… June 24, 1908

Death of President Grover Cleveland

US #564 was from the last series of flat-plate printed stamps. Click image to order.

America’s 22nd and 24th president, Grover Cleveland, died on June 24, 1908, in Princeton, New Jersey.

Stephen Grover Cleveland was born in Caldwell, New Jersey, on March 18, 1837.  He was a distant relative of General Moses Cleveland, the namesake of Cleveland, Ohio.  The future president was named after the first pastor of his father’s church.  However, he preferred to go by his middle name of Grover later in life.

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This Day in History… June 23, 2004

The Art of Disney Series

US #3865-68 honors the Art of Disney: Friendship.

On June 23, 2004, the USPS issued the first stamps in its Art of Disney Series.

Disney had previously been featured on two US stamps. One in 1968, honored Walt Disney himself.  Another was issued in 1998 as part of the Celebrate the Century Series, which pictured a scene from Snow White.  It was honoring the film because it was the nation’s first feature-length animated film.

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This Day in History… June 22, 1942

Pledge of Allegiance

US #2593 was issued in Francis Bellamy’s hometown of Rome, New York, which is less than 20 miles from Mystic’s home in Camden. Click image to order. 

On June 22, 1942, Congress formally adopted the Pledge of Allegiance.

Francis Bellamy wrote the pledge.  Bellamy was born in 1855 and raised in Rome, New York, where his father, David, was the pastor of the First Baptist Church.

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This Day in History… June 21, 1893

Premiere of the First Ferris Wheel

US #3182e – The original Ferris wheel from the Columbian Expo was brought to St. Louis for the 1904 World’s Fair. Click image to order.

On June 21, 1893, the Ferris wheel debuted at the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago.

The planners behind the exposition saw it as their chance to put America’s engineering talent on display for the world to see.  Construction Chief Daniel Burnham wanted his architects and engineers to come up with something even better than the Eiffel Tower, which had wowed visitors to the 1889 World’s Fair.

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This Day in History… June 20, 2017

First Heat-Sensitive Stamp

US #5211 – The 2017 Solar Eclipse stamp as issued.

On June 20, 2017, the USPS issued the first-ever heat sensitive stamp, honoring the total solar eclipse that occurred later that year.

The stamp marked the first time the USPS used thermochromic ink.  When heat is applied (from your thumb for example), the thermochromic ink disappears, revealing the photo of the Moon underneath.  And once the ink cools, the black disc replicating the effect of the eclipse, returns.  

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This Day in History… June 19, 1934

The founding of the National Archives

US #2081 was issued for the Archives’ 50th anniversary. Click image to order.

On June 19, 1934, President Franklin Roosevelt signed legislation creating the National Archives.

For many decades beforehand, Congress had debated the idea of a national archive to house America’s most important records.  Over the years, fires, mishandling, poor storage, or other events had destroyed many old records. 

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