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This Day in History… October 21, 1941

First Appearance of Wonder Woman

US #4084c was part of a sheet honoring several DC Comics superheroes. Click the image to order.

On October 21, 1941, Wonder Woman was introduced in All Star Comics #8.

As the world was at war in the early 1940s, comic books came under fire for promoting violence.  While some called for comics to be banned, one man saw an opportunity to improve comics and empower young girls, with the wise and mighty Wonder Woman.

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This Day in History… October 20, 1960

First U.S. Automated Post Office 

US #1164 was issued on this day in 1960.

On October 20, 1960, America’s first automated post office opened in Providence, Rhode Island.

By the mid-1950s, post offices around the country were dealing with a massive amount of mail that they struggled to keep up with using their traditional systems. In 1958, Postmaster General Arthur Summerfield approved the construction of the first fully automated post office in the country in Providence, Rhode Island.

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This Day in History… October 19, 1864

Battle of Cedar Creek

US #2345 was issued for the 200th anniversary of Virginia’s statehood. Click the image to order. 

On October 19, 1864, North and South converged at Cedar Creek, Virginia in what would be the last Confederate attempt to invade the North.

After the Battle at Opequon, General Jubal Early retreated with his Southern Army to Waynesboro.  Union General Philip Sheridan took advantage of the open Shenandoah Valley and began his scorched-earth campaign.  The army burned crops, mills, and factories in order to cut off the South’s source of food and supplies.

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This Day in History… October 18, 1937

Territorial Series

US #799 pictures the King Kamehameha statue in Honolulu. Click the image to order.

On October 18, 1937, the US Post Office issued the first stamp in a new series honoring the overseas territories of the United States.

The first stamp in the series was issued on October 18, 1937, in Honolulu Hawaii.  It pictures a statue of King Kamehameha I, who united the Hawaiian Islands in 1810.  Hawaii adopted its first constitution in 1840.  And the United States recognized Hawaii as an independent government in 1842.

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This Day in History… October 17, 1910

Death of Julia Ward Howe

US #2176 from the Great Americans Series. Click the image to order.

Poet, author, and activist Julia Ward Howe died on October 17, 1910, in Portsmouth, Rhode Island. 

Howe was born on May 27, 1819, in New York City, New York to a stockbroker and poet.  She received an education from private tutors and attended schools for young ladies until she was 16.  One of her brothers traveled to Europe and brought home a library of books that opened her eyes to the world outside of her father’s Calvinist teachings.

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This Day in History… October 16, 1888

Birth of Eugene O’Neill

US #1294 was issued on O’Neill’s 79th birthday. Click the image to order.

American playwright Eugene Gladstone O’Neill was born on October 16, 1888, in New York City, New York.

The son of a traveling actor, O’Neill spent much of his youth at the St. Aloysius Academy for Boys, a Catholic boarding school in the Bronx.  It was here O’Neill discovered his love of reading and found great comfort in books. 

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