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This Day in History… March 21, 1918

German Spring Offensive

US #537 was issued in 1919 to commemorate the Allied victory in the war.

On March 21, Germany launched its Spring Offensive in the hopes of tipping the scales of the war before American troops and supplies could reach the front.

German plans for the Spring Offensive began as early as November 1917.  The offensive, also known as Kaiserschlacht (Kaiser’s Battle), was planned and executed by German General Erich Ludendorff, with little input from the German government or Field Marshal Paul von Hindenburg.

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This Day in History… March 20, 1928

Happy Birthday, Mr. Rogers

US #5275 was issued for Rogers’ 90th birthday.

Fred McFeely Rogers was born on March 20, 1928, in Latrobe, Pennsylvania.

Rogers was a shy, introverted child, who often spent time at home alone playing with puppets.  He also suffered from asthma, which also kept him at home.  Rogers would spend his time creating his own world with his toys.

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This Day in History… March 19, 1869

Pictorial Series Introduced 

US #112 satisfied the local rate plus the rate for unsealed circulars.  Click image to order.

On March 19, 1869, the first US Pictorial stamps were issued.

By early 1868, the then-current US definitive stamps had been in use for over six years and their printing plates were quite worn.  Additionally, the Post Office’s contract with the National Bank Note Company was set to expire in February 1869.  They requested bids for the contract to print new stamps and suggested that “there should be variety in the sizes as well as the designs of the stamps.”

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This Day in History… March 18, 1855

Niagara Railway Suspension Bridge

US #961 was issued to honor the 100th anniversary of the completion of the temporary bridge in 1848. It pictures the completed double-decker bridge.

On March 18, 1855, the Niagara Railway Suspension Bridge officially opened.

The bridge was the brainchild of Canadian entrepreneur and politician William Hamilton Merritt.  In the summer of 1844, he and his wife were picnicking on the shores of the Niagara River, while reading a letter from their sons, who were touring Europe at the time.  In the letter, their sons marveled at the Freiburg Suspension Bridge in Switzerland.

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This Day in History… March 17, 1995

American Culture Series

US #2908 was issued on this date in 1995. Click image to order.

On March 17, 1995, the USPS issued the first stamps in the American Culture Series.

The stamps in this series were issued in part to meet a new postal rate structure that had been implemented on January 1, 1995.  These new rates included a variety of bulk mail discounts, which these stamps were used for.

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This Day in History… March 16, 1934

Migratory Bird Hunting Stamp Act 

US #2092 was issued for the 50th anniversary of the act.  Click the image to order.

On March 16, 1934, President Franklin Roosevelt signed the Migratory Bird Hunting Stamp Act, creating America’s popular Duck Stamps.

Overhunting and a severe drought led to a rapid decrease in migratory birds in the early 1900s. The loss of nesting grounds in the north, resting areas along the migratory path, and wintering places in the south all contributed to the decline in the migratory bird population.

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