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1936-37 Army-Navy War Heroes

The Army-Navy War Heroes series honors the brave men who led our armed forces and made the U.S. a world superpower.

US #787 Sherman, Grant & Sheridan

US #787
Sherman, Grant & Sheridan

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1934 National Parks Issue

U.S. #740-49

U.S. #740-49

As a stamp collector, President Franklin D. Roosevelt personally oversaw the selection of stamp subjects and designs during his administration. As Roosevelt was reviewing suggestions for the 1934 schedule, Secretary of the Interior Harold Ickes saw an opportunity to advertise the national park system. Ickes felt many Americans were unaware the federal government had set aside vast amounts of land for their enjoyment and for future generations. At his suggestion, 1934 had been declared National Parks Year. Ickes now proposed the legacy of the national parks be portrayed on postage stamps to give people a glimpse of their diversity and natural beauty. FDR approved the idea immediately, and ten parks were chosen, each to be pictured on a different denomination ranging from 1¢ to 10¢. Continue reading

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1932 Washington Bicentennial

In 1932, a set of twelve stamps were issued to commemorate the 200th anniversary of George Washington’s birth. Each classically engraved stamp is based on a different historic portrait of George Washington by renowned artists.

U.S. #704-715

U.S. #704-71

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1929 Edison Commemoratives

These stamps were issued to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first incandescent electric light, invented by Thomas Edison.  Because of the Post Office policy never to portray a living person on a United States stamp, Edison’s picture could not be shown on the stamps that honored him.

U.S. #654 Flat Plate Printing

U.S. #654
Flat Plate Printing

US #655 Rotary Press Printing

US #655
Rotary Press Printing

US #656 Rotary Press Coil

US #656
Rotary Press Coil

U.S. #656 was the third stamp issued with this design, produced for use in vending machines. This was the first time a commemorative stamp was issued in coil format.

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1925 Norse-American Issue

U.S. #620-21 Restaurationen & Viking Ship

U.S. #620-21
Restaurationen & Viking Ship

The Norse-American issue honors two important events in the history of Norwegian Americans – the arrival of Leif Ericson and the first Norwegian immigrants in America.

The Norse-American Stamps
These were among the handful of stamps produced since the 1901 Pan-Americans to feature bi-color printing, a costly and time-consuming process. Because the stamps took so long to print, they were produced in much smaller quantities than other stamps of the day.   Producing large quantities of the stamps was difficult too, because they were printed in sheets of 100, rather than 400, like most stamps at that time.
When the stamps were released, they were in great demand, with post offices around the country receiving several calls for them daily. A second printing was suggested, but was far too costly. It has been estimated that less than 300 post offices received the stamps, with some only getting one or two sheets each, making them even more difficult to find today.
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1925 Lexington-Concord Issue

The Lexington-Concord Issue of 1925 was the first set of U.S. postage stamps to honor the War of Independence. These stamps honor the patriots who gave their lives – and the ideals of freedom and independence they died for.

U.S. #617 Washington at Cambridge

U.S. #617
Washington at Cambridge

U.S. #618 Birth of Liberty

U.S. #618
Birth of Liberty

U.S. #619 The Minute Man

U.S. #619
The Minute Man

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