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This Day in History… August 1, 1894

Playing Card Stamps 

US #RF1 – The first playing card stamp issued to meet the 1894 tax.

On August 1, 1894, a tax was imposed on playing cards as part of the Wilson Bill.

Certain luxury items, including Playing Cards, were first taxed in 1862.  The tax was levied to help fund the Union’s Civil War effort.  The tax rate structure was based on five different levels depending on the cost of the pack of cards.  No consideration was given to the number of cards in the deck, and opening the pack usually destroyed the revenue stamp.

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This Day in History… July 31, 1953

Death of Robert A. Taft 

US #1161 was issued seven years after Taft’s death.

Senator and son of America’s 27th president Robert A. Taft died on July 31, 1953, in New York City.

Taft was born on September 8, 1889, to future president William Howard Taft.  Taft spent four years of his youth in the Philippines where his father was serving as governor. He then graduated first in his class from the Taft School at Yale College before graduating from Harvard Law School in 1913.

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This Day in History… July 30, 1932

Opening of the 1932 Summer Olympics 

US #718 was in high demand and only issued for a short time.

On July 30, 1932, the Games of the X Olympiad opened in Los Angeles, California.

Los Angeles was the only city to submit a bid to host the 1932 Olympics, so they were selected by default in 1923.  The start of the Great Depression in 1929 led to many cost-saving measures.  Most of the facilities used during the games were existing structures, with the Swimming Stadium being the only new construction.

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This Day in History… July 29, 1836

Opening of the Arc de Triomphe

US #934 pictures a procession of troops in front of the arc during WWII.

On July 29, 1836, the Arc de Triomphe de l’Étoile (Triumphal Arch of the Star) officially opened to the public.

Before the plans were made for the Arc de Triomphe, there was a proposal for a different structure in that location. Architect Charles Ribart wanted to build a three-level elephant-shaped building with a spiral staircase and furniture that folded into the walls.  However, the French government denied his request.

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This Day in History… July 28, 1984

1984 Summer Olympics

US #2048-51 were issued exactly one year before the games opened.

On July 28, 1984, the Summer Olympic Games opened in Los Angeles, California.

By the late 1970s, few countries were interested in hosting Summer Olympics following the deaths of Israeli athletes at the 1972 games and the large financial debts of Montreal in 1976.  By 1978, only Los Angeles and Tehran were interested, and Tehran withdrew their bid following policy changes in the country.

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This Day in History… July 27, 1909

Wright Brothers Set Flight Record

US #C45 was issued for the 46th anniversary of the Wright brothers’ first successful flight of a heavier-than-air powered aircraft.

On July 27, 1909, Orville Wright flew a plane a record one hour and 12 minutes.

Born in 1867 and 1871, Wilbur and Orville Wright had been interested in science and technology from a young age.  After receiving a flying toy as a gift from their father in 1878, they became fascinated with flight and sought to develop a heavier-than-air flying machine that could carry a man.

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