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This Day in History… September 24, 1966

American Folklore Series

US #1317 – Johnny Appleseed

On September 24, 1966, the US Post Office introduced the American Folklore Series. 

The American Folklore stamp series captured the things that make our nation unique.  It honored some of the people and tales that have played an important role in our nation’s culture.

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This Day in History… September 23, 1911

First Official U.S. Airmail Flight 

U.S. #C3 – America’s first Airmail stamps were issued seven years after Ovington’s flight.

US #C3 – America’s first Airmail stamps were issued seven years after Ovington’s flight.

On September 23, 1911, Earle Ovington made America’s first airmail delivery between Garden City and Mineola, New York.

Born on December 20, 1879, in Chicago, Illinois, Ovington loved to experiment with electricity from a young age.  At 16, he went to work for the Edison Electric Illuminating Company.  But he soon realized that he’d need a formal education if he wanted to succeed.  So he went to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  There, Ovington’s frequent electrical experiments earned him the nickname “Volts.”  After graduating, he formed the Ovington Motor Company to bring European motorcycles to the US.

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This Day in History… September 22, 1981

American Sports Series

US #1932 – Babe Zaharias

On September 22, 1981, the USPS inaugurated its Sports Series (sometimes called the American Sports Personalities Series), honoring some of America’s most notable athletes. 

The first two stamps in the series honored golf legends Babe Zaharias and Bobby Jones and were issued at the World Golf Hall of Fame in Pinehurst, North Carolina.

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This Day in History… September 21, 1863

Birth of Horace Moses

US #2095 was originally intended as part of the Great Americans Series but was issued as a commemorative instead.  Click image to order.

Horace Augustus Moses was born on September 21, 1863, in Ticonderoga, New York.

Moses attended school until he was 13, working on his family’s farm after that.  Moses went on to attend Troy Conference Academy, in Vermont. 

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This Day in History… September 20, 1863

Battle of Chickamauga 

US #2975 – Click the image to read about all the subjects on this sheet.

On September 20, 1863, the first major battle fought in Georgia, the bloody Battle of Chickamauga, came to a close.

Union General William S. Rosecrans had previously had great success in his Tullahoma Campaign and hoped to push Confederate General Braxton Bragg’s Army of Tennessee, out of Chattanooga.  Rosecrans consolidated his forces and forced Bragg to flee Chattanooga.  Bragg then assembled his troops in Lafayette, Georgia, and prepared to retake Chattanooga.

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This Day in History… September 19, 1968

The World Series of Philately

US #1474 was issued in response to collector calls for a “stamp of their own.” Click image to order.

On September 19, 1968, the American Philatelic Society (APS) introduced the World Series of Philately (WSP).

The competition was unveiled at the 82nd Annual APS Convention held in Rochester, New York that ran from September 19-22.  The structure of the competition was developed by Postmaster General Gordon Morison and was an answer to calls made by serious collectors for several years.

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