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This Day in History… April 21, 1962

Opening of Seattle World’s Fair 

US #1196 pictures the Space Needle and the Alweg Monorail.  Click image to order.

On April 21, 1962, the Seattle World’s Fair, also known as the Century 21 Exposition, opened to the public.

Plans for the Seattle World’s fair began in 1955.  At that time, organizers hoped to hold their fair in 1959, to mark the 50th anniversary of the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition.  However, they wouldn’t have enough time to get everything ready by then so the plan had to change.

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This Day in History… April 20, 1987

Special Occasions Stamps

US #2274 – The “Keep in Touch stamp” pictures the “Best Wishes” stamp on an envelope. Click image to order.

On April 20, 1987, the USPS issued the set of eight Special Occasions stamps, the first “special” stamp booklet.

For several years, the USPS had received requests for stamps for special occasions such as Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, weddings, graduations, birthdays, and more.  In the mid-1980s, the USPS began addressing these requests.

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This Day in History… April 19, 1930

Graf Zeppelins Issued 

US #C13 – Only 93,536 65¢ Zeppelins remain. Click image to order.

On April 19, 1930, three special airmail stamps, the Graf Zeppelins, were made available for sale to be used exclusively on mail carried via the Graf Zeppelin on its European – Pan American flights the following month.

In the 1920s, many nations became aware of the commercial possibilities of transoceanic flight.  However, there was only one company willing and able to initiate this service – Germany’s Luftschiffbau Zeppelin.  Even today this firm’s ventures seem daring and visionary.

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This Day in History… April 18, 1900

First U.S. Stamp Books

US #279Bj – A pane from the first booklet stamps first issued on this day in 1900. Click image to order.

On or around April 18, 1900, the US Post Office issued its first stamp books.

In 1884, a man named Albert W. Cooke of Boston received a patent for a “Book for Holding Stamps.”  Cooke’s design was for a small book that could fit in a vest pocket that had alternating pages of stamps and paper treated with wax “so that the gummed side of the stamps shall not stick to it under the action of heat or moisture.”

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This Day in History… April 17, 1958

Brussels World’s Fair 

US #1104 pictures the American pavilion and was issued on opening day.

On April 17, 1958, the Brussels World’s Fair, also known as Expo 58, opened its doors.

Expo 58 was the first major official world’s fair after World War II.  Bidding for the fair opened in 1948 and in 1953, Brussels, Belgium was selected as the host city.  It would be the 11th world’s fair hosted by Belgium and the fifth held in Brussels.

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This Day in History… April 16, 1889

Happy Birthday Charlie Chaplin 

US #3183a from the Celebrate the Century – 1910s sheet.

Sir Charles Spencer “Charlie” Chaplin was born on April 16, 1889.  While there is no official record of his birth, it’s believed he was born in South London, England.

Born to music hall entertainers, Chaplin’s childhood was one of poverty and hardship.  His parents were both ill and had trouble finding work.  They sent him to a workhouse when he was just seven years old.  Amidst his difficult childhood, Chaplin discovered he had a talent for acting, making his first stage appearance at the age of five.

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