This Day in History

This Day in History… June 17, 1914

Birth of John Hersey

US #4249 from the 2008 American Journalists issue.

Journalist John Hersey was born on June 17, 1914, in Tientsin, China.

Hersey’s parents were working as Protestant missionaries for the YMCA when he was born.  He spent his first ten years in China, learning to speak Chinese before English.

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This Day in History… June 16, 1938

Jefferson Counterfeits

US #807 – The genuine 3¢ Jefferson stamp. Click image to order.

On June 16, 1938, the post office issued a 3¢ Jefferson stamp, which was convincingly counterfeited.

The 3¢ Jefferson stamp was the fifth issue in the popular Presidential Series, affectionately known as the “Prexies.”  The series was issued in response to public clamoring for a new Regular Issue series, as the current series had been in use for more than a decade.

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This Day in History… June 15, 1942

Start of V-Mail Service

US #2765e from the 1942: Turning the Tide sheet. Click image to order.

On June 15, 1942, the Post Office Department inaugurated its V-Mail service.

Prior to the war, ships and airplanes that operated on regularly scheduled routes transported mail intended for an overseas destination.  A friendly Europe saw to their safe and speedy delivery under the terms of the Universal Postal Union.

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This Day in History… June 14, 1884

Happy Birthday, John McCormack

US #2090 was issued for McCormack’s 100th birthday.

Irish tenor John McCormack was born on June 14, 1884, in Athlone, Ireland.

The fourth of eleven children, McCormack sang in his church choir as a child.  It was while singing in the choir at St. Mary’s Pro-Cathedral in Dublin that he was first discovered.

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This Day in History… June 13, 1974

First U.S. Diamond Stamps

US #1538-41 – America’s first diamond-shaped stamps.  Click image to order. 

On June 13, 1974, the US issued its first stamps in a diamond shape, honoring our Mineral Heritage.

The idea for the Mineral Heritage stamps came from rock enthusiast Lillian Scheffers Turner.  She first discovered her love of minerals at a 1961 gem and mineral show where she saw “nature in the rough” and became “a rock hound.”

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This Day in History… June 12, 1859

The Comstock Lode

US #1130 was issued for the 100th anniversary of the discovery in 1859.  It pictures Comstock, O’Reilly, and McLaughlin.  Click image to order.

June 12, 1859, is generally accepted as the re-discovery date of the Comstock Lode.

Mormon immigrants first found gold in the area in the spring of 1850.  They panned gold until the mountain snow melted and they could leave for California, where they expected to find more gold.  In the years to come, more emigrants passed through the canyon and tried their luck, but when the water ran out near the end of summer, they would continue their trek to California.

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