April 2019

This Day in History… April 30, 1789

America’s First Presidential Inauguration

US #854 was issued on the 150th anniversary of Washington’s inauguration.

On April 30, 1789, George Washington was inaugurated as America’s first president.

Earlier in the year, on February 4, 69 members of Congress unanimously voted to elect Washington the first president of the United States.  While Washington was initially reluctant to take the position, he eventually agreed to out of a sense of duty.

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This Day in History… April 29, 1945

The Peace Rose

US #5280 pictures a close-up of a Peace rose. Click image to order.

On April 29, 1945, the Peace rose was made available for sale in the US.

French horticulturist Francis Meilland began developing the Peace rose in 1935, near Lyon, France.  He picked the 50 most promising seedlings from his seedbeds and spent the next four years watching how the plants developed.

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This Day in History… April 28, 1788

Maryland Becomes Seventh U.S. State 

US #736 pictures the Ark and the Dove on their way to Maryland. Click image to order.

On April 28, 1788, Maryland was the seventh state to ratify the US Constitution, an act that admitted it as America’s seventh state.

Spanish explorers became the first Europeans to reach the Maryland region when they explored the Chesapeake Bay in the 1500s.  These explorers found Algonquian tribes, including the Choptank, Nanticoke, Patuxent, Portobago, and Wicomico, as well as some Susquehannock Indians living in the area.

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This Day in History… April 27, 1791

Birth of Samuel Morse

US #890 from the Famous American Inventors set. Click image to order.

Samuel Finley Breese Morse was born on April 27, 1791, in Charlestown, Massachusetts.

Morse attended Yale College where he studied religious philosophy, mathematics, and the science of horses.  Morse frequently attended lectures on electricity and supported himself by painting.

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This Day in History… April 26, 1990

Lighthouse Series

US #2470-74 was issued on this day in 1990. Click image to order.

On April 26, 1990, the USPS issued the first booklet in its Lighthouse stamp series.

Beginning in 1986, the USPS began issuing topical booklets of five stamps each.   Past topics had included fish, locomotives, classic cars, and steamboats.  In April 1990, the set of lighthouse stamps would be the first of two such topical booklets issued that year.

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This Day in History… April 25, 1938

First Stamp Issued in Presidential Series 

US #804 – The first stamp issued in the Presidential Series. Click image to order.

On April 25, 1938, the first stamp in the Presidential Series (also known as the Prexies) was issued featuring George Washington.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt first suggested a stamp series honoring all the deceased presidents in 1933.  Initially, the new stamps were planned to be commemoratives, but it was ultimately decided that they’d be definitive to replace the Series of 1922, which had been in use for 12 years. Continue reading

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