August 2017

This Day in History… August 2, 1873

San Francisco’s First Cable Car 

U.S. #2263 from the Transportation Series.

On August 2, 1873, Clay Street Hill Railroad inaugurated San Francisco’s now-famous cable car system.

The city of San Francisco, California, is known for its steep hills. In the early days, horses pulled streetcars up and down the slopes, which was very hard on the animals. British-born San Franciscan Andrew S. Hallidie felt great sympathy for these horses and sought a better way to transport people around the city.

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This Day in History… August 1, 1963

First Phosphorescent U.S. Stamps 

U.S. #C64a – America’s first tagged stamp.

On August 1, 1963, the U.S. Post Office experimented with luminescent stamps for the first time, in an effort to speed up mail sorting and cancellation.

By the late 1950s, mail volume in the U.S. and around the world was constantly increasing. Many countries began to explore new ways to sort and postmark their stamps in quicker and more efficient ways.

 

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