July 2017

This Day in History… July 7, 1899

U.S. Issues Stamps in Guam 

Guam #G1 – The first stamp issued for use in Guam.

On July 7, 1899, the U.S. issued its first overprinted stamps for use in Guam.

In 1521, the Spanish explorer Ferdinand Magellan led the first European expedition to Guam. Spain claimed Guam as its colony shortly thereafter. It was not until 1668, however, that Spain actually took control of Guam.

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This Day in History… July 6, 1933

First U.S. All-Star Baseball Game 

U.S. #2046 was issued on the 50th anniversary of the first All-Star Game.

On July 6, 1933, the first All-Star game was played at Comiskey Park in Chicago, Illinois.

The game was an event several years in the making. After enjoying a boom in popularity in the 1920s, baseball game attendance dropped dramatically – about 40% – in the early 1930s. And those that did attend games chose the bleachers, which only cost 50¢, over the more expensive box seats.

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This Day in History… July 5, 1967

Search for Peace Stamp & Essay Contest

U.S. #1326 honored the 50th anniversary of the Lions and the Search for Peace Essay Contest.

On July 5, 1967, the USPS issued a 5¢ stamp honoring the 50th anniversary of Lions International as well as a special contest hosted by the organization.

Founded in 1917, Lions International celebrated its 50th anniversary in 1967. To mark the occasion, the Lions hosted an international contest called, “The Search for Peace.”

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This Day in History… July 4, 1971

Start of the Bicentennial Series 

U.S. #1432 – The first stamp in the Bicentennial series.

On July 4, 1971, the USPS issued the first stamp in the Bicentennial Series, U.S. #1432.

The U.S. Bicentennial was a series of celebrations during the mid-1970s that commemorated the historic events leading to America’s independence from Great Britain. Over the course of six years, the USPS issued 113 commemorative stamps honoring the bicentennial.

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This Day in History… July 3, 1878

Happy Birthday George Cohan! 

U.S. #1756 was issued on Cohan’s 100th birthday.

The father of American musical comedy, George Michael Cohan was born on July 3, 1878, in Providence, Rhode Island.

The son of traveling Vaudeville performers, Cohan joined his parents on stage when he was just a baby. Cohan learned to dance and sing shortly after learning to walk and talk. Along with his parents and sister, the family toured under the name The Four Cohans, with George writing skits and songs in his teens.

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This Day in History… July 2, 1979

Rush Lamp Stamp Issued 

U.S. #1610 – The regular $1 Rush Lamp stamp.

On July 2, 1979, the USPS issued the $1 Rush stamp, which would lead to one of the most fascinating stamp controversies of the late 20th century.

The USPS issued U.S. #1610, the $1 Rush Lamp stamp on July 2, 1979, as part of the Americana series. It was one of four stamps in the set depicting light sources from throughout our country’s history. During the 18th century the rush lamp, consisting of a rush dipped once in wax and held by pincers attached to a stand, provided light for the pioneers.

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