June 2019

This Day in History… June 30, 1906

Pure Food and Drug and Meat Inspection Acts

US #1080 was issued for the 50th anniversary of the Pure Food and Drug Act. Click image to order.

On June 30, 1906, President Theodore Roosevelt signed the Pure Food and Drug Act and the Meat Inspection Act into law, to help improve the quality and labeling of America’s food and medicines.

At the beginning of the 20th century, there was a great deal of public pressure to improve the standards governing America’s food and drug industries.  Many states had food laws, but they were not well enforced.  Also, regulations varied between states, and products that were legal in one state could make their way into other states where they were illegal.

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This Day in History… June 29, 1906

Mesa Verde National Park

US #743 from the 1934 National Parks Issue. Click image to order.

On June 29, 1906, President Theodore Roosevelt established Mesa Verde National Park, the first American park created to “preserve the works of man.”

Nomadic Paleo-Indians of the Clovis and Folsom cultures were the first known people in the Mesa Verde region dating back to about 9500 BCE.  They hunted large animals and set up temporary camps near waterways until the glaciers receded and they dried up. 

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This Day in History… June 28, 1577

Birth of Peter Paul Rubens

Germany #1250 pictures a Rubens self-portrait. Click image to order. 

Flemish artist Peter Paul Rubens was born on June 28, 1577, in Siegen, Nassau-Dillenburg, Holy Roman Empire. 

Rubens was born to a Protestant family that had fled their home to escape religious persecution.  He later converted to Catholicism, and religion figured prominently in much of his work. 

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This Day in History… June 27, 1880

Birth of Helen Keller 

US #1824 was issued on Keller’s 100th birthday.

Helen Adams Keller was born on June 27, 1880, in Tuscumbia, Alabama.

Keller was born with the ability to see and hear but lost both senses when she was 19 months old to scarlet fever or meningitis.  Over time she developed her own system of about 60 home signs.  She could also identify people walking to a room by the vibrations in their footsteps.

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This Day in History… June 26, 1948

The Berlin Airlift

US #3211 was issued on the 50th anniversary of the start of the airlift.

On June 26, 1948, the first supply-filled planes departed bases in England and Western Germany as part of the Berlin Airlift.

After Germany was defeated in World War II, the country was divided into four zones and occupied by the Soviet Union, the US, France, and the UK.  Berlin, the capital, was located 100 miles inside the Soviet-controlled section.  At the time of the partitioning of Germany, no formal agreements were reached assuring rail, road, and canal access to Berlin from the democratic west.

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This Day in History… June 25, 1918

Stock Transfer Stamps 

US #RD1 – The first Stock Transfer stamp issued in 1918.

On June 25, 1918, Stock Transfer stamps were approved for use.

As the name suggests, Stock Transfer stamps were used to show that taxes had been paid on the sale or transfer of shares or certificates of stock.  A temporary tax has been placed on stock transfers several times since the Civil War.  The US placed a .2% tax on the sale or transfer of stocks in the Revenue Act of 1914.

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