June 2020

This Day in History… June 30, 1914

First U.S. Rotary Stamp 

US #459 – Click the image to order this stamp in your choice of conditions.

On June 30, 1914, the US issued its very first stamp printed on the rotary press, US #459.  It’s also the only imperforate US rotary press coil.

Prior to 1914, postage stamps were printed using the flat plate method.  Sheets printed by this process contained 20 rows of stamps with 20 stamps in each row.  The introduction of private perforating machines presented a problem.  Workers had to paste strips of 20 stamps together, end to end, to form long coils before they could be fed through the machines.  This was inefficient and costly.

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This Day in History… June 29, 1858

Birth of George Washington Goethals 

US #CZ106 was issued nine months after Goethals’ death.

US Army general and civil engineer, George Washington Goethals was born on June 29, 1858, in Brooklyn, New York.

Born to Belgian immigrants, Goethals attended the College of the City of New York before receiving an appointment to West Point.  After graduating second in his class in 1880, Goethals was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Army Corps of Engineers.

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This Day in History… June 28, 1876

Happy Birthday Clara Maass

US #1699 was issued for Maass’ 100th birthday.

Nurse Clara Louise Maass was born on June 28, 1876, in East Orange, New Jersey. 

The oldest of nine children, Maass came from an impoverished family of German immigrants.  When she was in elementary school, she took a job as a “mother’s helper.”  While the job didn’t provide her with any money, she lived and ate with her employer’s family, alleviating some strain on her own family. 

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This Day in History… June 27, 1872

Birth of Paul Laurence Dunbar

US #1554 from the American Poet Series.

Poet Paul Laurence Dunbar was born on June 27, 1872, in Dayton, Ohio.

Dunbar enjoyed writing from an early age, penning his first poem at the age of six and participating in his first public recital when he was nine.  Dunbar’s mother learned to read so she could help him with his homework and read the Bible with him often.

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This Day in History… June 26, 1898

Birth of Chesty Puller

US #3962 from the Distinguished Marines issue.

Lewis Burwell “Chesty” Puller was born on June 26, 1898, in West Point, Virginia.

As a child, Puller enjoyed listening to the tales of Civil War veterans and particularly idolized “Stonewall” Jackson.  He had hoped to join in the Border War with Mexico in 1916, but he was too young and his mother wouldn’t consent to let him go.

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This Day in History… June 25, 1886

Happy Birthday Henry “Hap” Arnold

US #2191 from the Great Americans Series.

General of the Air Force Henry “Hap” Arnold was born on June 25, 1886, in Gladwyne, Pennsylvania. 

After graduating from high school, Arnold had intended to go to Bucknell University to enter the Baptist ministry.  However, after his older brother refused to take the entrance exam for West Point, in opposition to their father, he took the test himself and placed second on the list.

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