May 2020

This Day in History… May 31, 2002

American Design Series

US #3612 was issued on this day in 2002.

On May 31, 2002, the USPS issued the first stamp in the American Design Series. 

In the early 1990s, Lou Nolan designed a proposed stamp booklet called “Made in America” for the USPS, but it was never issued.  The designs were kept until 2002, when Nolan’s Toleware design was used as the first stamp of the American Design Series. 

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This Day in History… May 30, 1909

Birth of Benny Goodman

US #3099 from the Big Band Leaders issue.

Bandleader Benjamin David Goodman was born on May 30, 1909, in Chicago, Illinois.

The ninth of twelve children, Goodman came from a family of poor Jewish immigrants.  When he was a child, his father would take the family to free concerts in Douglas Park to help give them appreciation for live music. 

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This Day in History… May 29, 1917

Happy Birthday John F. Kennedy

US #5175 was issued for Kennedy’s 100th birthday in 2017.

The youngest man ever elected President, John Fitzgerald Kennedy was born in Brookline, Massachusetts, on May 29, 1917. 

The son of a prominent businessman and politician, Kennedy attended private schools and went on to Harvard University.  He traveled abroad when his father was appointed ambassador by President Franklin Roosevelt, learning about the workings of foreign governments.

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This Day in History… May 28, 2016

World Stamp Show 2016

US #5062-63 were issued on opening day.

On May 28, 2016, the doors opened on America’s 11th International Stamp Exhibition, World Stamp Show 2016.

From 1913 to 1956, New York City was home to America’s first five international stamp exhibitions.  In 1966, Washington, DC, became the first city other than New York to host the exhibition, and after that, other cities would get their chance to host it.  But after 60 years, the show returned to New York City in 2016.

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This Day in History… May 27, 1933

Century of Progress World’s Fair 

U.S. #728 – Restoration of Fort Dearborn stamp issued for the fair.

US #728 – Restoration of Fort Dearborn stamp issued for the fair.

The 1933 World’s Fair opened in Chicago, Illinois, on May 27, 1933.

By the late 1920s, the city of Chicago was looking toward 1933 as it’s 100th anniversary.  A nonprofit corporation, A Century of Progress, was founded in 1928 to plan and host the upcoming World’s Fair to be held there.

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This Day in History… May 26, 1907

Happy Birthday John Wayne 

US #3876 – Wayne was the 10th honoree in the Legends of Hollywood Series.

John Wayne was born Marion Robert Morrison in Winterset, Iowa, on May 26, 1907.

He was named Marion Morrison after his grandfather. The Morrisons later moved to a homestead in Glendale, California, where Wayne’s father opened a pharmacy in the same building as a movie theater.  Wayne was allowed to go to the movies for free several times a week.  It was also in California that Wayne’s father taught him to ride horses, handle firearms, and to stand tall as a man.

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