October 2017

This Day in History… October 13, 1953

Future Farmers of America Stamp

U.S. #1024 – Click the image to buy this stamp or additional formats or covers.

On October 13, 1953, the U.S. Post Office issued a 3¢ stamp honoring the 25th anniversary of the Future Farmers of America. It was issued at the place the organization was founded – Kansas City, Missouri.

The stamp pictures a future farmer, wearing a jacket with the organization’s emblem, standing before a farm with rolling hills in the distance.

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This Day in History… October 12, 1989

Start of the America Series 

U.S. #2426 – The first stamp in the series picturing a Southwest carved figure.

On October 12, 1989, the USPS issued the first stamp in the America series.

The stamp series was a collaboration between the 24 Western Hemishphere countries in the Postal Union of the Americas and Spain (PUAS). PUAS was originally founded in 1911 as the South American Postal Union to encourage the improvement of postal services. The U.S. joined the union in 1922.

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This Day in History… October 11, 1779

Death of General Casimir Pulaski 

U.S. #690 pictures Pulaski with the flags of the U.S. and Poland.

On October 11, 1779, Polish General Casimir Pulaski died fighting in the American Revolution.

Kazimierz Michał Władysław Wiktor Pułaski (also known as Casimir Pulaski) was born on March 4 or 6, 1745, in Warsaw, Poland. He entered the military in 1762 and later joined the Bar Confederation, a group that fought to defend Poland’s independence.

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This Day in History… October 10, 1858

First Overland Mail Delivery 

U.S. #1120 pictures an Overland Mail coach under attack and a map of Butterfield’s route.

On October 10, 1858, the first shipment of overland mail arrived in San Francisco.

Like Americans everywhere, the ’49ers in California wanted to get their mail, but 2,000 miles of desert and treacherous mountain passes lay between them and the end of the eastern mail lines. As a result, mail traveled by ship and across the Isthmus of Panama. In 1850 it took Californians six weeks to learn their territory had become a state. Outraged, they clamored for faster mail service.

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This Day in History… October 9, 1825

Arrival of the Restauration

U.S. #620 was based on a sister ship of the Restauration since there were no known images of it.

On October 9, 1825, the sloop Restauration arrived in the United States, marking what is often considered the first organized emigration from Norway to the U.S.

Norsemen from Greenland and Iceland were the first Europeans to reach America, led by Leif Erikson around the year 1000. They founded a settlement in present-day Newfoundland, Canada, but didn’t remain due to conflicts with the indigenous people.

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This Day in History… October 8, 1918

Alvin York’s WWI Heroics

U.S. #3395 – Alvin York was one America’s most decorated soldiers of the war, earning the Medal of Honor and Distinguished Service Cross, among others.

On October 8, 1918, Alvin York became an American hero after single-handedly defeating a German machine gun battalion.

York was an expert marksman from his time spent hunting food for his family. In 1911, he declared himself a pacifist and would later return his draft papers when the U.S. entered World War I. After receiving a second draft notice, he reported for duty and was convinced by his commander that the Bible supported the service.

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