This Day in History

This Day in History… February 27, 1897

Birth of Marian Anderson 

US #3896 – Anderson was the 28th honoree in the Black Heritage Series.

Marian Anderson was born on February 27, 1897, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The oldest of three children, Anderson had a talent for singing from an early age. When she was six, her aunt noticed this talent and encouraged her to join the church’s junior choir. Her aunt also took her to see concerts in the city and arranged for Marian to sing at local functions. Later in life, Anderson acknowledged her aunt’s significant role in establishing her music career.

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This Day in History… February 26, 1869

Creation of the 15th Amendment 

US #1249 is one of the few American stamps without US or USA in the design.

On February 26, 1869, the US Senate passed the 15th Amendment to the Constitution, giving people of all races and colors the right to vote. The Amendment would be ratified and become official US law a year later.

Following the issuance of Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation and the passage of the 13th Amendment that abolished slavery, Congress began to debate the rights of former slaves. Those African Americans would now be counted as citizens in the South, which would increase Southern power in the population-based House of Representatives. Northern Republicans hoped to decrease the South’s advantage by giving African Americans the right to vote.

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This Day in History… February 25, 1919

Narcotic Tax Stamps 

US #RJA9 – An early Narcotic stamp overprinted on a Documentary Stamp.

On February 25, 1919, a Narcotic Tax was officially instated.

The Revenue Act of 1918 made Narcotic stamps necessary. The law was enacted during World War I to raise additional money to fund it. A portion of the law was written to amend the Harrison Narcotic Law of 1914.

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This Day in History… February 24, 1917

The Zimmermann Telegram 

US #1040 from the Liberty Series.

On February 24, 1917, British officials shared the Zimmermann Telegram with US President Woodrow Wilson, revealing a German plot to incite a war between the US and Mexico.

Since the start of World War I, Germany hoped to create a war between the US and Mexico to distract the US and slow the shipment of supplies to the Allies. The Germans had sent weapons and funds to arm the Mexicans, increasing tensions and provoking the Battle of Veracruz.

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This Day in History… February 23, 1976

America’s First 50-Stamp Se-Tenant

US #1633-83 was issued on this day in 1976.

On February 23, 1976, the USPS issued its first 50-stamp se-tenant.

Up until the 1960s, when the US produced stamps, all the stamps on a sheet usually had the same design. They first strayed from this format in 1964 when the US Post Office issued its first-ever se-tenant.

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This Day in History… February 22, 1864

Sanitary Fair Stamps 

US #WV1 was issued for the fair that began on this day in 1864.

On February 22, 1864, some of the first Sanitary Fair stamps were issued.

With the outbreak of fighting in the Civil War, women left at home wanted to contribute. Perhaps one of the earliest meetings of women to discuss their contribution was held on April 25, 1861, in New York City. This led to the creation of the Women’s Central Association of Relief.

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