This Day in History

This Day in History… May 3, 2003

The Old Man of the Mountain

US #1068 was issued for the 150th anniversary of the discovery of the formation.

On May 3, 2003, the Old Man of the Mountain rock formation in New Hampshire collapsed. 

The 40-foot-tall “face” in New Hampshire’s White Mountains was composed of Conway red granite.  Five ledges formed its appearance.  When lined up, these ledges gave the appearance of an old man looking to the east.  According to geologists, a combination of the glacial movement and the forces of seasonal freezing sculpted the face.  It is believed the “old man” had existed for as long as 10,000 years.

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This Day in History… May 2, 1908

“Take Me Out to the Ball Game” 

US #4341 was issued for the song’s 100th anniversary in 2008.

On May 2, 1908, “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” was submitted to the US Copyright Office.  Neither of the men involved in its creation had ever seen a baseball game.

Earlier in 1908, songwriter Jack Norworth was riding the subway in New York when he happened to glance out the window and find inspiration in a sign.  It simply said, “Baseball Today – Polo Grounds.”

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This Day in History… May 1, 1929

Kansas-Nebraska Stamps 

US #658 was overprinted on US #552.

On May 1, 1929, the Kansas-Nebraska stamps were officially placed on sale.

During the 1920s, a rash of post office robberies baffled US postal inspectors.  Burglars were stealing stamps in one state and then selling them in another.  As the Post Office Department searched for a solution to put an end to the problem, the robberies became more frequent and more widespread, especially in the Midwest.

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This Day in History… April 30, 1939

1939 New York World’s Fair

US #853 pictures the Trylon and Perisphere.

On April 30, 1939, the New York World’s Fair opened at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens, New York.

In 1935, a group of New York businessmen began planning an international exposition to lift the morale and sagging economy of the city, country and world during the Great Depression.  The office for the World’s Fair Corporation was in the Empire State Building.  Over the next four years, the fair and exhibits were planned, organized and built.  It grew to be the largest international event since World War I. 

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This Day in History… April 29, 1961

The World Wildlife Fund

US #B4 – The WWF led a 10-year campaign to get this semi-postal stamp issued. (Click the image for more.)

On April 29, 1961, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) was founded. 

Prior to the WWF, the Conservation Foundation was founded in 1948 as an affiliate of the New York Zoological Society.  Their goal was to protect the world’s natural resources.

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This Day in History… April 28, 1956

Opening of FIPEX

US #1076 – Issued on the third day of the show, this stamp pictures the convention hall as well as the Columbus Monument in Barcelona, Spain.

The Fifth International Philatelic Exhibition (FIPEX) opened its doors to a record 60,000 visitors on April 28, 1956.

America’s fifth international philatelic exhibition was planned in conjunction with the opening of a brand new exhibition hall, the New York Coliseum at Columbus Circle.  The $35 million, 323,000-square-foot coliseum had begun construction in 1954.

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