September 2017

This Day in History… September 18, 1997

First U.S. Stamp with Scrambled Indicia

U.S. #3167 was issued 20 years ago today. Click the image to learn more about the U.S. Air Force.

On September 18, 1997, the USPS issued the U.S. Air Force stamp, the first U.S. stamp to have a hidden image using Scrambled Indicia.

Over the years, the USPS had always sought ways to combat counterfeiting, with grills being one of the earliest examples. As technologies changed, they found new, more advanced ways to do this, including microprinting and tagging. Then in 1997, they introduced Scrambled Indicia.

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This Day in History… September 17, 1976

NASA Unveils Enterprise 

U.S. #3190a – Click the image to read more about the shuttle program.

On September 17, 1976, America’s first space shuttle, the Enterprise, made its debut public appearance.

In the 1960s and early 1970s, NASA and the Air Force researched different ways of flying winged vehicles back from space and landing them similar to an aircraft. From this research they built six different prototypes and flew 223 glide tests that would help them to develop the concept of the first space shuttle.

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This Day in History… September 16, 1823

Birth of Francis Parkman 

U.S. #1281 was issued on Parkman’s 144th birthday.

American historian Francis Parkman was born on September 16, 1823, in Boston, Massachusetts.

Born into a distinguished Boston family, Parkman was in poor health as a child and was sent to live with his grandmother in the wilderness in nearby Medford. During his time there he learned how hunt and live like a pioneer. Living there for four years, Parkman developed a love of nature that would later inspire his career as a historian. Parkman would later say that his books covered “the history of the American forest.”

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This Day in History… September 15, 1997

Entirely Microprinted U.S. Stamp 

U.S. #3166 – Click the image to learn more about Varela and to order this stamp or covers.

On September 15, 1997, the USPS issued a stamp whose vignette consisted entirely of microprinting.

The stamp honored Felix Varela, a Cuban-born priest who emigrated to the U.S. in 1823. He spent much of his life helping the poor and working for racial, ethnic, and religious tolerance. Varela founded churches, orphanages, nurseries, and the country’s first Spanish-language newspaper.

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This Day in History… September 14, 1638

Death of John Harvard 

U.S. #2190 from the Great Americans series.

Clergyman John Harvard died on September 14, 1638, in Charlestown, Massachusetts Bay Colony.

Harvard was born on November 26, 1607, in Southward, Surrey, England. He was the fourth of nine children and his grandfather was reportedly an associate of Shakespeare’s father.

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This Day in History… September 13, 1886

Founding of the APS 

U.S. #1474 was issued at the request of collectors that wanted a “stamp of their own.”

On September 13, 1886, a group of stamp collectors met in New York City to establish what would become the American Philatelic Society.

After the first official U.S. postage stamps were issued in 1847, a small group of people began saving these relics, recognizing the history they represented. Over time, more and more people became stamp collectors, reaching about 25,000 collectors in the 1880s.

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