September 2019

This Day in History… September 30, 1935

Dedication of the Hoover Dam 

U.S. #774 was issued the same day as the dedication ceremony.

US #774 was issued the same day as the dedication ceremony. Click image to order.

On September 30, 1935, President Franklin Roosevelt presided over the dedication ceremony of the Boulder Dam.

As early as 1900, Black Canyon and Boulder Canyon were studied to be considered for the possibility that either might be able to support a dam to control floods, provide irrigation water, and create hydroelectric power.  Severe flooding of the Colorado River in 1905 spurred this movement and necessitated the building of a dam to control the waters.

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This Day in History… September 29, 1907

Happy Birthday, Gene Autry

US #4449 from the Cowboys of the Silver Screen set. Click image to order.

“The Singing Cowboy,” Orvon Grover “Gene” Autry was born on September 29, 1907, in Tioga, Texas. 

As a boy, Autry worked at his father’s ranch in addition to going to school.  He left school in 1925 and found work as a telegrapher for the St. Louis-San Francisco Railway. 

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This Day in History… September 28, 1891

Death of Herman Melville

US #2094 was issued on Melville’s 165th birthday.

On September 28, 1891, author Herman Melville died in his New York City home.

Herman Melville was born on August 1, 1819, in New York City.  His father was an unsuccessful merchant who died suddenly when Melville was a child, forcing him and his siblings to work in the family’s fur business.  Melville also held a variety of odd jobs – teaching, working on his uncle’s farm, and as a cashier in a local bank. 

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This Day in History… September 27, 1941

Liberty Fleet Day

US #939 pictures a Liberty Ship unloading cargo. Click image to order.

On September 27, 1941, the first 14 “Emergency” Liberty Ships were launched in what was dubbed Liberty Fleet Day.

The American Merchant Marine Act was passed in 1936, granting funding for 50 commercial merchant vessels that could be used by the US Navy in the event of a war.  That number doubled in 1939 and again in 1940. 

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This Day in History… September 26, 1888

Birth of T.S. Eliot 

US #2239 was issued on Eliot’s 98th birthday. Click image to order.

Thomas Stearns Eliot was born on September 26, 1888, in St. Louis, Missouri.

Eliot attended schools in St. Louis and Massachusetts before entering Harvard in 1906.  After graduating, he worked at the school for a year as a philosophy assistant before heading to France and England to further study philosophy.

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This Day in History… September 25, 1897

Birth of William Faulkner

US #2350 – Faulkner was the sixth honoree in the Literary Arts Series. Click image to order.

Celebrated American author William Faulkner was born on September 25, 1897, in New Albany, Mississippi.  Known for using a wide range of styles, Faulkner explored America’s geography, history, economy, and social and moral life in his writing.

Faulkner’s family moved to Ripley, Mississippi when he was one and then settled in Oxford, Mississippi when he was five.  His mother and grandmother who loved to read largely influenced Faulkner.  They taught him to read before he entered school.

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