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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This Day in History… September 24, 1966

American Folklore Series

US #1317 – Johnny Appleseed

On September 24, 1966, the US Post Office introduced the American Folklore Series. 

The American Folklore stamp series captured the things that make our nation unique.  It honored some of the people and tales that have played an important role in our nation’s culture.

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This Day in History… September 23, 1911

First Official U.S. Airmail Flight 

U.S. #C3 – America’s first Airmail stamps were issued seven years after Ovington’s flight.

US #C3 – America’s first Airmail stamps were issued seven years after Ovington’s flight.

On September 23, 1911, Earle Ovington made America’s first airmail delivery between Garden City and Mineola, New York.

Born on December 20, 1879, in Chicago, Illinois, Ovington loved to experiment with electricity from a young age.  At 16, he went to work for the Edison Electric Illuminating Company.  But he soon realized that he’d need a formal education if he wanted to succeed.  So he went to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  There, Ovington’s frequent electrical experiments earned him the nickname “Volts.”  After graduating, he formed the Ovington Motor Company to bring European motorcycles to the US.

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This Day in History… September 22, 1981

American Sports Series

US #1932 – Babe Zaharias

On September 22, 1981, the USPS inaugurated its Sports Series (sometimes called the American Sports Personalities Series), honoring some of America’s most notable athletes. 

The first two stamps in the series honored golf legends Babe Zaharias and Bobby Jones and were issued at the World Golf Hall of Fame in Pinehurst, North Carolina.

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This Day in History… September 21, 1863

Birth of Horace Moses

US #2095 was originally intended as part of the Great Americans Series but was issued as a commemorative instead.  Click image to order.

Horace Augustus Moses was born on September 21, 1863, in Ticonderoga, New York.

Moses attended school until he was 13, working on his family’s farm after that.  Moses went on to attend Troy Conference Academy, in Vermont. 

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