This Day in History… March 17, 1995

American Culture Series

US #2908 was issued on this date in 1995. Click image to order.

On March 17, 1995, the USPS issued the first stamps in the American Culture Series.

The stamps in this series were issued in part to meet a new postal rate structure that had been implemented on January 1, 1995.  These new rates included a variety of bulk mail discounts, which these stamps were used for.

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This Day in History… March 16, 1934

Migratory Bird Hunting Stamp Act 

US #2092 was issued for the 50th anniversary of the act.  Click the image to order.

On March 16, 1934, President Franklin Roosevelt signed the Migratory Bird Hunting Stamp Act, creating America’s popular Duck Stamps.

Overhunting and a severe drought led to a rapid decrease in migratory birds in the early 1900s. The loss of nesting grounds in the north, resting areas along the migratory path, and wintering places in the south all contributed to the decline in the migratory bird population.

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This Day in History… March 15, 1938

Merchant Marines

US #939 was issued to honor the Merchant Marine’s role in WWII. Click image to order.

On March 15, 1938, the Merchant Marine Cadet Corps was established.  Merchant Marines transport cargo and passengers in peacetime and are called upon in times of war to deliver troops and supplies wherever needed.

America’s Merchant Marines traces its roots to the colonial era and first entered combat during the Revolutionary War.  On June 12, 1775, a group of citizens who had learned about the fighting at Lexington and Concord captured the British schooner HMS Margaretta.  The British refused to surrender, and instead gave the Americans an ultimatum – either load the ships with lumber to build British barracks in Boston or starve (the British had much-needed supplies on other ships).  The citizens instead chose to fight.

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This Day in History… March 14, 1997

Experimental Linerless Coil Stamps

US #3132 paid the first-class, presort letter rate. Click image to order.

On March 14, 1997, the USPS issued two linerless coil stamps on a small scale to test the potentially money-saving format.

Throughout the 1990s, self-adhesive stamps grew in popularity for their convenience.  So the USPS began looking for ways to produce the stamps more efficiently.

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This Day in History… March 13, 1961

Alliance for Progress

US #1234 was issued on the second anniversary of the forming of the Alliance for Progress. Click image to order.

On March 13, 1961, President John F. Kennedy announced the Alliance for Progress to provide economic and social aid to Latin America.

When John F. Kennedy first took office in January 1961, relations between the US and Latin America were at a record low.  At the time, the republics in Latin America were unsatisfied with the assistance they received after World War II.  They felt that because they had increased their production during the war and kept prices low, they should receive economic assistance similar to that being given in Europe and Japan.  In addition to these tensions, the rise of communism was a growing threat.

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This Day in History… March 12, 1947

Truman Doctrine

US #1862 was issued for Truman’s 100th birthday. Click image to order.

On March 12, 1947, President Harry S. Truman introduced his Truman Doctrine, a foreign policy aimed at reducing Soviet expansion during the Cold War.

The doctrine came as a result of a pair of crises in Turkey and Greece.  In the wake of World War II, the Soviets had pressured Turkey to allow Russian shipping to pass freely through the Turkish Straights.  When Turkey refused, tensions rose in the UK and later the US provided economic and military aid.

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