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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This Day in History… April 27, 1896

Birth of Rogers Hornsby 

US #3408f from the Legends of Baseball sheet.

Rogers Hornsby, Sr., was born on April 27, 1896, in Winters, Texas.

The youngest of six children, Hornsby began playing baseball at a young age, once stating, “I can’t remember anything that happened before I had a baseball in my hand.”  When he was 10, Hornsby worked as a messenger boy in a meat packing plant, where he occasionally played as an infielder on the company team.  By the time he was 15, Hornsby was playing on semi-professional baseball teams.

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This Day in History… April 26, 1785

Birth of John J. Audubon 

US #874 from the Famous Americans Series.

Jean Rabin Audubon (later known as John James Audubon) was born on April 26, 1785, in Les Cayes, Saint-Domingue – today’s Haiti.

Audubon was the son of a French naval officer and sugar plantation owner who had helped the American cause during the Revolution.  As tensions in Saint-Domingue began to rise, Audubon’s father decided to move back to France and joined the Republican Guard.

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