Who was the first woman to receive a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction?

This Day in History…  August 11, 1937

US #1832 – Wharton was the second honoree in the Literary Arts series.  Click image to order.

Noted author and Pulitzer Prize-winner Edith Wharton died on August 11, 1937.

Edith Newbold Jones Wharton was born on January 24, 1862, in New York City, New York.  Wharton came from a wealthy family – it’s been said that the phrase “keeping up with the Joneses” may have been in reference to her father’s family.  After the Civil War, her family traveled Europe extensively, during which time she learned French, German, and Italian.

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What U.S. President was born on this day in 1874?

This Day in History…  August 10, 1874

US #1269 was issued on Hoover’s 91st birthday.

Herbert Clark Hoover was born on August 10, 1874, in West Branch, Iowa.

Hoover’s parents and many of their neighbors were Quakers, and their ideals of hard work, nonviolence, and community cooperation influenced Hoover’s entire life.  Both parents passed away before Hoover was 10 years old, and he was sent to Oregon to live with his uncle, a doctor, and a businessman.

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165 years ago – An American classic was published for the first time

This Day in History… August 9, 1854

US #1327 was issued for Thoreau’s 150th birthday.  Click image to order.

On August 9, 1854, transcendentalist writer Henry David Thoreau published his most famous work – Walden.

Thoreau spent most of his life in Concord, Massachusetts, west of Boston.  He attended Harvard, taught for a short time, and worked at his father’s pencil factory.

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Happy Birthday to the author of the acclaimed young adult novel, “The Yearling.”

This Day in History…  August 8, 1896

US #4223 from the Literary Arts Series. Click image to order.

Author Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings was born on August 8, 1896, in Washington, DC.

Marjorie began writing when she was six years old.  She submitted her stories to children’s sections of several newspapers until she was 16. 

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What bridge was dedicated on this day in 1927 to mark 100 years of friendship between the U.S. and Canada?

This Day in History… August 7, 1927

US #1721 was issued for the 50th anniversary of the bridge. Click image to order.

On August 7, 1927, the Peace Bridge linking the US and Canada was dedicated by representatives from both nations and the United Kingdom.

In the 1800s, ferries frequently crossed the Upper Niagara River between Fort Erie, Ontario, and Buffalo, New York.  However, too many boats at once created a bottleneck and strong currents and ice made passage dangerous during several months of the year.  The Railway Bridge opened in 1873 to make this route safer.

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What leader in the Pop Art movement was born on this day in 1928?

This Day in History…  August 6, 1928

US #3652 was issued three days after Warhol’s 74th birthday. Click image to order.

Andy Warhol (born Andrew Warhola) was born August 6, 1928, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to Rusyn (Ukrainian) immigrants from Mikova (northeastern Slovakia). 

Warhol was sick throughout most of his childhood and as a result, spent much of his time alone in his bed.  He later credited much of his personality and skills to this time in his life, which he spent drawing and collecting pictures of movie stars.

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