This Day in History… February 24, 1836

Birth of Artist Winslow Homer

U.S. #1207 pictures Breezing Up (A Fair Wind).

US #1207 pictures Breezing Up (A Fair Wind).

Winslow Homer was born on February 24, 1836, in Boston, Massachusetts.

Homer’s mother was a talented watercolorist that began teaching him to paint at a young age.  Though Homer was an average student, he proved himself to be a talented artist early on.

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This Day in History… February 23, 1976

America’s First 50-Stamp Se-Tenant

US #1633-83 was issued on this day in 1976.

On February 23, 1976, the USPS issued its first 50-stamp se-tenant.

Up until the 1960s, when the US produced stamps, all the stamps on a sheet usually had the same design.  They first strayed from this format in 1964 when the US Post Office issued its first-ever se-tenant.

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This Day in History… February 22, 1892

Birth of Edna St. Vincent Millay

US #1926 was issued in Austerlitz, NY, where Millay spent her final years.

Poet Edna St. Vincent Millay was born on February 22, 1892, in Rockland, Maine. 

Millay’s middle name, St. Vincent, came from St. Vincent hospital, where her uncle’s life was saved shortly before she was born.  Millay’s parents divorced when she was young and she, her mother, and siblings moved several times before settling in Camden, Maine.  It was there that Millay would write the first of her poems that would one day bring her fame.

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This Day in History… February 21, 1885

Dedication of the Washington Monument 

U.S. #1158 was issued for the 100th anniversary of the first U.S.-Japan treaty.

US #1158 was issued for the 100th anniversary of the first US-Japan treaty.

On February 21, 1885, the Washington Monument was dedicated, 37 years after its cornerstone was laid.

In his lifetime, George Washington was a revered and respected man.  Unanimously elected the first president of the United States, he created a national bank, collected taxes to cover expenses, and improved the Army and Navy.  He even turned down a salary, only accepting money to cover his expenses.  Washington was so popular in fact; that the people tried to get him to serve a third term, but the noble leader chose instead to retire to his peaceful Mount Vernon home.

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This Day in History… February 20, 1915

Panama-Pacific Exposition 

US #397 – The first Panama-Pacific commemorative issued in 1913 pictures Vasco Nunez de Balboa, who discovered the Pacific Ocean in 1513.

On February 20, 1915, the Panama-Pacific Exposition opened in San Francisco, California.

As early as 1891, businessmen from San Francisco had wanted to host a world’s fair in their city.  They wanted to show the rest of the nation the progress they had made in transforming the small frontier town into a growing city complete with the world’s most active mint.

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This Day in History… February 19, 1473

Birth of Nicolaus Copernicus 

US #1488 was issued for Copernicus’ 500th birthday.

Nicolaus Copernicus was born on February 19, 1473, in Thorn, Poland.

The youngest of four children, Copernicus attended the University of Krakow where he studied math, philosophy, and astronomy.  Though he attended for four years, Copernicus didn’t earn a degree.

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