This Day in History… March 10, 1995

American Scenes & American Transportation Series 

US #2902 was inspired by the East Mitten and West Mitten Buttes in Monument Valley.

On March 10, 1995, the USPS issued the first stamps in two new definitive series – American Scenes and American Transportation (not to be confused with the Transportation Series).

These two series, as well as the American Culture Series, were created for 1995 as part of the USPS process of converting its service-inscribed stamps for discounted bulk mail to non-denominational postage. Bulk mailers could buy the appropriate stamps at a fixed price, affix them to their mail, and then pay the difference between the cost of the stamps and current postage when they mailed them out. This was done so that new stamps wouldn’t need to be created when rates changed.

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This Day in History… March 9, 1847

Siege of Veracruz 

US #153 – National Bank Note Printing.

On March 9, 1847, the US launched its first large-scale amphibious assault during the Siege of Veracruz.

The battle was part of the Mexican-American War, which began in May 1846. The war largely stemmed from the US annexation of Texas and the Texan border. Major General Zachary Taylor led US forces in a string of victories at Palo Alto, Resaca de la Palma, and Monterrey.

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This Day in History… March 8, 1914

Happy International Women’s Day 

US #3189j – From the Celebrate the Century: 1970s sheet.

On this day in 1914, International Women’s Day was first celebrated on March 8.

One of the first known celebrations of a National Women’s Day was held on February 28, 1909, in New York. The event was organized by the Socialist Party of America at the request of suffragist Theresa Malkiel.

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This Day in History… March 7, 1850

Birth of Thomas Masaryk 

US #1147 was issued on Masaryk’s 110th birthday.

Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk was born on March 7, 1850, in Hodonín, Austrian Empire (present-day Czech Republic).

Masaryk was born into a poor, working-class family, but was able to attend grammar school and eventually the University of Vienna. In 1876, he graduated with a PhD, and by 1882 he was working as a professor of philosophy at Charles University of Prague.

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This Day in History… March 6, 1820

Missouri Compromise & Dred Scott Decision 

US #1426 was issued for the 150th anniversary of Missouri statehood.

On March 6, 1820, President James Monroe signed the Missouri Compromise into law.

Missouri first asked to be granted statehood in 1818. At that time, the country was becoming divided by the practice of slavery and its expansion into new territories. These disputes delayed Missouri’s statehood.

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This Day in History… March 5, 1853

Birth of Howard Pyle 

US #3502h pictures Pyle’s 1905 painting, An Attack on a Galleon.

Illustrator and author Howard Pyle was born on March 5, 1853, in Wilmington, Delaware.

Pyle had an interest in drawing and writing from a very young age. He attended private schools but had little interest in academics. Luckily, his parents encouraged his creativity and his desire to study art.

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