This Day in History… February 18, 1848

Birth of Louis Comfort Tiffany 

US #3749 from the American Design series.

Louis Comfort Tiffany was born on February 18, 1848, in New York City, New York.

Tiffany was born to wealthy Charles Lewis Tiffany, owner of Tiffany & Co. jewelry store in Manhattan. Tiffany attended military academies before beginning training as a painter.  He studied under George Inness and Samuel Colman and attended the National Academy of Design in New York City before traveling to France.

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This Day in History… February 17, 1881

Birth of Mary Breckinridge

US #2942 from the Great Americans Series.

Nurse midwife Mary Carson Breckinridge was born on February 17, 1881, in Memphis, Tennessee. 

Breckinridge was the daughter of Congressman Clifton Breckinridge and granddaughter of US Vice President John C. Breckinridge.  When her father was appointed US Minister to Russia in 1894, the family moved there and she received some of her education there from private tutors.

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This Day in History… February 16, 1868

Founding of the Elks

US #1342 was issued for the Elks’ 100th anniversary and their “Support Our Youth” service program.

On February 16, 1868, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks (BPOE) was founded in New York City.

The story of the Elks begins on November 15, 1867, when British comic singer Charles A. Vivian arrived in New York.  That night, he visited the Star Hotel and met piano player Richard R. Steirly.  Vivian offered to sing a few songs with Steirly and the two became fast friends.

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This Day in History… February 15, 1926

First Contract Airmail Flight

US #1684 was issued for the 50th anniversary of the first contract airmail flight.

On February 15, 1926, the first contract airmail flight was made between Michigan and Ohio.

American Airmail service officially began in 1918.  A handful of adventurous young aviators – some who had established themselves as “Flying Aces” during World War I – were eager for the opportunity to fly again, no matter what the circumstances.

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This Day in History… February 14, 1865

First American Sokol Organization

US #1262 was issued for the 100th anniversary of American Sokol. 

On February 14, 1865, the first Sokol organization in the United States was established in St. Louis, Missouri. 

The Sokol movement began in the Czech region of Austria-Hungary, Prague.  It was loosely based on the Ancient Greek practice of training athletes and warriors.  It was also directly influenced by the German Turnverein (also called the Turners) that were founded in 1811. 

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This Day in History… February 13, 1946

World Radio Day

Item #UN1056-57 – World Radio Day stamps issued by the UN’s New York Office.

World Radio Day was established in 2011 to commemorate the creation of United Nations Radio on February 13, 1946.  

Prior to UN Radio, the League of Nations “Radio Nations” began broadcasting in 1929.  It remained in operation for 10 years.

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