Kwanzaa Series

US #3175 1997 Kwanzaa

US #3175
1997 Kwanzaa

Kwanzaa is an African-American holiday that begins on December 26 and lasts for seven days. It is based on the traditional African harvest festival; the name Kwanzaa is taken from a phrase meaning “first fruits” in Swahili, an East African language.

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Crop of the Americas Identifier

In 2006, the bountiful harvests Americans produce each year were pictured on five stamp designs.  The stamps were produced in coils as well as convertible and vending booklets.  Telling the look-alike stamps apart is as easy as checking the perforations.  Here’s how:

Crops of America Identifier

Crops of America Identifier

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Lighthouses Stamp Series

Since ancient times light has been used as a navigational aid for ships. The Egyptian King Ptolemy I ordered the creation of what was probably the world’s first lighthouse, which was completed in 285 B.C. This structure was about four hundred feet tall, and had an open fire as its light source. It was located on the Island of Pharos, and survived for nearly 1,500 years.

Introduced in 1990, the Lighthouses stamp series commemorates “the classic coastal sentinels that reflect our nation’s seafaring past.”

US #2470-74 East Coast Lighthouses

US #2470-74
Lighthouses

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Garden Flowers Series

Issued from 1993-96, the Garden Flowers stamp series brings a burst of color to your stamp album.

US #2760-64 Garden Flowers

US #2760-64
Spring Garden Flowers

These colorful flowers blossomed into a booklet of stamps in mid-June. Featuring one continuous se-tenant design, the stamps pictured five favorite garden flowers, including the lilac, daffodil, tulip, iris, and hyacinth. Continue reading

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American Treasures Series

Introduced in 2001, the American Treasures stamp series honors “fine works by skilled hands, from Amish quilts to idyllic paintings by American masters.”

US #3524-27 Amish Quilts

US #3524-27
Amish Quilts

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American Scientists

According to the USPS, the American Scientists Series commemorates “great researchers whose explorations into tiny molecules and grand galaxies shifted the paradigms of science.”
US #3906-08 2005 American Scientists

US #3906-08
2005 American Scientists

After World War II, von Neumann worked to develop large scale, high-speed electronic computers with stored programs. His design of the IAS computer – the von Neumann Architecture – became the model for most of its successors.

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