American Architecture Series

US #1779-82 American Architecture

US #1779-82
American Architecture

The first in the series, this block of four illustrates examples of early American architecture. Each of the buildings was selected for its enduring beauty, strength, and usefulness. Pictured are the Philadelphia Exchange, the Boston State House, the Baltimore Cathedral, and the Rotunda of the University of Virginia, which was designed by Thomas Jefferson.

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American Revolution Sesquicentennial

In 1925, the U.S. celebrated the 150th anniversary of its independence with a stamp series known as the American Revolution Sesquicentennial.

US #617 Washington at Cambridge

US #617
Washington at Cambridge

U.S. #617 pictures General George Washington leading colonial forces at Cambridge Common on July 2, 1775. This was two-and-a-half months after the battles at Lexington and Concord. A driving factor for this scene’s inclusion in the set was due to the famed “Washington Elm.” According to legend, Washington stood under the elm tree as he took command of the Continental Army.   Over the years, the tree was badly damaged and was accidentally knocked over during repair attempts in 1923. Continue reading

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Civil War Centennial

This series features five stamps – one for each year of the Civil War – to commemorate its 100th anniversary.

US #1178 Fort Sumter

US #1178
Fort Sumter

When South Carolina seceded from the Union in 1860, plans were made quickly to seize the U.S. forts in the Harbor at Charleston, S.C. – Fort Moultrie and Fort Sumter. The forts were under the command of Major Robert Anderson. Anderson had established his command at Fort Moultrie, but moved to Fort Sumter for its superior defenses.

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American Folk Art

The American Folk Art series ran from 1977 to 1995.  Folk Art is loosely defined as the art of the everyday, rooted in traditions that come from community and culture and expressing cultural identity by conveying shared community values and aesthetics.

US #1706-09 Pueblo Pottery

US #1706-09
Pueblo Pottery

This set of four stamps commemorates the pottery skills of the Pueblo Indians of Arizona and New Mexico. This particular art form is still practiced, but the pieces shown in these stamp designs were produced sometime between 1880 and 1920. Continue reading

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American Arts

Over the course of its two year existence – 1973 to 1975 – seven stamps were added to the American Arts series.

US #1484 George Gershwin

US #1484
George Gershwin

George Gershwin rose to fame on Broadway during the 1920s with musical comedies including Lady, Be Good; Tip-Toes; Oh, Kay!; Funny Face; and Girl Crazy. In Strike Up the Band, Of Thee I Sing, and Let ‘Em Eat Cake, Gershwin turned to political satire. Let ‘Em Eat Cake was the first musical comedy to win a Pulitzer Prize. He also wrote successful concert music, including Rhapsody in Blue and Concerto in F. In 1935, Gershwin moved to Hollywood, California, and turned his attention to films. He wrote Shall We Dance for Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, and A Damsel in Distress for Astaire, Joan Fontaine, and Gracie Allen.  Gershwin is also the  musician who created the brilliant musical “Porgy and Bess” and composed the much-performed “Rhapsody in Blue.”

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Olympic Games

A new stamp series was unveiled in 1932, designed as a “spotlight on the sports, athletes, and host cities that carry the torch for global unity.”  Olympic Games stamps quickly became collector favorites.

US #716 Third Winter Games

US #716
Third Winter Games

The 1932 2¢ Winter Olympic Games stamp is the first U.S. stamp issued to commemorate the international competition. Voters chose U.S. #716 as on of the 100 Greatest American Stamps.

1932 marked the third time the Winter Games were held, and the first time the event was held in the U.S. The games were held in Lake Placid, a small town in upstate New York that was home to less than 3,000 year round residents.

The Lake Placid Chamber of Commerce asked the village postmaster to suggest a commemorative stamp for the event. A New York congressman helped persuade reluctant officials, and the stamp was approved. Continue reading

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