This Day in History… January 20, 1960

American Credo Series

U.S. #1139 was issued on this day in 1960 in Mount Vernon, Virginia.

On January 20, 1960, the US Post Office Department issued the first stamp in the American Credo Series.

The Post Office Department created the American Credo Series to “re-emphasize the ideals upon which America was founded and to honor those great Americans who wrote or uttered the credos.” The stamps were designed to resemble colonial currency. Also, symbols that relate to the statement are used in the designs, as well as a likeness of the author’s signature. One hundred distinguished Americans chose the individual principles.

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This Day in History… January 19, 1971

First Colorano Silk FDC 

U.S. #1423 was issued on this day in 1971.

On January 19, 1971, the USPS issued a stamp honoring the 450th anniversary of the wool industry in the United States. It’s believed that sheep and wool were first brought to the Americas in 1521 by Hernando Cortez during his conquest of Mexico. This stamp was the first issue for which Colorano produced a Silk Cachet First Day Cover.

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This Day in History… January 18, 1919

Ignacy Paderewski Becomes Prime Minister of Poland 

U.S. #1159 – Paderewski was the 7th honoree in the Champions of Liberty Series.

On January 18, 1919, composer-turned statesman Ignacy Paderewski was sworn in as the first Prime Minister of newly independent Poland.

Paderewski was born on November 6, 1860, in Kuryłówka, Podolia (in present-day Ukraine). Paderewski was perhaps the greatest pianist of his time, admired by all who heard him play.

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This Day in History… January 17, 1929

Popeye’s Comic Debut

U.S. #3000k from the Comic Strip Classics issue.

On January 17, 1929, Popeye the Sailor Man first appeared in the Thimble Theatre comic strip.

Cartoonist Elzie Crisler Segar created Popeye. Segar worked as a film projectionist before taking a correspondence course to become an illustrator.

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This Day in History… January 16, 1786

Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom 

U.S. #1099 was issued for the 300th anniversary of the “Flushing Remonstrance.”

On January 16, 1786, Virginia enacted Thomas Jefferson’s Statute for Religious Freedom.

Since the first British settlers arrived in Virginia in 1607, the official church of the colony had been the Church of England. Citizens were required to attend the church’s services and pay taxes to support the ministers.

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This Day in History… January 15, 1902

Founding of the 4-H Club

U.S. #1005 was issued on this day in 1952.

On January 15, 1902, one of the first clubs to resemble the 4-H club was founded in Ohio.

In the late 1800s, it wasn’t uncommon for individuals and groups to create clubs for children to help them appreciate farming and nature. While it’s unclear who was the first to create such a group, 4-H Club recognizes A.B. Graham as one of the early founders.

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