This Day in History… March 17, 1824

Old Glory 

US #1094 was the first issue using the US Flag as the central design.

On March 17, 1824, William Driver received a US flag that was the first to be called “Old Glory.”

William Driver was born on March 17, 1803, in Salem, Massachusetts. When he was 13, Driver ran away from home to become a cabin boy on a ship.

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This Day in History… March 16, 1802

Founding of West Point 

US #3560 was issued on this day in 2002 for the school’s 200th anniversary.

On March 16, 1802, the Military Academy at West Point was founded.

Poised above the Hudson River, 50 miles north of New York City, West Point was first established as Fort Arnold, in 1778. The site was selected because of the unusual S-curve in the Hudson River below. Military engineer Tadeusz Kościuszko organized the fort’s defenses.

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This Day in History… March 15, 1935

Farley’s Follies 

US #752 – The first Farley’s Folly re-issue with no gum.

On March 15, 1935, the US Post Office reissued 20 stamps known as “Farley’s Special Printings,” which were the result of the biggest stamp scandal of the time – “Farley’s Follies.”

James A. Farley (1888-1976) got his start in politics in 1911 as town clerk of Grassy Point, New York. He moved his way through the political system, forming the Upstate New York Democratic Organization and bringing many upstate voters to the Democratic Party.

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This Day in History… March 14, 1863

Birth of Casey Jones 

US #993 was issued on the 50th anniversary of Jones’ fateful train accident.

Jonathon Luther Jones was born on March 14, 1863, in Missouri.

Jones’ parents worried that the backwoods of Missouri wouldn’t provide their son with enough opportunities, so they moved the family to Cayce, Kentucky. People began calling Jones Cayce, after his new hometown, and he eventually changed it to Casey.

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This Day in History… March 13, 1997

First U.S. Triangle Stamps

US #3130-31 were issued for the Pacific ’97 stamp show.

On March 13, 1997, the USPS issued its first triangle-shaped stamps to promote the upcoming Pacific ’97 Stamp Show.

The world’s first triangle-shaped stamps came 144 years earlier. Issued in 1853, the British colony Cape of Good Hope’s very first stamps were triangle-shaped. They were reportedly created in that shape to help illiterate postal clerks easily identify letters that were mailed from within the colony from those that were mailed from other places.

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This Day in History… March 12, 1888

The Blizzard of 1888 and Blizzard Mail 

US #5031-34c – Imperforate geometric snowflakes stamps.

On March 12, 1888, a short-lived blizzard mail service delivered letters to New York City during one of the worst storms in history.

Just two days before, on March 10, temperatures in the northeast were in the mid-50s. But the next day, cold Arctic air from Canada met with Gulf air from the south sending temperatures plummeting. The rain quickly became snow and winds reached hurricane-strength – about 85 miles per hour in New York City.

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