Scenes from the 1893 Columbian Expo

Issued to commemorate the 1893 Columbian Exposition, the Columbian stamps are among the most desirable of all U.S. stamps. This video captures some of the awe of that huge World’s Fair.

Now that you’ve traveled back in time and “visited” the Columbian Expo, take a few minutes to enjoy that 1893 stamp series that commemorated it.  Just click here.

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Watch the Pony Express in Action

This is neat! Created by Wells Fargo, this video recreates the days of the Pony Express.

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First U.S. Airmail Flight

On May 15, 1918, a crowd of several hundred gathered at Washington’s Polo Grounds to witness history being made. After carefully reviewing the route to Philadelphia on Fleet’s map – a photo opportunity that would become more ironic as the day progressed – Lt. George Boyle climbed inside the Jenny. His bags contained 5,500 letters destined to fly on the first airmail route in U.S. history. Continue reading

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Hindenburg Disaster

Graf Zeppelin stamps are among the most sought-after of all U.S. stamps.  Sadly, the golden days of dirigibles ended with the Hindenburg disaster.  This short film clip captures that tragic event.

Dirigibles like the Hindenburg are pictured on the legendary Graf Zeppelin stamps.  You’ll find more about them here.

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Traditional Christmas Series

US #1321 Madonna and Child with Angels

US #1321
Madonna and Child with Angels

The fifth U.S. Christmas stamp (and first traditional design) illustrates the “Madonna and Child With Angels” by painter Hans Memling, which hangs in the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. Continue reading

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Legends of Hollywood

In 1995, the USPS introduced a new stamp series honoring “famous Golden-Age film stars whose performances electrified the big screen and enamored the public.”

US #2967 Marilyn Monroe

US #2967
Marilyn Monroe

Monroe starred in such box office hits as Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Some Like It Hot, and The Seven Year Itch. Not content to be seen as merely a typical blonde however, she strived to gain recognition for her acting ability as well. After studying under Lee Strasburg at the Actors Studio in New York City, she returned to Hollywood to star in more serious films, such as Bus Stop and The Misfits.

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