In 1972, a stamp series was issued to commemorate the 100th anniversary of America’s National Parks program.
Cape Hatteras National Seashore
This issue was unique in that it combined four stamps in a block that contained one overall design (U.S. #1448-51). Cape Hatteras National Seashore is pictured. That area contains some of the earliest sites of English colonial settlement. Located along North Carolina’s Outer Banks, the shores are home to thousands of waterfowl and have become the final stop for sections of ships that have been wrecked on the shoals.
In 2004, a new U.S. stamp series debuted that featured the art of Walt Disney Studios. It was a marriage of childhood memories and much sought-after artwork – all rolled into very affordable collectibles. While some critics dismissed the stamps as crass commercialism, it’s clear the designs capture the magic of Disney.
Due to pending postal rate increases in 1998, the U.S. Postal Service issued a set of non-denominational stamps that feature “Uncle Sam’s hat.” The new postal rate was set at 33¢. Seven different varieties were produced… and one surprise that surfaced later!
H Rate Change
The Legends of American Music stamp series debuted on January 8, 1993. More than 70 artists are included from all styles of music. “The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll” was featured. The public was allowed to vote for a “young” or “old” Elvis image. America voted overwhelmingly for the younger version. It became the best-selling stamp in U.S. history – and a popular stamp series was born!
The stamps pictured here are US #2724-30, which were sold as single stamps. The same designs were issued in booklet form and assigned Scott numbers 2731-37.
In 1956, Elvis Presley exploded on the music scene with his super seller “Heartbreak Hotel”, and popular music was never the same again.
World War II was one of the most significant events of the 20th century. The U.S. Postal Service began planning for the war’s 50th anniversary in 1985. It wanted to honor the key events of the war effort as well as the various aspects of national endeavor that contributed to Allied victory. But how to do that without producing a thousand stamps?
The solution was a series of sheetlets – one for each year of the war – that consisted of a large center map framed by five stamps on the top and five on the bottom. Five years of commemorating WWII would yield five sheets, for a total of 50 stamps, enough for an honorable tribute and accomplish Postal Service goals. Continue reading
Introduced in 2000, this stamp series honors U.S. citizens who have “left their mark on the American conscience.”
Joseph W. Stilwell
Honored on the first Distinguished Americans series stamp is General Joseph W. Stilwell (1883-1946). A 1904 graduate of the United States Military Academy, Stilwell was sent to Burma in 1942 to assist Chinese and British troops who were defending Burma against Japanese aggression. He commanded all American forces in the China-Burma-India theater of operations during World War II. Stilwell, whose outspoken nature earned him the nickname “Vinegar Joe,” served as Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek’s chief of staff and was the first American general to command a Chinese army. Continue reading