This Day in History… May 27, 2006

Wonders of America Sheet

US #4033-72 was issued on this day in 2006. Click image to order.

On May 27, 2006, the USPS issued a stamp sheet honoring 40 American natural and man-made superlatives.

The stamps were issued in Washington, DC during the 2006 World Philatelic Exhibition.  While they don’t honor each of the 50 states specifically as previous large se-tenant sheets had, they do represent every region of the country. Continue reading

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This Day in History… May 26, 1928

First U.S. Airmail Booklet 

US #C10a – Spirit of St. Louis Booklet pane of 3.  Click image to order.

On May 26, 1928, the US issued its first-ever Airmail booklet – US #C10a.

Charles A. Lindbergh made history on May 20, 1927, when he embarked on the first solo non-stop flight across the Atlantic.  Completed in 33½ hours, the flight earned Lindbergh a number of honors, including a Legion of Honor from France and a Congressional Medal of Honor and a Distinguished Flying Cross from the United States.  He also became an instant celebrity.

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This Day in History… May 25, 1977

First Star Wars Movie

US #4143 was issued on this day in 2007. Click image to order.

On May 25, 1977, the first Star Wars film was released, marking the start of four decades of dedicated fandom.

In 1971, writer and director George Lucas sought to produce a film adaptation of the comic serial Flash Gordon, but he couldn’t get the rights.  Lucas then decided he would invent his own.  To find inspiration, he researched what had originally inspired Alex Raymond to write Flash Gordon.  This led him to the works of Edgar Rice Burroughs (John Carter of Mars) and Edwin Arnold (Gulliver on Mars).

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This Day in History… May 24, 1978

Performing Arts Series

US #1755 – 1978 13¢ Jimmie Rodgers.

On May 24, 1978, the USPS issued the first stamp in the Performing Arts Series, honoring Jimmie Rodgers.

The Jimmie Rodgers stamp was issued on May 24, 1978, in his hometown of Meridian, Mississippi.  The stamp issue coincided with the town’s annual Jimmie Rodgers Festival.  The stamp shows Rodgers as the “Singing Brakeman,” a character based on his previous experience on the railroad that he later also portrayed in a short film.  Called the “Father of Country Music,” Rodgers was the first person ever inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

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This Day in History… May 23, 1918

First Commissioned Female Airmail Pilot

US #C3 – The airmail stamp in use at the time of Stinson’s flight. Click image to order.

On May 23, 1918, Katherine Stinson became the first woman hired by the post office to deliver airmail in the US.

Born February 14, 1891, in Fort Payne, Alabama, Katherine’s family played an important role in early aviation.  Her brother Eddie was an airplane manufacturer and her family ran a flight school.

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This Day in History… May 22, 1997

Looney Tunes Series and the Rare Bugs Bunny Imperforate Sheet

US #3137 – The regular perforated Bugs Bunny sheet.

On May 22, 1997, the USPS issued the first stamp in the Looney Tunes Series, honoring Bugs Bunny.

The Bugs Bunny stamp was issued in conjunction with a campaign to launch the USPS’s “Stampers” program.  As the official mascot of Stampers, it was hoped the animated character would help revive youth interest in the hobby of stamp collecting.  A full-color, 12-page magazine was made available through the USPS Philatelic Fulfillment Service Center for a limited time, as part of the Stampers program.

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