This Day in History… December 3, 1989

First U.S. Hologram Postal Stationary

U.S. #U617 – America’s first hologram envelope with a silk cachet.

On December 3, 1989, the USPS issued its first postal item to be produced with a hologram – a 25¢ stamped envelope picturing a space shuttle docking at a space station.

The USPS first began considering creating postage with holograms in December 1987.  The technology was still relatively new at that point, having just been created in the 1960s.  The USPS spent much of 1988 researching the possibility and meeting with leading hologram manufacturers.

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This Day in History… December 2, 1863

Statue of Freedom Completed 

U.S. #573 was the only bi-color stamp in the Series of 1922-25.

On December 2, 1862, the Statue of Freedom was placed atop the U.S. Capital to a 35-gun salute.

Construction on the U.S. Capitol Building began in 1793, when George Washington laid the cornerstone. The most famous part of the Capitol is the dome. The first one, erected in 1824, was made of wood covered with copper. Within 30 years, the building had expanded so much the dome was small in proportion. When congressmen saw sketches of a proposed cast-iron dome, they immediately appropriated the money for its construction.

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This Day in History… December 1, 1911

First and Only U.S. Registration Stamp 

U.S. #F1 – Click this image for more conditions and to order your Registration stamp.

On December 1, 1911, the U.S. Post Office Department issued its first and only Registration stamp.

The U.S. first implemented a registered letter system on July 1, 1855. For the next 56 years, mailers could pay the registration fee, which ranged from five to twenty cents over these years, with cash or stamps.

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This Day in History… November 30, 1954

First U.S. Savings Stamp 

U.S. #S1 was issued on this day in 1954.

On November 30, 1954, the Post Office Department issued its first Savings Stamp, #S1.

Over the years, there have been several different types of Savings Stamps in the U.S. In 1911, there were Postal Savings stamps that could be redeemed as credits to postal savings accounts. Then in 1917, there were War Savings stamps that could be redeemed for U.S. treasury war certificates, defense bonds or war bonds. War savings stamps were discontinued after World War I, but were reinstated with American entry into World War II and took on a new look, featuring the patriotic “Minuteman.” Postal Savings stamps of this era also featured the Minuteman.

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This Day in History… November 29, 1777

California’s First Civilian Settlement 

U.S. #1725 was issued for the 200th anniversary of San Jose.

On November 29, 1777, the first non-military settlement in California was established as El Pueblo de San José de Guadalupe in Alta, California.

Before the arrival of Europeans, the Ohlone Native American tribes lived in the area of present-day San Jose. The first permanent European settlements then came in 1770 when Gaspar de Portolà and Junípero Serra founded the Presidio of Monterey and the Mission San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo.

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This Day in History… November 28, 1843

Hawaiian Independence Day 

Hawaii #H74 pictures Hawaii’s Coat of Arms.

On November 28, 1843, France and the United Kingdom officially recognized Hawaii as an independent Kingdom.

After the death of King Kamehameha in 1819, his wife, newly converted Protestant Queen regent Ka’ahumanu, outlawed Catholicism in Hawaii. French Catholic priests were deported and native Hawaiian Catholic converts were arrested. They were later freed when they rejected Catholicism.

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