This Day in History… November 15, 1974

First U.S. Self-Adhesive Stamp

US #1552 – America’s first self-adhesive stamp, issued on this day in 1974.

On November 15, 1974, the USPS issued its first experimental self-adhesive stamp.

Throughout the 20th century, US postage evolved through a number of significant innovations such as the use of the rotary press and phosphorescent tagging.  However, while these innovations may have gone largely unnoticed by the general public, one of the greatest postal innovations of the century was the introduction of self-adhesive stamps.  Though common today, they had a rocky start.

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This Day in History… November 14, 1765

Birth of Robert Fulton

US #1270 was issued for Fulton’s 200th birthday.

Engineer and inventor Robert Fulton was born on November 14, 1765, in Little Britain, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

From a young age, Fulton showed a great talent for art.  After his father died, he moved to Philadelphia and painted portraits and landscapes and provided technical drawings for houses and machinery to provide for his mother and siblings.  While in Philadelphia, he met Benjamin Franklin and several businessmen who encouraged him to travel to Europe to further his art training.

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This Day in History… November 13, 1982

Dedication of Vietnam Veterans Memorial

U.S. #2109 was issued two years after the memorial’s dedication.

US #2109 was issued two years after the memorial’s dedication.  Click the image to order.

On November 13, 1982, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial was officially dedicated in Washington, DC.

In the 1950s, Vietnam was divided along the 17th parallel, into communist North and anti-communist South Vietnam.  Following the assassination of the president of South Vietnam, a period of political instability began, while military generals fought for control of the government.

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This Day in History… November 12, 1815

Birth of Elizabeth Cady Stanton

US #959 was issued on the 100th anniversary of the Seneca Falls Convention. Click the image to order.

Suffragist and abolitionist Elizabeth Cady Stanton was born on November 12, 1815, in Johnstown, New York. 

Stanton came from a prominent family and was the daughter of a lawyer and assemblyman.  Her long talks with her father gave her a good informal knowledge of the laws of the day.

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This Day in History… November 11, 1885

Birth of General George Patton

US #1026 pictures Patton and two of the tanks named in his honor.

George Smith Patton, Jr. was born on November 11, 1885, in San Gabriel, California.

Patton belonged to a prominent military family, with ancestors participating in Revolutionary and Civil War battles.  Though he had difficulty learning to read and write as a child, Patton soon became an avid reader with a determined interest in military history, particularly Julius Caesar, Joan of Arc, Napoleon Bonaparte, and family friend John S. Mosby (the “Gray Ghost” cavalry leader from the Civil War).

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This Day in History… November 10, 1954

Opening of USMC War Memorial

US #929 was issued just five months after the flag-raising.

On November 10, 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower presided over the dedication and official opening of the United States Marine Corps War Memorial, also known as the Iwo Jima Memorial.

The history of the memorial is very closely aligned with the famous image that stands as its centerpiece, the flag-raising at Iwo Jima.  That iconic flag-raising occurred on February 23, 1945.

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