This Day in History… April 8, 1930

Guam Guard Mail Stamps 

US #GM2 was issued on this day in 1930.

On April 8, 1930, Guam Guard Mail stamps were introduced for inter-island mail.

Guam became a possession of the United States at the end of the Spanish-American War in 1898. As a result, the United States Post Office Department took over mail delivery to and from the Pacific island.

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This Day in History… April 7, 1915

Happy Birthday Billie Holiday 

US #2856 from the Blues and Jazz Singers issue.

Eleanora Fagan, better known as Billie Holiday, was born on April 7, 1915, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Fagan’s father was likely Clarence Holiday, a traveling musician, who left the family to pursue his music career. For much of Holiday’s early life, her mother was away from home for long periods of time for various transportation jobs, so she was raised by extended family.

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This Day in History… April 6, 1876

The American Chemical Society

US #1002 was issued for the ACS’s 75th anniversary and pictures their emblem along with several instruments related to chemical work.

On April 6, 1876, the American Chemical Society was founded in New York City.

Prior to that, there were other American scientific societies, namely the American Association for the Advancement of Science, which was founded in 1848. However, there wasn’t an organization devoted solely to chemistry, which was a fast-growing science. Chemistry is the scientific study of substances, how they behave and change under different conditions, and how they interact.

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This Day in History… April 5, 1906

Consular Service Fee Stamps 

US #RK1 – The first Consular Service Fee stamp.

On April 5, 1906, Congress passed a law calling for the creation of Consular Service Fee stamps.

That same act also provided for the reorganization of the consular service in the United States. This included classifying and grading the consuls and consuls-general, and specifying their salaries.

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This Day in History… April 4, 1818

The Flag Act of 1818 

US #1622 pictures the 13-star, 13-stripe flag.

On April 4, 1818, President James Monroe signed a flag act that changed the way the US flag was updated when new states joined the Union.

Many people claimed to have designed America’s first flag, including Betsy Ross and Francis Hopkinson. Regardless of who designed it, the Flag Resolution of 1777 declared that the flag contain 13 stars and 13 stripes, in honor of the 13 states of the Union.

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This Day in History… April 3, 1860

Inaugural Run of the Pony Express 

US #113 from the popular Pictorial issue.

On April 3, 1860, the Pony Express made its first trip from St. Joseph, Missouri, to Sacramento, California.

In 1860, mail contractor Ben Holladay joined forces with the Russell, Majors, and Waddell freight company to create a mail-carrying operation that would be faster and more efficient than the stagecoaches of the Butterfield Overland Mail. At that time, it could take months for mail to be delivered to the unsettled West by stagecoach.

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