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Stamp Collecting and History

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  • In 1974, the United States Postal Service issued a beautiful set of commemorative stamps in recognition of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Universal Postal Union. Each of the eight stamps in the set features a famous work of art by an internationally renowned artist that reflects the theme of reading and writing letters. These stamps are a miniature art gallery, with masterpieces by Raphael, Hokusai, Peto, Liotard, ter Borch, Chardin, Gainsborough, and Goya.

    Famous Works of Art on U.S. Stamps: 1974 Universal Postal Union Commemoratives

    Famous Works of Art on U.S. Stamps: 1974 Universal Postal Union Commemoratives

    by Brian Lokker15

  • Learn history by collecting stamps. From 1936 to 1937, the U.S. Post Office issued a series of ten commemorative postage stamps featuring military heroes from the Revolutionary War through the Spanish-American War. The five-cent Army stamp pays tribute to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

    1937 Five-Cent Army Stamp: United States Military Academy at West Point

    1937 Five-Cent Army Stamp: United States Military Academy at West Point

    by Brian Lokker10

  • In 1936 and 1937, the U.S. Post Office issued a series of ten commemorative postage stamps honoring military heroes. The one-cent Navy stamp honors Revolutionary War naval heroes John Paul Jones, captain of the Bonhomme Richard, and John Barry, captain of the Lexington.

    1936 One-Cent Navy Stamp: John Paul Jones and John Barry

    1936 One-Cent Navy Stamp: John Paul Jones and John Barry

    by Brian Lokker2

  • A brief history of how postage stamps came to be, along with an introduction to stamp collecting. Once described as "The World's Greatest Hobby," stamp collecting flourished until the rise of technology in the 1980s. After three decades of decline, the hobby is now enjoying a rebirth.

    Stamp Collecting: The History and Evolution of the World's Greatest Hobby

    Stamp Collecting: The History and Evolution of the World's Greatest Hobby

    by Peter Messerschmidt6

  • A look at the Legends of Hollywood, a commemorative stamp series created to feature legendary actors, actresses, and directors who have made a positive and undeniable impact on American film.

    Legends of Hollywood Stamp Series

    Legends of Hollywood Stamp Series

    by Glory Miller13

  • Learn history through collecting stamps. In 1936 and 1937, the U.S. Post Office issued a series of ten commemorative postage stamps honoring Army and Navy heroes from American wars. The two-cent Army stamp honors Generals Andrew Jackson and Winfield Scott, and also includes a view of Jackson's home The Hermitage. The stamps provide a good way of learning about early U.S. military history.

    1937 Two-Cent Army Stamp: Andrew Jackson, Winfield Scott, and the Hermitage

    1937 Two-Cent Army Stamp: Andrew Jackson, Winfield Scott, and the Hermitage

    by Brian Lokker0

  • In 1936 and 1937, the U.S. Post Office issued a series of ten Army and Navy commemorative stamps honoring war heroes. The three-cent Navy stamp honors Admirals David Farragut and David Porter, heroes of the Civil War. The stamp provides a nice introduction to the naval history of the Civil War.

    1937 Three-Cent Navy Stamp: David Farragut and David Porter

    1937 Three-Cent Navy Stamp: David Farragut and David Porter

    by Brian Lokker0

  • Collecting stamps is a great way to learn history. In 1936 and 1937, the U.S. Post Office issued a series of ten commemorative stamps to honor war heroes. The two-cent Navy stamp honors Stephen Decatur and Thomas Macdonough, naval heroes in the Barbary Wars and the War of 1812.

    1937 Two-Cent Navy Stamp: Stephen Decatur and Thomas Macdonough

    1937 Two-Cent Navy Stamp: Stephen Decatur and Thomas Macdonough

    by Brian Lokker2

  • Learn history by collecting stamps. From 1936 to 1937, the United States Post Office issued a series of ten commemorative postage stamps featuring Army and Navy heroes from American wars in the 18th and 19th centuries. The four-cent Army stamp honors Civil War Generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson of the Confederate Army, and also includes a view of Robert E. Lee's birthplace, Stratford Hall. These stamps make American military history come alive.

    1937 Four-Cent Army Stamp: Robert E. Lee, Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson, and Stratford Hall

    1937 Four-Cent Army Stamp: Robert E. Lee, Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson, and Stratford Hall

    by Brian Lokker9

  • From 1936 to 1937, the U.S. Post Office issued a series of ten postage stamps featuring military heroes. The five-cent Navy stamp pays tribute to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. Starting with the official USNA seal on the stamp, you can learn some of the history of the Naval Academy.

    1937 Five-Cent Navy Stamp: United States Naval Academy at Annapolis

    1937 Five-Cent Navy Stamp: United States Naval Academy at Annapolis

    by Brian Lokker6

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