The Mars Pathfinder stamp measures a whopping 3 inches across and 1 1/2 inches high, making it the largest U.S. postage stamp ever! Newspaper/Periodical stamps from 1865 were bigger, but they weren't postage stamps
Thursday, July 27, 2017
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Monday, July 24, 2017
Sunday, July 23, 2017
1998 marked the 100th anniversary of the Klondike Gold Rush. Gold was first discovered in this area of Alaska and Canada in 1896, but 60,000 people rushed to the Klondike in 1898. First day of issue ceremony was held in Nome, Alaska.
Saturday, July 22, 2017
Friday, July 21, 2017
James Cagney became America's favorite gangster in the movies of the 1930's and 1940's, and yet his most famous roll was when he played George M. Cohan, a song and dance man, author and play write, in the movie Yankee Doodle Dandy. This movie has become an American standard and is played on television every 4th of July.
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
This unique Prestige Booklet is the first created by the United States. It contains 2 panes of 5 stamps each., full color photographs of submarines,an informative history and decorative selvage. Each of the stamps showcases a different class of submarine, providing a wonderful overview of the U.S. fleet. Historic and attractive, the Submarine Prestige Booklet is a perfect gift for naval enthusiast or anyone who enjoys high-quality commemorative stamps.
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
The Hubble telescope is in orbit about 380 miles above the surface of the earth. This allows it to escape the effects of the atmosphere, which otherwise blur images. The Hubble can detect objects 50 times fainter than those observed on earth.
Monday, July 17, 2017
In a little less than 200 years, the Stars and Stripes increased its constellation from 13 to 50 stars. It has been an accurate chronicle of the growth of this great nation. The 20 stamp Stars and Stripes sheet pictures the original 13-star flag, our current 50-star flag, and eighteen others.
Sunday, July 16, 2017
The fish shown on this sheet live in the lower mid-water and deep water regions of the ocean. Reaching depths of 35,000 feet in places, this place is totally devoid of light. In order to live in such an environment, many of the fish have light-producing organs within their bodies.
Saturday, July 15, 2017
The striking images featured in this sheet represents 20 of the greatest American photographers. The stamps are arranged in chronological order according to when the pictures were taken. The earliest photographs date back to the Civil War era. The sheet's selvage depicts a photographer with an antiquated camera on the edge of a cliff, from a photo taken by William Henry Jackson. The 2002 release of this sheet marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Ansel Adams.
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
The American Filmmaking sheet marks the third appearance of actor Boris Karloff on a U.S. stamp. His first two came in a 1997 sheet of Classic Movie Monsters, featured as both Frankenstein and the Mummy. On the sheet shown below, he is being made up for his role in Frankenstein.
Monday, July 10, 2017
Sunday, July 9, 2017
The National World War 2 Memorial in Washington, D.C., is dedicated to all who served---military veterans, as well as citizens on the home front. More than 15 million men and about 338,000 women served in the U.S. armed forces during W.W. 2. The war succeeded in ending oppressive European dictatorships.
Saturday, July 8, 2017
Tuesday, July 4, 2017
Ancient Greeks named stellar constellations for figures in mythology. The constellation Orion is named for a legendary hunter. Lyra for the harp Orpheus played. Leo for the fierce lion killed by Hercules, and Pegasus for the mythical winged horse.
Monday, July 3, 2017
Sunday, July 2, 2017
Saturday, July 1, 2017
On April 14, 1982 the Postal Service issued a fifty stamp sheet with all different designs. Arthur and Alan Singer, was the first father and son to design stamps for the Postal Service. Each stamp is unique and shows the state bird and flower of each state. The father created the birds, and the son painted the flowers.