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SERIES STAMP ISSUED ON THIS DAY IN 1940

10c Booker T. Washington stamp, issued April 7, 1940

The United States Post Office Department issued a stamp honoring African-
American educator Booker T. Washington (1856-1915) as part of its Famous
Americans Series. The nation’s first stamp to honor an African-American, it
holds a unique place in American history.

Born a slave in Hale’s Ford, Virginia, Washington served as a role model for
other struggling African-Americans, and, as founder of Alabama’s Tuskegee
Normal Industrial School (renamed Tuskegee Institute in 1937), he profoundly
influenced the community’s self-esteem and self-reliance.

In 1938, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, responding to numerous petitions
from African-American supporters, recognized the timeliness of such a stamp
and directed that Washington be considered for this important stamp series.

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FIRST ZIP CODE ION THIS DAY IN 1963

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The postmaster of the United States Postal Service introduced the five-digit ZIP
code. The term is an acronym for Zoning Improvement Plan. Robert Moon, an
employee of the post office, is considered to be the father of the ZIP code. He
submitted his proposal in 1944 for the initial three-digit code while working as
a postal inspector.

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ISSUED FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 1869

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Lincoln_Memorial stamp      Liberty_stamp

The first definitive series of U.S. postage stamps offered iconic American
pictorial images other than portraits of statesmen (above). The scenes
included the Statue of Liberty, the Lincoln Memorial and even an image
of an American Buffalo. At first the general public disapproved of the
stamps, complaining that the scenes were no substitute for images of
presidents.

A later issue of the stamps presented pictorial images only on the higher-
value stamps, the more commonly used dominations of 12 cents and
lower, along with the traditional portraits. 

    

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U.S. POST OFFICE BORN ON THIS DAY IN 1775

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This stamp was issued in 2006 as part of a set of four commemorating the
300th anniversary of Franklin’s birth.

The United States Post Office (USPO) was created in Philadelphia under Benjamin
Franklin by decree of the Second Continental Congress.Today Franklin is referred
to as the “Father of the United States Postal System”.

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The Franklin Post Office on 316 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA is
still open for business.

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