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US Stamps

Commemoratives of 1967
-1968

Forty-one commemorative US stamps were issued between 1967 and 1968, making an average output of about twenty commemorative stamp issues per year.

Beginning in 1967, ALL commemorative US stamps were printed with yellowish green phosphor tagging, for use in electronic mail sorting machines.  Any commemorative stamps from 1967 or 1968 that DO NOT HAVE phosphor tagging ARE ERRORS!  They are worth MUCH more than the same stamps with normal phosphor tagging!


The 5 C. denomination stamp shown above, at the left, was issued on April 17, 1967 to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the founding of the National Grange, the association for American farmers.

The design of these US stamps features a National Grange poster from 1870.


The 5 C. denomination stamp shown above, at the right, was issued on July 12, 1967 to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Birth of Henry David Thoreau.

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) was an American author, poet, philosopher, abolitionist, tax resistor, development critic, surveyor, and historian.  He is best known for his book "Walden", a reflection upon simple living in natural surroundings.  He is also known for his essay "Resistance to Civil Government", also known as "Civil Disobedience", which is an argument for disobedience to an unjust state.  He has sometimes been referred to as an "anarchist", but this is not true.  His dream was not to abolish government, but to improve it.


The 5 C. denomination stamp shown above, at the left, was issued on May 25, 1967 to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Canadian Confederation.

The design features a Canadian landscape.


The 5 C. denomination stamp shown above, at the right, was issued on July 4, 1967 to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the Erie Canal, linking Lake Erie and New York City.

The design features the stern of an early canal boat.


The 5 C. denomination stamp shown above, at the left, was issued on July 5, 1967 to publicize Search for Peace.

Search for Peace was the theme of an essay contest for young men and women, sponsored by Lions International on its 50th Anniversary.


The 5 C. denomination stamp shown above, at the right, was issued on July 29, 1967 to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Nebraska Statehood.

The design features a Hereford steer and an ear of corn.


The 5 C. denomination stamp shown above, at the left, was issued on August 1, 1967 to celebrate the Voice of America and the 25th Anniversary of the United States Information Agency.

The design features a radio transmission tower and radio waves.


The 5 C. denomination stamp shown above, at the right, was issued on October 2, 1967 to publicize the importance of Urban Planning, in connection with the International Conference of the American Institute of Planners, held in Washington, D.C. from October 1 to October 6, 1967.

The design features an aerial view of a model city.


The two se-tenant 5 C. denomination stamps shown above were issued on September 29, 1967 to publicize U.S. Accomplishments in Space.

These US stamps actually celebrate the record-breaking, four-day flight of Gemini IV, June 3, 1965 to June 7, 1965, featuring the first spacewalk or EVA (Extra Vehicular Activity) by an American astronaut.  The astronauts on the Gemini IV mission were James McDivitt (born 1929) and Edward White (1930-1967).

The design of the first stamp features astronaut Edward White floating in space on June 3, 1965.  The design of the second stamp features the Gemini IV spacecraft, nearby, with the hatch open.

Sadly, astronaut Edward White, along with two other astronauts, was killed by an explosion, during pre-launch testing of the Apollo I spacecraft, on January 27, 1967.


The 5 C. denomination stamp shown above, at the left, was issued on August 17, 1967 to honor Davy Crockett.

Davy Crockett (1786-1836) was an American folk hero, frontiersman, soldier, and politician.  He represented Tennessee in the U.S. House of Representatives and fought in the Texas Revolution, and he died at the Battle of the Alamo in 1836.


The 5 C. denomination stamp shown above, at the right, was issued on November 2, 1967 to honor Thomas Eakins, the famous American painter and sculptor.

The design of these US stamps features the painting, "The Biglin Brothers Racing", by Thomas Eakins (1844-1916).


The 5 C. denomination stamp shown above, at the left, was issued on October 6, 1967 to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Finnish Independence from the Russian Empire.

The design features the Finnish coat of arms.


The tall-format annual 5 C. denomination holiday mail stamp shown above, at the right, was issued on November 6, 1967.

This religious-themed design of these US stamps is identical to that of the 1966 holiday mail stamp, with the exception that this stamp is physically much larger.  The depiction is modeled after the central detail of the 1480 painting, "Madonna and Child with Angels" by the Flemish Renaissance painter Hans Memling (1430-1494)


The 5 C. denomination stamp shown above, at the left, was issued on December 11, 1967 to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of Mississippi Statehood.

The design features a Magnolia flower, the state tree and state flower of the States of Mississippi and Louisiana.  Mississippi's nickname is the Magnolia State.


The $ 1 denomination stamp shown above, at the right, was issued on April 4, 1968 to pay for Airlift of parcels between U.S. ports and American servicemen stationed overseas.

The design of these high-denomination US stamps features an eagle in flight, carrying a banner inscribed "AIRLIFT", with the inscription "FOR OUR SERVICEMEN" below.  After April 26, 1969, the US stamps were also valid for regular domestic and airmail postage.


The 6 C. denomination stamp shown above, at the left, was issued on February 12, 1968 to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of Illinois Statehood.

The design features farm buildings and fields of ripening grain.


The 6 C. denomination stamp shown above, at the right, was issued on March 30, 1968 to publicize Hemisfair 68, held in San Antonio, Texas from April 6 through October 6, 1968 and to celebrate the 250th Anniversary of the City of San Antonio, Texas.

The design features a map of the Western Hemisphere, with lines converging on San Antonio, Texas.


The 6 C. denomination stamp shown above, at the left, was issued on May 1, 1968 for the Support Our Youth program and to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks.

The design of these US stamps depicts American youth.


The 6 C. denomination stamp shown above, at the right, was issued on September 30, 1968 to honor Father Jacques Marquette, the French Jesuit missionary that founded the first European settlement in Michigan, Saute Ste. Marie, in 1668.

The design of these US stamps features Father Jacques Marquette (1637-1675) and Louis Jolliet (1645-1700) exploring the Mississippi River.  The event depicted on the stamp actually occurred sometime between 1673 and 1674.


The 6 C. denomination stamp shown above, at the left, was issued on May 17, 1968 to encourage the respect for Law and Order and to project the role of the policeman as a protector and friend.

The design features a policeman and a schoolboy.


The 6 C. denomination stamp shown above, at the right, was issued on June 27, 1968 to encourage Americans to Register and Vote in the upcoming elections.

The design features a golden American Eagle weather vane from an old house in the Russian Hill neighborhood of San Francisco, California.


The 6 C. denomination stamp shown above, at the left, was issued on September 11, 1968 in memory of Walt Disney, the World-famous American cartoonist and film producer.

The design of these US stamps features a portrait of Walt Disney (1901-1966) and Children of the World.


The 6 C. denomination stamp shown above, at the right, was issued on October 9, 1968 to honor Leif Erikson (970-1020), the Norse-Icelandic explorer credited with being the first European to land in North America in about 1000, almost 500 years before the voyages of Christopher Columbus.  The actual location of Erikson's colony of Vinland is uncertain, but it is believed to be somewhere in the present-day Canadian Province of Newfoundland and Labrador. 

October 9 is celebrated as Leif Erikson Day by citizens of Norse descent in the United States.

The design of these US stamps features the statue of Leif Erikson by the American sculptor, Alexander Stirling Calder (1870-1945).  The monumental statue, a gift from the United States, is located in front of the Lutheran Cathedral in Reykjavik, Iceland.  It is as revered in Iceland, as much as the Statue of Liberty, a gift from France, is revered in the United States.


The 6 C. denomination stamp shown above, at the left, was issued on September 26, 1968 to honor Daniel Boone.

Daniel Boone (1734-1820) was an American pioneer, explorer, woodsman, and frontiersman.  He is most famous for his exploration and settlement of what is now the State of Kentucky.


The 6 C. denomination stamp shown above, at the right, was issued on October 1, 1968 to publicize the Opening of the Arkansas River to Commercial Navigation.

The design features a ship's wheel, a power transmission tower, and a barge.


The 6 C. denomination stamp shown above, at the left, was issued on October 15, 1968 to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Opening of the Cherokee Strip to settlers on September 16, 1893.

The Cherokee Outlet or Cherokee Strip was a strip of land on the border between the states of Oklahoma and Kansas.  Once part of the Cherokee Nation, the land was sold by the Cherokee Nation to the U.S. government, who made it available for homesteading.  The stamp depicts the resulting Cherokee Strip Land Run or the Land Run of 1893, in which more than 100,000 settlers hoped to claim their part of the 6.5 million acres of land being offered.


The 6 C. denomination stamp shown above, at the right, was issued on October 24, 1968 to promote Waterfowl Conservation.

The design features two Wood Ducks in flight.

Death of General Warren at the Battle of Bunker Hill  (June 17, 1775)
By: John Trumbull (c. 1786)




The 6 C. denomination stamp shown above, at the left, was issued on October 18, 1968 to honor John Trumbull.

The design of these U.S. stamps features a detail section from John Trumbull's 1786 painting of The Death of General Warren at the Battle of Bunker Hill (shown above).

John Trumbull (1756-1843) was one of the great portrait and historical event painters of the American War of Independence.  His monumental work was actually his 1817 painting of the Declaration of Independence.  The 12 ft. x 18 ft. painting now hangs in the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C.


The 6 C. denomination stamp shown above, at the right, was issued on November 4, 1968 to honor Native Americans and to celebrate the Opening of the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.

The design features a painting of Chief Joseph (1840-1904) by Cyrenius Hall (1830-1904).  Chief Joseph was the leader of the Nez Perce Tribe, located in the Columbia River Plateau of the Pacific Northwest.




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Historic Flag

Series of

1968

Fort Moultrie Flag
1776

(15) Stars and Stripes
"Fort McHenry Flag"

1795

Washington's Cruisers Flag
1775

Bennington Flag
1777

Rhode Island Flag
1775

(13) Stars and Stripes
"Betsy Ross Flag"
1777

New England Flag
"Bunker Hill Flag"
1775

Grand Union Flag
1776

Philadelphia Light Horse Flag
1775

First Navy Jack
1775


The ten 6 C. denomination US stamps shown above were issued on July 4, 1968 as the Historic Flag Series.

These stamps feature the various flags carried by American colonists, during the American War of Independence, and by citizens of the new United States, following the American War of Independence.  They are all described in the headings below each stamp shown above.  Incredibly enough, the First Navy Jack of 1775 is still in use.

These stamps were issued in panes of fifty stamps containing five vertical columns of the ten se-tenant flag stamps.


 

The Annunciation
By: Jan Van Eyck


The annual 6 C. denomination holiday mail stamp shown above was issued on November 1, 1968.

This religious-themed design features the Angel Gabriel from  the 1434 painting, "The Annunciation" (shown above) by the Dutch Renaissance painter Jan van Eyck (1390-1441)

These particular US stamps of this period were issued BOTH WITH and WITHOUT phosphor tagging.  The two varieties are worth about the same.