Iowa: 1960’s.

1146PB
(S-0001) U.S. #1146  1960 4¢ Olympic Winter Games  First Day of Issue: February 18, 1960 City: Olympic Valley, California U.S. # 1146 honors the 1960 Winter Olympics held in Squaw Valley, California. All covers were postmarked “Olympic Valley, California” – which was a station for the Tahoe City Post Office. The station had been established specifically to handle visitors to the Olympic games.
1146FDC
(C-0002) U.S. #1146  1960 4¢ Olympic Winter Games  First Day of Issue: February 18, 1960 City: Olympic Valley, California.
(C-0079) U.S. #1036  4¢ Abraham Lincoln – Liberty Series  First Day of Issue: November 19, 1954   City: New York, NY Postmarked on the Old Threshers Grounds: September 8, 1960.
(S-0002) U.S. #1193  1962 4¢ Project Mercury Plate Block  First Day of Issue: February 20, 1962  City: Cape Canaveral, Florida.
(C-0003) U.S. #1193  1962 4¢ Project Mercury Plate Block  First Day of Issue: February 20, 1962  City: Cape Canaveral, Florida. Features the “Friendship 7” space capsule flown by John Glenn in the first successful orbit of the Earth. The mission was the result of a secret project run by the Post Office Department. In the summer of 1961, the Post Office Department began a special project. A printing press was locked in a separate room accessed only by a small number of postal employees and with a guard to keep others out. No written instructions were given for the project. Rumors in the Department speculated that it was being used to make currency. Instead, it was printing the “Project Mercury” stamp. The stamp was sent in sealed packets to postmasters in 305 locations around the country, with specific instructions: “Classified Material. Do Not Open.” The packets were shipped in time for the original launch date – December 21, 1961. Weather caused delays until the end of February. The secrecy was connected to the planned flight of the “Friendship 7” capsule. The launch was at 9:48 a.m. local time in Cape Canaveral, Florida, and splashed down at 2:43 p.m. At 3:30 p.m., the post offices were informed by telephone, teletype, and telegraph, that they could open the packet and distribute the stamps. If there had been a failure, the stamps would not have been released.
(C-0003a) A First Day Cover with cachet. U.S. #1193  1962 4¢ Project Mercury Plate Block  First Day of Issue: February 20, 1962  City: Cape Canaveral, Florida.
(S-0065) A full sheet of 50 Project Mercury stamps. U.S. #1193  1962 4¢ Project Mercury  First Day of Issue: February 20, 1962  City: Cape Canaveral, Florida.
(C-0268) U.S. #1196 1962 4¢ Seattle World’s Fair – Iowa Day – Postmarked May 12, 1962 at The Space Needle in Seattle Washington
(C-0255) U.S. #1233 1963 5c Emancipation Proclamation (Blk of 4) First Day of Issue August 16, 1963 City: Chicago, IL
(C-0203) U.S. #1178-#1182 1961-65 Civil War 100th Anniversary Set Postmarked on the First Day of Issue of 1965 Stamp: April 9, 1965 City: Appomattox, VA In 1961, the U.S.P.S. began a series commemorating the Civil War centenary. One stamp was issued each year from 1961 to 1965 to coincide with the beginning and end of the five-year war. Each stamp recalled a milestone from a different year of the war.
U.S. #1178 4¢ Firing on Fort Sumter Issue Date: April 12, 1961 City: Charleston, SC
U.S. #1179 4¢ Shiloh Issue Date: April 7, 1962 City: Shiloh, TN
U.S. #1180 4¢ Gettysburg Issue Date: July 1, 1963 City: Gettysburg, PA
U.S. #1181 5¢ Battle of the Wilderness Issue Date: May 5, 1964 City: Fredericksburg, VA
U.S. #1182 5¢ Appomattox Issue Date: April 9, 1965 City: Appomattox, VA
(S-0018) U.S. #1319   1966 5¢ Great River Road  First Day of Issue: October 21, 1966  City: Baton Rouge, Louisiana Issued in 1966 to publicize the 5,600-mile Great River Road, this U.S. commemorative postage stamp celebrates the then largely undivided highway following the Mississippi River from New Orleans, through the nation’s heartland (Iowa) to Ontario, Canada. This is much of the same land first explored by Marquette and Jolliet in 1673. Today, the development of this same Great River Road in Iowa is now called The Avenue of the Saints, running from St. Paul, MN, through Iowa, to St. Louis, MO.
(C-0009) U.S. #1319   1966 5¢ Great River Road  First Day of Issue: October 21, 1966  City: Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
(P-0126) U.S. #1283  1966 Prominent American Series – 5¢ George Washington  Issue Date: February 22, 1966  Postmarked Aug. 4, 1968.
(S-0017) U.S. #1356   1968 6¢ Father Marquette First Day of Issue: September 20, 1968 City: Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan This U.S. postage stamp was issued in 1968 to, once again, honor the French Jesuit missionary Father Jacques Marquette who, with Louis Jolliet, explored the Mississippi River and its tributaries.
(C-0008) U.S. #1356   1968 6¢ Father Marquette First Day of Issue: September 20, 1968 City: Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.
(C-0249) U.S. #C76 1969 10¢ Moon Landing Combo Cover w/ U.S. #1193, #1371, #1331-2 First Day of Issue: September 9, 1969 City: Washington DC. Commemorates man’s first footstep on the moon’s surface by Neil Armstrong, Commander of the July 1969 Apollo 11 mission. The first jumbo-sized commemorative issue, this stamp celebrated “moon mail” postmarked July 20, 1969 (date of moon landing) on a First Day Cover that was the most popular FDC ever!
(S-0039) U.S. #1382  1969 6¢ 100th Anniversary of College Football  Issue Date: September 29, 1969  City: New Brunswick, New Jersey.

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