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37-cent Greetings From America issue California single

The Greetings From America Issue, one of the first postage stamp issues released by the USPS in this period, included a stamp for every state, showcasing landmarks and other iconic imagery. This issue marked a continuing streak of creativity on the part of the Postal Service in its designs and chosen subjects for American postage stamps. Other interesting featured subjects and designs produced during this period ranged from American bats, the Special Olympics, depictions of 'Old Glory,' and wildlife of the Arctic tundra.

Numerous famous Americans took center-stage throughout this period on their own commemorative stamps. These included magician Harry Houdini, artist Andy Warhol, writer Zora Neale Hurston, and labor organizer Cesar Chavez. The anniversaries of significant events in American history, from the Louisiana Purchase to the Wright Brothers' first airplane flight, were also honored on commemorative postage stamps.

Alexander T. Haimann, National Postal Museum

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