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Friday, May 11, 2012

A Mother's Day Stamp

During the Great Depression, President Roosevelt and Postmaster General James A. Farley used postage stamps to create optimism and promote FDR's New Deal programs. In 1934 Farley honored American mothers by issuing a Mother's Day stamp, featuring a recreation of James McNeill Whistler's Arrangement in Grey and Black No.1 (known as Whistler's Mother).
The first two uncut press sheets went to FDR and his wife, Eleanor. This stamp is part of the National Postal Museum's online exhibit "Delivering Hope: FDR & Stamps of the Great Depression."
A Thank You verse stamp for Mum's special day:

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