United States #1309 (1966)

P. T. Barnum & the Circus

On July 5, 1810, Phineas Taylor “P. T.” Barnum was born in Bethel, Connecticut. Barnum was an American politician, showman, and businessman remembered for promoting celebrated hoaxes and for founding the Barnum & Bailey Circus. Although Barnum was also an author, publisher, philanthropist, and for some time a politician, he said of himself, “I am a showman by profession…and all the gilding shall make nothing else of … Continue reading P. T. Barnum & the Circus

United States #1325 (1967)

Bicentennial of the Erie Canal

On July 4, 1817, construction began on the transportation system that vastly improved the critical east/west American trade route through the frontier. On that day, work started on the Erie Canal in Rome, a town in north-central New York State that was founded along an ancient Native American portage path — the only overland section of a water trade route stretching more than 1,000 miles between … Continue reading Bicentennial of the Erie Canal

Grenada Grenadines #94 (1975)

Grenada Grenadines #94 (1975)

The Grenadines is an island chain that is divided between the island nations of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and Grenada. They lie between the islands of Saint Vincent in the north and Grenada in the south. Neither Saint Vincent nor Grenada are Grenadine islands. The islands north of the Martinique Channel belong to Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and the islands south of the channel … Continue reading Grenada Grenadines #94 (1975)