75th Anniversary Cachet Commemorating the First Day of Issue of the Harding Memorial stamp
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Warren G. Harding, 29th President of the United States, died August 3, 1923. On September 1, 1923, the United States Postal Service issued a two-cent Harding Memorial stamp. The First Day of Issue ceremony took place on the front portico of the U. S. Post Office in Marion, Ohio, Harding’s hometown. Dr. George T. Harding, the late President’s father, purchased the first stamps. In honor of the 75th anniversary of the First Day of Issue of the Harding Memorial Stamp, The Marion County Historical Society is pleased to offer for sale a commemorative cachet. The artwork on the business-size envelope depicts Dr. George Harding purchasing the first stamp at Marion’s “Old Post Office” and an image of Warren G. Harding. Affixed to the cachet is the well-known 32-cent stamp featuring a U. S. flag flying over a residential front porch. The stamp is a reminder of Warren Harding’s successful “Front Porch Campaign” for the Presidency in 1920. A specially-designed cancellation with images of the Harding Memorial and a U. S. flag bears the following legend:
September 1, 1998.”
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