United States Postage Stamps: 1935

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United States Postage Stamps: 1935

1935 saw only four United States commemorative stamps issued, quite a drop from the fourteen commemoratives issued the year before, which included the ten stamp National Parks issue, a perennial favorite with stamp collectors.  The four events commemorated in 1935 were for the completion of Boulder Dam, the 300th anniversary of the founding of Connecticut, the California Pacific Exposition and the 100th anniversary of the movement to make Michigan a state. 

Even though only four new commemoratives were issued in 1935, the Post Office kept busy with the printing and distribution of “Farley’s Follies”.  The Postmaster General at the time, James A. Farley had purchased a number of imperforate and ungummed sheets of stamps from the Post Office and gave them as gifts to President Franklin Roosevelt (an avid stamp collector) and other friends. When the stamp collecting public became aware of these stamps, they complained that the Postmaster General was creating very rare variations that the average stamp collector would never be able to add to their stamp collection.  Due to these complaints, the Post Office issued all twenty sheets, imperforate and ungummed, to the public.  These reissues became known to stamp collectors as “Farley’s Follies”.

Connecticut Tercentenary

California Pacific International Exposition

Boulder Dam

Michigan Centenary


US Postage Stamps
1935


Connecticut Tercentenary
California Pacific International Exposition
Boulder Dam
Michigan Centenary