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  • Black History
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    Click on the issue name to go to that section:
    Roberto Clemente (this page)
    Duke Ellington (this page)
    Joe Louis (this page)
    Count Basie (this page)
    George Washington Carver (this page)
    Jackie Robinson (this page)
    School Desegregation (this page)
    Martin Luther King (this page)
    Thurgood Marshall (next page)
    Paul Robeson (next page)
    Alvin Ailey (next page)
    Marian Anderson (next page)
    Arthur Ashe (next page)
    Civil Rights (next page)
    Hattie McDaniel (next page)
    Sugar Ray Robinson (next page)
    Ella Fitzgerald (page 3)
    Vintage Black Cinema (page 3)
    Barack Obama Inauguration (page 3)
    Civil Rights Pioneers (page 3)
    Anna Julia Cooper (page 3)
    Oscar Micheaux (page 4)
    Negro Leagues Baseball (page 4)
    Ferguson Jenkins (page 5)
    John H. Johnson (page 5)
    Larry Doby (page 5)
    Willie Stargell (page 5)
    Emancipation Proclamation (page 6)
    Rosa Parks (page 6)
    Althea Gibson (page 6)
    March on Washington (page 6)
    Battle of Lake Erie (Cyrus Tiffany) (page 6)
    Ray Charles (page 6)
    Shirley Chisholm (page 6)
    Ralph Ellison (page 7)
    "Chief" Anderson (page 7)
    Jimi Hendrix (page 7)
    Wilt Chamberlain (page 8)
    Robert Robinson Taylor (page 8)
    Maya Angelou (page 8)
    Construction Battalion No. 2 (Canada) (page 9)
    Richard Allen (page 9)
    Sarah Vaughan (page 9)
    Dorothy Height (page 9)


    Roberto Clemente & Duke Ellington

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    Dgn 5: Sc. 2097 Roberto Clemente 5x7 Dragon Card with a printed portrait drawing and a quote by the Pittsburgh Pirate great. Small circular date stamp hand cancel larger illustration (new window).
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    Dgn 5a: Sc. 2097 Roberto Clemente With #855 and #1381 Pro Baseball, #801 Puerto Rico, First Day of Issue hand cancel.
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    Dgn 5c: Sc. 2097 Roberto Clemente Combo with #1381 Pro Baseball, First Day of Issue hand cancel.
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    Dgn 5u: Sc. 2097 Roberto Clemente 5"x7" Dragon Card, printed portrait of the Pittsburgh Pirates star, quotation, and Pittsburgh GMF (General Mail Facility) green double-ring hand cancel. Although he played for the Pittsburgh Pirates, the stamp was issued in his hometown in Puerto Rico. We flew the stamp to Pittsburgh for this unofficial-city cancel. larger illustration (new window)...$7.50

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    Dgn 10: Sc. 2211 Duke Ellington 5"x7" brown-on-tan Dragon Card reproducing a record album; First Day of Issue hand cancel larger illustration (new window)...$2.50

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    Dgn 10c: Sc. 2211 Duke Ellington Combo with #1372 Handy, #2044 Joplin & #1252 American Music -- SOLD OUT.
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    Joe Louis & Count Basie

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    Dgn 39: Sc. 2766 Joe Louis 5"x7" black-on-light green Dragon Card; color portrait of Louis pasted on, text, First Day of Issue hand cancel larger illustration (new window).
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    Dgn 39c: Sc. 2766 Joe Louis Special text and design for combo: With Jackie Robinson, 1945 Army stamps. Text describes Robinson and Louis together in Army at Ft. Riley, Kansas in WWII, their work against segregation there. Only 24 were produced.
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    Dgn 39m: Sc. 2766 Joe Louis Set of the 3 margin text singles.
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    Dgn 39m1: Sc. 2766 Joe Louis Same design, margin single 'Louis retired undefeated.' 2 produced.
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    Dgn 39m2: Sc. 2766 Joe Louis Same design, margin single 'Joe Louis was world champion.' 2 produced.
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    Dgn 39m3: Sc. 2766 Joe Louis Same design, margin single 'Known as the Brown Bomber.' 2 produced.
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    Dgn 39p: Sc. 2766 Joe Louis Special design for plate/zip blocks, same text, only 2 plate blocks produced.
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    Dgn 39z: Sc. 2766 Joe Louis Special design for plate/zip blocks, same text, only 2 zip blocks produced.
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    Dgn 39 was an experiment in production: The cards were produced on an office photocopier, and the color illustration at a commercial copy center using then-new color xerography. While photocopying the base cards allowed for great flexibility in design, the cardstock frequently jammed in the photocopier or didn't feed straight. The color pictures were produced on one sheet as multiple images, and then cut apart. The first commercial copy center approached refused the job unless proof of licensing of the image was shown.

    The experiment was not repeated, although by 2000, color xerography had become cheaper and was able to print directly to cards, eliminating the need for the system used for Dgn 39.


    Dgn 45

    Dgn 45: Sc. 3096a Big Bandleaders block of four on a 5"x7" blue-on-cream Dragon Card, First Day of Issue hand cancel larger illustration (new window)...$3.50

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    Dgn 45c: Sc. 3096a Big Bandleaders block of four on a 5"x7" blue-on-cream Dragon Card, with Sc. 1252 American Music. First Day of Issue hand cancel larger illustration (new window)...$4.25

    Dgn 45pb

    Dgn 45pb: Sc. 3096a Big Bandleaders Plate block of 4; First Day of Issue hand cancel larger illustration (new window)...$4.00

    Dgn 46

    Dgn 46: Sc. 3096-3099 Big Bandleaders Set of 4 FDC-size cards, navy-on-cream, one for each stamp with photos of the leaders larger illustration (new window)...$6.00

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    Dgn 46a: Sc. 3096 Count Basie single from the Big Bandleaders block on a FDC-size navy-on-cream Dragon Card larger illustration (new window)...$3.00

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    Dgn 47: Sc. 3096 Count Basie single from the Big Bandleaders block of 4, with Sc. 2211 Ellington, on a blue-on-cream FDC- size card, showing Basie & Ellington together in a recording session, First Day of Issue hand cancel larger illustration (new window)...$3.50


    From the Celebrate the Century series:

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    Dgn 60: Sc. 3183c Century: George Washington Carver single from the Celebrate the Century series on a 5"x7" sepia-on-cream Dragon Card, with a portrait of Carver larger illustration (new window)...$3.00

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    Dgn 60a: Sc. 3183c Century: GW Carver single from the Celebrate the Century series on a 5"x7" sepia-on-cream Dragon Card, with a portrait of Carver, with Sc. 958 George Washington Carver from 1948 larger illustration (new window)...$4.00

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    Dgn 80: Sc. 3186c Jackie Robinson single from the Celebrate the Century 1940s sheet on a black-on-cream 5"x7" Dragon Card, printed drawing of generic player sliding into base larger illustration (new window).
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    Dgn 80c: Sc. 3186c Jackie Robinson single from the Celebrate the Century 1940s sheet on a black-on-cream 5"x7" Dragon Card, printed drawing of generic player sliding into base; with Sc. 2016 1982 Jackie Robinson stamp. Just 25 were produced larger illustration (new window).
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    Dgn 83c: Sc. 3187c-j NYC Baseball Subway Series and Shot Heard Round The World singles from the Celebrate the Century 1950s sheet on a blue-on-cream 5"x7" Dragon Card, details from 1950s NYC subway map, pitcher winding up, with Sc. 2016 1982 Jackie Robinson stamp: He played in all the Dodgers-Yankees Series and the Dodgers-Giants playoffs in 1951 larger illustration (new window).
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    Dgn 84: Sc. 3187f School Desegregation single from the Celebrate the Century 1950s sheet on a blue-on-cream 5"x7" Dragon Card, silhouette of schoolhouse and children superimposed on a photo of U.S. Supreme Court building larger illustration (new window)...$3.00

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    Dgn 89: Sc. 3188a Martin Luther King single from the Celebrate the Century 1960s sheet on a black-on-bright orange 5"x7" Dragon Card, photo of King at protest, small circular date stamp cancel; just 25 were made larger illustration (new window).
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