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Stuck on North Carolina

Posted May 13, 2008

What is the North Carolina connection to today’s postage stamp release? Thanks go to Evelyn Ruth Ragan for today’s blog topic. She points out that Frank Sinatra, whose stamp goes on sale today, was the third husband of North Carolina’s own Ava Gardner.

Ragan points out: “They were married from 1951 to 1957. They remained good friends until her death in 1990. The Ava Gardner Museum in Smithfield has some items given to Ava by Sinatra & vise versa. Although it has been over the required 10 years to get a stamp, Ava still does not have one. She does have a US Post Office honoring her (Smithfield) as does Sinatra in Hoboken, NJ.”

What other stamps have North Carolina links? In 1995 the US Postal Service issued a $.32 stamp honoring President James K. Polk of North Carolina. North Carolina was also included in a commemorative stamp series in 2002.  It was a $.34 stamp featuring the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse and the Wright Brothers first flight.  Are there others?

Name five North Carolinians who should be nominated the grace of face of US Postal Service stamps?


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  • NC is my home May 15, 2008

    Actually, Bill Leslie, Andy Griffith, Richard Petty, Jesse Helms & a few others are not eligible for a stamp--yet. One has to be deceased 10 years (except US Presidents) to be honored with a stamp. (That's why they waited until Sinatra's 10th anniversary of his death.) Thank God NC is the state where the "weak grown strong & the strong grow great"! We've got alot of great people who are North Carolinians!

  • battenclan09 May 13, 2008

    I agree with all of the ones mentioned as far as being placed on a stamp, numerous people mentions Richard Petty but no one mentioned Dale Sr. I may have not pulled for hi personally, but he too set standard in Nascar

  • mshall429 May 13, 2008

    Jesse Helms

  • khoggard May 13, 2008

    Andy Griffith, Dean Smith, Michael Jordan

  • 2thebeach May 13, 2008

    Back in 1982, there was a series of stamps showing the State flowers for all the United State.

  • fishnett5977 May 13, 2008

    Virginia Dare, Charles Kuralt, Richard Petty, Hugh Morton, and Ava Gardner

  • bleslie May 13, 2008

    Do we have the finest researchers in the business or what? You are awesome! Kudos to mjohann and company!

  • mjohann May 13, 2008

    What other stamps have North Carolina links?
    Try these:
    "First Flight * wright Brothers * 1903" 37¢ stamp from 2003
    "Great Smoky Mountains, North Carolina/Tennessee" 2006 - 75¢ International Rate Stamp
    Civil Rights - Greensboro - "1960 Lunch Counter Sit-Ins" 37¢ 2005
    Southeastern Lighthouses - Cape Lookout, NC 37¢ 2003
    "November 21, 1789 North Carolina", 25¢ 1989 celebrating 200 years of statehood.

    Honorable mention: 37¢ Distinguished Marines Lt. Gen. John A. Lejeune 2005 23¢ Southeastern Lighthouse - Cape Lookout, NC (Postal card, not a stamp)

    .. My work is done :-)

  • jdlewis76 May 13, 2008

    In 1988 there was a series commemorating the order of states' admission to the Union. The North Carolina stamp pictured a Dogwood blossom and the date of admission (November 21, 1789).

    If someone must be dead for 10 years before appearing on a postage stamp, then I would suggest Sam Ervin, Terry Sanford, and Charles Kuralt.

  • ajstarrrn May 13, 2008

    Michael Jordan, Andrew Jackson, Dolley Madison, Richard Petty, Billy Graham




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