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Stuck on North Carolina

Posted May 13, 2008 10:01 a.m. EDT

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?