Gadsden Purchase issue tells of the harsh politics of the 1850s

Gadsden Purchase stampI was born in the Gadsden Purchase, about as far south in that part of the United States as you can go, one century after the deal for its acquisition was made.

So it’s understandable that the postage stamp commemorating that last act of territorial acquisition in the continental U.S., issued when I was about 6 months old, has become one of my favorites and thus the one with which I will inaugurate this blog. Continue reading

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