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Philately…or Postage Stamps with a Kansas Connection - February 24, 2012

Q: Which famous American, who lived part of his life in Kansas, was commemorated by a 3-cent postage stamp in the late 1940s? Hint: He attended school and was a member of the Presbyterian Church and choir in Minneapolis, Kan.


Carver-Flickr USDAgovDr. Carver is shown at work at Tuskegee University, Ala., in September 1938. (Flickr Photo Courtesy of USDAgov)

George Washington Carver

Stamp US_1948_3c_CarverWorld famous botanist, scientist and inventor, George Washington Carver attended school in Minneapolis, in Ottawa County, Kan. He is credited with numerous inventions, mostly in the field of agriculture. Indeed, he even came up with more than 300 uses for the peanut and peanut oil. Oddly, the peanut butter sandwich was NOT one of his inventions. The U.S. Postal Service honored him in the late 1940s by issuing a 3-cent postage stamp depicting the African-American agricultural genius. In addition to attending school in Minneapolis, Carver was a member of the Presbyterian Church and its choir, and later operated a laundry in town.



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