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Mr. and Mrs. J.A. King
Rev. Gerard M. Landrey, S.J.
San Francisco, CA
This stamp commemorates the meeting of the United Nations Conference in San Francisco on April 25, 1945. The stamp design, with its laurel branch embellishment, was selected by President Franklin D. Roosevelt the day before he died. Roosevelt's last official act as president before his death was to agree to purchase the first stamp of this special issue, and request that commemorative stamp albums be given to conference delegates. The president died within a half hour of this directive. First day covers are envelopes or postcards with a stamp canceled on the first day the stamp is available for purchase and use. Often the postmark is a special pictorial cancellation indicating the city and date of issue. First day covers often include a "cachet" or illustration on the envelope that explains or compliments the stamp.
Father Gerard M. Landrey was born in Boston, MA in 1902 to Joseph and Elizabeth Landrey. He received a Bachelor's and Master's degree from Boston College and a Master's degree from College of the Holy Cross. He earned a Licentiate in Sacred Theology from Weston College, now part of Boston College. As a chemistry and mathematics teacher, he was among the first faculty at Fairfield Prep in 1942-1943. In 1950, he joined the faculty of Fairfield University to teach Chemistry. In 1953 he left Fairfield to teach chemistry at Boston College. Father Landrey died in 1995 in Weston, MA.
First Day Cover
Envelope with stamp; addresses typed; blank notecard inside; 3 5/8 x 6 1/2 in.
Rev. Gerard M. Landrey, S.J. First Day Cover Collection
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Landrey, Gerard M. S.J., "United Nations Conference" (1945). Rev. Gerard M. Landrey, S.J. First Day Cover Collection. 108.