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Rev. Gerard M. Landrey, S.J.
Saint Patrick, MO
This U.S. Postage Stamp Centenary Souvenir Sheet was issued on May 19, 1947 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the first U.S. Postage Stamp as well as the Centenary International Philatelic Exhibition (CIPEX). It includes a standard three cent stamp that paid the domestic letter rate, and a striking two stamp souvenir sheet that reproduced (albeit in different colors) the first two stamps ever issued, the five cent Benjamin Franklin and the ten cent George Washington. 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 stamps; approx. 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., "100th Anniversary United States Postage Stamps" (1947). Rev. Gerard M. Landrey, S.J. First Day Cover Collection. 123.