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    A World War II-era envelope memorializes pilot Capt. Colin Kelly and includes a quote by Abraham Lincoln.

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      A World War II-era envelope memorializes pilot Capt. Colin Kelly and includes a quote by Abraham Lincoln.

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    World War One German Aviator Walter Göttsch of Jasta 8

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    During war, people sent triangular folded letters because of the envelope shortage.

    Sent by a nurse serving in France during World War I, this postcard brings a fond message to a friend back in the United States. It mentions that they have been thinking of them, wills them to write soon and wishes them a happy holiday season.

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    Known by a variety of names, including "Columbia" and "Liberty," female personifications of the United States have been popular with folk artists since the nation's beginning. This stamp from the 2003 Old Glory pane includes a hand-painted 19th-century carving.

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    Patent model of an envelope-making machine. One of the most difficult problems encountered in the envelope manufacturing process was that of drying the gummed envelopes without interrupting the cycle. This patent model included an improved drying mechanism that turned envelopes as they were being taken from a drying chain and placed them against one another on the packing table to prevent the open flaps from catching on machinery and spoiling the stock.

    1960s Vintage U.S. Postage Stamp Vending Machine by Christian Montone via flickr