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On March 21, 1928, Charles A. Lindbergh was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor by President Coolidge in recognition of his transatlantic flight the previous year—in point of fact, the first transatlantic flight by anyone ever.  Gosh, but there’s a lot to be said about Lucky Lindy, and not all of it to the good.  I suppose that’s true of anybody anywhere.  An Army Air Corps pilot, but also a eugenicist and probably rather more sympathetic to the Nazis than one would hope.  An intensely private family man, he lost his infant son in a heartwrenching international media frenzy (“Crime of the Century" ring a bell??).  A devoted husband to a truly classy lady (and highly derisive and critical of the "barnstorming" some of his fellow pilots enjoyed), he also fathered at least seven children from three extramarital relationships in his later years.  Le sigh.  [Speaking of Anne Morrow Lindbergh, I encourage everyone to take a gander at Gift from the Sea if you’ve made it this far without doing so already.]  And I couldn’t very well neglect to mention Charles Lindbergh’s contributions to the postal service—an early airmail pilot and keen advocate of the Post Office Department, he used some of that tricksy fame to promote outreach and awareness of the US Air Mail Service (leading directly to an especial subgenre of collecting memorabilia designated Lindberghiana).  So yes. A complex character.

Stamp details:
Stamp on top:
Issued on: June 18, 1927
From: St. Louis, MO; Detroit, MI; Little Falls, MN; Washington, DC
SC #C10

Middle stamp:
Issued on: May 20, 1977
From: Garden City, NJ
Designed by: Robert E. Cunningham
SC #1710

Bottom left:
Issued on: May 28, 1998
From: Chicago, IL
Designed by: Carl Herrman
Illustrated by: Davis Meltzer
SC #3184m

Bottom right:
Issued on: June 7, 1983
From: Washington, DC
Designed by: Dennis J. Holm
SC #2045

(Source: arago.si.edu)

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