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Re: My 1964 JFK (USA - Scott 1246) FDC Collection

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Ipava is in Fulton County, Illinois, with an estimated population of 440. It is about 25 miles south west of Peoria & has a total area of 0.27 square miles. Ipava was platted in 1846, at the time called Pleasantville. It was renamed Ipava in 1852 when it was incorporated.

The post office opened as Pleasantville in 1847 & changed it's name to Ipava in 1852.
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Unknown cachet (Mellone #186) fdc with faint number 1 duplex hand cancel.
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Irvington is in Washington County, Illinois with a population of about 650 & a total area of 1.04 square miles. It is about 5 miles south of the addressee's home town of Centralia & about 60 miles east of St.Louis, Missouri.

Irvington was named after Washington Irving. Washington Irving (April 3, 1783 – November 28, 1859) was an American short story writer, essayist, biographer, historian, and diplomat of the early 19th century. He is best known for his short stories "Rip Van Winkle" (1819) and "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" (1820). Irving served as ambassador to Spain from 1842 to 1846.

In 1832 he accompanied Commissioner on Indian Affairs Henry Leavitt Ellsworth on a surveying mission, along with companions Charles La Trobe and Count Albert-Alexandre de Pourtales, and they traveled deep into Indian Territory (now the state of Oklahoma). Charles Latrobe there is a name from Australian history.

Charles Joseph La Trobe, CB (or Latrobe; 20 March 1801 – 4 December 1875) was appointed in 1839 superintendent of the Port Phillip District of New South Wales and, after the establishment in 1851 of the colony of Victoria (now a state of Australia), he became its first lieutenant-governor. Among other things he supported the establishment of the University of Melbourne & the Melbourne Cricket Ground. But I digress, back to Irvington.

The post office at Irvington opened in 1862:
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Uncacheted fdc with cds hand cancel.
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Jacksonville is a city in Morgan County, Illinois with a population of around 20,000 & a total area of 10.663 square miles. It is about 90 miles north of St.Louis Missouri & 36 miles west of Springfield, Illinois.

Jacksonville was established by European Americans in Morgan County in 1825. The founders of Jacksonville, Illinois were settlers from both New England and Kentucky. These people were "Yankee" settlers, i.e. descendants of English Puritans who settled New England in the 1600s. They were part of a wave of New England farmers who headed west during the early 1800s in search of their own piece of land to farm as farmland in New England had become scarce. When they arrived in what is now Jacksonville there was nothing but dense virgin forest and wild prairie, the "Yankee" New Englanders laid out farms, constructed roads, erected government buildings and established post routes. By 1834, Jacksonville had the largest population of any city in the state of Illinois, vastly outnumbering Chicago (only founded the year before).

Attorney Abraham Lincoln had legal business in Jacksonville with David A. Smith, a Jacksonville resident. In what is now Central Park Plaza, Lincoln delivered a strong antislavery speech on September 6, 1856 in support of the presidential campaign of John C. Frémont, lasting over two hours. A mural depicting the event has been painted on the side of a building at the southwest corner of the Park. During the antebellum years, Jacksonville was a major stopping point on the historic Underground Railroad, as refugee slaves moved north to freedom, many going into Canada.

The post office opened here in 1825:
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A nice commercially used cover from H L Gurney, president of the Journeymen Barbers, Hairdressers, Cosmetologists and Proprietors International Union of America (with a name this size no wonder they needed such a large envelope :) ) to then Senator John F Kennedy dated 27th September 1960. I am wondering how large the supply of Abraham Lincoln 4c stamps was in Jacksonville given his ties to the town. However I don't understand the meaning of the machine slogan postmark "Give the United".
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Joliet is in Will & Kendall counties in Illinois, located 40 miles southwest of Chicago. It is the fourth most populated place in Illinois with a population estimated at 150,000 & is one of the fastest growing places in the southwest Chicago. Joliet is about 40 miles south west of Chicago.

Originally settled in 1834 "Juliet", named after French Canadian explorer Louis Jolliet, who camped there in 1673. In 1845, local residents changed the community's name from "Juliet" to "Joliet".

The post office opened here as Juliet in 1833 & in 1845 became Joliet along with the town.
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Artcraft cachet (Mellone #4) fdc with a nice wavy line machine cancel.
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Joliet continued:
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Recent add on cachet by unknown cachetmaker & not in Mellone, cancelled by nice wavy line machine cancel.
In the US add on cachets seem to me more acceptable that other parts of the world. Unlike most postal administrations of the world the USPS does not make their own fdc cachets. With something like 800 registered private cachetmakers in the US, the USPS is concerned if they were to issue there own cacheted fdcs many of these private businesses may be bankrupted.

So with thousands of uncacheted fdcs, going back to WWII & beyond there are plenty of blank canvasses for add on cachetmakers to apply their artwork. Like it or not these cachetmakers are to stay even if tomorrow the USPS was to introduce their own fdc cachets.

Just to clarify registered cachetmakers, like Artcraft, prepare cachets for new issues & lodge them for postmarking with the USPS. Add on cachetmakers are not registered with the USPS & apply their cachets, on a home computer, to fdcs issued many years before. You will see many of their fine works on eBay.

In Australia, the late Michael Hudson who owned Sydney Stamp Centre & Wesley Cover Service, received much criticism for his add on cachets.
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Joliet continued:
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Recent add on cachet by unknown cachetmaker & not in Mellone, cancelled by nice wavy line machine cancel.
Was this add on cachet produced by the same cachetmaker in the previous post, more than likely, but we will never know for sure?
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Joliet & Joliet West Gate Station:
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Uncacheted fdc with nice 4 bar cds hand cancel. Also cancelled with Joliet West Gate Station cds in magenta.


I am not certain how this fdc came to have two postmarks on the front. I cannot find a record of the Joliet West Gate Station post office, past or present. Originally I thought "Joliet West Gate Station" was in the Westgate Shopping Complex but I am now thinking it was the Juliet Prison Post Office. Postmarked there in the bottom left hand corner & postmarked again with the 4 bar cds hand cancel when it went through the normal mailing system.

This fdc may been sent by the prison chaplain to our old friend Reverend Roger Huser.

Joliet Correctional Center (originally known as Illinois State Penitentiary, colloquially as Joliet Prison, Joliet Penitentiary and the Collins Street Prison) was a prison in Joliet, Illinois, America from 1858 to 2002. It is featured in the motion picture The Blues Brothers as the prison from which Jake Blues is released at the beginning of the movie.

Joliet Correctional Center, which was a completely separate prison from Stateville Correctional Center in nearby Crest Hill, opened in 1858. The prison was built with convict labor & the limestone used to build the prison was quarried on the site. Both criminals and prisoners of war were confined there during the Civil War.

The number of inmates peaked at 1,300 in 1990 and was still 1,156 in 2000 with 541 staff. Joliet Correctional Center closed as a holding prison in 2002. Budget cuts and the obsolete and dangerous nature of the buildings were the cited reasons. All inmates and most staff were transferred to Stateville Correctional Center.
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Kaneville is in Kane County, Illinois & is 12 miles northwest of Aurora and 48 miles west of the Chicago Loop but is still part of the Chicago metropolitan area. It has a population of 490 & an area of 0.31 square miles. Kaneville was originally called "Royalton", but this was found to be taken by another settlement. The name was then changed to "Kaneville", referring to Elias Kane (June 7, 1794 – December 12, 1835) who was the first Illinois Secretary of State & one of the first U.S. Senators from Illinois.

The post office opened here in 1848:
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Kankakee is a city in Kankakee County, Illinois & is located 50 miles south of downtown Chicago and 70 miles north of Champaign. The city's name is probably derived from the Miami-Illinois word teeyaahkiki, meaning: "Open country/exposed land/land in open/land exposed to view", in reference to the area's prior status as a marsh. Kankakee has a population of about 26,000 & has a total area of 14.62 square miles .

Kankakee was founded in 1854, but the post office opened here in 1836. Now I am not 100% sure what has happened with the Kankakee Post Office but as Kankakee, Grundy & Will Counties are neighbouring counties, it does appear that County lines were altered on more than one occasion making it look like the town was on the move rather than just a change of county. Below are the "movements" of the Kankakee post office:

Kankakee, Kankakee County (1836-1838)
Kankakee, Grundy County (1838-1842)
Kankakee, Will County (1852-1855)
Kankakee, Kankakee County (1866-Date)

It would appear the Kankakee post office was either closed between 1843 to 1851 & 1856 to 1865 or the name of the post office changed then changed back.
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Artmaster cachet (Mellone #6) fdc with nice machine slogan cancel "Support Your Mental Health Association".
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Kenney is a village in DeWitt County, Illinois with a population of 326 & a total area of 0.3 square miles. It was named after its founder, Moses Kenney.

Kenney is 8 miles south west of Clinton, 31 miles south of Bloomington, 47 miles west of Champaign & 168 miles south of Chicago.

The post office opened here in 1872:
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Boerger ABC cachet (Mellone #30) fdc with nice duplex hand cancel.
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Lane is an unincorporated community in DeWitt County, Illinois & is 6 miles east-southeast of Clinton, 15 miles east of Kenney, 30 miles south of Bloomington, 33 miles west of Champaign & 166 miles south of Chicago. Being unincorporated separate population & town area statistics are not maintained.

The post office opened here in 1873.
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Uncacheted & unaddressed fdc with nice 4 bar cds hand cancel
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Hi BigSaint, at the very start of this thread you said
“As there were 34.084 post offices in business at the time, it is possible that there could be a FDC from everyone. So far about 4,500 are known.

As it stands now, I have about a quarter of these and am always on the look out for more.”

Since you started this thread, how have you progressed on this challenge - do you have updated numbers?

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Hello King Tut

I have over 2,300 different places now, with some places having multiple different cachets as you have just seen with Joliet. Ebay continues to be a regular source of supply so you never know I may make it to the 4,500 yet.

I bought a large collection of JFK covers (over 1000 US & Foreign) at auction about 2 years ago which I am still sorting out. There just doesn't seem to be enough hours in a day.

Thank you for asking.

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As my next JFK fdc town will be Lincoln Illinois, named after I thought I should add these JFK fdcs with cachets featuring Abraham Lincoln as well as few of my Abraham Lincoln covers:
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Unknown cachet (Mellone #207) fdc postmarked with Boston fdi machine cancel.
However cachet itself says "Official Cachet - All Rights Reserved Civil War Cent. Comm. of Towanadas, N.Y.".
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Unknown cachet (Mellone #189) fdc postmarked with Boston fdi machine cancel.
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Khol Kraft cachet (Mellone #101) fdc postmarked with Boston fdi machine cancel.
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Abraham Lincoln 4c purple - new postage rate of 1958:
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Artmaster Cachet fdc (Scott #1036a) booklet pane
Postmarked with Wheeling West Virginia fdi hand cancel
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Artmaster Cachet fdc (Scott #1058) coil
Postmarked with Mandan North Dakota fdi machine cancel
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Special cancellation:
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Harris cachet souvenir cover for special machine slogan cancel
first day of use - Hodgenville Kentucky, January 1, 1959
"Lincoln's Birthplace, Sesquicentenial, 1809 - 1959"
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Lincoln - Douglas debates (Scott #1115):
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C Stephen Anderson cachet fdc postmarked Freeport Illinois August 27, 1958 with fdi machine cancel
This was the first of a series of stamps celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln. The stamp memorializes the Lincoln - Douglas debates as part of the campaign for the Senate seat of Illinois in 1858. Although Lincoln lost it resulted in him being elected US President two years later.
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Abraham Lincoln Birth Sesquicentennial - one cent green (Scott #1113):
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Artmaster cachet fdc postmarked Hodgenville Kentucky with pictorial fdi machine cancel of the Lincoln cabin.
Lincoln was born in a one-room log cabin on Sinking Spring Farm near Hodgenville, Kentucky on February 12, 1859.
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Abraham Lincoln Birth Centennial (Scott #1114) - 3 cent pink:
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Fleetwood cachet fdc postmarked with New York pictorial fdi machine cancel for Cooper Union speech.
The Cooper Union (The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, commonly known as Cooper Union or The Cooper Union) speech or address, known at the time as the Cooper Institute speech, was delivered by Abraham Lincoln on February 27, 1860, at Cooper Union, in New York City. Lincoln was not yet the Republican nominee for the presidency, as the convention was scheduled for May. It is considered one of his most important speeches. Some historians have argued that the speech was responsible for his victory in the presidential election later that year.
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Abraham Lincoln Birth Sesquicentennial (Scott #1116) - 4 cent blue:
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Artmaster cachet fdc postmarked with pictorial fdi machine cancel
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Fleetwood cachet fdc postmarked with pictorial fdi machine cancel
The cachets & postmarks feature the Lincoln Memorial Building Washington, DC which was started in 1914 & completed in 1922.
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Lincoln is a city in Logan County, Illinois & is the only town in the United States that was named after Abraham Lincoln before he became president where he practiced law from 1847 to 1859. Lincoln has a population of around 15,000 with an area of 6.4 square miles.

Lincoln is located on I-55 (formerly U.S. Route 66), 32 miles south west of Bloomington & 34 miles north east of Springfield.

The town was officially named on August 27, 1853, in an unusual ceremony. Abraham Lincoln, having assisted with the platting of the town and working as counsel for the newly laid Chicago & Mississippi Railroad which led to its founding, was asked to participate in a naming ceremony for the town. He had advised against it, saying that in his experience, "Nothing bearing the name of Lincoln ever amounted to much."

The post office opened here in 1854.
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Artmaster cachet (Mellone #6) fdc with nice duplex hand cancel
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Lombard is in DuPage County, Illinois about 15 miles west of Chicago CBD. The population is around was 42,000 with an area of 10.449 square miles. The 1848 arrival of the Galena & Chicago Union Railroad provided local farmers & merchants rail access to Chicago, & commercial buildings soon sprang up around the train station. Lombard was officially incorporated in 1869, named after Chicago banker & real estate developer Josiah Lombard.

The post office opened here in 1868.
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Artcraft cachet fdc with nice "Pray For Peace" machine slogan cancel.
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Lombard (continued):

On April 6, 1891, Ellen A. Martin at the voting place at the general store. She demanded that election judges allow the women to vote. They were so surprised, one had a "spasm," one grabbed the wall for support, & the other fell into a barrel of flour! :lol: A county judge was asked to decide & agreed that the women were right. Ellen Martin then became the first woman in Illinois to vote. In 1916 Illinois women could vote in national elections, but the 19th Amendment (the Women's Suffrage Amendment) was not passed until 1920. In 2008, the city of Lombard, Illinois declared April 6 to be "Ellen Martin Day" in commemoration of Ms. Martin's historic victory for women's suffrage.

William LeRoy built a home in the Italianate style on Lombard's Main Street in 1881 where he made artificial limbs for civil war veterans. The house would eventually become the home of Harold Gray's parents and the studio of Harold Gray, the originator of Little Orphan Annie cartoon strip. Harold Gray used the home's study to work on the Annie cartoons, and some features of the house are drawn into some of his cartoons, such as the grand staircase and the outer deck.

In 1927, the estate of Colonel William Plum, a local resident, was bequeathed to the village. The Plum property included his home, which became the Helen M. Plum Memorial Library, and a large garden containing 200 varieties of lilac bushes. This garden became a public park, Lilacia Park. Since 1930, Lombard has hosted an annual Lilac Festival and parade in May. "Lilac Time in Lombard," is a 16-day festival ending in mid-May. It starts with the Lilac Queen coronation and her court. The grand finale is Lombard's Lilac Festival Parade. The first Lilac Princess in 1930 was Adeline Fleege.

Seems like a busy place.
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Artcraft cachet fdc with nice duplex hand cancel.
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Lockport is in Will County, Illinois, located 30 miles southwest of Chicago. The city was incorporated in 1853 & is situated along the Illinois & Michigan (I&M) Canal, & was the headquarters of the canal when the canal was operating. A section of the canal runs through Lockport, including the remains of the canal's Lock No. 1 from which the town received its name. It has a population of around 25,000 & an area of 11.5 square miles.

The post office opened here in 1837:
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Artcraft cachet fdc with a messy 4 bar cds hand cancel.

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The postmark looks more like "Lookport" but there is no Lookport, Illinois.
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Mapleton is Peoria County, Illinois & has a population of about 279 with a total area of 0.91 square miles. It is about 4 miles west of Pekin & about 177 miles south west of Chicago. There are four different plants in Mapleton, all located along U.S. Route 24: an Evonik chemical plant, a Lonza Group plant, a Caterpillar Inc. foundry, and an Ingredion facility, making Mapleton a significant employer in the area.

The post office opened here in 1872.
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Uncacheted fdc with nice cds hand cancel.
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Mattoon is in Coles County, Illinois with a population of around 18,500 & a total area of 10.344 square miles. Nearby rivers have been dammed to form Lake Paradise & Lake Mattoon south of the city. It is about 45 miles south east of Decataur & 52 miles south of Champaign. Mattoon is home to a Burger King that is not related to the worldwide Burger King chain.

Mattoon and Coles County were settled because of the general topography. The timbered area in the south & prairie in the north, fed by two major rivers: the Embarras River in the east & the Kaskaskia in the west.

In 1826, Kentucky émigré Charles Sawyer became the first white man known to settle in the Mattoon area. The growth of Mattoon is tied to that of local railroads. In 1854, railroad surveyors from the "Illinois Central Railroad" & "Terre Haute and Alton Railroad" found their railroads would cross in the Mattoon area, and a burst of investment and land speculation began. The two railroads raced to the meeting point, on the understanding that the first to arrive would not have to pay to maintain the crossing. The community that had grown in the area of swamp grass and prairie came to be known as "Pegtown", which referred to the pegs (stakes) used to demarcate lots to be sold at public auction

The 1940 discovery of petroleum reserves near Mattoon led to a small "oil boom" over the next two decades, bringing with it economic benefits and increased civic pride. Oil extraction continues to be an important economic activity.

The Burger King — unrelated to the Florida-based fast food chain Burger King — is a Mattoon restaurant whose owners claim it is the "original" Burger King. In 1968, they sued the national chain Burger King, producing a well-known case in US trademark law. The federal 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that federal trademark registration has priority over state law, giving the national Burger King chain rights to the name beyond a 20-mile radius around the original Burger King. Today, the closest Burger King franchise location is 25 miles away in Tuscola, Illinois.

The 1986 arrival of the Lender's Bagels factory led Mattoon to dub itself the "Bagel Capital of the World." Home to the world's largest bagel, the town holds a weeklong family festival, "Lenders Bagelfest", at the end of July.

The post office opened here in 1855.
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WLBH (1170 AM) was a radio station licensed to Mattoon, Illinois. The station began broadcasting on November 26, 1946. Originally farm/talk programming & country music, in the 1990s the station switched to a news-talk format & then began airing adult standards music & was branded "Unforgettable 1170".

WLBH-FM (96.9 FM) was a radio station licensed to Mattoon, Illinois. The station began broadcasting in August 1949. They had a beautiful music format later known as "Magic 97".

Both stations were started by James Ray Livesay, & were later owned by his son James R. Livesay II. James Ray Livesay, a pioneer in broadcasting in Illinois, well-known for his daily editorials on WLBH, for over 45 years. From 1957 to 1971, he was president of a corporation that ran a television station in Terre Haute, Ind.

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Marseilles is a city in LaSalle County, Illinois with a population of around 5,100 & has a total area of 9.206 square miles. It is 77 miles south east of Chicago & 40 miles south east of Joliet.

Lovell Kimball arrived at the area along the Illinois River known as the Grand Rapids in 1833 from Watertown, New York. Kimball, was aware the Illinois-Michigan Canal Bill had been passed & that the canal would in time reach the rapids, so he hired a surveyor to lay out a town. Kimball called the town Marseilles after the French city of Marseille as he hoped it would become a similar industrial centre in Illinois. Marseilles, pronounced the same as the French city, was officially platted on June 3, 1835; the plat was revised twice for railroad and canal right-of-ways.

The city is at the head of rapids along the Illinois River historically known as "the Grand Rapids" or the "Rapids of Maninumba".

The post office opened here in 1835.
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Maywood is a village in Proviso Township, Cook County, Illinois & was founded in 1869. It now has a population of about 27,000 & has a total area of 2.72 square miles & is located 10 miles west of the Chicago CBD.

There was limited European-American settlement in the Maywood area before a railroad was built after the American Civil War, with the rise of Chicago. But at least one house in what became Maywood was used as a station on the Underground Railroad, to aid refugee African-American slaves in escaping to freedom in the North.

This early West Side suburb of Chicago was developed along the oldest railway line exiting the city. It attracted real estate developers because of its open grass prairie and scattered groves of ancient trees. In 1868, Vermont businessmen established the Maywood Company. In 1870 it organized the platting of streets, and began construction on the north side of the railroad tracks. With settlement underway, the village was founded on October 22, 1881, by Colonel William T. Nichols. He named it after his late daughter, May, and the groves

At one time there were two airports in Maywood. One was where the Loyola University Medical Centre is today, at the southwest corner of First Avenue & Roosevelt Road. It was the airfield used by Charles Lindbergh during his days as an airmail pilot. Checkerboard Field was on the southeastern corner of that intersection.

The Maywood post office opened in 1870.
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Medinah is an unincorporated community largely located in DuPage County & a suburb of Chicago situated about 20 miles north west of the Chicago CBD. No separate population statistics are maintained for the community as they are included with Chicago.

Medinah is named after the Medinah Country Club, where in the 1920s, some members of Chicago's Medinah Temple built a country retreat & 54 hole golf course, aiming to make it the best golf course in North America.

The first Post office opened as Meacham Illinois in 1874 in a general store. Meacham was named after the town's first settlers, the Meacham family. A never official but commonly used early name for the community was Meacham's Grove.

The second Post Office was in the train station (1940s) until 1963. Meacham, Illinois' name was changed to Medinah in 1924. Medinah is named after the Medinah Country Club.

The third and current Post Office was opened in 1963:
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Melrose Park is a village in Cook County, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago about 12 miles west of the Chicago CBD. It has a population of around 25,000 & an area of 4.24 square miles.

The suburb was the home of Kiddieland Amusement Park from 1929 until 2010 (it closed in September 2009 before it was demolished in 2010 and the sign of Kiddieland was relocated to the Melrose Park Public Library); the Shrine of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel; Stern Pinball, Inc., which is now the world's last manufacturer of coin-operated pinball machines; the Melrose Park Taste home of the famous Melrose Stuffed Peppers; and the now-defunct Maywood Park horse racing track.

According to the Encyclopedia of Chicago, in 1882 residents of a then-unincorporated portion of Proviso Township voted to establish their own municipality—called simply "Melrose" until 1893, when the "Park" was added. The most likely reason being there was a Melrose in Clark County & the US Post Office would have rejected another post office called Melrose in Illinois.

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Metamora is Woodford County, Illinois with a population of about 2,700 about 148 miles south west of Chicago & about 15 miles north west of Peoria. A suburb of Peoria, it has an area of 2.20 square miles. Originally founded as Hanover in 1836. But new post office rules required towns to have unique names, forcing the town to differentiate itself from others in Illinois named Hanover. The name was finally changed to Metamora in 1845 based on the character in a popular play.

Metamora was settled by Yankee settlers. These were people from New England who were descended from the English Puritans who settled that region in the 1600s. The first group were settlers from Hanover, New Hampshire, organized by the Hanover Company from Gilmanton, New Hampshire who named the town Hanover.

The post office opened here as Black Partridge in 1836, renamed Partridge Point in 1837 & then Metamora in 1845:
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Minonk is in Woodford County, Illinois with a population of about 2,200 & is about 20 miles north east Peoria. Minonk has a total area of 2.42 square miles, but is surrounded by some of the best farm land in the world, where corn & soybeans are staple crops.

The founding of Minonk corresponds with the construction of the Illinois Central Railroad, which was completed in 1854. David Neal, an agent with the Illinois Central Railroad, is credited for naming the city. Local folklore provides varying accounts about the origins of the name “Minonk.” One version states that he originally named the area after a street in Boston, MA, where he owned property. A second story suggests that he changed the name of the settlement, originally referred to as “Marquette” on old French maps, to the Ojibwe word “Minonk,” meaning “a good place.”

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Minonk (continued):
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Manteo NC is a nice place to hear about more. The history of 1964 JFK is so awesome.

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Montgomery is in Kane & Kendall counties, Illinois, just south of Aurora about 25 miles south west of Chicago CBD. It has a population of almost 20,000 & an area of 9.5 square miles.

The first European settler arriving in the area was Jacob Carpenter, who came to the Chicago area from Logan County, Ohio, in November 1832. However Daniel Gray is considered the founder of Montgomery, & bought land grants from the federal government 1836. The settlement was originally called "Graystown", but Gray changed the name to "Montgomery" after the New York County he had lived in.

The Post Office opened here in 1848:
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Mount Prospect is a village in Elk Grove & Wheeling Townships in Cook County, Illinois, about 20 miles northwest of downtown Chicago, & approximately 4 miles north of O'Hare International Airport. It has a total population of just over 54,000 & an area of 10.38 square miles.

In the 1980 movie The Blues Brothers (set in Chicago and vicinity), the car the Blues Brothers ride in is described as being bought at auction from the Mount Prospect Police Department.

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Naperville is in DuPage & Will counties Illinois, located 28 miles west of Chicago, with a population of almost 148,000 & an area of 39.24 square miles. Naperville was founded in 1831 & has developed into the fifth-largest city in Illinois.

The town was named after, Joseph Naper who arrived in 1831 with his family and friends to found what would be known as Naper's Settlement. Their arrival followed a nearly two-month voyage across three Great Lakes from New York in the Naper brothers' schooner, the Telegraph. They first landed in the settlement that developed as Chicago.

Fort Payne was built at Naper's Settlement during the Black Hawk Indian wars but no attacks came. The Settlement became a stage-coach stop on the road from Chicago to Galena.

After DuPage County was split from Cook County in 1839, Naper's Settlement became the DuPage county seat, a distinction it held until 1868. Naper's Settlement was incorporated as the Village of Naperville in 1857. Construction of Chicago, Burlington & Quincy railroads fed the growth of Chicago and the surrounding area including Naperville. The railroad brought industry, jobs, and wealth to the town.

The post office opened here in 1836.
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Oak Park is adjacent to the west side of Chicago in Cook County, Illinois. It is has a population of around 53,000 & an area of 4.7 square miles. Originally part of Cicero, Oak Park was established in 1902, disengaging from Cicero following a referendum. Development was spurred by railroads and street cars connecting the village to jobs in Chicago.

The land was called by several names locally, including Oak Ridge. When the first post office was set up, it could not use the name Oak Ridge as another post office was using that name in Illinois, so the post office chose Oak Park, and that name became the name for the settlement as it grew, and for the town when it incorporated in 1902.

The Post Office opened here in 1866 & currently operates the Oak Park Post Office at 901 Lake Street & the Oak Park South Post Office at 1116 Garfield Street.
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Oak Park was settled beginning in the 1830s, with rapid growth later in the 19th century and early 20th century.

In 1835, Joseph Kettlestrings, an immigrant from England, purchased 172 acres of land just west of Chicago for a farm and their home. What started out as a farming community was to become a residential suburb for the workers in Chicago.

In 1872 Oak Park received its own railroad depot on the Chicago and Northwestern Railway, its rapid emergence as a residential suburb of Chicago began. In 1877, the railroad was running thirty-nine trains daily between Oak Park and Chicago; in the subsequent year, more railroads and street car lines, with increased service, came to link Oak Park and Chicago. As Chicago grew from a regional centre to a national metropolis, Oak Park emerged as a leading Chicago suburb.
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Oak Park (continued).

In 1889, Frank Lloyd Wright and his wife settled in Oak Park. He built many homes and the Unity Temple, his own church, before he left in 1911 to settle in Wisconsin. Oak Park attracts architecture buffs and others to view the many Frank Lloyd Wright designed homes alongside homes reflecting other architectural styles. The largest collection of Wright-designed residential properties in the world is in Oak Park.

Frank Lloyd Wright (June 8, 1867 – April 9, 1959) was an American architect, interior designer, writer, and educator, whose creative period spanned more than 70 years, designing more than 1,000 structures, of which 532 were completed. Wright believed in designing structures that were in harmony with humanity and its environment, a philosophy he called organic architecture. This philosophy was best exemplified by Fallingwater (1935), which has been called "the best all-time work of American architecture." As a founder of organic architecture, Wright played a key role in the architectural movements of the twentieth century, influencing three generations of architects worldwide through his works

Other attractions in Oak Park include Ernest Hemingway's birthplace home and his boyhood home, the Ernest Hemingway Museum, the three Oak Park homes of writer and Tarzan creator Edgar Rice Burroughs, Wright's Unity Temple, Pleasant Home, and the Oak Park-River Forest Historical Society.
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Oswego is a village in Kendall County, Illinois with a population of 35,000 & an area of 15.63 square miles. It is the largest municipality located completely within Kendall County. It is about 3 miles south of Aurora & about 5 miles south west on Naperville.

In 1833, William Smith Wilson & his family moved to the area now known as Oswego. Lewis Brinsmaid Judson and Levi F. Arnold from New York laid out the village and named it "Hudson". However, when a post office was established, its location was given as "Lodi". Confusion over the official name of the area led to a decision in January 1837, when the citizens gathered and voted "Oswego" as the permanent name of the village by a single vote.

Oswego is known to some Chicago-area residents for the town dragstrip on State Route 34, which was open from 1955 until 1979, where muscle cars were raced by drivers from all over the Midwest. The drag days are still celebrated even though the strip has been closed for decades.

The post office opened here as Lodi in 1837 & changed to Oswego in 1838.


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Palatine is a village in Cook County, Illinois, a northwestern residential suburb of Chicago with a population of almost 69,000 & a total area of 13.763 square miles making it the seventh-largest community in Cook County and the 18th-largest in the state of Illinois.

The first European-American to settle in Palatine is generally thought to be George Ela, who built a log cabin in the area now called Deer Grove. Ela was one of the first of a wave of pioneers to migrate to northern Illinois following the Black Hawk War. Palatine was founded in 1866. It was built around a station on the new Chicago and North Western Railway. Joel Wood surveyed and laid out the village, earning him the title of Palatine's founder.

The post office opened here in 1856.
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Park Forest is located about 20 miles south of the Chicago CBD in Cook & Will Counties, Illinois. It has a population of about 22,000 & area of 4.96 square miles & was developed in 1946 as a planned community for WWII veterans.

Park Forest is bisected by the Elgin, Joliet and Eastern Railway (now the Canadian National Railway) double-track main line, which was paralleled a little further north by the Michigan Central (New York Central) railroad. That rail line has been converted to a nature trail called Old Plank Trail. The beginning of the trail is at Western Avenue, and it runs through Park Forest west to Joliet.

In 1954 Park Forest was honoured as an "All-America City".

The post office opened here in 1954.
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JFK aerogramme issued on the 2nd Anniversary of JFK's death. Flown by "Hollycopter" to Park Forest for the opening of the new Park Forest Post Office.
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Park Forest (continued):

Developers Nathan Manilow, Carroll F. Sweet and Philip M. Klutznick in October, 1946, announced the planned development of a new self-governing community in Chicago's south suburbs. This project, soon to be referred to as Park Forest, was to be developed by American Community Builders (ACB). The village of Park Forest was partly designed by town planner Elbert Peets in the tradition of planned communities around the nation to provide housing for veterans returning from World War II.

Studs Terkel, in his oral history of World War II, The Good War, says Park Forest and other such middle-class suburbs grew out of the new prosperity after the war:
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Park Forest (Continued):

The Park Forest Stamp Club held an annual stamp exhibition called Parforex usually somewhere between April & June. In 1964 it was Parforex IV with a theme of topical stamp collecting. I am not sure of the date it was held in 1964 or whether it coincided with the issue of the JFK Scott #1246 stamp:
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Park Forest (continued):

The Sherwin-Williams Co has been in business since 1866 When founded by Henry Sherwin & Edward Williams. The Company's core business is the manufacture, distribution & sale of coatings & related products. The company, with headquarters in Cleveland, Ohio, primarily engages in the manufacture, distribution, & sale of paints, coatings & related products to professional, industrial, commercial, & retail customers primarily in North & South America & Europe.
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Park Ridge is a city in Cook County, Illinois & a Chicago suburb. It has a population about 37,500 with a total area of 7.134 square miles. Park Ridge is located 15 miles northwest of downtown Chicago & is close to O'Hare International Airport, major expressways, and rail transportation. It is a part of the Chicago metropolitan area, bordering Edison Park, Norwood Park & O'Hare on Chicago's Far North Side.

Park Ridge lies on a ridge with clay deposits, which made it a brick-making centre for the developing city of Chicago. It was originally called Pennyville to honour George Penny, the businessman who established & owned the local brickyard in 1854 along with Robert Meacham. Later it was renamed Brickton.

The post office opened as Brickton in 1857 & was renamed Park Ridge in 1871. There is no record of post office called Pennyville prior to this.
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