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INTERNATIONAL LEFT-HANDERS DAY
(August 13, each year)
Each year on August 13, people around the world celebrate Intenational Left-Handers Day. Lefties are proud to note that 20 percent of people with IQ's higher than 140 are left-handed. History buffs, please note that the USA had only six southpaw presidents. They are James Garfield, Harry Truman, Gerald Ford, George H. Bush, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.
Research shows that left-handers are more likely than right-handers to have trouble sleeping, but also are more likely to excel in architecture and mathematics. Many famous persons, including Leonardo da Vinci, Benjamin Franklin, and the British author and mathematician Lewis Carroll, were left-handed. Three left-handers who have yet to be discovered for their talent are Joe Frasketi, Jr., Tony Gasparac and Toni Marie Voelpel!
A commemorative cover of a 15 cent FMF Local Post stamp honoring International Left-Handers Day, and shows a left hand using a pencil.
Cover cancelled August 13, 1992, with Mailers Postmark Permit #16 from Fort Myers Florida, using USPS 7 cent Ben Franklin and 22 cent Harry Truman postage stamps (both men were left handed).
This cover was issued as lefties celebrated their day, and the inevitable unknown outcome of that November's presidential election, where there would definitely be a left-handed leader. Both George H. Bush and Bill Clinton are members of their nation's 10 percent southpaw minority. (Even ex-contender Ross Perot is a lefty).
Ben Franklin Bicentennial FMF local post commemorative first day cover, which also is a first day cover of the USPS 13 cent postage stamp commemorating the first U.S. Postmaster, Benjamin Franklin.
This postage stamp received a Philadelphia PA June 1, 1976 First Day of Issue cancel. The local post stamp has a value of 10 cents. (Ben Franklin was a left-hander).
The FMF Local Post issued this 10 cent value Gerald R. Ford, Bicentennial President, local stamp on a commemorative local post first day cover. The cover has a USPS 13 cent commemorative postage stamp saluting the state of Michigan and the Bicentennial Era, 1776-1976. It received a special pictorial Bicentennial salute from Michigan hand cancel from Lansing MI. The cachet reads: "38th President of These United States, Hails from the Great State of Michigan. (Gerald Ford was a left-hander).
A handcrafted and printed cover, on cream colored paper, was produced by "FMF" cachets, saluting the three left-handers who ran for the U.S. Presidency in 1992. This cover received the Washington DC January 20, 1993 pictorial hand cancel for Bill Clinton's Inauguration. The printed cachet shows President-elect Clinton, President George H. Bush, and Ross Perot.
(only 12 covers were produced with this cachet and USPS Flag postage stamp).
For the second inauguration of President Bill Clinton, Joe Frasketi issued this "FMF" cacheted handcrafted and printed cover on white paper. It salutes the three left-handers who ran for the U.S. Presidency in 1996.
This cover received the Washington DC January 20, 1997 pictorial hand cancel. The cachet shows President Clinton, Ross Perot and Robert Dole.
(only 17 covers were produced with this cachet and the USPS stamps shown).
Inauguration Day Covers, U.S. Presidents & Vice Presidents
Details of the FMF Local Post:
A detailed article about the FMF Local Post and how it got started was published in the Nov/Dec. 1983 (Vol. 11, Issue No.6) of The Poster, the official journal of the Local Post Collectors Society.
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