Joseph Scafetta Jr.

Joseph (Sonny) Scafetta Jr. started collecting stamps when he was 7. He earned a B.S. in aerospace engineering from Penn State (1969), a law degree from Pitt (1972), a masters in law from Georgetown (1973), and an MBA from George Washington U. (1983). He is admitted to practice law in PA, DC and VA. He joined the American Philatelic Society in 1994. He wrote a history column for Fra Noi from 1997 to 2006. He is currently a member of the board of directors of the National Christopher Columbus Association and Senior Counsel for Ditthavong, Steiner, & Mlotkowski in Alexandria, VA.

Stamps of approval

Between July 1, 1847, and July 14, 2021, 5,614 U.S. stamps were issued. Among them, eight Italians and 21 Italian Americans were depicted. Thirty showed Christopher Columbus. He initially appeared on two stamps in 1869. In 1893, a set of 16 stamps commemorating the discovery of America was released, 12 of which portrayed Columbus. In 1992, the Postal Service issued a modified version of one of the 1869 stamps; reissued the set of 16 with the date changed from 1892 to 1992; and released a new set of four stamps for the quincentennial of Columbus’ first voyage. The first Italian …

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