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Napex 2024 postmark illustrates Watergate break-in controversy

Jun 7, 2024, 9 AM
Napex’s June 9 postmark commemorates the 50th anniversary of President Nixon’s resignation with iconic Watergate imagery.

Postmark Pursuit by Molly Goad

As the 50th anniversary of the resignation of President Richard Nixon approaches, a postmark highlights the scandal leading up to that moment.

The cancellation for day three of the National Philatelic Exhibitions of Washington, D.C. (Napex), show features an illustration of the Watergate complex.

Also included in the postmark design is an image of a reel-to-reel tape recorder, symbolizing the role audio recordings played in uncovering the truth.

The events began with a break-in at the Democratic National Committee headquarters located in the Watergate office complex on June 17, 1972.

What initially seemed like a minor burglary evolved into a major incident involving widespread abuses of power by members of the Nixon administration, ultimately leading to the resignation of President Nixon on Aug. 8, 1974 — the first and only resignation of a U.S. president to date.

Napex has released two other commemorative postmarks (not pictured) dated June 7 and June 8.

To obtain the postmarks, address your request to:

NAPEX Station, Postmaster, Box 9998, McLean, VA 22102.

—June 7. (“250th Anniversary of the 1st Continental Congress,” Carpenters Hall image, people gathered around a speaker.)

—June 8. (Person inserting postcard addressed to “My Friend” at “1234 Main St., Anytown, USA” into mailbox; “Connecting through Postcards.”

—June 9. (Pictured nearby.)

Share information by writing to Postmark Pursuit, Box 4129, Sidney, OH 45365.

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