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REC TOPPER: The federal duck stamp turns 80

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President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed the Migratory Bird Hunting Stamp Act, or duck stamp, into law on March 16, 1934. The first federal duck stamp featured a drawing completed in just one hour by Jay “Ding” Darling of two mallards — it was meant as an initial sketch but was used as the final artwork to meet a quick printing deadline.

The original stamp sold for $1, and the price has only been raised seven times in its eight-decade history.

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