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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

USA 2016 - National Parks



COUNTRY: USA
ISSUE DATE: 2 June 2016
STAMP DESIGN: Ethel Kessler 





The National Parks stamps celebrate the more than 400 national parks in the United States—breathtaking vistas and landscapes of unparalleled beauty and also monuments, historic sites, memorials, battlefields, and more. With this sheet of stamps, issued in 2016 to coincide with the centennial of the National Park Service, the U.S. Postal Service® encourages everyone to visit US national parks and discover or rediscover abundant opportunities for exploration, learning, and fun.

FIRST DAY COVERS






This sheet includes 16 different stamps, all of them showing views of national parks or plants, animals, artwork, objects, and structures found in or associated with a national park. Small type on the margin of each stamp indicates its location.


DIGITAL COLOR POSTMARKS



The selvage image at the center of the sheet is a detail of the 1-cent Yosemite stamp issued in 1934, rendered here in light brown.


In 1872, President Ulysses S. Grant signed the bill that established more than two million acres as Yellowstone National Park, the first national park in the world. By the early years of the 20th century, the West was dotted with new national parks. In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed the “Organic Act” that created the National Park Service. The act integrated all parks and monuments into a single federal system.

Today the grand and scenic parks of the American West remain iconic and important sites, but the definition of a park has expanded, with the National Park Service now overseeing historical parks and sites, national monuments, battlefields and military parks, recreation areas, seashores, parkways, lakeshores, and more. Each year, more than 275 million people visit a national park, where they find that some parks tell human stories at a human scale, from the Civil War to the civil rights movement, while others protect and preserve beautiful places and irreplaceable natural wonders. With the enthusiastic support of visitors, national parks will continue to delight and inspire all Americans and impart a profound legacy for generations to come.




Acadia National Park
Bass Harbor Head Light at Acadia National Park, Maine.
Photographer - David Muench 



Assateague Island National Seashore
The Assateague Island stamp features the wild ponies that roam the sandy beaches, salt marshes, & maritime forests of the Island.
Photographer - Tim Fitzharris.



Bandelier National Monument
The Bandelier stamp features a 1930s painting by artist Helmuth Naumer depicting the Pueblo.



Carlsbad Caverns National Park
The Carlsbad Caverns stamp reveals the elaborate speleothems, or cave decorations, that are hidden beneath the surface.
Photographer - Richard McGuire.



Everglades National Park
The Everglades stamp celebrates the nation's largest subtropical wilderness, home to many rare and endangered species.
Photographer - Paul Marcellini.





Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve
The Glacier Bay stamp captures the park's rugged mountains, dynamic glaciers, wild coastlines and deep sheltered fjords.
Photographer - Tom Bean.




Grand Canyon National Park
The Grand Canyon stamp depicts the stunning views of one of the most dramatic geological features on earth - "The Grand Canyon of Arizona, from Hermit Rim Road”.
Artist - Thomas Moran.



Haleakalā National Park
The Haleakalā stamp invites you to discover the stark volcanic landscapes and sub-tropical rain forests in the park.
Photographer - Kevin Ebi.



Mount Rainier National Park
The Mount Rainier stamp captures the dramatic night sky above Mount Rainier; an active volcano & icon on the Washington landscape.
Photographer - Matt Dieterich.




Yellowstone National Park, Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming.
Photographer - Art Wolfe.






Arches National Park 
The Arches stamp showcases one of the park's 2,000 natural stone arches.
Photographer - Tom Till.


Theodore Roosevelt National Park
The Theodore Roosevelt NP stamp features the North Dakota badlands where a young Theodore Roosevelt began an adventure out west.
Photographer - QT Luong



San Francisco Maritime NHP
The San Francisco Maritime stamp depicts the square-rigger Balclutha and steam tugboat Hercules anchored in the park.
Photographer - Tim Campbell.


Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP
The Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller stamp features an ionic Hudson River School of Art landscape painting in the park's collection - “Scenery in the Grand Tetons” - by Albert Bierstadt.




Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens
The Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens stamp reveals the hidden treasures tucked away in urban neighborhoods in our nation’s capital.
Photographer - Cindy Dyer.





Gulf Islands National Seashore
The Gulf Islands stamp features a heron; part of the wildlife found on the white sandy beaches and the aquamarine waters.
Photographer - John Funderburk.













Map thanks to mapdesign.icaci.org
Stamp images and description thanks to USPS


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