The United States National Park Service is celebrating its 100th birthday on August 25th of this year. It has been almost one hundred years since an act of Congress was placed in law to protect our national physical crown jewels. The congressional act, enacted on August 25, 1917 as the National Park Service Organic Act, was quickly signed by President Woodrow Wilson. The first director of the new U.S. government department was Stephen Mather. He served as the NPS first director from May 1917 to January 1929. Mather Point with its spectacular views of the Grand Canyon is near the Grand Canyon Visitors Center. That Viewpoint of the Grand Canyon was named after the first Director of the National Park Service.
In honor of the NPS birthday the United States Postal Service is issuing 16 new beautiful, and I mean gorgeous, stamps in honor of this celebration. Above you will see one of the new first-class Forever stamps. The painting used for this stamp was accomplished by the famous U.S. artist Thomas Moran and was painted in 1912. The view of the Grand Canyon is from Hermit Road on the South Rim.
On Hermit Road there are 10 Viewpoints where you can see this same view. I have just completed an update to my “Grand Canyon Guide” that includes each one of those Viewpoints with descriptions and images from the various locations that this new stamp depicts. To be linked to my “Grand Canyon Guide” click on the book cover below and you will be taken directly to my Amazon Kindle sales page. This guide was just updated last month, March 2016.
The United States Postal Service will be releasing and making available all 16 of the new National Park stamps in June of this year. These 16 stamps are excellent representations of all 59 national parks and 411 official units in the National Park Service system.
For more information and images of these soon-to-be-released stamps you can go to these twitter sites: #NPS100 and #NPSStamps.
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