Alaska Stamp Unveiled
Post Office Honors 50th Anniversary
of Alaska Statehood
September 18, 2008
Alaska Lieutenant Governor Sean Parnell on Wednesday unveiled
the design of a new U.S. postage stamp honoring Alaska's 50th
anniversary of statehood. The stamp bears a photograph taken
by Alaska photographer Jeff Schultz, and features DeeDee Jonrowe
and her dog team set against a stunning mountain backdrop. The
stamp is set for release on January 3, 2009.
Lt. Gov. Parnell was joined
by Alaska District Manager Dianne Horbochuk of the U.S. Postal
Service for the unveiling held at the Alaska State Chamber of
Commerce annual convention. Approximately 15 communities from
around the state were represented at the convention.
"The Postal Service is
proud to issue this beautiful stamp in recognition of 50 years
of Alaska as a state," said Horbochuk. "When the stamp
comes out next year we think it will be very popular with Alaskans
as well as throughout the United States."
Senator Ted Stevens
(R-Alaska), Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), and Congressman
Don Young (R-Alaska) were able to preview the new Alaska statehood
stamp with Postmaster General John Potter.
(Left-to-right) Congressman Young, Postmaster General John Potter,
Senator Murkowski, and Senator Stevens with a commemorative picture
of the new stamp.
"The Governor and I appreciate the U.S. Postal Service's
desire to honor Alaska's history and our statehood anniversary
with this beautiful stamp," said Lt. Gov. Parnell. "This
stamp not only clearly displays Alaska's beauty and our proud
tradition of dog sled racing, but it also signifies the bravery
and courage of the Alaskan people."
Governor Palin agreed.
"This picture perfectly captures Alaska's wild and beautiful
landscape and the independence of her people," said Governor
Sarah Palin. "Both Todd and I appreciate how appropriately
it represents Alaskans' love for the outdoors and our pristine
wilderness, as well as our determination to blaze new paths and
Senator Ted Stevens (R-Alaska), Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska),
and Congressman Don Young (R-Alaska) were able to preview the
new Alaska statehood stamp with Postmaster General John Potter.
The Postal Service unveiled the new Alaska Statehood stamp during
the Alaska State Chamber of Commerce Fall Conference at the Carlson
Center in Fairbanks Wednesday.
"This is a beautiful stamp," said Senator Stevens.
"The Post Office did a great job selecting an image that
conveys the spirit of Alaskans and the magnificence of our great
"This stamp not only depicts the beauty and the majesty
of Alaska, but honors the 50th Anniversary of Alaska statehood,"
said Senator Murkowski. "We can all be proud of this lasting
"The Postal Service did an excellent job on this stamp,"
added Congressman Young. "It truly captures the beauty of
our State and that Alaskan spirit and character that has made
us so strong during our 50 years of Statehood. This stamp is
the perfect tribute to our history and makes me greatly look
forward to our future."
Alaska became an official U.S. territory in 1912 and the 49th
state on January 3, 1959.
The stamp will be issued on
January 2, 2009, the 50th anniversary of Alaska Statehood.
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