Arago: Alaska Statehood Issue

Alaska Statehood Issue

The Post Office Department issued a 7-cent Alaska Statehood commemorative airmail stamp at the Juneau, Alaska, post office on January 3, 1959, the date of Alaska's admission to the Union.

The stamp features the Big Dipper and North Star (as portrayed on the Alaskan flag) superimposed on a map of Alaska. In the background appear wooded hills and snow-topped mountains, indicative of the terrain and the vastness of the area and its wealth. In the left portion of the stamp, in dark gothic lettering outlined in white, is printed "U. S. Air Mail" in two lines and the value, "7¢." Across the bottom in lighter, modified gothic lettering against a plain background appear the words "Alaska Statehood 1959."

The stamp is 0.84 x 1.44 inches in dimension, arranged horizontally, electric-eye perforated, and issued in sheets of fifty. The stamp's color is blue. The POD authorized an initial printing of 90,000,000.

Reference: Postal Bulletin, December 31, 1958.

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