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1988 25c Explorers Ellsworth/Wilkes

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1988 25¢ Wilkes and Ellsworth
Antarctic Explorers First Day Covers

Issue Date: September 14, 1988
City: Washington, D.C.
Printed By: American Bank Note Company
Printing Method: Photogravure
Perforations:
11
Color: multicolored
 
The stamps on this First Day Cover are from a block of four issued as a companion to the 1986 Arctic Explorers stamps. The block was issued one month prior to Admiral Richard Byrd's 100th birthday and also honors Nathaniel Palmer, Charles Wilkes and Lincoln Ellsworth.
 
Charles Wilkes led the United States Exploring Expedition of 1838-42. The purpose was to explore “the Southern Ocean and determine the existence of any islands and shoals.” He sailed into the Antarctic Ocean in December 1839, and reported the discovery “of an Antarctic continent.”
 
Lincoln Ellsworth made four expeditions to Antarctica. He discovered the Ellsworth Mountains during his flight across the continent. Mount Ellsworth, Lake Ellsworth, and Antarctic base Ellsworth Station were all named for him.

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1988 25¢ Wilkes and Ellsworth
Antarctic Explorers First Day Covers

Issue Date: September 14, 1988
City: Washington, D.C.
Printed By: American Bank Note Company
Printing Method: Photogravure
Perforations:
11
Color: multicolored
 
The stamps on this First Day Cover are from a block of four issued as a companion to the 1986 Arctic Explorers stamps. The block was issued one month prior to Admiral Richard Byrd's 100th birthday and also honors Nathaniel Palmer, Charles Wilkes and Lincoln Ellsworth.
 
Charles Wilkes led the United States Exploring Expedition of 1838-42. The purpose was to explore “the Southern Ocean and determine the existence of any islands and shoals.” He sailed into the Antarctic Ocean in December 1839, and reported the discovery “of an Antarctic continent.”
 
Lincoln Ellsworth made four expeditions to Antarctica. He discovered the Ellsworth Mountains during his flight across the continent. Mount Ellsworth, Lake Ellsworth, and Antarctic base Ellsworth Station were all named for him.