1998 32c Celebrate the Century,1910s: Grand Canyon

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US #3183h
1998 Grand Canyon National Park 1919 – Celebrate the Century (1910s)

• Part of the second sheet in the Celebrate the Century stamp series issued from 1998-2000
• Honors Grand Canyon National Park
• Includes text on the back with historical details


Stamp Category:
Commemorative
Series: Celebrate the Century
Value: 32¢ First Class Mail Rate
First Day of Issue: February 3, 1998
First Day City: Washington, DC
Quantity Issued: 188,000,000
Printed by: Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd.
Printing Method: Offset, Intaglio
Format: Panes of 15
Perforations: 11.6
Tagging: Block Tagging

Why the stamp was issued: To commemorate the creation of the National Park Service as well as the establishment of Grand Canyon National Park.

About the stamp design: Pictures an oil painting of the Grand Canyon by artist Dennis Lyall. Includes the following text on the back “The National Park Service was established by Congress in 1916. The Grand Canyon was officially designated a national park two and a half years later.”

First Day City: The First Day of Issue Ceremony was held in Washington, DC, with legendary radio and television host Larry King as master of ceremonies.

About the Celebrate the Century series: The USPS launched the Celebrate the Century series in 1998 to mark the end of the 20th century and herald the arrival of the 21st. The series includes 10 sheets of 15 stamps (150 in total), with each honoring important moments from a different decade (1900s, 10s, 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s). At the time of completion, it was the longest and most ambitious commemorative stamp series in US history.

History the stamp represents: The Grand Canyon was carved out of limestone, sandstone, and shale by the Colorado River. After millions of years, the resulting panorama of breathtaking views in turn brings countless people annually to revel in the splendor of this truly spectacular canyon.

Discovered in 1540 by Spanish explorers from the Coronado expedition, the canyon occupies over 1.2 million acres of northwest Arizona. American geologist John Wesley Powell gave the Grand Canyon its name in 1869 when he first explored it by way of the Colorado.

Four hundred miles of trails for the adventurous offer several ways to enter the canyon: mule ride, 21-mile hike, or a rafting trip along the river. With a depth of about one mile, the canyon’s steep slopes experience a great diversity of weather patterns and wildlife.

Thousands of massive rock formations are found within the Grand Canyon’s wide vistas; gorges, spires, and buttes display hues of red, pink, and brown. Pointed rock domes called temples are named after gods like Vishnu, Apollo, Isis, and Venus. All are transformed by the effects of a radiant sunrise or an exquisite sunset. Filled with a multitude of shifting patterns of light and shadow, color and form, the Grand Canyon is one of the greatest wonders of the natural world.

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US #3183h
1998 Grand Canyon National Park 1919 – Celebrate the Century (1910s)

• Part of the second sheet in the Celebrate the Century stamp series issued from 1998-2000
• Honors Grand Canyon National Park
• Includes text on the back with historical details


Stamp Category:
Commemorative
Series: Celebrate the Century
Value: 32¢ First Class Mail Rate
First Day of Issue: February 3, 1998
First Day City: Washington, DC
Quantity Issued: 188,000,000
Printed by: Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd.
Printing Method: Offset, Intaglio
Format: Panes of 15
Perforations: 11.6
Tagging: Block Tagging

Why the stamp was issued: To commemorate the creation of the National Park Service as well as the establishment of Grand Canyon National Park.

About the stamp design: Pictures an oil painting of the Grand Canyon by artist Dennis Lyall. Includes the following text on the back “The National Park Service was established by Congress in 1916. The Grand Canyon was officially designated a national park two and a half years later.”

First Day City: The First Day of Issue Ceremony was held in Washington, DC, with legendary radio and television host Larry King as master of ceremonies.

About the Celebrate the Century series: The USPS launched the Celebrate the Century series in 1998 to mark the end of the 20th century and herald the arrival of the 21st. The series includes 10 sheets of 15 stamps (150 in total), with each honoring important moments from a different decade (1900s, 10s, 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s). At the time of completion, it was the longest and most ambitious commemorative stamp series in US history.

History the stamp represents: The Grand Canyon was carved out of limestone, sandstone, and shale by the Colorado River. After millions of years, the resulting panorama of breathtaking views in turn brings countless people annually to revel in the splendor of this truly spectacular canyon.

Discovered in 1540 by Spanish explorers from the Coronado expedition, the canyon occupies over 1.2 million acres of northwest Arizona. American geologist John Wesley Powell gave the Grand Canyon its name in 1869 when he first explored it by way of the Colorado.

Four hundred miles of trails for the adventurous offer several ways to enter the canyon: mule ride, 21-mile hike, or a rafting trip along the river. With a depth of about one mile, the canyon’s steep slopes experience a great diversity of weather patterns and wildlife.

Thousands of massive rock formations are found within the Grand Canyon’s wide vistas; gorges, spires, and buttes display hues of red, pink, and brown. Pointed rock domes called temples are named after gods like Vishnu, Apollo, Isis, and Venus. All are transformed by the effects of a radiant sunrise or an exquisite sunset. Filled with a multitude of shifting patterns of light and shadow, color and form, the Grand Canyon is one of the greatest wonders of the natural world.