2016 First-Class Forever Stamp,National Parks Centennial: Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park

# 5080c - 2016 First-Class Forever Stamp - National Parks Centennial: Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park

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US #5080c
2016 Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park – National Parks

  • Honors Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park
  • One of 16 stamps celebrating the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service


Stamp Category: 
Commemorative
Set:  National Parks
Value:  47¢ First Class Mail Rate (Forever)
First Day of Issue:  June 2, 2016
First Day City:  New York, New York
Quantity Issued:  100,000,000
Printed by:  Banknote Corporation of America
Printing Method:  Offset, Microprint
Format:  Panes of 16
Tagging:  Phosphor tagged paper, block

Why the stamp was issued:  To celebrate the beauty and natural wonders of Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park. 

About the stamp design:  Includes 16 designs, each picturing existing art or photographs of national parks or plants, animals, artwork, objects, or structures in national parks.  The margins of each stamp includes the name of the location. coincide with the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service.

First Day City:  The First Day of Issue Ceremony was held at the Javits Center in New York City as part of the World Stamp Show NY 2016.

About the National Parks set:  Includes 16 stamp designs, each picturing existing art or photographs of national parks or plants, animals, artwork, objects, or structures in national parks.  The margins of each stamp include the name of the location.  Issued to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service.  The central image on the sheet of 16 pictures the 1¢ Yosemite postage stamp issued in 1934 along with the text “Our national parks tell distinctly American stories.  Whether they inspire you to marvel at grand vistas, travel along scenic waterways and winding paths, or visit historic buildings and homes, discovery and exploration await.”

History the stamp represents:  The Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park is a monument to some of the country’s original conservationists.  Its founder, George Perkins Marsh, is considered by some to be the father of the American Conservation Movement.

When Marsh was a young man, he recognized that deforestation in his native Vermont was having serious side-effects on the local ecology.  He advocated forest management for the sake of sustainable agriculture.  In 1864, he warned of the detriment of man’s actions on the planet in his book, Man and Nature.  It inspired a movement, and Marsh was deemed the “prophet of conservation.”

One reader, who was profoundly impacted by Marsh’s warning, was Frederick Billings.  Having made his fortune in real estate development during the California gold rush, Billings had returned to his home state of Vermont in 1864.  He was dismayed by the state of the land and foresaw an end to Vermont farming if things did not change.  Billings moved to the old Marsh estate, establishing what would become the “model of progressive dairying.”

In 1983, Billings’ granddaughter Mary, and her husband, Laurence Rockefeller, opened the Billings Farm and Museum.  And in 1992, they donated the farm and 55 acres to the National Park Service.

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US #5080c
2016 Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park – National Parks

  • Honors Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park
  • One of 16 stamps celebrating the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service


Stamp Category: 
Commemorative
Set:  National Parks
Value:  47¢ First Class Mail Rate (Forever)
First Day of Issue:  June 2, 2016
First Day City:  New York, New York
Quantity Issued:  100,000,000
Printed by:  Banknote Corporation of America
Printing Method:  Offset, Microprint
Format:  Panes of 16
Tagging:  Phosphor tagged paper, block

Why the stamp was issued:  To celebrate the beauty and natural wonders of Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park. 

About the stamp design:  Includes 16 designs, each picturing existing art or photographs of national parks or plants, animals, artwork, objects, or structures in national parks.  The margins of each stamp includes the name of the location. coincide with the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service.

First Day City:  The First Day of Issue Ceremony was held at the Javits Center in New York City as part of the World Stamp Show NY 2016.

About the National Parks set:  Includes 16 stamp designs, each picturing existing art or photographs of national parks or plants, animals, artwork, objects, or structures in national parks.  The margins of each stamp include the name of the location.  Issued to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service.  The central image on the sheet of 16 pictures the 1¢ Yosemite postage stamp issued in 1934 along with the text “Our national parks tell distinctly American stories.  Whether they inspire you to marvel at grand vistas, travel along scenic waterways and winding paths, or visit historic buildings and homes, discovery and exploration await.”

History the stamp represents:  The Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park is a monument to some of the country’s original conservationists.  Its founder, George Perkins Marsh, is considered by some to be the father of the American Conservation Movement.

When Marsh was a young man, he recognized that deforestation in his native Vermont was having serious side-effects on the local ecology.  He advocated forest management for the sake of sustainable agriculture.  In 1864, he warned of the detriment of man’s actions on the planet in his book, Man and Nature.  It inspired a movement, and Marsh was deemed the “prophet of conservation.”

One reader, who was profoundly impacted by Marsh’s warning, was Frederick Billings.  Having made his fortune in real estate development during the California gold rush, Billings had returned to his home state of Vermont in 1864.  He was dismayed by the state of the land and foresaw an end to Vermont farming if things did not change.  Billings moved to the old Marsh estate, establishing what would become the “model of progressive dairying.”

In 1983, Billings’ granddaughter Mary, and her husband, Laurence Rockefeller, opened the Billings Farm and Museum.  And in 1992, they donated the farm and 55 acres to the National Park Service.