1957 3¢ Coastal Geodetic Survey
Issue Date: February 11, 1957
City: Seattle, Washington
Printed by: Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Printing Method: Rotary Press
Perforations: 11 x 10 ½
Color: Dark blue
U.S. #1088 was issued on the 150th anniversary of the Coast and Geodetic Survey, which aids sailors and engineers by making contour maps. In 1807, President Thomas Jefferson signed a bill for the “Survey of the Coast.” The project took decades – and became even bigger as the young United States expanded rapidly to the Pacific Ocean.
In 1871, a law was passed to require the survey to extend to the interior of the country, as well. The project is ongoing, as it has emerged into a federal agency. It was again renamed in 1970 as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency (NOAA).
George Davidson (1825-1911)
Geographer and Astronomer
George Davidson was born in England in 1825 and dedicated his life to the study of science. From 1845 to 1895, he was part of the staff of the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey. Among his many achievements, he built the first observatory on the Pacific coast in San Francisco in 1879.
In his 50 years of service, Davidson wrote a number of important articles, held numerous high-ranking posts, and tirelessly studied the geography of the Pacific Coast, becoming one of the most important names associated with the organization.