August 2019

137 Years Ago – 12 nations joined in a major scientific expedition

This Day in History…  August 1, 1882

US #4123 was issued for the fourth IPY in 2007. Click image to order.

On August 1, 1882, the first International Polar Year (IPY) began.

Early polar expeditions of the Arctic had been staged to find a northern sea route from the Atlantic to Pacific to reach the Spice Islands of the Orient.  In the 1800s, many expeditions were sent out to find items from the 1845 Franklin expedition or to reach the North Pole.

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