Race cachet for the 50th Anniversary of North Pole Discovery, 1959

Description (Brief):

Race cachet is a first day issue envelope to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the discovery of the North Pole with a black ink drawing of Robert Peary. This cachet pays homage to the early history of the original purpose of the sled dog which was to provide mail and supplies for early settlers and is carried by each musher during the race. Robert Peary was an American explorer who is said to be the first person to ‘discover’ the North Pole in 1909. He had made a prior attempt in 1906 but failed to reach the Pole by 175 miles and although there is some discrepancy as to whether Peary actually reached to Pole he is credited with its discovery.

Date Made: 1959

Location: Currently not on view

Level Of Sport: ProfessionalWeb Subject: SportsName Of Sport: Dog Sled racingWeb Subject: Mail

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See more items in: Culture and the Arts: Sport and Leisure, Sports & Leisure, Sled Dog Racing

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Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 2014.0116.09Accession Number: 2014.0116Catalog Number: 2014.0116.10

Object Name: race cachet, sled dog racing

Physical Description: paper (overall material)Measurements: overall: 6 1/2 in x 3 3/4 in; 16.51 cm x 9.525 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ae-9b25-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_1466234

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