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Race cachet letter for the Trail Breaker Sled Dog Club, 1990

Race cachet letter for the Trail Breaker Sled Dog Club, 1990

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Race cachet carried by a sled dog team of the Ohio based Trail Breakers Sled Dog Club over the race course in the tradition of sled dog teams of the past. The art work for the cachet was designed by Jona Van Zyle. 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.
Jon and Jona Van Zyle are both artists who live outside of Anchorage and have raised sled dogs for many years. Jon has been a supporter of the Iditarod since it beginnings and ran the race in 1976. Jon produced the first official poster for the Iditarod in 1977 which was such a huge success he was voted official artist of the Iditarod in 1979, a position he holds to this day. Jona also contributes her artistic talents to the race by designing logos for the Junior Iditarod and race cachets for the Iditarod and personal cachets for various mushers.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
race cachet letter, sled dog racing
date made
1990
artist
Van Zyle, Jona
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 11 in x 8 1/2 in; 27.94 cm x 21.59 cm
ID Number
2014.0116.03.2
accession number
2014.0116
catalog number
2014.0116.03.2
subject
Professional
Sports
Dog Sled racing
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Sled Dog Racing
Sports & Leisure
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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