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

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

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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.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
race cachet, sled dog racing
date made
1959
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 6 1/2 in x 3 3/4 in; 16.51 cm x 9.525 cm
ID Number
2014.0116.09
accession number
2014.0116
catalog number
2014.0116.10
subject
Professional
Sports
Dog Sled racing
Mail
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Cultural and Community Life: Sport and Leisure
Sled Dog Racing
Sports & Leisure
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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