First Day of Issue ceremony for “Polar Lights” stamps to be held Oct. 1 at Smithsonian National Postal Museum

Press Release

What: To mark the beginning of National Stamp Collecting Month, the U.S. Postal Service will issue a pane of 20 41-cent “Polar Lights” 41-cent commemorative postage stamps in two designs. The ceremony is free and open to the public.

Who: Allen Kane, Director, Smithsonian National Postal Museum

Cheryl Ganz, Acting Chief Curator for Philately, Smithsonian National Postal Museum

H. Glen Walker, Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President United States Postal Service

When: 10:30 a.m. ET, Monday, Oct. 1

Where: Smithsonian National Postal Museum
2 Massachusetts Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 20002

Background: The International Polar Year 2007-2008 includes efforts to bring attention to the role of polar research in global processes of the fascinating phenomena known as “polar lights.” The “southern lights or aurora australis” and “northern lights or aurora borealis” are brilliant emissions of light. The polar lights are a luminous glow seen in the night sky at high latitudes surrounding the north and south magnetic poles. Throughout history the polar lights have inspired a colorful folklore; today they are the focus of many nations.

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