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Arctic Animal Stamp Cancellation at Bowdoin College

Story posted June 15, 1999

June 25, 1999, BRUNSWICK, Maine -- The Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum at Bowdoin will celebrate five Arctic animals that have recently become features on stamps at a stamp cancellation Friday, July 2nd.

The Brunswick Post Office will perform the cancellations at the Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on July 2. At 1 p.m. Pat Scheib, customer service supervisor at the post office, will present the Arctic Museum with an enlarged Arctic Animal stamp and will give a short presentation about the arctic animals and stamp collecting.

A special rubber cancellation stamp was created for the event. Letters mailed from the Arctic Museum that day will be cancelled with a polar bear design that says the letter was sent from the Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum on July 2, 1999.

The first day of issue for the stamps was March 12th in Barrow, Alaska, the northern most community in the United States. The stamps pay tribute to the polar bear, arctic fox, arctic hare, gray wolf and snowy owl.

The animals share characteristics that allow them to live in Arctic conditions. Among these are dense fur or feathers to provide warmth and short legs and ears to decrease the amount of exposure.

The stamps can be seen at For more information, call the Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum at 725-3416.

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