The U.S. Postal Service has issued a stamp featuring Alaska's Mount McKinley as part of a series on America's scenic landmarks.
The 80-cent, international-rate stamp is intended for 1-ounce letters mailed to all countries other than Canada and Mexico.
The stamp features a color photograph of Mount McKinley taken by National Geographic Society photojournalists John Eastcott and Yva Momatiuk. The Mount McKinley stamp is the third international-rate philatelic item issued in 2001. The Badlands stamped postal card and the Nine-Mile Prairie stamp also were issued this year.
The USPS scenic series began in 1999 with the Niagara Falls stamp, the Mount Rainier stamped postal card, the Voyageurs National Park aerogramme and the Rio Grande stamp.
First-day postmarks are available by mail. Buy the Mount McKinley stamp at your local post office, affix the stamp to an addressed envelope, and place in a larger envelope addressed to: Mount McKinley Stamp, Postmaster, 5400 Mail Trail, Fairbanks, Alaska 99709-9991. Orders must be postmarked by May 17.
The U.S. Postal Service promotes stamp collecting, but it gives plenty of attention to other hobbies, too.
Last year, the postal service hailed the hobby of cultivating aquariums. Four 33-cent stamps depicted a reef tank holding delicate corals, life-encrusted live rock, various fish and other specimens that populate reefs in different parts of the world.
The featherduster worm, flame angelfish, longhorn cowfish and red hermit crab are shown on these stamps.