Thursday will be the first day the new United States postage stamp that pays tribute to Mount Rainier National Park will be issued. To celebrate the moment, park entrance fees will be waived that day.
The stamp is one of 16 being released as part of the new National Parks Forever series issued in celebration of the National Park Service’s centennial.
Sales of the stamp and other special first day of issue commemorative items will begin at 10 a.m. at Paradise Inn, while the formal dedication ceremony and unveiling will start at 11 a.m., said park Superintendent Randy King. As part of the activities, King and U.S. Postal Service Seattle District Manager Don Jacobus will be on hand to meet park visitors and sign stamp-related collectables.
The centennial stamp is the second time the park has been featured on a stamp. The first park stamp was issued in 1934 as a part of a 10-park series. The design showed the mountain with Mirror Lake in the foreground.
The new stamp is based on a striking image of star trails over the mountain from photographer Matt Dieterich, who worked in the park as a “geoscientist in the park” intern last year. To create the image, Dieterich took 200 photos 2-4 a.m. When the photos are combined into one image, the stars create a circular pattern around the North Star, which is just out of view at the top of the image. The pink aurora borealis is visible throughout the background sky.
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