Sunday, August 27, 2000
Deep-sea fish will be coming to the surface on a new set of five 33-cent stamps issued by the U.S. Postal Service.
The offerings will be released in October which has been designated National Stamp Collecting Month by the Postal Service.
Featured on the stamps are photos of five creatures found in the deep sea ï¿½ the fanfin anglership, sea cucumber, fangtooth, amphipod and medusa.
Deep-sea fish live in an environment characterized by darkness, cold and high water pressure. They also can generate light.
All five of the fish depicted on the new stamps were photographed alive while in tanks.
First-day covers will be made available by the Stamp Fulfillment Services of the Postal Service by calling (800) STAMP-24.
In 1952, the United States issued a 3-cent stamp honoring the 25th anniversary of the ground-breaking of Mount Rushmore National Memorial near Rapid City, S.D.
The monument features facial likenesses of Presidents George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson and Theodore Roosevelt. Gutzon Borglum, the sculptor, began working on the mountain memorial in 1927. The faces of the honorees were near completion when he died in 1941. Borglum's son was among those who finished the job a few months later.