Picture Postmarks, Passports Ahoy For Vintage Boat Stamps Dedication Aug 4 at Antique Boat Museum

Postal Service will unveil Vintage Mahogany Boat Stamps in the 1000 Islands region this weekend, with 22 picture postmarks and 10 passport events in area post offices. and the stamp unveiling that night at the Antique Boat Museum in Clayton.
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Aug. 4, 2007 - PRLog -- It will be all Post Office hands on deck on Saturday, August 4, as the Postal Service celebrates the First Day of Sale of the new Vintage Mahogany Speedboat stamps with 22 special picture postmarks, 10 extended-hours passport events and a national dedication ceremony at the Antique Boat Museum.

The Clayton Post Office hosts the dedication of the speedboat stamps, notes Postmaster Tim Mills.  Celebrations will take place throughout the Thousand Islands with passport events, special picture postmarks and sales of the four new stamps, which showcase a boat built in Alexandria Bay by Hutchinson Brothers Boat Co.  Activities are all scheduled for Saturday, August 4.

Souvenir postmarks noting the “first day of sail” for the stamps feature a drawing of a wooden boat provided by the Antique Boat Museum. "These postmarks are more than circles and bars," adds Mr. Mills.   "They tell a story that is at the heart of the Thousand Islands experience."

Postmarks, personalized with community names, ZIP Codes and slogans, will be offered in Alexandria Bay, Cape Vincent, Carthage, Chippewa Bay, Chaumont, Dexter, Fineview/Wellesley Island, Fishers Landing, Hammond, Henderson Harbor, Massena, Morristown, Ogdensburg, Sackets Harbor, Thousand Island Park, Three Mile Bay, Waddington and Watertown.    

The Clayton Post Office will also provide the souvenir postmark as will community post offices on Frontenac Island, Grenell Island and Murray Island.  
Postmarks will be offered during business hours at each site.   Illustrated keepsake envelopes bearing the postmarks -- known as cachets by postal collectors – will also be available in limited supply.  

Extended hours for passport applications will also be offered from noon until 3 pm on that Saturday at post offices in Clayton, Alexandria Bay, Carthage, Fineview/Wellesley Island, Hammond, Henderson Harbor, Massena, Morristown, and Ogdensburg.  The Watertown Main Post Office will offer passport acceptance from 9 am until noon on Saturday, August 4th.

Activities draw to a close with the formal dedication ceremony for the stamps to be staged at the Antique Boat Museum in Clayton in cooperation with the Postal Service. Museum Executive Director John MacLean, and Edward "Teddy" McNally, Chairman of the Museum’s Board of Trustees, will join area Congressman John McHugh on the program.

Historical reflections will be provided by Anthony S. Mollica, author of "Gar Wood Boats: Classics of a Golden Era" and "American Wooden Runabout."  He is also a trustee of the Antique Boat Museum.  

Postmaster Mills, of Clayton, and Margaret Weir, acting District Manager for the Postal Service’s Albany District, will represent the Postal Service.   The Clayton Community Brass Quintet will perform musical selections and the Alexandria Bay Station for the Coast Guard will present the colors.

The dedication will be held on the grounds of the Antique Boat Museum and will be open to the public. Access to the dedication venue will begin at approximately 4 pm for the 5 pm program.  Following the dedication, an autographing session for programs and other collectibles will be staged in the front of the Antique Boat Museum in keeping with postal tradition.  

Each sheet of Speedboat stamps contains twelve 41-cent stamps.

The local highlight in the series is a 1915 Hutchinson Brothers launch from Alexandria Bay. A popular style for touring and commuting, the long-deck launch was offered with a four- or six-cylinder marine engine capable of reaching 30 mph.

Powered by a 110-horsepower, six-cylinder Chrysler Crown engine, the attractive 30-foot craft on the stamp was custom-built in 1915 by Hutchinson Brothers Boat Co.  Frolic owners Bill and Tish Kartozian of Danville, CA, dock her on Lake Tahoe.

In addition to the Frolic, the stamp sheet depicts:
•   Dispatch, a 1931 Gar Wood triple cockpit runabout.
•   Thunderbird, a 1939 Hacker-Craft commuter boat.
•   Duckers, a 1954 Chris-Craft Racing Runabout.

The selvage — or decorative area around the stamps on the pane of 12 stamps — features a recent photograph of Miss Columbia.

Please Note: For broadcast quality video and audio, photo stills and other media resources, visit the USPS Newsroom at www.usps.com/news.

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