A request from a Fellow Society
By Eric Knapp
On May 29, 1964 The Post Office issued a stamp to honor John F. Kennedy.† This was meant to be a nationwide first day of issue.† The JFK FDC Study Group is looking for unreported JFK FDCs from Alaska post offices.† I am reprinting it here in the hope that members of the ACC can help them out by looking through our collections for JFK covers from cities not listed below.
The 49th state, Alaska, has always had an allure and mystery to it. Back in 1964, there were 221 post offices plus another 30 stations and branches in this, our largest state.
To date, only 32 different post offices, station and branch postmarks are known from May 29, 1964, tying the 5-cent J.F. Kennedy stamp.† Actually thatís almost 15 per cent of the total!!
†Hereís the list of known postmarks:
†††††††† Anatuvuk Pass
†††††††† Anchorage-Airport Annex Branch
†††††††† Anchorage-Eastchester Station
†††††††† Anchorage-Mountain View Station
†††††††† Eagle River
†††††††† Halibut Cove
†††††††† Lake Minchumina
†††††††† Manley Hot Springs
†††††††† North Pole
†††††††† Red Devil
†††††††† Saint Paul Island
†††††††† Ward Cove
An example is illustrated below.
So where are the rest of the Alaska cities? Are they sitting unrecognized in your cover boxes or somewhere in your desk? Of course many of them are uncacheted and are likely not to be to colorful.† Thatís OK. Please write me with your reports of these covers: Henry B. Scheuer; P.O. Box 535; Madison Square Station; New York, New York 10159.