Snow Cruiser stamp cover, 1941
Cancelled stamp cover commemorating the Snow Cruiser's arrival at the South Pole; cancellation dated May 6, 1941, Boston, Mass. Cover shows drawing of Snow Cruiser with plane mounted on top. Markings: on obverse: The Snow Cruiser Reaches the South Pole/Defense plans halted/Byrd Antarctic Expedition III/in south polar regions/Lat. 78 degrees 30' S. Long. 163 degrees 30' W./Research Foundation of the Armour Institute of Technology. On reverse: Registered No. 6932/Carried from Little America by U. S. S. North Star.
- Creation: 1941
- United States Postal Service (Organization)
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The Snow Cruiser was an experimental vehicle built in 1939 by Armour Research Foundation for use by Adm. Richard E. Byrd on his third Antarctic Expedition. Dr. Thomas C. Poulter was a research physicist instrumental in the development of the vehicle. Armour Research Foundation (ARF) was one of the first private, not-for-profit contract research laboratories in the United States. Begun in Chicago in 1936 by Armour Institute of Technology (AIT), ARF was acquired by Illinois Institute of Technology in 1940 when IIT was created by the merger of AIT and Lewis Institute. Re-named Armour Research Foundation of Illinois Institute of Technology, it was later reorganized as the IIT Research Institute (IITRI). Under all its iterations, the laboratory conducted research for commercial and government sources, expanding to an international operation. Per IIT President John L. Anderson's April e-newsletter to the campus community, "In 2002, Alion purchased the non-life-science assets of IIT Research Institute.... IITRI remains an IIT-controlled company and is led by David McCormick, who is also professor of biology at the university.... [In March 2010] the university received a cash payment...in exchange for our final holdings of bonds and warrants in Alion...." Source: IIT Archives (Chicago). Please cite source when quoting this information. Please send corrections or additional information about this topic to email@example.com.
Nice graphic piece suitable for exhibit.
Catherine Bruck, University Archivist 11/20/1999