FDR’s Stamp Tools : Stamp Box


Stamp box
Above: Stamp Box, c. 1940s
This rather nondescript wood and brass box was the president’s constant companion. He carried his stamps in it wherever he traveled, including his cruises on USS Houston, and worked on his collection for at least a half hour each day. The box was sent in early 1945 to Minnie Astor, who intended to commission a leather copy as FDR’s Christmas gift that year. The president died on April 12, however, and Mrs. Astor returned the box with shipping labels still attached.
Loan from the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, Hyde Park, New York