The Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum announced that it has received an 18-volume collection of U.S. and British Oceania stamps and covers from collector Daniel E. Stone of the San Francisco Bay Area.
Included in the collection donated by Stone are U.S. provisionals, mint stamps, postal stationery, Christmas seals and First Day Covers. Among the most notable rarities are three inverts of the 1869 issue, comprised of the 15-cent Landing of Columbus, the 24-cent Declaration of Independence and the 30-cent shield, eagle and flag stamps.
Donations from collectors such as Stone play a key role in the National Postal Museum’s efforts to build its National Collection.
“The National Postal Museum extends its sincere thanks to Mr. Stone for his generosity,” said National Postal Museum Registrar Ted Wilson. “His donation helps the museum reach its goal of creating a world class U.S. philatelic collection.”
The National Postal Museum is devoted to presenting the colorful and engaging history of the nation’s mail service and showcasing the largest and most comprehensive collection of stamps and philatelic material in the world. It is located at 2 Massachusetts Ave. N.E., in the Old City Post Office Building across from Union Station. The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. For more information visit the museum’s Web site at postalmuseum.si.edu.
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