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Special Features Playlist on the Museum's YouTube Channel

Browse additional "Special Features" videos on the museum's YouTube channel.

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National Postal Museum Video Tours

A series of short video tours of the National Postal Museum.

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Why Stamps Were Invented

This animated video was created in 1993 for the Postal Museum's Stamps and Stories gallery.

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Printing Postage Stamps

Want to know how stamps are printed? This animated video was created in 1993 for the Postal Museum's Stamps and Stories gallery. The BEP shut down its 111 years of printing postage stamps on June 10, 2005. U.S. stamps are now all printed by private contractors.

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Stamps: An American Journey

You see stamps every day but have you ever really looked at them? This video tells the surprising story of the journey of stamps from an idea, to art, to issued stamp.

Thanks to the ongoing support of The United States Postal Service, the National Postal Museum continues to provide exciting exhibits and programs such as the Stamps: An American Journey video.

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Delivering To You

Have you ever wondered how your mail finds it way across town, across country, or across the world and into your mailbox? This video shows how it works.

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Video Footage of Long Life Vehicle Tests

Video footage of Long Live Vehicle testing performed in Laredo, Texas in 1985. During the tests, which totaled 24,000 miles in all, officials challenged the endurance and maneuverability of three vehicles produced by Grumman and General Motors, Poveco (Fruehauf & General Automotive Corp), and American Motors.

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Jeanette Cantrell Rudy Interview

Lovely, alluring duck stamps have captivated many collectors, including Jeanette Cantrell Rudy. The indomitable Mrs. Rudy, however, occupies a niche all her own. Over a fifty-year span, she assembled the foremost duck stamp collection. Further, she has transcended stereotypes claiming distinction as a woman in domains dominated by men.

To read about Jeannette Rudy, visit: Glorious Flight: The Jeanette C. Rudy Duck Stamp Collection.

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The National Postal Museum Finds Its Home

This video gives a brief background to the Smithsonian Institution's preservation of postal history and the creation of the Smithsonian National Postal Museum.

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Personal Perspectives

This video was created for the opening of the National Postal Museum in 1993. It features a collection of postal employees talking about their jobs.