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Museum Collection Plan

5 cent City Despatch Post Stamp
The first general issue stamp of the Confederate States of America, 1861

Despite our large, existing collection, the National Postal Museum has an extensive collection plan that includes:

  • A comprehensive specialized collection of 19th Century carrier and local stamps

  • A comprehensive specialized collection of Confederate stamps (1861-1865) and Confederate Postmaster Provisional stamps

  • Colonial postal road maps, tax stamps and handstamps

  • Female letter carrier uniforms

  • Pony Express saddle and Bible

  • Sea Post service mailbags (1845-1915) and letterboxes (1900-1915)

>3 cent George Washington City Despatch Post stamp
City Despatch Post Stamp, New York, New York, 1842

If you have any of the above and would like to contribute them to the National Postal Museum, please see Donating.

Financial Donations
Learn about making a financial donation to the Museum.