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Object Loans to Other Institutions

Below are National Postal Museum object loans, current and past. Please contact the borrowing institution directly for information regarding exhibits, public hours and access.


California

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Summer uniform cap with mesh and badge

Skirball Museum and Cultural Center
Three female letter carrier hats
Dates: October 19, 2018 - March 10, 2019

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Silver Century Rural Free Delivery mailbox

The Autry in Griffith Park
Loan Objects:
1) Rural letter carrier's handmade sorting bag
2) Odometer by American Taximeter Company
3) Silver Century Rural Free Delivery mailbox
4) RFD letter carrier cap badge
Dates: June, 2014 - January, 2015

Millard Sheets Gallery, Pomona
Loan Objects: V-Mail (World War II era letters), mailbag and mailbox
Dates: August 2004 - October 2004

Blackhawk Museum, Danville 
Loan Objects: stamp designs and drawings by Franklin D. Roosevelt
Dates: January 2009 - July 2009

Connecticut

Western Connecticut State University, Danbury 
Loan Objects: commemorative stamps for an exhibit celebrating James Joyce
Dates: June 2003 - September 2003

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Benjamin Franklin painting

Bruce Museum, Greenwich
Loan Object: Benjamin Franklin painting by artist Lloyd Branson
Dates: September 2006 - December 2006

Georgia

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Atlanta, Georgia railroad baggage tag

Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History
Loan Objects: two mailbags, three covers, and four Owney tags
Dates: September 2017 – August 2018

Louisiana

Louisiana State Exhibit Museum 
Loan Objects: Napoleonic covers for "The Louisiana Purchase: Thomas Jefferson and Napoleon" exhibition
Dates: July 2003 - January 2004

Missouri

Union Station Kansas City, Kansas City 
Loan Objects: Benjamin Franklin painting by Lloyd Branson
Dates: March 2003 - June 2003

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Replica of Owney

Missouri Historical Society, St. Louis
Loan Object: Replica of Owney (the railway mail dog) and four tags
Dates: February 2004 - March 2006

Nebraska

Durham Western Heritage Museum, Omaha 
Loan Objects: Nautilus handstamp and cover, Cliff Clavin's uniform from the TV show Cheers, postal vehicle and miscelleneous postal history objects
Dates: July 2004 - March 2005

Nevada

Atomic Testing Museum, Las Vegas 
Loan Objects: 1950s first day covers
Dates: February 2006 - February 2009

New York

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Segregated saddlebag

New York Historical Society
Loan Object: Segregated saddlebag
Dates: September 7, 2018 – March 3, 2019

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Postal Inspector John Clum’s retirement watch fob

Museum of American Finance
Loan Object: Postal Inspector John Clum’s retirement watch fob
Dates: November 19, 2015 - December, 2016

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New York, NY, Sept. 11, 2001, postmark handstamp

9/11 Memorial Museum
Loan Object: New York, NY, Sept. 11, 2001, postmark handstamp
Dates: May 2014 - Indefinite

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Engraving tool

Museum of American Financial History, New York City
Loan Objects: engraving tools used by Elie Timothee Loizeaux, American Bank Note Company engraver
Dates: March 2002 - March 2003

North Carolina

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Railway Post Office car

North Carolina Transportation Museum
Loan Object: Railway Post Office car
Dates: February 2006 - Indefinite

North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences 
Loan Objects: objects related to Oscar Scott Woody, postal worker aboard the RMS Titanic, for "Titanic: the Artifact" exhibition
Dates: October 2003 - April 2004

Ohio

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Highway Post Office Bus

Crawford Museum of Transportation and Industry, Western Reserve Historical Society, Cleveland
Loan Objects: Highway Post Office Bus No. 1
Dates: December 2000 - December 2006

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Money Order Stamper

McKinley Museum, Canton
Loan Objects: Objects related to a World War II-era 4th class post office
Dates: February 2002 - March 2014

Pennsylvania

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Two-dozen egg crate

National Constitution Center
Loan Object: Two-dozen egg crate
Dates: June 2015 - June 2018

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US Mail railway mailbag

National Constitution Center
Loan Object: Railway mailbag
Dates: May 2003 - June 2015

Senator John Heinz History Center
Loan Objects:
1) Ledger page from Franklin's GPO account book
2) Rate chart issued by Franklin and Foxcroft
Dates: April 2011 - July 2011

Texas

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USS Oklahoma handstamp

The Alameda National Center for Latino Arts and Culture, San Antonio
Loan Objects: USS Oklahoma handstamp plus several other objects
Dates: March 2007 - October 2007

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Amelia Earhart's flight suit

Women's Museum: An Institute for the Future, Dallas 
Loan Objects: 
1) Amelia Earhart's flight suit, 
2) Airmail covers signed by Amelia Earhart
Dates: June 2000 - November 2006

Virginia

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R2-D2 Mailbox

National Air and Space Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Chantilly
Loan Object: R2-D2 Mailbox
Dates: June 2008 - June 2020

Washington, D.C.

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Lily Spandorf National Christmas Tree drawing

The George Washington University Museum, "For the Record: The Art of Lily Spandorf" exhibit
Loan Object: Lily Spandorf National Christmas Tree drawing
Dates: November 21, 2105 - July 2016

A Century of Progress Graf Zeppelin block of four on cover
Graf Zeppelin block of four

National Building Museum
Loan Object: A Century of Progress Graf Zeppelin block of four on cover
Dates: October 2010 - April 2011

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Scale model of the Old Post Office Building

National Park Service, Old Post Office Tower, 12th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue
Loan Object: Scale model of the Old Post Office Building
Dates: June 1997 - August 2006

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Painting of a train in the country by Lloyd Branson

Postal Regulatory Commission
Loan Object: paintings of mail transportation scenes by artist Lloyd Branson
Dates: December 1996 - Indefinate


Canada

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Cliff Clavin's uniform

Canadian Postal Museum
Loan Object: "Cliff Clavin's" uniform from the TV sitcom "Cheers"
Dates: October 2006 - April 2008


Shanghai, China

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Watch belonging to Titanic Postal worker

Shanghai Postal Museum
Loan Object: Early 20th Century mail sack and watch belonging to Titanic Postal worker
Dates: December 2004 - October 2005


Sweden

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John Lennon's childhood stamp album

Postmuseum
Loan Object: John Lennon's childhood stamp album
Dates: May 2007 - November 2007

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