The national collection illustrates and invites research into United States philately and postal operations. It contains prestigious postal issues and specialized collections, archival postal documents and three-dimensional objects that trace the evolution of the postal services.
The National Postal Museum is divided into galleries that explore America's postal history from colonial times to the present. Visitors learn how mail has been transported and the wondrous diversity of postage stamps.
The Museum supports a wide variety of interdisciplinary research projects which address topics of importance such as current and future postal operations, as well as philatelic and postal history. Our efforts are a resource and point of reference for research and wider investigation by historians throughout the United States and the world.
Below are National Postal Museum object loans, current and past. Please contact the borrowing institution directly for information regarding exhibits, public hours and access.
The Autry in Griffith Park
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
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