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Formats and Costs

For fulfillment of research and commercial requests for digital assets, the National Postal Museum charges the following fees.


Archived Image

New Image

Digital file sent via
e-mail or DropBox

$50 each

$100 each

The Museum requests a complimentary copy of  publications in which museum images are published. The Museum requests that its digital assets be used with full attribution to the National Postal Museum, Smithsonian Institution.

Museum object and Photographic Archives images are available in digital formats only.

Text Usage

Museum website text can be used without cost. The Museum, however, does request that the text be used with full attribution given to the National Postal Museum, Smithsonian Institution.

Term of Use

Materials from the National Postal Museum's website are subject to the Smithsonian Institution's Terms of Use.

How to Order

To order images or other digital assets, please download and complete the Digital Asset Request and Usage Form. E-mail the completed form to the below e-mail address. Museum staff will reply with an invoice. Payments may be made by check.

Photographic assets will be sent within 15 business days after receipt of payment.

Please Note

Permission to use copyrighted material (photographs/designs/artwork/etc.) does not automatically transfer with your order if copyright is held by another institution. For example, the U.S. Postal Service holds the copyright for all U.S. postage stamps issued after January 5, 1978. Permission to use images of any stamps issued after that date should be obtained (before use) from the U.S. Postal Service Licensing Department. Also, some photographs on the museum website are copyrighted by the Library of Congress or other institutions. Before using those images, permission should be obtained from the appropriate institution.

USPS Stamp Image Rights and Permissions Overview