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Formats and Costs

For fulfillment of personal and commercial requests for digital media, the National Postal Museum charges the following fees. These fees do not apply to not-for-profit and educational organizations.


Archived Image

New Image

Digital file sent via e-mail or DropBox

$25 each

$50 each

The Museum requests a complimentary copy of  publications in which museum images are published. The Museum requests that its digital media 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.

How to Order

To order images or other media, please email the museum's Photo Archivist at the above email address. Please include your full name, institution/organization, location, description and title of image/media (include URL if possible), and description of intended use. You may pay with a credit card by calling a phone number that will be provided in our reply. For security reasons, we do not accept credit card information by email.

Photographic media will be sent within 14 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 these images, permission should be obtained from the appropriate institution.

USPS Stamp Image Rights and Permissions Overview