Every Stamp Tells a Story

National Stamp Salon

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The Connect with U.S. Stamps exhibition in the William H. Gross Stamp Gallery

Here, philatelists and other interested visitors have access to some of the great U.S. collections owned by the National Postal Museum or on loan from other institutions. 275 pullout frames display tens of thousands of stamps and pieces of mail from the National Philatelic Collection along with the Postmaster General’s and Benjamin K. Miller collections. A large case displays medals, handstamps, dies, and other historic artifacts from the National Philatelic Collection.

A touchscreen interactive links visitors to the National Postal Museum’s online research database, enabling them to easily find more information about the stamps and mail that interest them.

National Stamp Collection

Held in trust by the Postal Museum for every U.S. citizen, this national treasure illustrates America’s history through stamps.

Postal Museum curators and philatelic experts selected these 4,000 stamps and mail pieces from the National Philatelic Collection and arranged them chronologically in ten chapters. They tell a unique story of the United States from the time before it became a nation to the present—from a postal perspective.

National Stamp Salon
National Stamp Salon.

National Stamp Salon
A touchscreen interactive links visitors to the National Postal Museum’s online research database, enabling them to easily find more information about the stamps and mail that interest them.