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Celebrate Owney in Your Community

Forever stamp with Owney and his tags

The release of the Owney commemorative postage stamp is a great opportunity to celebrate stamps, mail, and American history. Whether you are a postmaster, part of a stamp club, or scout leader, you can help kids get into the fun by planning an Owney celebration in your community. This page will help you do it!


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Celebrate Owney in Your Community: Activity Guide (PDF)

This packet provides activity guides, printable materials, a fact sheet, and ideas to make your Owney celebration extra special. (Download Adobe® Acrobat® PDF Reader®)


Safe Travels, Owney! text in orange

Lesson Plan: Safe Travels, Owney!

Educators, follow this fun lesson plan with your students! They’ll write and design their own postcards and fashion a brand new tag for Owney’s signature jacket! The students are sure to give Owney something to wag about.


Owney the Railway Dog red text with Owney photo

“Owney The Railway Dog” Presentation

Want to share Owney's story with a group of kids or adults? Use this short presentation to tell the dog's story in words and pictures. Download the PDF (.pdf) or PowerPoint (.pptx).


Owney tag shaped like a doghouse

Owney Images You Can Use

These historic images of Owney and his tags are for your use. Please include credit line, "Image courtesy of the National Postal Museum."


stuffed Owney with his collar and tags

Learn More about Owney

He was a small dog but he had a big story. Learn more about Owney’s travels, friends, and tags.


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Talk to Owney: Facebook

“Like” Owney on Facebook to get updates as well as fun facts about stamps, mail, and the Railway Mail Service. Ask Owney a question or just say hi.


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Talk to Owney: Twitter

Owney may type with his paws, but he sure is fast. Follow Owney on Twitter for short, timely updates on all things train-related.


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What’s New with Owney?

Read blog posts about Owney’s history, conservation treatment, postage stamp, exhibit, and more!


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Story of Owney  Video

Railway mail clerks considered the dog Owney a good luck charm. The Railway mail clerks adopted Owney as their unofficial mascot, marking his travels by placing medals and tags on his collar. Each time Owney returned home to Albany, the clerks there saved the tags. Download Video (37MB, Windows Media Video file)