Happy Birthday California!


By Alexander Haimann, Collections Specialist

Marilyn Monroe stamp
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Today America's most populous state and third largest by geographic area is 159 years young. California became the 31st American state on September 9, 1850. In celebration of California's birthday, the National Postal Museum has composed a mini-exhibit through our virtual museum highlighting different objects and postage stamps with connections to California.

California Becomes a State

California Gold Rush stamp
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Alex Haimann

About the Author
Alexander T. Haimann, Collections Specialist & Web Projects Developer at the Smithsonian National Postal Museum, collects and writes primarily about the stamps and postal history of the U.S. during the first one hundred years of stamp production (1847-1947). Additionally, he develops internet based education projects and exhibits for the National Postal Museum. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Stamp Dealers Association, the Chair of the American Philatelic Society’s Young Philatelic Leaders Fellowship and the publicist for the United State Philatelic Classics Society. His national and international society memberships include the American Philatelic Society, United States Stamp Society, Collectors Club of New York and the Royal Philatelic Society London.