Loans to Other Institutions

Below are National Postal Museum object loans, current and past. Please contact the borrowing institution directly for information regarding exhibits, public hours and access.

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Moon Landing approved stamp art

Western Spirit Museum
The landmark exhibition Paul Calle’s Life of Exploration: From the Mountains to the Moon celebrates the 50th anniversary of Neil Armstrong’s first step on the moon and honors NASA and Western Artist, Paul Calle.
The National Postal Museum loaned seven pieces of stamp art from the U.S. Postal Service’s Postmaster General’s Art collection.
Dates: February 19, 2019 - October 10, 2019

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Summer uniform cap with mesh and badge

Skirball Museum and Cultural Center
Three female letter carrier hats
Dates: October 19, 2018 - March 10, 2019

Silver Century Rural Free Delivery mailbox
Silver Century Rural Free Delivery mailbox

The Autry in Griffith Park
Loan Objects:
1) Rural letter carrier's handmade sorting bag
2) Odometer by American Taximeter Company
3) Silver Century Rural Free Delivery mailbox
4) RFD letter carrier cap badge
Dates: June, 2014 - January, 2015

Blackhawk Museum, Danville
Loan Objects: stamp designs and drawings by Franklin D. Roosevelt
Dates: January 2009 - July 2009

Millard Sheets Gallery, Pomona
Loan Objects: V-Mail (World War II era letters), mailbag and mailbox
Dates: August 2004 - October 2004

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Benjamin Franklin painting

Bruce Museum, Greenwich
Loan Object: Benjamin Franklin painting by artist Lloyd Branson
Dates: September 2006 - December 2006

Western Connecticut State University, Danbury
Loan Objects: commemorative stamps for an exhibit celebrating James Joyce
Dates: June 2003 - September 2003

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Atlanta, Georgia railroad baggage tag

Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History
Loan Objects: two mailbags, three covers, and four Owney tags
Dates: September 2017 – August 2018

Louisiana State Exhibit Museum
Loan Objects: Napoleonic covers for "The Louisiana Purchase: Thomas Jefferson and Napoleon" exhibition
Dates: July 2003 - January 2004

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Replica of Owney

Missouri Historical Society, St. Louis
Loan Object: Replica of Owney (the railway mail dog) and four tags
Dates: February 2004 - March 2006

Union Station Kansas City, Kansas City
Loan Objects: Benjamin Franklin painting by Lloyd Branson
Dates: March 2003 - June 2003

Durham Western Heritage Museum, Omaha
Loan Objects: Nautilus handstamp and cover, Cliff Clavin's uniform from the TV show Cheers, postal vehicle and miscelleneous postal history objects
Dates: July 2004 - March 2005

Atomic Testing Museum, Las Vegas
Loan Objects: 1950s first day covers
Dates: February 2006 - February 2009

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Segregated saddlebag

New York Historical Society
Loan Object: Segregated saddlebag
Dates: September 7, 2018 – March 3, 2019

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Postal Inspector John Clum’s retirement watch fob

Museum of American Finance
Loan Object: Postal Inspector John Clum’s retirement watch fob
Dates: November 19, 2015 - December, 2016

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New York, NY, Sept. 11, 2001, postmark handstamp

9/11 Memorial Museum
Loan Object: New York, NY, Sept. 11, 2001, postmark handstamp
Dates: May 2014 - Indefinite

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Engraving tool

Museum of American Financial History, New York City
Loan Objects: engraving tools used by Elie Timothee Loizeaux, American Bank Note Company engraver
Dates: March 2002 - March 2003

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Railway Post Office car

North Carolina Transportation Museum
Loan Object: Railway Post Office car
Dates: February 2006 - Indefinite

North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
Loan Objects: objects related to Oscar Scott Woody, postal worker aboard the RMS Titanic, for "Titanic: the Artifact" exhibition
Dates: October 2003 - April 2004

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Highway Post Office Bus

Crawford Museum of Transportation and Industry
Western Reserve Historical Society, Cleveland
Loan Objects: Highway Post Office Bus No. 1
Dates: December 2000 - December 2006

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Money Order Stamper

McKinley Museum, Canton
Loan Objects: Objects related to a World War II-era 4th class post office
Dates: February 2002 - March 2014

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Two-dozen egg crate

National Constitution Center
Loan Object: Two-dozen egg crate
Dates: June 2015 - June 2018

Senator John Heinz History Center
Loan Objects:
1) Ledger page from Franklin's GPO account book
2) Rate chart issued by Franklin and Foxcroft
Dates: April 2011 - July 2011

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US Mail railway mailbag

National Constitution Center
Loan Object: Railway mailbag
Dates: May 2003 - June 2015

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USS Oklahoma handstamp

The Alameda National Center for Latino Arts and Culture, San Antonio
Loan Objects: USS Oklahoma handstamp plus several other objects
Dates: March 2007 - October 2007

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Amelia Earhart's flight suit

Women's Museum: An Institute for the Future, Dallas
Loan Objects:
1) Amelia Earhart's flight suit,
2) Airmail covers signed by Amelia Earhart
Dates: June 2000 - November 2006

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R2-D2 Mailbox

National Air and Space Museum
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Chantilly, VA
Loan Object: R2-D2 Mailbox
Dates: June 2008 - June 2020

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Lily Spandorf National Christmas Tree drawing

The George Washington University Museum
"For the Record: The Art of Lily Spandorf" exhibit
Loan Object: Lily Spandorf National Christmas Tree drawing
Dates: November 21, 2105 - July 2016

A Century of Progress Graf Zeppelin block of four on cover
Graf Zeppelin block of four

National Building Museum
Loan Object: A Century of Progress Graf Zeppelin block of four on cover
Dates: October 2010 - April 2011

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Scale model of the Old Post Office Building

National Park Service, Old Post Office Tower
12th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue
Loan Object: Scale model of the Old Post Office Building
Dates: June 1997 - August 2006

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Painting of a train in the country by Lloyd Branson

Postal Regulatory Commission
Loan Object: paintings of mail transportation scenes by artist Lloyd Branson
Dates: December 1996 - Indefinate


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Cliff Clavin's uniform

Canadian Postal Museum
Loan Object: "Cliff Clavin's" uniform from the TV sitcom "Cheers"
Dates: October 2006 - April 2008

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Watch belonging to Titanic Postal worker

Shanghai Postal Museum
Loan Object: Early 20th Century mail sack and watch belonging to Titanic Postal worker
Dates: December 2004 - October 2005

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John Lennon's childhood stamp album

Loan Object: John Lennon's childhood stamp album
Dates: May 2007 - November 2007