Museum Shop

A display of merchandise for sale in the museum shop
Items for sale in the Museum Shop

The Museum Shop is temporarily closed to support the effort to contain the spread of COVID-19. Online orders may be placed through the Smithsonian Store.

Hoilday tree ornament with a photo of a Snowbirt mail truck and a mailbox in a snowy landscape

Snowbird Ornament

Size: Size: 2 inches in diameter
Made of porcelain and brass

$25.00 plus shipping & handling

To order, please contact the Museum Shop at the below telephone number.

Suited to a T for Snow
Long before there was all-wheel drive, there was an ingenious way for Rural Free Delivery mail carriers in the 1920s to equip their own automobiles during snowy weather. Called the “mailman’s special,” the kit contained skis that replaced the front tires and caterpillar treads that looped around the back tires for traction. The Postal Museum owns one such equipped 1921 Model T, called Snowbird. It weighs 1800 pounds and announces in shiny gold lettering on its gleaming black surface, “R.F.D Route 2.” Rural mail carrier Harold Crabtree of Central Square, N.Y., owned this Snowbird. He needed it: Central Square averages nearly 9 feet of snow a year.

A glass ornament made to look like a USPS mailbox.

Glass Mail Box Ornament

Size: approximately 1¾ x 1¾ x 3½ inches
Made of glass

$15.00 plus shipping & handling

To order, please contact the Museum Shop at the below telephone number.

Beautifully detailed, this red, white, and blue blown glass USPS Mail Box Ornament is a great way to celebrate the holiday tradition of sending and receiving Christmas cards.

A fluffy stuffed animal version of Owney the dog.

Toy Owney the Dog

Size: approximately 12 x 6 x 6 inches

$16.00 plus shipping & handling

To order, please contact the Museum Shop at the below telephone number.

Known at first as the mascot of the Albany post office, Owney the dog soon became the faithful companion of the nation’s railway mail clerks. Knowing that his trips were taking him across the country, Albany mail clerks fastened a note to Owney's collar asking others to record Owney's journey by attaching leather and metal baggage tags to this collar. He soon collected so many tags that Postmaster General John Wanamaker gave Owney a special harness to lighten his load. Owney collected 1,017 tags, tokens, trinkets and medals during his travels.

A tie depicting numerous Inverted Jenny stamps.

Stamp Tie

100% Silk

$40.00 plus shipping & handling

To order, please contact the Museum Shop at the below telephone number.

Depicting America's most famous stamp and one of the world's most famous printing errors, this Inverted Jenny Stamp Tie is printed with an upside-down blue Curtiss Jenny biplane within a red frame.

A tote bag with Smithsonian Institution written on it in ink.

Tote Bag: Smithsonian Institution, National Postal Museum

Size: approximately 13½ x 12 inches
Canvas

$40.00 plus shipping & handling

To order, please contact the Museum Shop at the below telephone number.

We have much more merchandise available for sale in our shop. Please feel free to contact us and we will gladly discuss our merchandise.

We are open 7 days a week 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (Eastern Time). Closed December 25.

The National Postal Museum Shop can be reached at:

Museum Shop
Smithsonian National Postal Museum 
P.O. Box 37012 MRC 570
Washington, DC 20013-7012

Phone: (202) 633-7027
Fax: (202) 633-9393