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Exhibit dates: March 6, 2014 – January 4, 2015 at Smithsonian's National Postal Museum

Exhibit Curator:   
Cheryl Ganz
(202) 633-4743
ganzc@si.edu

Media Contact:
Marty Emery
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Commerce: The Republic of China

5c Chinese Resistance die proof, 1942
5c Chinese Resistance die proof, 1942
Loan courtesy United States Postal Service, Postmaster General’s Collection
Sun Yat-sen, founding father of the Republic of China, appears with Abraham Lincoln on a 1942 stamp. Sun Yat-sen studied and lived abroad. His Three Principles (nationalism, democracy, and people's livelihood) reflect a concept he admired from Lincoln's Gettysburg Address: "of the people, by the people, and for the people."

5c Chinese Resistance die proof, 1942
Loan courtesy United States Postal Service, Postmaster General’s Collection
Sun Yat-sen, founding father of the Republic of China, appears with Abraham Lincoln on a 1942 stamp. Sun Yat-sen studied and lived abroad. His Three Principles (nationalism, democracy, and people's livelihood) reflect a concept he admired from Lincoln's Gettysburg Address: "of the people, by the people, and for the people."

Round the World via Hong Kong first flight cover
Round the World via Hong Kong first flight cover to U.S. Postmaster General, USA, Netherlands, Straits Settlements, Brazil, 1937
Loan courtesy United States Postal Service, Postmaster General’s Collection
In 1937, Pan American's round-trip flights from the U.S. to the Asian mainland and back closed the final aerial gap in world airmail service. From Hong Kong, the China National Aviation Corporation provided service to 21 Chinese cities. Pan Am held a 45 percent stake in CNAC, an early U.S.-Chinese collaboration.

Round the World via Hong Kong first flight cover to U.S. Postmaster General, USA, Netherlands, Straits Settlements, Brazil, 1937
Loan courtesy United States Postal Service, Postmaster General’s Collection
In 1937, Pan American's round-trip flights from the U.S. to the Asian mainland and back closed the final aerial gap in world airmail service. From Hong Kong, the China National Aviation Corporation provided service to 21 Chinese cities. Pan Am held a 45 percent stake in CNAC, an early U.S.-Chinese collaboration.

Round the World via Hong Kong first flight cover
Anniversary of the U.S. Constitution stamp on cover, China, 1939
This Republic of China stamp, with flags of the two countries, honored the U.S. constitution; its Chinese map includes the former Manchuria, despite Japan's occupation.

Anniversary of the U.S. Constitution stamp on cover, China, 1939
This Republic of China stamp, with flags of the two countries, honored the U.S. constitution; its Chinese map includes the former Manchuria, despite Japan's occupation.

Commerce: The Chinese Bureau of Engraving and Printing

7c Junk on the Yellow River with train approved die proof, China, 1922
7c Junk on the Yellow River with train approved die proof, China, 1922
This junk ship stamp design by American engravers Lorenzo Hatch and William Grant had three printings, the first of which was re-engraved in London. Grant copied the London engraving for the first Beijing (Peking) printing. The second Beijing printing used the original dies. Philatelists study the engraving details to identify the different printings.

7c Junk on the Yellow River with train approved die proof, China, 1922
This junk ship stamp design by American engravers Lorenzo Hatch and William Grant had three printings, the first of which was re-engraved in London. Grant copied the London engraving for the first Beijing (Peking) printing. The second Beijing printing used the original dies. Philatelists study the engraving details to identify the different printings.

10c Temple of Heaven model, China, 1923
10c Temple of Heaven model, China, 1923
This model was rejected in favor of a design without the airplane. On October 10, 1923—a week before the issue of the stamp—the Republic of China formally adopted its national constitution at the Temple of Heaven in Beijing.

10c Temple of Heaven model, China, 1923
This model was rejected in favor of a design without the airplane. On October 10, 1923—a week before the issue of the stamp—the Republic of China formally adopted its national constitution at the Temple of Heaven in Beijing.

Commerce: The People's Republic of China

8f Map of China with design error single
8f Map of China with design error single, China, 1968
Loan courtesy Gerald Weiner
The most famous rarity of the Cultural Revolution proclaims “the entire nation is red.” But Taiwan is white, a fact that caused the stamp’s hasty withdrawal. Very few examples survive.

8f Map of China with design error single, China, 1968
Loan courtesy Gerald Weiner
The most famous rarity of the Cultural Revolution proclaims “the entire nation is red.” But Taiwan is white, a fact that caused the stamp’s hasty withdrawal. Very few examples survive.

43f Giant Panda single
Giant Panda single, China, 1973
After President Nixon’s visit, China sent two giant pandas, considered national treasures, to the Smithsonian’s National Zoological Park in Washington, D.C. Hugely popular, eighteen-month-old Hsing-Hsing and Ling-Ling arrived in April 1972 to “pandamonium.”

Giant Panda single, China, 1973
After President Nixon’s visit, China sent two giant pandas, considered national treasures, to the Smithsonian’s National Zoological Park in Washington, D.C. Hugely popular, eighteen-month-old Hsing-Hsing and Ling-Ling arrived in April 1972 to “pandamonium.”

Culture: Global Exchange

St. Louis World’s Fair promotional slogan cancellation on cover, 1902
St. Louis World’s Fair promotional slogan cancellation on cover, 1902
Between 1851 and 1914, China took part in 30 world’s fairs, exchanging ideas on culture, technology, and trade. Sir Robert Hart, head of Chinese customs and the postal system, chose the exhibits. Prince Pu Lun attended the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair, where China first officially participated.

St. Louis World’s Fair promotional slogan cancellation on cover, 1902
Between 1851 and 1914, China took part in 30 world’s fairs, exchanging ideas on culture, technology, and trade. Sir Robert Hart, head of Chinese customs and the postal system, chose the exhibits. Prince Pu Lun attended the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair, where China first officially participated.

Community: Lunar New Year Stamps

8f Year of the Monkey stamp, China, 1980
8f Year of the Monkey single, China, 1980
The famous Chinese artist Huang Yongyu painted this monkey for China’s first Lunar New Year stamp. The stamp proved so popular as a good luck gift that many forgeries exist.

8f Year of the Monkey single, China, 1980
The famous Chinese artist Huang Yongyu painted this monkey for China’s first Lunar New Year stamp. The stamp proved so popular as a good luck gift that many forgeries exist.