Stamps Take Flight

Materials from the Postmaster General's Collection
Nine silhouette of airplanes inside stamp borders

Stamps Take Flight: Materials from the Postmaster General's Collection

March 15, 2005 - March 19, 2006

An exhibition of selected materials from the Postmaster General's Collection at the National Postal Museum.


Album J, Die Proofs of Stamps 1847-1907

Every U.S. stamp collection has its own story, but the origin of the Postmaster General’s Collection of the U.S. Postal Service is surely unique.

Working model, Stickney printing press.

Printing a stamp isn’t quite like printing anything else. Stamps must be nearly impossible to counterfeit, but inexpensive to print; in recent years...

Designs for “stamps that never were” for 1975 Postal Bicentennial

This section of Stamps Take Flight showcases some of the rarest and most unusual holdings of the Postmaster General's Collection...

 Airplane carrying mail, 1913, Scott Q8, Engraving

The United States has issued over 200 stamps celebrating aviation, space technology, and the men and women who have braved the skies.