Stamp Art and Design

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Find resources about stamp art and design on the museum's website.

September 26, 2008 - October 12, 2015
Exhibition

This exhibit presented an alphabet of philately through 26 topics, in which each letter represented some aspect of stamp collecting or the sending of mail.

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July 30, 2003 - February 24, 2004
Exhibition

On view were 100 original drawings and artworks that were used to create postage stamps, including entries for the famous Elvis stamp design competition.

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July 11, 2011 - August 5, 2012
Exhibition

Art of the Stamp: Owney the Postal Dog featured Bill Bonds’s original painting of Owney that was produced for the stamp. It was accompanied by 6 sketches illustrating various poses of Owney that Mr. Bonds created as he developed his...

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July 1, 2004 - July 10, 2006
Exhibition

This exhibition explored the history of rare and collectible Federal Duck Stamps created as a result of this extraordinary conservation program.

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Engraved die, 1851 stamp essay
Exhibition
Learn to create your own stamp engraving at home with a few simple materials.
October 20, 2017 - July 14, 2019
Exhibition

This exhibition highlighted the variety of flowering plants commemorated on US postage stamps during the past 50 years and explores artistic themes that emerged during this period. For example, the artwork portrays a variety of...

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Interactive screen in gallery
Exhibition
In this highly interactive area, visitors are immersed in examples of how stamp content, design, and production have changed over time and how modern U.S. stamps reflect the nation’s identity. Here, too, visitors explore...
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Have you ever looked carefully at a stamp and thought about the country it came from? These lessons guide you and your students in recognizing national American imagery that is...

January 30, 1998 - July 2, 1998
Exhibition

President Franklin D. Roosevelt enjoyed a lifelong interest in collecting stamps. FDR sketched the original designs for several United States stamps issued during his time in office.

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October 20, 2010 - July 10, 2011
Exhibition

On view was original art produced by Kadir Nelson for the creation of the Negro Leagues Baseball stamps, which pay tribute to the all-black professional baseball leagues that operated from 1920 to approximately 1960.

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December 10, 2015 - May 14, 2017
Exhibition

This exhibition of original artwork explored the diversity of topics highlighting the cultural heritage of New York City. The exhibition provided an opportunity to raise awareness of the Postmaster General’s Collection which the museum acquired through...

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The Artist Behind the Stamp

As a graduate student in the Museum Studies Program at George Washington University, I am incredibly lucky to be interning this summer at the...

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