Stamp Collecting

Topical Reference Page
22c 1986 Presidents Minature Sheet single

The Museum celebrates the beauty and lore of stamps. A stamp is much more than the physical evidence that postage has been paid. Stamps can be miniature works of art, treasured keepsakes, and rare collectibles.

Exhibition

Collecting stamps of your family’s ancestral homelands offers insights into your own family’s past and experiences, and so they teach you something about your own heritage. Collectors share their stories here, just click the stamps to learn more.

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Glossary
Glossary terms from "A" to "Z" related to stamp collecting and postal operations.
Stamp Collecting stamp
What can you call a hobby which teaches so much—in addition to providing fun and pleasure?
October 6, 2005 - April 6, 2006
Exhibition

Before John Lennon traveled the globe playing music with The Beatles, this boy from Liverpool, England saw the world in a whole different way−through stamps.

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Stamp Collecting stamp
The Museum celebrates the beauty and lore of stamps. A stamp is much more than the physical evidence that postage has been paid. Stamps can be miniature works of art, treasured keepsakes, and rare collectibles.
April 15, 2004 - January 11, 2005
Exhibition

Kristen Ollies started her collection in 1999, when she was in fifth grade. Her collection has grown to an award-winning private collection of 48 album pages.

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Exhibition

Exploring Cuba's History Through Postage Stamps
Explore Cuba's postal and aviation history in an ongoing research and exhibition effort to study and bring to the public an important research resource for the cultural history of Cuba, the Roberto Pichs collection of Cuban postage stamps.

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April 6, 2004 - January 11, 2005
Exhibition

The National Postal Museum is pleased to present a selection of extraordinary materials from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's personal philatelic holdings. The Royal Philatelic Collection includes the world's finest and most comprehensive collection of British and Commonwealth stamps.

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Related Blogs

October is Stamp Collecting Month!

October is Stamp Collecting Month! If it’s been a while since your childhood collecting days, or if you’ve always wanted to get into the hobby, now’s the time to do it. The National Postal Museum has a wealth of resources (http://postalmuseum.si.edu/stampcollecting/index.html) to get you (re)started – come learn more about this fun and rewarding pastime!

Celebrate Stamp Collecting Month with Style

Stamps shed their stuffy reputation this month as stamp fans around the country celebrate Stamp Collecting Month with style.