Virtual Exhibitions

Learn how the U.S. Post Office Department created the framework for America's commercial aviation industry. From 1918-1926, a few daredevil pilots and some aging aircraft made history and bound the country together by air.

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American Sports and Athletes on Stamps
This virtual exhibition highlights several different sports, professional and amateur athletes, and monumental moments in American athletics as depicted on U.S. postage stamps.

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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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People, Places and Events on Stamps
Stamps illuminate what we value as a people and a culture, and the National Postal Museum’s Celebrating Hispanic Heritage: People, Places and Events on Stamps sheds new light on the many contributions of Hispanic Americans and Latinos to the exploration, culture, growth, and defense of the United States. The virtual exhibit is bilingual (English and Spanish/Español).

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Gente, Lugares y Eventos en Sellos Postales
Los sellos realzan lo que valoramos como pueblo y como cultura, y la Celebración de la Herencia Hispana: Gente, Lugares y Eventos en Sellos Postales, del Museo Postal Nacional, arroja nueva luz sobre las numerosas contribuciones de los hispano-americanos y latinos a la exploración, la cultura, el crecimiento , y la defensa de los Estados Unidos.

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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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Political leaders purposefully use print culture to promote political agendas, solidify authority, and fire patriotic emotions. The stamps issued by Mexico after its 1910-1920 revolution offer a compelling example. Among the postage stamps issued for this purpose, Mexico's airmail stamps played a significant role. This virtual exhibition is bilingual (English and Spanish) and features stamps and mail of Mexico.

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Los líderes políticos a propósito usan imprimen cultura para promover agendas políticas, solidificar autoridad y encender emociones patrióticas. Las estampillas emitidas por México después de la revolución de 1910-1920, ofrecen un ejemplo exacto. Dentro de los sellos de correo emitidos con este propósito, las estampillas de correo aéreo jugaron un papel significativo. Esta exhibición virtual es bilingüe (inglés y español) y presenta sellos y correos de México.

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Roberto Clemente Walker: El Grande (en español)
1 de abril 2001 — 25 de enero 2002
Esta exposición contó con uno de los grandes iconos del béisbol - Roberto Clemente Walker (1938 a 1972), quien fue honrado en dos sellos de los EEUU.

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Organizations such as the National Grange, the National Farmers’ Congress and State Farmers’ Alliance were all pushing for a free rural delivery system by the early 1890s. The struggle pitted farmer and rural associations against some Members of Congress who feared providing free delivery for the nation’s still rural-based population would be too expensive.

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Objects displayed in the museum's various exhibitions document the history of the U.S. postal service and showcase the beauty and lore of stamps. Thousands of objects are on display in the museum, each offering visitors a chance to see "the real thing."

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The G.H. Kaestlin Specialized Collection
This virtual exhibition is presented by both the National Postal Museum and the U.S. Department of State Bureau of International Information Programs. It shows one of the three best museum Russian stamp collections in the world.

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Celebrating NASA & Apollo 11 Through Stamps
To commemorate the fortieth anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing, the National Postal Museum, in partnership with the National Air and Space Museum, has created an online exhibit featuring space related objects from the collections of both museums. These objects highlight a narrative of NASA accomplishments leading up to the Moon landing and beyond.

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A virtual exhibition highlighting fun stories and interesting anecdotes about postage stamps issued throughout the British Empire.

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The words "Pony Express" evoke colorful images in our minds of brave riders dashing over mountains or across deserts of the great American West with vital messages.

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This virtual exhibition highlights a great sports tradition, featuring stamps from several of the countries that have previously been honored with hosting the tournament.

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When I came to the National Postal Museum in 2002 I was familiar with the museum’s work and reputation. What I did not yet realize was that the museum’s collections held such a great variety of objects. Nor had I realized just how magnificent many of these item were, not only those on exhibit, but also those in storage behind the scenes. In honor of the museum’s 15th anniversary I have selected 15 of my favorite items from the collection.
—Allen Kane, Former Director, National Postal Museum

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The Unintended Legacy of a Forgotten Conference
On December 12, 1928, the Post Office Department issued 2-cent and 5-cent stamps in celebration of the International Civil Aeronautics Conference

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Though difficult to believe, the beginnings of the modern civil aviation industry lie within the Post Office. Indeed, it was airmail that started the United States on its way to the system of airports and airways that millions of Americans travel on a daily basis.

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The National Postal Museum devised this virtual exhibition with the dual purpose of telling the story of Owney and allowing contemporary cachet artists the opportunity to showcase their artwork to the public, inspiring new collectors.

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In celebration of the National Postal Museum's fifteenth anniversary, this exhibit uses 15 items in the National Postal Museum's collections to examine important developments in the history of the U.S. postal system.

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American Military History Through Stamps (1775-1913)
This virtual exhibition showcases major events in American military history from the start of the American Revolution through the Spanish-American War.

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Beyond those items that everyone would expect to see in a postal museum are some objects that raise eyebrows among the museum's staff, let alone the general public.

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The 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’s initial landing in the “New World” provided Chicagoans with an occasion to reflect, to celebrate, and to memorialize the adventurous Italian navigator. Though financial and construction problems postponed the celebration for one year, in 1893 city leaders hosted a magnificent international exhibition to commemorate both Columbus and the nation’s progress over those four centuries—the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition. In keeping with the exposition’s celebratory theme, the U.S. Post Office Department issued the nation’s first commemorative stamps, the “Columbians”.

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Many of the people and places mentioned in Dan Brown's THE LOST SYMBOL appear on U.S. postage stamps. Without revealing Brown’s plot, this philatelic narrative showcases stamps that fall into this genre.

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