Virtual Exhibitions

The below virtual exhibits are available online only; they are not on display in the museum.

Las siguientes exhibiciones virtuales están disponibles solo en línea; no están en exhibición en el museo.

Les expositions virtuelles suivantes sont disponibles en ligne uniquement ; ils ne sont pas exposés au musée.

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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Historia militar E.E. U.U. a través de sellos (1775-1913)
Esta exhibición virtual muestra los principales eventos en la historia militar estadounidense desde el comienzo de la Guerra de Independencia de los Estados Unidos hasta la Guerra Hispano-Estadounidense.

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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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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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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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Muchas de las personas y lugares mencionados en EL SÍMBOLO PERDIDO de Dan Brown aparecen en los sellos postales de los Estados Unidos. Sin revelar la trama de Brown, esta narrativa filatélica muestra sellos que pertenecen a este género.

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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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Celebrando la NASA y el Apolo 11 a Través de Sellos
Para conmemorar el cuadragésimo aniversario del alunizaje del Apolo 11, el Museo Postal Nacional, en asociación con el Museo Nacional del Aire y el Espacio, ha creado una exhibición en línea que presenta objetos relacionados con el espacio de las colecciones de ambos museos. Estos objetos destacan una narrativa de los logros de la NASA que condujeron al alunizaje y más allá.

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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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La colección especializada de G.H. Kaestlin
Esta exhibición virtual es presentada tanto por el Museo Postal Nacional como por la Oficina de Programas de Información Internacional del Departamento de Estado de EE. UU. Muestra una de las tres mejores colecciones de sellos rusos de museos del mundo.

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The Jeanette C. Rudy Duck Stamp Collection
The lovely, alluring duck stamps have captivated many collectors, including Jeanette Cantrell Rudy. The indomitable Mrs. Rudy, however, occupies a niche all her own. Over a fifty-year span, she assembled the hobby’s foremost collection. This exhibit features a sampling of the collection’s premier items, including the first duck stamp ever sold, errors, artist-signed issues, and remarques.

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La colección de sellos de pato de Jeanette C. Rudy
Los encantadores y seductores sellos de pato han cautivado a muchos coleccionistas, incluida Jeanette Cantrell Rudy. La indomable Sra. Rudy, sin embargo, ocupa un lugar propio. Durante un lapso de cincuenta años, reunió la colección más importante de la afición. Esta exhibición presenta una muestra de los artículos principales de la colección, incluida el primer sello de pato jamás vendida, errores, números firmados por artistas y remarques.

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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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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 Confederate government in Richmond, Virginia, assumed control over the economic, political, and military life of the South. The Confederacy solved the problem of moving mail by creating its own postal service.

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Welcome to the National Postal Museum collection of certified plate proofs (CPPs).

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The world knows Simon Wiesenthal as a Holocaust survivor who tracked down Nazi war criminals for more than half a century. What many do not know is that he spent his evenings on a very different quest: searching for vintage postage stamps.

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Congress has generally reserved free franking privileges for the Legislature. However, it has authorized exceptions from time-to-time. Examples of some of these exceptions appear on covers in this collection.

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Postmaster General James A. Farley was not a stamp collector. But at the very beginning of the FDR administration, he was determined to further ingratiate himself with the “Boss,” as he called Roosevelt, by giving him unusual examples of new postal issues.

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From local celebrity to world traveler, this scrappy dog's story touched hearts and fired imaginations across the Nation and around the world.

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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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Maps and Their Elements
Allan Lee’s collection of maps on stamps represents thirty-four years of collecting passion. The intensive historical and cartographic research that he and his assistant, Wilfrid Webster, conducted took years to compile, document, and authenticate. Lee traveled to 110 countries and corresponded with their national libraries and archives in this pursuit.

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Mapas y sus elementos
La colección de mapas en sellos de Allan Lee representa treinta y cuatro años de pasión por el coleccionismo. La intensa investigación histórica y cartográfica que él y su asistente, Wilfrid Webster, llevaron a cabo tomó años para compilar, documentar y autenticar. Lee viajó a 110 países y mantuvo correspondencia con sus bibliotecas y archivos nacionales en esta búsqueda.

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On October 21, 1959, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum opened in New York City. The museum's building was designed by legendary American architect Frank Lloyd Wright. To celebrate this event, the National Postal Museum has created this mini-exhibit highlighting different postage stamps with connections to the Guggenheim Museum and Frank Lloyd Wright.

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El 21 de octubre de 1959 se inauguró el Museo Solomon R. Guggenheim en la ciudad de Nueva York. El edificio del museo fue diseñado por el legendario arquitecto estadounidense Frank Lloyd Wright. Para celebrar este evento, el Museo Postal Nacional ha creado esta miniexposición que destaca diferentes sellos postales con conexiones al Museo Guggenheim y Frank Lloyd Wright.

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