The American Folk Art series of stamps celebrates different kinds of folk art created by Americans across the country. In this Lacemaking issue from 1987 viewers are treated to examples of the "Buck's point" style of lacemaking (lower left), the "Honiton" style of lacemaking (lower right) and two mixed-style designs (upper left and right).
The American Folk Art series of stamps celebrates different kinds of folk
To those who are celebrating today, happy #Eid al-Fitr! This festival marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting.
To those who are celebrating today happy Eid alFitr This festival marks
It's Collections Care Thursday! The Postal Museum has a very diverse collection made of all sorts of materials. We want the collection to remain stable and the staff to be safe while working around artifacts, so we recently had our collection tested for radiation. We tested our vehicle dial, dead letter office, “disaster” material and rocket mail collections, which all fortunately tested...
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Its Collections Care Thursday The Postal Museum has a very diverse collection
This letter from Private Silas Bradshaw, stationed at Camp A. A. Humphreys in Virginia, was one of several received by African-American officers and community leaders in June 1918 as American involvement in World War I continued. The letters included accounts of physical abuse against African-American soldiers by white officers. Mistreatment by white officers and substandard living conditions...
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This letter from Private Silas Bradshaw stationed at Camp A A Humphreys
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Curious about how mail makes it out of the Grand Canyon? For today's Lunchtime Lecture, we're hearing from philatelist Marjory J. Sente as she describes the mule mail route and shares with us historic pieces from her own collection. Tune in!
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Lisa McGinnis
This sorting bag was carried by a rural letter carrier around the turn of the last century. The hand-sown cloth bag is divided into pockets, each labeled with the name of a postal patron. The rural delivery carrier to whom it belonged designed and fabricated the bag to sort the mail for delivery in the order of the residences along his route.
This sorting bag was carried by a rural letter carrier around the
Save the U.S. Postal Service by Writing More Letters
Join the National Postal Museum and Smithsonian Learning Lab in a FREE one-day teacher workshop detailing the role of letters and the postal service during the Great War. Letters humanize the enormity of war and the sacrifices it demands of military personnel, their family members and community. Throughout the seminar, experts aim to shed light on this challenging and significant time in...
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My Fellow Soldiers: Letters From World War I Teacher Workshop

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It's Collections Care Thursday, and the Collections Department is organizing revenue stamps! Revenue stamps were issued by the Department of the Treasury as proof that taxes were paid for certain products, and were then affixed to each container of the product. Revenue stamps are considered special use stamps, and are not used for postage, so they are listed in the Specialized Scott Catalogue...
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Its Collections Care Thursday and the Collections Department is organizing revenue stamps
Check out some World War II #mailart! In this self-portrait drawn in ink on the envelope of a letter to his friend Mary MacDonald, Corporal Jack Fogarty prepares tea to accompany his K ration meal while sitting on a crate that contains the “to” address. This postal stationery airmail envelope sent to New York from APO 75 (located at Manila, in the Philippines) was passed by a censor and...
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Check out some World War II mailart In this selfportrait drawn in
As you head out to visit our National Parks this summer, you might be wondering how the mail makes it into some of the more remote parks across our country, and more importantly, how the postcards you send make it out!

To learn more, come listen to philatelist Marjory J. Sente speak about postal operations in the Grand Canyon, one of the most iconic and most visited National Parks in the...
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As you head out to visit our National Parks this summer you

Lunchtime Lecture: Mail by Mule

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Susan Corlies
Gary Loew
“I am ready for this,” wrote Private Dean Robertson in a letter postmarked today in 1918, during the early days of the #WorldWarI Battle of Belleau Wood. Two Marine regiments with the 2nd Division fought together with French allies against the German army, which had been newly fortified with troops redeployed after Russia surrendered the Eastern Front. The battle lasted three weeks. The...
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I am ready for this wrote Private Dean Robertson in a letter
Mary Bell Hunter
John Boehner
This postal card was carried on the first leg of the MacMillan Aerial Arctic Expedition in 1925. Marked with a private cachet, the postal card received a cancellation today in 1925 before departure from the Philadelphia Navy Yard Post Office.
This postal card was carried on the first leg of the MacMillan
Helen Palmer
It’s Collections Care Thursday, and we’re talking comic books - not today's popular Wonder Woman, but the classic Donald Duck! In this comic, on loan to the National Postal Museum from Stuart Weitzman, Donald searches for the rarest stamp in the world, the 1856 British Guiana One-Cent Magenta. It's a pity Donald didn't think to look here at the Postal Museum - we've got the Magenta on display...
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Its Collections Care Thursday and were talking comic books not todays popular
Susan Corlies
Since carrying glass bottles of ink was impractical for soldiers on the move, "military" or "trench" pens like this one were created and used during WWI. Soldiers mixed dried ink pellets with water directly in the pen's barrel, producing a liquid ink to write with. This personalized trench pen may have been a going-away present for Private Alfred Abelson. Engraved, “Alfred Abelson 6-4-18,” the...
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Since carrying glass bottles of ink was impractical for soldiers on the
This Collections Care Thursday, we're celebrating safety! June is Safety Month, and today Collections staff members from NPM attended a Safety Day event hosted by the Smithsonian Office of Safety, Healthy, & Environmental Management. There staff learned ways to promote safety in the work place, as well as ways to apply those lessons at home. Each week in June has a safety-related theme, and...
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This Collections Care Thursday were celebrating safety June is Safety Month and
Wine & Design brings happy hour and postal-themed crafting together once a month at the Postal Museum! Whether you are a letter-writing lover, an Etsy fanatic or just looking for something new to do — join us!

This month we're creating notecards using water color and acrylic paint. As you kickstart the summer, create fun greeting cards for your friends and family. Get tickets at the "Find...
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Wine Design brings happy hour and postalthemed crafting together once a month

Wine & Design June Happy Hour!

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There is a certain grim humor in the practice of making souvenirs of war in the first place. But this letter opener fashioned during #WorldWarI out of a bullet takes the cake for dark juxtaposition - a tool for opening missives of love made out of an instrument of death. Engraved “Argonne," this metal letter opener was fashioned by attaching a German button to a cartridge, and was made as...
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There is a certain grim humor in the practice of making souvenirs
This U.S. Air Mail mailbag was carried on the first airmail flight over the North Pole. On May 29, 1951. Capt. Charles F. Blair, an airline pilot whose actual objective was to prove whether non-military trans-polar flights were feasible, piloted the a modified single-engine World War II fighter plane (a P-51 Mustang) over the north pole, carrying mail in this sack to mark the occasion.
This US Air Mail mailbag was carried on the first airmail flight
This week the Collections Department had the opportunity to celebrate all of you—our Collections Care Thursday audience! We had a great time at the first Smithsonian Collections Share Fair: Strengthening Smithsonian Collections, where we highlighted our Collections Care Thursday posts as educational tools. Staff shared how the posts are created and our efforts to use them to let the world know...
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This week the Collections Department had the opportunity to celebrate all of
“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived."

The First-Day-of-Issue ceremony for this stamp, honoring transcendentalist writer Henry David Thoreau, is being held today at the Walden Pond State Reservation Visitors Center in...
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I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately to