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This ⬇️ starts in 30 minutes! Still plenty of time to register...Join us and kick off the weekend with some postal-fashi...
05/07/2021
Contemporary Dress: Spotlight on the USPS Uniform

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Join us and kick off the weekend with some postal-fashion-history! 🕺📬

Join MA Costume Studies for a webinar on their research on the US postal uniform.

"That afternoon I went to bed for three hours, and have not had my clothes off since then, except for a rare bath. That ...
05/06/2021
Miss Anna V.S. Mitchell (Red Cross), to her sister Caroline Phelps Stokes, April 1, 1918 | National Postal Museum

"That afternoon I went to bed for three hours, and have not had my clothes off since then, except for a rare bath. That was four days ago. It is extraordinary how one can dispense with the ordinary ways of civilization, and I find without sleep as well."

For National Nurses Day, we're sharing a letter that was featured in our exhibition "My Fellow Soldiers: Letters from World War I." American Red Cross Worker Anna Mitchell wrote to her sister in April 1918. Mitchell started her work in France in 1916, well before the United States entered the war. Throughout her frequent correspondence with her sister, Mitchell describes dodging bombs on multiple occasions.
A humanitarian institution founded in 1863, the Red Cross provides relief assistance and medical aid to victims of armed conflicts. Nurse Clara Barton founded the American Red Cross in 1881 after working with the International Red Cross during the Franco-Prussian War in 1869.

Letter and photograph appear courtesy of the National Archives; Washington, DC.

Anna Mitchell sent her sister extensive descriptions of her relief work. She started working at a canteen in France in 1916, and later managed the canteen at Chalon-sur-Marne. The facility provided coffee and food to civilians and the military. It did not, however, guarantee safety and Mitchell had....

Friday, May 7  |  5pm ET  |  Zoom  |  FreeTune in for a unique virtual event from the NYU Steinhardt Costume Studies pro...
05/06/2021
Contemporary Dress: Spotlight on the USPS Uniform

Friday, May 7 | 5pm ET | Zoom | Free

Tune in for a unique virtual event from the NYU Steinhardt Costume Studies program exploring the uniform of the U.S. postal worker – from 1868 to the present day!

Students enrolled in "History of Costume IV: Contemporary Dress" will share their research on the design histories and shifting economies of the uniform; past and present representations of postal people and postal fashion; and the role that oral history might play in expanding the historical record of postal workwear. They will also discuss the development of a forthcoming oral history project on postal workwear, which will become part of the National Postal Museum’s holdings. This course was taught in collaboration with curators from the museum, who will be presenting remarks during the webinar.

More info and registration at the link!

Join MA Costume Studies for a webinar on their research on the US postal uniform.

Una fecha de gran importancia para las comunidades de mexicanos y mexicano-americanos, el Cinco de Mayo conmemora la vic...
05/05/2021

Una fecha de gran importancia para las comunidades de mexicanos y mexicano-americanos, el Cinco de Mayo conmemora la victoria del ejército mexicano sobre los franceses en la Batalla de Puebla, el 5 de mayo de 1862. En ese día durante la ocupación francesa de México, el general Zaragoza y sus tropas salieron victoriosos contra la mayor potencia militar del mundo en ese momento. Los mexicanos que anteriormente habían mostrado poco interés en el futuro de país sintieron orgullo, nacionalismo y determinación para defender Mexico de la soberanía. La frase ¡Viva El Cinco de Mayo! Inspiró a un número creciente de mexicanos para ayudar a su país durante la guerra que duró desde 1863 hasta 1867.

En los Estados Unidos, la gente de ascendencia mexicana celebran este día significativo con desfiles, música de mariachi, baile folklórico, y otros tipos de actividades festivas. La celebración mexicana da a los estadounidenses la oportunidad de celebrar el orgullo cultural y sus esperanzas para el bienestar, la dignidad y el progreso de México y los mexicanos en todas partes.

A date of great importance for Mexican and Mexican-American communities, Cinco de Mayo marks the victory of the Mexican Army over the French at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. On that day during the French occupation of Mexico, General Zaragoza and his troops were victorious over the greatest military power in the world at that time. Mexicans who had previously shown little interest in their country’s future felt pride, nationalism, and determination to defend Mexico’s sovereignty. The phrase “Viva el Cinco de Mayo!” inspired increasing numbers of Mexicans to aid their country during the war that lasted from 1863 to 1867.

In the United States, people of Mexican descent celebrate this significant day by having parades, mariachi music, folklorico dancing, and other types of festive activities. The celebration gives Mexican Americans an opportunity to celebrate their cultural pride and their hopes for the well-being, dignity, and advancement of Mexico and Mexican people everywhere.

#CincoDeMayo

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Una fecha de gran importancia para las comunidades de mexicanos y mexicano-americanos, el Cinco de Mayo conmemora la victoria del ejército mexicano sobre los franceses en la Batalla de Puebla, el 5 de mayo de 1862. En ese día durante la ocupación francesa de México, el general Zaragoza y sus tropas salieron victoriosos contra la mayor potencia militar del mundo en ese momento. Los mexicanos que anteriormente habían mostrado poco interés en el futuro de país sintieron orgullo, nacionalismo y determinación para defender Mexico de la soberanía. La frase ¡Viva El Cinco de Mayo! Inspiró a un número creciente de mexicanos para ayudar a su país durante la guerra que duró desde 1863 hasta 1867.

En los Estados Unidos, la gente de ascendencia mexicana celebran este día significativo con desfiles, música de mariachi, baile folklórico, y otros tipos de actividades festivas. La celebración mexicana da a los estadounidenses la oportunidad de celebrar el orgullo cultural y sus esperanzas para el bienestar, la dignidad y el progreso de México y los mexicanos en todas partes.

A date of great importance for Mexican and Mexican-American communities, Cinco de Mayo marks the victory of the Mexican Army over the French at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. On that day during the French occupation of Mexico, General Zaragoza and his troops were victorious over the greatest military power in the world at that time. Mexicans who had previously shown little interest in their country’s future felt pride, nationalism, and determination to defend Mexico’s sovereignty. The phrase “Viva el Cinco de Mayo!” inspired increasing numbers of Mexicans to aid their country during the war that lasted from 1863 to 1867.

In the United States, people of Mexican descent celebrate this significant day by having parades, mariachi music, folklorico dancing, and other types of festive activities. The celebration gives Mexican Americans an opportunity to celebrate their cultural pride and their hopes for the well-being, dignity, and advancement of Mexico and Mexican people everywhere.

#CincoDeMayo

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#MayThe4thBeWithYou! The R2-D2 collection box is metal with a vinyl “skin” that makes it take on the appearance of a dro...
05/04/2021

#MayThe4thBeWithYou! The R2-D2 collection box is metal with a vinyl “skin” that makes it take on the appearance of a droid character in the film Star Wars. Transferred from the United States Postal Service in October 2007, this collection box is signed by George Lucas and then Postmaster General John E. Potter.

March 2007 marked the 30th anniversary of the release of the first Star Wars film. To honor the event, the USPS in collaboration with Lucasfilm Ltd., released the 400 round-top mail collection boxes across the country. This box was installed at Union Station in Washington, DC next to the Postal Museum!

R2-D2 was chosen to have its likeness placed onto collection boxes because of his shape, which is similar to that of the mailboxes and because it “embodies the trust and dependability for which the Postal Service is renowned” according to a press release from USPS.

© Lucasfilm Ltd. and the United States Postal Service. All rights reserved.

#MayThe4thBeWithYou! The R2-D2 collection box is metal with a vinyl “skin” that makes it take on the appearance of a droid character in the film Star Wars. Transferred from the United States Postal Service in October 2007, this collection box is signed by George Lucas and then Postmaster General John E. Potter.

March 2007 marked the 30th anniversary of the release of the first Star Wars film. To honor the event, the USPS in collaboration with Lucasfilm Ltd., released the 400 round-top mail collection boxes across the country. This box was installed at Union Station in Washington, DC next to the Postal Museum!

R2-D2 was chosen to have its likeness placed onto collection boxes because of his shape, which is similar to that of the mailboxes and because it “embodies the trust and dependability for which the Postal Service is renowned” according to a press release from USPS.

© Lucasfilm Ltd. and the United States Postal Service. All rights reserved.

This pastel and color pencil drawing by Joe Saffold was used to create a stamp for the iconic Legends of Baseball series...
05/04/2021

This pastel and color pencil drawing by Joe Saffold was used to create a stamp for the iconic Legends of Baseball series (see Scott Stamp Catalog # 3408k 33c Lefty Grove: Legends of Baseball). The drawing captures some of Lefty Grove's pitching motion which, by all accounts, was a spectacle to behold. He frequently started with his head bowed toward home plate and his arms back toward center field. Next, he would stretch his arms high above his head, rock backward, then come up and over with his left hand, making an almost 270-degree arc, sometimes brushing the mound on his sweeping follow through. Grove's biographer, Jim Kaplan, described it as a cross between an oil derrick and a windmill.


The object (PMG.12.1093.10) is part of the Postmaster General Collection and is notable due to the inaccurate sock color depicted in the original drawing.

As part of the conservation treatment, the note taped to the drawing was detached and adhesive residues were removed in order to avoid future damage or discoloration. The note was saved and rehoused with the drawing in a separate folder.

Visitors to Baseball: America’s Home Run will be able to see the original artwork, blue socks and all, when the exhibit opens in 2022.

During virtual Story Time on Monday, May 3 at 11am ET, we’ll be featuring the true story of our old friend: Owney the do...
05/01/2021
Story Time with the National Postal Museum

During virtual Story Time on Monday, May 3 at 11am ET, we’ll be featuring the true story of our old friend: Owney the dog. After a reading of “A Lucky Dog: Owney, U.S. Rail Mail Mascot” by Dirk Wales, we will explore several Owney objects from the museum’s collection, including tags he was gifted on his travels and his 2011 postage stamp! Register your young learner at the link.

Earlier this month, the National Postal Museum’s librarian Baasil Wilder participated in one of the American Philatelic ...
05/01/2021
APS Stamp Chat: Libraries, Librarians and Philately

Earlier this month, the National Postal Museum’s librarian Baasil Wilder participated in one of the American Philatelic Society's Stamp Chats. We are pleased to share a recording of “APS Stamp Chat: Libraries, Librarians and Philately” with you! Check out APS’s YouTube channel and page for more great content – including recordings of other Stamp Chats!

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We’re excited to share our newest iteration of “Stamp Stories!” Dive into an underwater exploration with special guest C...
04/29/2021
Stamp Stories: Oceans

We’re excited to share our newest iteration of “Stamp Stories!” Dive into an underwater exploration with special guest Carol Kaufmann, author of the book Ocean. Learn about some of the amazing creatures that live in the ocean all over the world and discover both US and international stamps that match the animals in the book.

Dive into an underwater exploration with special guest Carol Kaufmann, author of the book "Ocean". Learn about some of the amazing creatures that live in the...

For decades, Super Heroes have been nearly synonymous with the comic book medium. Their fantastic adventures provide an ...
04/29/2021

For decades, Super Heroes have been nearly synonymous with the comic book medium. Their fantastic adventures provide an escape from the everyday while simultaneously encouraging readers to feel that individuals can make a difference. The United States Postal Service has commemorated DC Comics and Marvel Super Heroes with these issues – both designed by Carl T. Herrman – and released in 2006 and 2007 respectively. For both issues, 10 of the stamps show covers of classic comic books devoted to the exploits Super Heroes, with the remaining 10 stamps highlighting individual characters.

#NationalSuperHeroDay

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We – along with the National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution and Smithsonian community – honor the life an...
04/28/2021

We – along with the National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution and Smithsonian community – honor the life and legacy of Michael Collins. This commemorative cover was designed to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the momentous Apollo 11 mission, of which Collins was command module pilot.

We – along with the National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution and Smithsonian community – honor the life and legacy of Michael Collins. This commemorative cover was designed to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the momentous Apollo 11 mission, of which Collins was command module pilot.

Gertrude Ma" Melissa Nix Pridgett Rainey, also known as “The Mother of Blues”, was born April 26, 1886 (according to mos...
04/26/2021
29c "Ma" Rainey single | National Postal Museum

Gertrude Ma" Melissa Nix Pridgett Rainey, also known as “The Mother of Blues”, was born April 26, 1886 (according to most records). The iconic performer was honored in 1994 with this postage stamp, part of the Legends of American Music Stamp Series. Julian Allen took inspiration from a well known 1917 photograph of Rainey for the stamp's design.

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Our next virtual Story Time on Monday, April 26 at 11am ET is filling up quickly, but there's still time to reserve a sp...
04/24/2021
Story Time with the National Postal Museum

Our next virtual Story Time on Monday, April 26 at 11am ET is filling up quickly, but there's still time to reserve a spot for your young learner!

Together we will discuss unusual mail delivery methods, including the mules that bring mail to people living deep within the Grand Canyon. “Waiting for the Biblioburro” – a book about Luis Soriano, a man in Colombia who brings books to kids in rural mountainous villages with his donkeys –will augment our exploration of these connections and themes.

Recommended for kids 3-6 years, but all ages welcome! Register at the link.

Biologist Rachel Carson was honored with a postage stamp in 1981. Her book "Silent Spring" exploded into national consci...
04/22/2021
Rachel Carson Inspired Americans to Speak out about Pollution

Biologist Rachel Carson was honored with a postage stamp in 1981. Her book "Silent Spring" exploded into national consciousness, changing perceptions of pesticides & our responsibility to protect the environment. Learn more about Rachel Carson and her contributions as a conservationist and author.

#EarthDay #EarthOptimism

In 1962, Rachel Carson published her most popular book, Silent Spring. The book warned about the use of man-made pesticides, especially DDT (dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane). DDT was a popular pesticide mass manufactured during World War II.

ecoEnvelopes™ is an innovative force in a mature market and the leading provider of eco-friendly and automation-compatib...
04/22/2021

ecoEnvelopes™ is an innovative force in a mature market and the leading provider of eco-friendly and automation-compatible 2-Way reusable envelopes. The Company’s products include bioWise™ envelopes made from agricultural residue, and reusable 2-Way envelopes, parcels and retail packaging that conserve natural resources, lessen paper consumption by 48%, and reduce costs between 15% - 45%.

ecoEnvelopes started with a sewing machine at a kitchen table in 2002. As a former organic farmer and beekeeper who cared about the environment, Ann DeLaVergne thought: “There should be an easier way to reuse envelopes.” Combining her design expertise and background in fine arts, Ann started making prototypes by hand. She used her sewing machine to make perforations in paper using her designs. The new eco-friendly envelopes were functional, practical, and most importantly, helped the environment. Over the next few years, DeLaVergne devoted herself to perfecting ecoEnvelopes initial designs. With consumers driving demand for environmentally friendly products, corporations greening their operations and USPS supporting environmental initiatives, it was clear that ecoEnvelopes was an idea whose time had come. For DeLaVergne, ecoEnvelopes are empowering. “People don‘t realize something as small as an envelope can make a difference.”

Customers include a broad representation of direct mail marketers, nonprofits, and billing statement mailers. They benefit from quantifiable financial, operational and environmental benefits as part of a larger ROI that engages employees and enhances business results. As a values-based product, mailers also benefit from a highly-visible and tangible connection to sustainability and ecoEnvelopes brand. ecoEnvelopes provide a simple opportunity for mailers to make responsible purchasing decisions as they manage customer communication preferences. There will always be a need for print communication, and ecoEnvelopes solutions both reduce the cost to mail and provide quantifiable sustainability benefits. The Company continues to work on new postage concepts to generate higher response rates for nonprofits and direct marketers. Another area of innovation is currently focused on unique delivery concepts for financial service, insurance and healthcare companies.

#EarthDay #EarthOptimism

https://postalmuseum.si.edu/exhibition/america%E2%80%99s-mailing-industry-industry-segments-envelope-manufacturers/ecoenvelopes

ecoEnvelopes™ is an innovative force in a mature market and the leading provider of eco-friendly and automation-compatible 2-Way reusable envelopes. The Company’s products include bioWise™ envelopes made from agricultural residue, and reusable 2-Way envelopes, parcels and retail packaging that conserve natural resources, lessen paper consumption by 48%, and reduce costs between 15% - 45%.

ecoEnvelopes started with a sewing machine at a kitchen table in 2002. As a former organic farmer and beekeeper who cared about the environment, Ann DeLaVergne thought: “There should be an easier way to reuse envelopes.” Combining her design expertise and background in fine arts, Ann started making prototypes by hand. She used her sewing machine to make perforations in paper using her designs. The new eco-friendly envelopes were functional, practical, and most importantly, helped the environment. Over the next few years, DeLaVergne devoted herself to perfecting ecoEnvelopes initial designs. With consumers driving demand for environmentally friendly products, corporations greening their operations and USPS supporting environmental initiatives, it was clear that ecoEnvelopes was an idea whose time had come. For DeLaVergne, ecoEnvelopes are empowering. “People don‘t realize something as small as an envelope can make a difference.”

Customers include a broad representation of direct mail marketers, nonprofits, and billing statement mailers. They benefit from quantifiable financial, operational and environmental benefits as part of a larger ROI that engages employees and enhances business results. As a values-based product, mailers also benefit from a highly-visible and tangible connection to sustainability and ecoEnvelopes brand. ecoEnvelopes provide a simple opportunity for mailers to make responsible purchasing decisions as they manage customer communication preferences. There will always be a need for print communication, and ecoEnvelopes solutions both reduce the cost to mail and provide quantifiable sustainability benefits. The Company continues to work on new postage concepts to generate higher response rates for nonprofits and direct marketers. Another area of innovation is currently focused on unique delivery concepts for financial service, insurance and healthcare companies.

#EarthDay #EarthOptimism

https://postalmuseum.si.edu/exhibition/america%E2%80%99s-mailing-industry-industry-segments-envelope-manufacturers/ecoenvelopes

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Solano Chronicles, Dec. 20, 2020 By Brendan Riley The loot taken in Solano County’s only mail train robbery wasn’t much – $14 in cash and a small silver spoon found in stolen registered mail pouches – but the daring April 16, 1910, hold-up by two masked gunmen made headlines around the country, including the front page of the New York Times. Three months later, on July 15, a Sacramento constable arrested two men suspected of stealing a bale of hay. Three revolvers found in their wagon linked them to the late-night train robbery near Benicia, and Joseph C. Brown and Charles Dunbar Bishop eventually confessed. By late August they were starting 45-year prison terms. Here’s a detailed account, drawn from various 1910 newspaper stories and a few columns written in later years, of the carefully planned robbery: Brown and Bishop had holed up in an abandoned shack near Benicia and, with high-powered field glasses, had been watching the mail trains come and go for days. They knew that eastbound trains took a few minutes to pick up speed after leaving a ferry that hauled them across the Carquinez Strait. The night of the robbery, they stowed away on one of those slow-moving trains. At a remote spot between Benicia and Suisun, they emerged from hiding, pointed their guns at Jack Marsh, the engineer, and Jim Blakely, his fireman, and ordered them to stop the locomotive. Marsh and Blakely then were marched back to the mail car, where two clerks were forced to throw out registered mail sacks. One clerk started to toss out sacks filled with newspapers but the robbers detected the ruse and threatened to kill him unless he handed over the registered mail sacks. The crewmen were then ordered to put the pouches in the engine cab and unhook the locomotive. The robbers took off in the engine, stopped a couple of miles down the tracks at a bridge over Goodyear Slough and unloaded the pouches into a small boat. Then the engine was turned loose, with the throttle wide open. As the locomotive passed the station at Suisun, the station operator saw it was running wild and alerted dispatchers, who ordered that the engine be shunted onto a siding at Tolenas, several miles down the line. The engine, almost out of steam, ran onto the siding and rammed into two boxcars. Had it not been switched from the main line, it would have run into a westbound passenger train that had stopped at Tolenas. While railway employees rushed to prevent a train collision, the robbers rowed from the slough to a point just east of Martinez, across the Carquinez Strait from Benicia, and made their getaway in a stolen horse and buggy. They hid out near Mount Diablo for a couple of days, and then went to Los Angeles. Investigators found a shotgun and other weapons abandoned by the robbers as they made their escape, and learned that the shotgun had been stolen from a Riverside, Calif., store. There were other clues, along with a $5,000 reward offered by Southern Pacific for information, but the trail had gone cold – until the July 15 arrest of Brown and Bishop in Sacramento by Constable Michael Judge. Authorities determined that the three handguns found in their wagon also had been stolen from the same Riverside store. The two men immediately became the prime suspects in the train robbery case. Brown was the first to crack under questioning, admitting four days after his arrest to the gun thefts, the train robbery and other crimes. He also implicated Bishop, who held out but a few days later also confessed. A Sacramento Bee account stated that Bishop was “highly incensed at Brown for making the confession and has on several occasions since being in jail here intimated to some of his jail mates that if an opportunity presented itself that he would do Brown bodily harm.” On Aug. 22, the two men appeared before Solano County Superior Court Judge A.J. Buckles in Fairfield and entered guilty pleas to the train robbery. Several witnesses were called, including the mail clerks on the train, Tom Clancy and Herbert Block; and Constable Judge from Sacramento. The constable eventually collected a total reward of $10,000, or $5,000 per man, for the arrests and convictions of Brown and Bishop. Judge Buckles was prepared to impose 50-year sentences on Brown and Bishop but reduced the time after the county prosecutor, District Attorney Joseph Raines, said the pair had confessed and thereby saved the county time and money had the case gone to trial. The judge “stated that he was convinced that they were criminals of the first water and that they deserved no leniency,” the Oakland Tribune reported. “The limit, he stated, was not too good for them, but he believed that 45 years would serve the ends of justice.” Bishop was sent to San Quentin Prison, was paroled in late 1919 and eventually returned to his hometown, New Haven, Conn.. Brown was sent to Folsom Prison but escaped from a prison convict work gang near San Andreas in May 1917 and was never apprehended. ---- Vallejo and other Solano County communities are treasure troves of early-day California history. The “Solano Chronicles” column, running every other Sunday, highlights various aspects of that history. My source references are available upon request. If you have local stories or photos to share, email me at [email protected]. You can also send any material care of the Times-Herald, 420 Virginia St.; or the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum, 734 Marin St., Vallejo 94590.
Today in History: American diplomat Hiram Bingham IV was born on July 17, 1903, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Bingham was featured as part of the Distinguished American Diplomats Series at the Washington 2006 World Philatelic Exhibition. (Thanks! Autograph by Art Director: Howard E. Paine from Delaplane, VA)
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A bit of a postal history lesson for these times from the RI Philatelic Society. Back in the early 1920's, just after the Influenza epidemic, authorities were required to report communicable diseases via postal cards!
My Mom (Marguerite Schroeder) worked at the Washington DC Post Office in the Registered Mail Department in 1947-1948. Last week I toured the National Postal Museum in her honor. Thought you'd enjoy this photo from her archives
#Zeppelin collectors, please check out this group. https://www.facebook.com/groups/ZeppelinCollectors/