John Kerr Tiffany Manuscript Added to Smithsonian Transcription Center

February 24, 2014

John Kerr Tiffany (1842-1897) of St. Louis, Missouri is considered one of the earliest stamp collectors (known as philatelists) in the United States and belongs to the American Philatelic Society’s Hall of Fame. Tiffany was also the first president of the society in 1886 and was re-elected the following ten years, until he decided to stop running. In addition to having been an avid stamp collector, Tiffany created one of the largest more »

Lindbergh Flight Day (1927)

On May 20, 1927, at 7:52 a.m., Charles A. Lindbergh, an air mail pilot, flew from New York to Paris, arriving at 10:22 p.m. the next day. He flew 3610 miles and became the first man to fly non-stop across the Atlantic alone, breaking the non-stop distance record for an airplane. The sources listed below provide a window into aviation history and help capture the excitement and romance of a major breakthrough in air travel.

In Honor of Stamp Collecting

The National Postal Museum Library has many resources on stamp collecting, one for children, one for adults. —Elizabeth Periale, ably assisted by Paul McCutcheon The boys' own guide to stamp collecting Melville, Frederick John, 1882-1940., HE6213 .M535 1924. Imprint: London : Sefi, Pemberton, 1924., Collection: National Postal Museum.

Women’s History Month: Celebrating Girl Scouts

It's not just about the cookies . . . March 12 was Girl Scout Day. Juliette Gordon Low (1860-1927) founded the Girl Scouts of America. She organized the first Girl Guides troop in 1912 in her hometown of Savannah, GA. The name was changed to Girl Scouts in 1913. The first commemorative stamp was issued October 29, 1948 in her honor. The stamp was 0.84 by 1.44 inches, arranged horizontally, in a blue-green color, and the printing of 60,000,000 stamps was authorized at that time.—Beverly Coward Sources consulted: Stamp Design Files, Scott 974 Topical Time, Vol. 8-9, 1957-58, HE6187 T65X NPM For Women's History Month: Women Who left Their "Stamps" on History

“I owe my life to my hobbies—especially stamp collecting”—Franklin D. Roosevelt

Franklin D. Roosevelt was born on January 30th, 1882. January is also National Hobby Month. In honor of both, here's a photo from the National Postal Museum Library's photo collection—of President Roosevelt enjoying one of his favorite hobbies, stamp collecting! For more information about FDR, his stamp collecting hobby, and the U.S. Postal Service, you can explore the exhibit Delivering Hope: FDR & Stamps of the Great Depression online or now on display at the National Postal Museum.—Cassie Mancer and Beverly Coward Sources Consulted: Ganz, Cheryl.  January 2010. National Postal Museum: About the Museum: Object of the Month: FDR-Stamp Collecting President.

Polar Mail

Many children in the United States write letters addressed to Santa Claus at the North Pole each year. But how many of you have written to scientists living at the South Pole? On December 14th, 1911 the South Pole was discovered by Captain Roald Amundsen of Norway and his team of Antarctic explorers. For centuries explorers had skirted and scouted the perimeter of the Antarctic; however, there was something of a race to reach the South Pole in the early 1910s. Captain Robert Scott of England and Captain Amundsen of Norway both set out with expedition teams in 1911 to be the first to claim the South Pole. The Amundsen party was focused on the goal of discovery. The Scott expedition had a broader mission that included scientific research. Amundsen reached the Pole first on December 14th, and successfully made the journey back to his base camp on the Bay of Whales in the Ross Sea. Scott’s larger party broke up, sending five members onward to the Pole as the more »

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