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© United States Postal Service. All rights reserved. On October 21, 1959, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum opened in New York City. The museum's stunning design was the work of legendary American architect Frank Lloyd Wright. To celebrate this event, the National Postal Museum has created an online mini-exhibit highlighting different postage stamps with connections to the Guggenheim Museum and Frank Lloyd Wright. Visit this exhibit by clicking here. Continue »
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© United States Postal Service. All rights reserved. This upcoming Saturday, October 24, at 1p.m. art enthusiast and stamp collector Mark Haimann, M.D. will present a new talk: Sculptures, Mobiles and Stamps--exploring Alexander Calder's role as "America's Modern Art Ambassador." Dr. Haimann will highlight Alexander Calder's life, work and legacy through worldwide postage stamps and other multimedia elements. As "America's Modern Art Ambassador," Calder crossed paths with many other famous artists from around the world and a number of them will also be featured in this saturday's lively talk. At the 2008 American Philatelic Society StampShow in Hartford, Connecticut, Dr.... Continue »
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Stamps shed their stuffy reputation this month as stamp fans around the country celebrate Stamp Collecting Month with style. Whether you select an extra fancy stamp to mail your rent check or actually pick up a pair of tongs, Stamp Collecting Month is a great excuse to get into (or back into) this rewarding hobby. Five fabulous events at the Postal Museum explore the classy side of collecting. Get a peek at John Lennon’s childhood stamp album and make your own stamp collection while listening to music of the British Invasion at the Collection Connections workshop, a great way to... Continue »
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A loud rendition of the ABC’s rang out through the National Postal Museum today, signaling the unmistakable start of another great year of school tours. The cacophony of 18 three- and four-year olds singing really is magical, and we even had a few visitors join in to sing the ABC’s with us. The song announced that the pre-kindergarten Listen, Look and Do program had begun again, featuring Hispanic Heritage through a study of culture and cuisine. What better way to engage young students than through song, the alphabet, and of course, food! © United States Postal Service. All rights reserved.... Continue »
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© United States Postal Service. All rights reserved. "Bright Eyes?!?" proclaimed one student in Mr. Mertes's 9th grade U.S. History Class at Waukesha, Wisconsin's South High School. The student was responding to the 1998 Bright Eyes Issue composed of five stamps depicting a cat, fish, parakeet, dog and a hampster with....Bright Eyes. This was just one of the fun examples illustrating the diversity of topics featured on United States postage stamps that I provided to students during presentations (utilizing the NPM's virtual museum Arago) to eight high school classes last Monday, October 5, 2009, at the start of a three-day... Continue »