Green Ways to Move the Mail: A challenge for the New Century Thursday, March 20, 2008 At the National Postal Museum “Learn from the past and face the challenges of the future: the USPS point of view” presented by Wayne Corey Vehicle Operations Manager United States Postal Service. Mr. Corey began his Postal Service career […]

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Green Ways to Move the Mail: A challenge for the New Century Thursday, March 20, 2008 At the National Postal Museum From current to future technologies, you will hear what technologies may be delivering the mail in the future presented by Gerald Koss Marketing Manager Ford Motor Company’s North America Fleet Operations. Gerry Koss is […]

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A short video about the ‘Binding the Nation’ Exhibit at the Smithsonian National Postal Museum source

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A short video about the background to the Smithsonian Institution’s preservation of postal history and the creation of the Smithsonian National Postal Museum. source

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“Lincoln, Slavery, and the Civil War” presented by Eliot A. Landau, The Seventh Annual Maynard Sundman Lecture, March 7, 2009, Smithsonian National Postal Museum. The museum’s Maynard Sundman Lecture Series was established in 2002 through a donation by his sons, David and Donald. The Sundman lectures feature talks by authors and expert philatelists on stamps […]

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Fifty years ago, the US Navy and Post Office Department placed 3,000 letters in a missile on board the USS Barbero submarine and aimed it at the Naval Auxiliary Air Station at Mayport, Florida. In this slideshow presentation, curator Nancy A. Pope reveals more about this Cold War era mail delivery experiment. source

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A talk on NPMs virtual museum and hands on history through stamps and postal objects by Alexander Haimann at Saks Middle School, Anniston, Alabama, April 29, 2009. source

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On April 12, 1939, a bright red Stinson Reliant plane swooped out of the Pennsylvania sky, snatching a container of mail suspended on a rope between two poles. “Air pick-up” was invented by a dentist and part-time inventor to provide airmail to towns that lacked airports. The system was especially useful when mail volume boomed […]

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In February 2008, the National Postal Museum received a major Smithsonian grant to digitize its certified plate proof collection. In this video the Smithsonian Channel tells the story from start to finish. http://npm.si.edu/collections/collection-projects/index.html Transcript: http://npm.si.edu/collections/pdf/CPP_Video_Transcript.pdf source

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In 19th-century England, letters were one of the few ways to communicate. But most people dreaded the postmans knock. Postage was high, and the receiver, not the sender, had to pay for the letter. As Dr. Catherine Golden writes in her new book Posting It: The Victorian Revolution in Letter Writing, the Penny Post changed […]

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