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Posted 03/15/2019   11:48 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add BFRomeos to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
A recent pass through D.C. provided another excuse to endure all the security apparatus to see the U.S. Postal Museum on Capitol Hill. Most of you probably know that there is such a thing as a "national stamp collection" consisting of every U.S. stamp ever issued (although I saw only up through 2009 on display). The collection includes some pre-1847 postal ephemera as well. Everything is contained in a compact room that I'll guess is about 35 by 20 feet. Space management is achieved by employing wall-mounted sleeves, each about 48"x36": pull a slab completely out of its sleeve so that it can be pivoted on its hinge, et voila - a selection of mint stamps are mounted with brief explanatory captions. Photos are below - pardon my Zepp fetish.

The storage slabs:


A $1.30 Zepp plate proof:


A $0.65 Zepp plate block:


Jennies, etc:


A variety of philatelic fakes:

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Posted 03/16/2019   12:17 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Turtle2900 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
A wonderful and fascinating place to visit.
I went last year and was very inspired. The exhibits were part of the reason (and this very forum) that led me back to philately. Cheers to all of you!
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Posted 03/16/2019   03:20 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add unechan to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
THE place to visit whilst youfre in DC; my recent visit was two weeks ago during my business trip to DC. It is my pleasure to see all these gems. My favorite one from the US room is the Saint Louis postmasters provision, and always adore those cute bears :-)

I love the exhibition layout as well, especially the fact that British Guiana 1c magenta is only a couple of meters away from gtake 6 stamps itfs free and start stamp collectionh corner.

-Hironobu
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Posted 03/16/2019   05:45 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Coastwatcher to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I've never been but am planning a trip to DC this summer with my wife and daughter. I'm reslly looking forward to seeing it.
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Posted 03/16/2019   10:10 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Climber Steve to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Great post. I made my only trip there in February, 2017. Thanks for the memory shake.
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Posted 03/16/2019   10:35 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add modernstamps to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks for sharing!
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Thanks for posting this, I live fairly close to DC but have never visited this place. Adding to my bucket list of things to do :)
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