General Stamp Collecting

Admiral Byrd and the “Little America” stamp design

U.S. #733 commemorates Admiral Byrd’s historic expedition to the South Pole. President Franklin D. Roosevelt helped design the stamp, which depicts the route Byrd’s explorers traveled. Once there, a base camp dubbed “Little America” was set up. The camp included a mail station. Continue reading

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Panama-Pacific Exposition Video

The 1913 Panama-Pacific commemoratives were issued to publicize the upcoming 1915 exposition in San Francisco. The fair celebrated the opening of the Panama Canal and honored the discovery of the Pacific Ocean 400 years earlier. Ever wonder what it was like to attend one of these grand international fairs? This video will give you an idea!

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“Visit” the Trans-Mississippi Expo

The Trans-Mississippi stamps of 1898 were produced in conjunction with the Trans-Mississippi and International Exposition. The fair’s purpose was to further the progress and development of natural resources west of the Mississippi River. This video shows scenes from the fair, which was held well over 100 years old.

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Scenes from the 1893 Columbian Expo

Issued to commemorate the 1893 Columbian Exposition, the Columbian stamps are among the most desirable of all U.S. stamps. This video captures some of the awe of that huge World’s Fair.

Now that you’ve traveled back in time and “visited” the Columbian Expo, take a few minutes to enjoy that 1893 stamp series that commemorated it.  Just click here.

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Watch the Pony Express in Action

This is neat! Created by Wells Fargo, this video recreates the days of the Pony Express.

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First U.S. Airmail Flight

On May 15, 1918, a crowd of several hundred gathered at Washington’s Polo Grounds to witness history being made. After carefully reviewing the route to Philadelphia on Fleet’s map – a photo opportunity that would become more ironic as the day progressed – Lt. George Boyle climbed inside the Jenny. His bags contained 5,500 letters destined to fly on the first airmail route in U.S. history. Continue reading

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