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  • Published: 15 December 2014
  • ISBN: 9781935623427
  • Imprint: Smithsonian Books
  • Format: Hardback

Every Stamp Tells a Story

The National Philatelic Collection


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A highly illustrated guide to the fascinating stories behind the postage stamps in the Smithsonian's National Postal Museum collections.

Every stamp and piece of mail tells a story. In fact, each often tells multiple stories, ranging from concept to art design to production to usage, often with tales of politics, history, technology, biography, genealogy, economics, geography, disaster, and triumph. The lens of philately offers a fresh and engaging story of American history, culture, and identity, and it can also help deepen the understanding of world cultures. The William H. Gross Stamp Gallery, opened at the Smithsonian National Postal Museum in September 2013, has many such stories to tell. Chief philately curator Cheryl R. Ganz guides readers through some of the gallery's nearly 20,000 objects that together illustrate the history of our nation's postal operations and postage stamps.

  • Pub date: 15 December 2014
  • ISBN: 9781935623427
  • Imprint: Smithsonian Books
  • Format: Hardback

About the Author

Cheryl Ganz

Cheryl R. Ganz is Chief Curator of Philately of the Smithsonian Institution, National Postal Museum and Lead Curator of the William H. Gross Stamp Gallery. Ganz earned her PhD in history from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her book The 1933 Chicago World's Fair: A Century of Progress earned the Smithsonian Secretary's Research Prize in 2011. Her areas of expertise are zeppelin posts, Great Depression, and world's fairs.


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