Exhibition  /  The 1847s: America's First Stamps, National Postal Museum

More than one hundred envelopes featuring the nation’s first two postage stamps, the five-cent Franklin and ten-cent Washington, are the subjects of this show.

  • An exhibition presenting more than one hundred envelopes featuring the nation’s first two postage stamps.
  • Behind the exhibition identity and introductory text, background images from 1847 provide context for the philatelic items.
  • Examples of early postmarks are used as environmental graphics.
  • Three exhibition cases present examples of the non-standardized postmarks from this period.
  • A wall featuring envelopes that traveled by steamboat uses period engravings and quotes.
  • Detail of a case panel layout showing envelope, description, and postmark recreations.
  • The area displaying foreign destination envelopes is distinguished by a different color palette.
  • The end of the exhibit features a “Cancellation Station” where visitors add souvenir cancellation marks to postcards featuring the exhibition identity.