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

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.

Other projects completed for the National Postal Museum include:

Thumbnail image of the Fire & Ice: The Hindenburg and the Titanic exhibition design for the National Postal Museum.

Fire & Ice: The Hindenburg and the Titanic

Exhibition design, identity, and print materials

Thumbnail image of the Classic Correspondence Kit for the National Postal Museum.

Classic Correspondence Kit

Print Materials

Thumbnail image of the Victory Mail exhibition design for the National Postal Museum.

Victory Mail

Exhibition design, identity, and print materials

Thumbnail image of the Stamps Take Flight exhibition design for the National Postal Museum.

Stamps Take Flight

Exhibition design, identity, and print materials

Thumbnail image of the Mail Call exhibition brochure for the National Postal Museum.

Mail Call

Exhibition brochure