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November 16, 2002 – June 9, 2003
2 Massachusetts Ave., NE
Location: Philatelic & Rarities Galleries, Lower Level
On view is a comprehensive collection of 1847 stamps and covers, selected from a philatelic album of more than 1,000 pages currently housed in Switzerland. The adoption of adhesive postage stamps in 1847, with the 5- and 10-cent issues bearing the likenesses of George Washington and Benjamin Franklin, represents a turning point in the history of the mail service in the United States.