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September 22, 2013 – Permanent
Museum: Postal Museum
Location: Level 2, William H. Gross Stamp Gallery
Encounter the world’s first postage stamp—the 1840 Penny Black, with its profile of young Queen Victoria—and learn how it revolutionized communication. Learn how stamps have shaped history and honored people and places around the world. See stamp images, including those depicting the Nicaraguan volcano that influenced the location of the Panama Canal and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, as well as the the top-selling 1993 Elvis and breast cancer research stamps.