The 1847 Issue: America's First Stamp

November 16, 2002 – June 9, 2003

National Postal Museum
2 Massachusetts Avenue, NE
Washington, DC

Philatelic & Rarities Galleries, Lower Level Floor Plan

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.