World of Stamps

National Postal Museum
2 Massachusetts Avenue, NE
Washington, DC

Level 2, William H. Gross Stamp Gallery Floor Plan

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.

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