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Series of 1941

"Series of 1941" wine revenue stamps of the United States of America

By Ray W. Bidwell. [Andover, Conn.]: Ray W. Bidwell, 1965.
Adoption Amount: $250   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: National Postal Museum Library

Signed by the author, this thin 40-paged booklet is full of tables, charts, and black and white images depicting wine stamps. Stamp collecting is frequently referred to as "the king of hobbies and the hobby of kings." Men and women worldwide strive to achieve a complete set of stamps. There is a stamp for every type of interest. This book is about wine revenue stamps. Wine revenue stamps were used to pay tax duties on proprietary goods such as alchohol and tobacco. These revenues helped fund the war effort during WWII. Wine stamp usage ended after 1954 and Revenue stamps were... Read More
African Americans on stamps

African Americans on Stamps

By Mack Bernard Morant. Jefferson, N.C: McFarland, c2003.
Adoption Amount: $250   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: National Postal Museum Library

At over two hundred pages long, this hardback book is basically an encyclopedia of African American heroes on postage stamps, both from the United States and around the world. Arranged alphabetically by last name, it provides short bios, followed by black and white illustrations of each postage stamp. The stamps are numbered, and references to the numbered stamps are in the bios. For example, Michael Jordan, illustration #289, Tanzania postage stamp. In the center of the book, to the reader’s delight, are sixteen pages of color plates, which vividly depict the United States Postal... Read More
African Americans on stamps

African Americans on Stamps: A Celebration of African-American Heritage

By United States Postal Service. Washington, D.C.: United States Postal Service, 2004.
Adoption Amount: $250   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: National Postal Museum Library

This thin, thirty-paged color booklet was published by the United States Postal Service thirteen years ago. The Black Heritage stamp series began in 1978, and ever since then, African American heroes and heroines have been honored on postage stamps. The Citizens Stamp Advisory Committee, CSAC, votes on which candidate will be the next postage stamp. Harriet Tubman was the first Black Heritage postage stamp. This booklet is arranged alphabetically from A to Z beginning with the dancer Alvin Ailey and ending with Presidential Medal of Freedom winner Whitney Moore Young. Read More
Black American Heritage Through United States Postage Stamps

Black American Heritage Through United States Postage Stamps

By R. Charles Allen. Washington: Bridge Publications, c1979.
Adoption Amount: $250   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: National Postal Museum Library

This thin, 26-paged booklet has both color portraits and black and white pencil sketches of prominent heroes of Black History. Written by three Black doctors, it was published in Washington, D.C. Part One is arranged in chronological order based on significant events in American history. For example, two Black heroes of the American Revolution (the first Blacks to fight at Bunker Hill), three Black heroes of the Civil Rights Movement, two Black heroes in education, one hero in literature, one scientist, and two heroes in the arts. Part Two covers significant subjects, such as the... Read More
Freedom just around the corner

Freedom Just Around the Corner

By Daniel Piazza.
Adoption Amount: $250   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: National Postal Museum Library

This pocket sized exhibition booklet contains a chronicle of the African American experience told through the unique lens of stamps and mail. At around 100 pages long, it is full of beautiful color illustrations of stamp art. The National Postal Museum's exhibition opened to the public in the middle of Black History Month 2015, and ended in the middle of Black History Month 2016. Museum visitors learned about letters carried by slaves, mail to and from civil rights leaders, and original artwork from the USPS Black Heritage stamp series. This exhibition made history as the National... Read More
Cover of From the ground up :  stories of Arizona's mines and early mineral discoveries

From the ground up

By Jack Williams. Douglas, Ariz. : Phelps Dodge Corporation, 1981.
Adoption Amount: $250   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: National Postal Museum Library

Arizona is known for its copper mines. This 30-paged booklet contains 15 fascinating stories about the origins of towns and mines in the state of Arizona, including Havasu mine, Vulture Mine, the Bisbee mines, Harquahala mine, and Orphan mine. Compiled by the 13th Governor of Arizona, John Richard Jack Williams, this book was edited when the Governor was 71. Governor Williams was asked to research these mining stories by the Phelps Dodge Corporation, which celebrated its centennial for Arizona mining in 1981. The company was acquired by another Phoenix company in 2007. Some of these... Read More
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I Have a Dream

Washington, D.C.: U.S. Postal Service, c1991.
Adoption Amount: $250   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: National Postal Museum Library

Each page of this short, beautifully illustrated book is packed with information about Black Heritage Series postage stamps. From Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to Frederick Douglass to Harriet Tubman to Jesse Owens, twenty-eight African American heroes are described in this book. Each chapter has a portrait of the subject (painted by Thomas Blackshear), followed by an extensive biography and an image of their postage stamp, including its date of issue. Read More
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Julius Rosenwald

By Peter Max Ascoli. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, c2006.
Adoption Amount: $250   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: National Postal Museum Library

Julius Rosenwald (1862–1932) was a businessman, billionaire and philanthropist. His net worth was $80M at death (equaling about $1.4B today).  He was half owner of Sears--he saved the company during the infamous financial panic of 1893--and he donated millions to educating African Americans in the South in the 1920s. He also donated to the Tuskegee Institute. In this biography, Mr. Ascoli paints a portrait of Julius Rosenwald, aka, "JR." This book, which was signed by the author, has 450 pages and features black and white photographs. It is part of the Philanthropic and Nonprofit... Read More
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Once upon a time in Sedona

By William Howard. Sedona, Ariz: Runamuck Publishers, c1992.
Adoption Amount: $250   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: National Postal Museum Library

Signed by the author, this short historical biography is full of black and white photographs depicting life in Sedona, Arizona. It includes postal history. The front cover was designed by a cowboy artist who cofounded the Cowboy Artists of America. The author was a WWII naval veteran, and photojournalist who had been living in Sedona for over two decades. This book is a compilation of oral histories. Twenty Sedona residents spoke with the author before they passed away. Read More
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The African American Tradition

By Thomas Blackshear. Trumbull, CT: Greenwich Workshop, Inc, 1993.
Adoption Amount: $250   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: National Postal Museum Library

This gigantic "book" is actually a stack of unnumbered color plates, arranged in alphabetical order, by the last name of the African American hero featured on each. The author, Thomas Blackshear, is a contemporary African Americna artist who draws, paints, illustrates, and sculpts. Mr. Blackshear's artwork is seen on the 25c Ida B. Wells postage stamp, the 49c Dorothy Height postage stamp, the 22c Jean Baptiste Point du Sable postage stamp, five 32c Classic Movie Monsters commemorative stamps, ten 32c Jazz Musicians commemorative stamps, the 29c Joe Louis postage stamp, the 33c James... Read More

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