Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Stamping around the world

Hello dear friends. (Note: stitching update at the end).
This time I'm sharing pictures from the Smithsonian's National Postal Museum:
The museum opened in 1993 in the old City Post Office Building which was built in 1911-1914.
Of course I had to take a picture of the ceiling:
The first adhesive postal stamp (Great Britain, 1840):
Let me open it for you:
 A History of US Stamps:
 Now let's go around the world, I had to jog my memory of my bloglist countries, I hope I did not miss anyone (in case you missed, Great Britain was already covered at the top):
 "Moving the Mail" 
 (features 3 vintage airmail planes, 1931 Ford Model A postal truck, an 1851 stagecoach, a replica of a railway mail car and a full-size semi-truck cab cutaway)
  (Nice ceiling again:)
Owney, a stray dog who became the Mascot of railway mail service:
  You can search up stamps by categories, DH looked up music. Don't they look like miniature works of art?
 I tried stitching, crafts, sewing- with no luck. So I just put pop culture:) 
  And now I give you the rarest of them all (worth millions$$$!)
I hope you enjoyed the pics (sorry if it's just too much, I have a problem with editing, haha). I couldn't squeeze two museums in one post, do you want me to bleed from editing? I still have the American History, Natural History, and Air and Space Museums, which are my favorites from this trip. 
But hey, this is still a stitching blog, so here goes:
 A sneak peek of Prairie Schooler Santas. This is Sewing Santa, all done. The three others are coming to town real soon.
Thanks for visiting. Happy Stitching!


  1. Congrats on the Santa finish !! Thanks for sharing the pics and so nice of you to think about blog list countries :)

  2. A sweet sewing Santa finish!
    Looks like this trip was really educational.
    I remember hearing about the penny black stamp in a documentary I watched no too long ago..

  3. hahaha! NO! No bleeding please! :D Love it all.

  4. Beautiful pictures. Thanks for sharing! Love your Santa. Great job!!

  5. Great dad would have been so interested in your visit,he left me his stamp collection.He started it before he married my mum in 1956! and I love looking through it.
    Sewing Santa is awsome,I am really looking forward to stitching mine:)

  6. Great stitching and pictures.


  7. Oh my, this would be the museum for me. I have always been fascinated by these little pieces of paper. And yes, they are real pieces of art.
    Lovely Sewing Santa finish!

  8. What a great museum. Are stamps a particular interest of your's or was it just an interesting place to visit?
    Lovely work on your PS Santa too.

  9. The museum looked like great fun!!! I loved the little bit on Sweden - thanks! - especially since I had no idea we used feathers (?) as stamps... Look forward to more museum visits in the future! The most interesting museum I've been to was the Cabinet War Rooms in London! I love history so it was very interesting indeed. If you love museums you should go really visit London...and than you could pop over to Sweden and visit me too, haha!