From March 6, 2014 through January 4, 2015, the exhibition in the Postmasters Suite located within the William H. Gross Stamp Gallery will be “Pacific Exchange: China & U.S. Mail.” This exhibition will look at the relationship of the two countries through the study of stamps and mail. The sections about commerce and culture will focus on the decades between 1860 and 1980, including very rare proofs of stamps from the China Bureau of Engraving and Printing (1912-1928). The section on community will tell the story of Chinese Americans from the Gold Rush to today’s celebration of Lunar New Year.
• The “Pacific Exchange: China & U.S. Mail” exhibition will tell the story of the China and USA relationship through the unique lens of stamps and mail.
• It will showcase the National Philatelic Collection’s outstanding China and USA postage stamps and mail, most of which have never been exhibited.
• It will feature the Postmaster General’s Collection’s outstanding USA artwork and die proofs related to China and Lunar New Year.
• It will tap into America’s strong interest in China and promote a richer understanding of the two countries.
Above: 4c Sun Yat-sen rejected model, USA, 1961
Above: Endangered Cranes, USA and China joint issue, 1994.
Zhan Gengxi, artist, and Clarence Lee, designer
Above: 41c Year of the Rat, Chinese New Year, USA, 2008.
Kam Mak, artist