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  Guide to Stamp Collecting  
Guide to Stamp Collecting cover
Guide to Stamp Collecting

by Janet Klug, past President of the American Philatelic Society, Fellow of the Royal Philatelic Society of London, and Member of the National Postal Museum Council of Philatelists

151 pages, softcover
approximately 10.5 x 8.5 x .4 inches
$19.95 plus shipping & handling

To order, please contact the Museum Store at the telephone number below.

From America's leading experts, your Ultimate guide to stamp collecting.
Whether you've always wanted to start a stamp collection or already have the beginnings of one, this is the definitive guide to becoming a smart and savvy stamp collector, with information on everything from the history of stamps to surprising celebrity philatelists to the best way to remove stamps from envelopes. You'll receive priceless expert advice on:
  • Finding and identifying stamps
  • Caring for and exhibiting your collection
  • Understanding collecting terms
  • Verifying authenticity
  • Using Internet resources — and much more!

  Owney: The Mascot of the Railway Mail Service  
Owney dog toy
Toy Owney the Dog for Sale

Toy Owney the Dog for Sale

Size: approximately 12 x 6 x 6 inches
$16.00 plus shipping & handling

Owney's tags not included!

To order, please contact the Museum Store at the telephone number below.

Known at first as the mascot of the Albany post office, the tramp dog soon became the faithful companion of the nations railway mail clerks. Knowing that his trips were taking him across the country, Albany mail clerks fastened a note to Owney's collar asking others to record Owney's journey by attaching leather and metal baggage tags to this collar. He soon collected so many tags that Postmaster General John Wanamaker gave Owney a special harness to lighten his load. Owney collected 1,017 tags, tokens, trinkets and medals during his travels.

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We have much more merchandise available for sale in our store. Please feel free to contact us and we will gladly discuss our in-store merchandise.

We are open 7 days a week 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (Eastern Time)

The National Postal Museum Store can be reached at:

Museum Store
Smithsonian National Postal Museum
P.O. Box 37012 MRC 570
Washington, DC 20013-7012

Phone: (202) 633-7027
Fax: (202) 633-9393

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Stamp Store
Phone: (202) 523-2022

A USPS Stamp Store is located inside the National Postal Museum.
It is open 7 days a week, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Time), except Postal holidays.

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