Stamp Stories

Welcome to Stamp Stories, where we explore topics that appear on postage stamps.

Stamp Stories: Giant Pandas

Celebrate fifty years of giant pandas at the Smithsonian! Educators from the National Postal Museum and the National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute highlight giant panda facts and history with photos, a children’s book, and postage stamps.

Stamp Stories: Alma Thomas

Delight in the colorful world of the paintings of Alma Thomas with the National Postal Museum and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Educators explore Thomas’s life and work through museum objects, a children’s book, and postage stamps.

Stamp Stories: Isamu Noguchi

Discover how eastern and western cultures intersected in the life and art of Japanese American designer Isamu Noguchi. Educators from the National Postal Museum and Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum explore how Noguchi expressed his dual identities by looking at examples of his work and by reading a children’s book about his extraordinary life.

Stamp Stories: Dragons

Delve into the symbolism of dragons in Chinese culture with the National Postal Museum and the National Museum of Asian Art. Educators share a dragon origin story and highlight dragons in Asian art objects and on postage stamps.

Stamp Stories: Quilts

Enjoy an introduction to quilts with the National Postal Museum and the National Museum of American History. Educators touch on the artistry and history of quilts through collection images, a children’s book, and postage stamps.

Stamp Stories: Tyrannosaurus Rex

Dig into some fascinating facts about Tyrannosaurus rex with the National Postal Museum and the National Museum of Natural History.

Stamp Stories: Day of the Dead

Join educators from the National Postal Museum and the National Museum of the American Indian for a book read-aloud and an exploration of the imagery and traditions of the Mexican celebration of Day of the Dead | Día de los Muertos.
Únase a los educadores del Museo Postal Nacional y del Museo Nacional del Indígena Americano para leer un libro y explorar las imágenes y tradiciones de la celebración mexicana del Día de Muertos.

Stamp Stories: Romare Bearden

Explore the colorful and creative world of renowned artist and Civil Rights activist Romare Bearden with the National Postal Museum and the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Educators share the story of Bearden’s life and work through collection images, a children’s book, and postage stamps.

Stamp Stories: Fiddler Crabs

Discover how the topics of fiddler crabs, tropical biodiversity, and the Panama Canal are all connected with this fully bilingual video (English/Spanish).
Descubra cómo los temas de los cangrejos violinistas, la biodiversidad tropical, y el Canal de Panamá están conectados con este video completamente bilingüe (inglés/español).

Stamp Stories: Amelia Earhart

Take a look at pilot Amelia Earhart’s compelling story with the National Postal Museum and the National Portrait Gallery. Educators explore Earhart’s life and accomplishments through museum objects and a children’s book.

Stamp Stories: Hip Hop

Celebrate the diverse culture of hip hop with the National Postal Museum and the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Educators explore museum objects, read a children’s book, and share postage stamps to reveal a rich history that spans decades.

Stamp Stories: Rachel Carson

Explore the life of celebrated environmentalist Rachel Carson with the National Postal Museum and Smithsonian Gardens. Educators read a children’s book on Carson’s life, highlight elements of the Smithsonian Gardens Habitat exhibit, and share postage stamps related to these topics.

Stamp Stories: Ocean

Dive into an underwater exploration with special guest Carol Kaufmann, author of the book Ocean. Learn about some of the amazing creatures that live in the ocean all over the world and discover both US and international stamps that match the animals in the book.

Stamp Stories: Trains

Take a ride through rail history with the National Postal Museum and the National Museum of American History. Educators share museum objects and a children’s book that offer a look at some fascinating facts about trains, railroads, and postal history.

Stamp Stories: Celia Cruz

Learn about the inspirational life of Celia Cruz, an Afro-Cuban singer whose talent and charisma helped to popularize salsa music in the United States.
Aprenda sobre la vida inspiradora de Celia Cruz, una cantante afrocubana cuyo talento y carisma ayudó a popularizar la musica salsa en los Estados Unidos.

Stamp Stories: Ruth Asawa

Learn about the fascinating life of Ruth Asawa, a Japanese American artist whose sculptures are featured on a set of postage stamps issued by the USPS in August 2020.