October: stamp collecting month

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Our pop-up exhibit, “Tiny Windows to a Great, big World” at the Nanini branch of the Pima County Public Library celebrates the world of stamps during the month of October, stamp collecting month. The exhibit features the most popular and accessible way to collect stamps: by topic. If you like cats, you can collect cat stamps from all over the world. It could be your goal to find the stamps you like the best, or maybe you’d like to own every cat stamp there is, turning you into a detective as well as a stamp collector!

You can collect stamps not only by topic, but by country. You can also collect stamps and envelopes (“covers”) that have been delivered in a particular or unusual manner– for example, on a Zeppelin, a Navy ship, a mule, or even a tin can!

Some collections can be centered around certain time periods, such as wars. Stamps and covers show the progression, values, and culture of a country or region.

We hope you’ll take time to visit our exhibit at Nanini, and visit us at our location as well. If you’d like to get into, or back into, stamp collecting, we’re one of the best resources around, locally, or long-distance. We help people explore the world through stamps and encourage life-long-learning.




What’s all the buzz about?

The Slusser Library  joins in  the celebration of the USPS’s August 3, 2017 stamp issue, “Protect the Pollinators” with an exhibit featuring philatelic bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, bats, and moths.

Pollinators are responsible for one-third of our food and drink and $20 BILLION (with a BEE) in products annually in the United States.

We hope you’ll be able to visit us and see the Pollinator exhibit (through Fall 2017).

We also invite you to play our Pollinators quiz!


Stamp Camp is back!

Back by popular demand: Stamp Camp! Open to kids ages 8-13, our Stamp Camp offers fun activities that are also designed to teach kids about and through stamps. Kids will learn about postage stamps and how to collect them, and we’ll help them start a collection of their own. We also use stamps to teach kids about the arts, science, geography, math, and more. Stamp Camp will be held June 5-9 from 9-12:30. Seating is limited, so reserve a spot for your kids today!






Annual stamp design contest

Our annual Tucson Birthday Stamp Design Contest is open for submissions again! Open to children ages 5-17, the contest not only celebrates the spirit of Tucson, but the creativity of her youth. Each age bracket (5-8, 9-12, 13-17) has five winners, plus an overall grand winner selected from the entire pool of qualified entries. The grand-winning design will be made into custom postage stamps. Our winners have also been featured in print and broadcast media. Download entry forms here, and be sure to read directions carefully and submit your child’s entry by 2:30 p.m. at the Postal History Foundation on Friday, July 21, 2017.


Love for Arizona Airmail exhibit

Book passage for the latest exhibit at the Postal History Foundation: Love For Arizona Airmail! Experience the chills and thrills of daredevil pilots who flew over Arizona skies in the early days of aeronautics through our photographs, newspaper articles, and historical postcards and envelopes. You’ll not only witness Charles Lindbergh’s dedication of the Tucson Municipal Airport in 1927, but also Cal Rodger’s stop in Arizona during the first trans-continental flight in, Katherine Stinson’s aerial acrobatics and first official airmail delivery, the devastating crash of a Lockheed in Gila Bend, and the drop mail of a dirigible on its way to California from Texas. Love For Arizona Airmail will be on display from January 23 to March 31 in the Slusser Library at the Postal History Foundation. Monday-Friday, 9-3. No admission charge.