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.




Tanvi Narendran wins 2017 contest

Congratulations to winner Tanvi Narendran, age 13, an 8th grader who attends St. Michael’s school. She is our 2017 Grand Prize Winner of the 10th Annual Tucson Birthday Stamp Design Contest. Tucson Mayor Rothschild helped to unveil the stamp and present Tanvi with her prizes, including an official Tucson coin usually reserved for diplomats. The stamps are legal custom USPS stamps and can be used for mailing letters. Mayor Rothschild gave every finalist a Tucson sticker and a flag pen.

Ms. Narendran used colored pencils to create her unique picture of a beautiful green saguaro with a very detailed sketch of the historic Mission San Xavier del Bac in the distance. Every year a student enters something new and original that catches the eye of the judges. Tanvi felt that the San Xavier Mission was a great representation of Tucson and she knew that if she added something in the foreground it would add depth to the picture.


Like we read books, like we listen to music, we can read stamps. — Mayor Jonathan Rothschild


Before unveiling Tanvi’s winning design, Mayor Jonathan Rothschild acknowledged the important role stamps play in our lives. “Our stamp history… is really a history of the united States… a history of the world. You can use those stamps really to tell a story and learn history. Like we read books, like we listen to music, we can read stamps.” He also pointed out that all of the designs in all age groups capture something special about Tucson.

Stamps can be purchased or ordered from the Postal History Foundation, proceeds to benefit our youth education program. Click here to order stamps featuring Tanvi’s design.


Video of the unveiling of Tanvi’s stamp design, including a few words by the mayor about the importance of postage stamps:


Grand winning entries through the years: