Most prospectors didn’t “strike it rich,” and some turned to other industries that supported others’ mining efforts. Camps and towns grew and spread out. Mercantile stores, saloons, restaurants, churches, and schools were established as the population grew. The most important of these industries, and which all the others were dependent on, was mail delivery.
“Prospectors and Postmen: Mail Delivery in the Boom Days of Mining” presents photographs, contemporaneous mail, and other documents to tell the story of early mail and freight transportation methods, with particular emphasis on Arizona. The exhibit includes information on the Colorado River steamboats, pack animals, wagons, coaches, buckboards, and “pony express” style horseback mail delivery.
Prospectors and Postmen: Mail Delivery in the Boom Days of Mining exhibit runs through May 2018.
The drawings of fifteen children, five from each age group, were selected from nearly one-hundred entries as the top designs of our tenth-annual Tucson Birthday Stamp Design Contest.
The top five winners from three age groups were given awards and prizes today at the ceremony. Every student was given a Bookmans gift certificate (donated by Bookmans), collectible stamps, and other prizes that were selected to match each child’s interests.
In addition, two designs from each age group were selected and printed as collectible art work on envelopes (“cachets”). Visit our main contest page to see the cachets and learn how to purchase them (proceeds to benefit our Youth Education Thru Stamps (YES) program.
The top fifteen winners will be on exhibit at the Postal History Foundation until the 2018 Awards ceremony next year. Thanks to all who entered, and congratulations to our top fifteen designers!
* denotes a cachet winner; ** denotes Grand Prize Winner
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.
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!
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.
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.