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.
We’re helping the Southern Arizona Transportation Museum celebrate Owney, the railway mail dog. Please join us there on Saturday, September 8th. Click on the image below for a pdf of the flyer. Hope to see you there!
Congratulations, Serena Hsu, grand prize winner of our 11th annual Tucson Birthday Stamp Design Contest!
Ms. Hsu was inspired by a visit to Barrio Viejo. She used colored pencils to create a lovely vignette with a red door, potted cacti, and traditional decoration known as sarta de chiles in Tucson.
Says Ms. Hsu,
We do, too!
While Ms. Hsu was our grand prize winner, we don’t want to leave out the other 14 winners. Five kids in three age categories were honored and awarded prizes for their designs.
The fifteen winners of 2018 are: (ages 5-8) Leah Andrews, Roshan Gupta*, Jade Goslin, Lincoln Manuel*, Lucas Kresha; (ages 9-12) Nola Gelling*, Marc Perez*, Maylee McCool, Audrey Fiore, Leeah Payne; (ages 13-17) Serena Hsu, Katherine Douglas*, Jada Love, Lee MacDonald, Kaelyn Hestand*. Also pictured: special guest Don Regole (who designed the pictorial postmark) and Education Director Lisa Dembowski. (* means that child’s design was selected as envelope artwork.)
All fifteen winning designs will be on exhibit at the Postal History Foundation until the 2019 Awards ceremony next year. They are also part of our online gallery.
To order custom postage stamps with this design and envelopes with some of the other kids’ designs, click here.
To view the press release of this event, click here.
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.