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American Stamps

a visually compelling thirty-minute documentary about
the designers and artists who create
our postage stamps.

National Postal Museum

A short introduction to the Smithsonian National Postal Museum.
Learn more about the museum at

Stamps as Therapy

Lou Montesano of Lincoln Coin and Stamp Company in Buffalo
discusses t he therapeutic of stamps for people suffering
from stress and mental disorders.

Dock to Dock Delivery

Mail is delivered in July and August to Skaneateles Lake summer residents in Central New York. Meghan Dwyer of Skaneateles makes the first delivery on July 3, 2012, from the 75-year-old Barbara S. Wiles
Learn more at the Syracuse Post-Standard online.

Airmail: The Quest for Speed

America’s commercial aviation industry owes its start to the Post Office Department and the early airmail service. A video from the Smithsonian National Postal Museum. Learn more about the museum at

Stamp Story, 1955

Rare views of Manhattan’s multitude of stamp shops, including those on Nassau Street, from the Industry Film Archive.

Inside Ashton-Potter

The British television show, How It’s Made, shows the Williamsville, New York, security printer producing the $4.80 Mount Rushmore priority stamp in 2008. (Scott No. 4268)

Engraving a Canadian Stamp

This Discovery / Science Channel How It’s Made episode shows an engraver creating the $1 Canada Scott No.1688 issued in 2005, showing a doe and her fawn.

Jenny First Day Ceremony

The USPS provided raw video of the September 22, 2013, ceremony that was part of the opening weekend for the National Postal Museum's new William H. Gross Stamp Gallery.
Content ©USPS 2013 / Edited by Albert W. Starkweather

Detroit River Mailboat Deliveries

Captain Sam Buchanan operates the mailboat J.W. Westcott II, while his daughter, Jessica, acts as deck hand, during pilot changes and mail delivery on the Detroit River on December 8, 2012. See George McGowan’s “Mail Bag”column on Page 6.

Stamp Design

This video is showing in the William H. Gross Stamp Gallery at the Smithsonian's National Postal Museum. In it two Illustrators, an art director, and curator Daniel A. Piazza discuss digital and traditional methods of modern stamp design.

Stamp Production

This video is showing in the William H. Gross Stamp Gallery at the Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum. It traces stamp production history from nineteenth-century hand-operated presses to modern offset production with print runs in the billions.

Drumming Up Members

The Greater Utica Stamp Club of Utica, New York, sought to increase its membership through Mohawk Valley Living, a local access channel. Learn more about the club at

Catching Mail on the Fly

This 1903 documentary shows how a mail bag was exchanged on the fly by a railroad mail clerk. The incoming bag is kicked out of the RPO’s door just before the outgoing bag is captured by a hook mounted on the car.
Library of Congress, Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division

The Spider Press

A silent video showing the Spider Press in operation. This video is showing in the William H. Gross Stamp Gallery at the Smithsonian's National Postal Museum.

State Birds & Flowers

Charles Kuralt on CBS Sunday interviews Arthur and Alan Singer who designed the state Bird & Flower stamps issued in 1982. Learn how cartoonist Stan Burdick helped select Rhode Island’s bird (page 72).

‘The Road is Open Again

Dick Powell performs a song supporting the National Recovery Administtation described by Diane DeBlois in her Ephemera column on page 50.

Tuck’s Postcard Record

A recording on a postcard is one of the odd things that deltiologist Ruth Sabo describes beginning on page 28 of the July–August Stamp Insider. This example is a Tuck’s postcard record from circa 1929.

1946 Postal Worker's Daily Routine

This Encyclopædia Britannica Films was designed to show primary grade pupils how the US post office system operates. Shows and explains graphically to children how postmen sort mail and deliver it.

Charles Epting New Deal Talk

“New Deal Philately: Collecting Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s Response to the Great Depression” presentation by Charles Epting at StampShow 2015 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Mail by Trolley, Wagon & RPO

A 1903 film shows a horse-drawn wagon transferring mail to and from a trolley mail car and taking outbound mail to a RPO near Anderson Dray and Storage on North Capitol Street in Washington, D.C. (Library of Congress)

A Cowboy of the Silver Screen

Zane Gray’s 1925 adaptation of Riders of the Purple Sage stars Tom Mix. In this issue, Robert D. Barron explores Mix’ career and covers related to the 2010 Cowboys of the Silver Screen issue. A higher quality copy of the entire film may be viewed at

Moving the Mail in 1935

Postmaster General James A. Farley narrates Following a Postage Stamp Through The United States Mails from their manufacture to mail delivery There is a 20 second delay before the film starts. (Fox Movietone News)


Air Mail Pick-up System

From May 1939 through June 1949, All American Aviation employed a nonstop airmail pickup and delivery system to small communities in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.


Pickup Trucks First Day Ceremony

The US Postal Service issued the Pickup Trucks Forever stamps booklet at the Syracuse Nationals car show at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse on July 15, 2016.

Stagecoach Reënactment

In 1858, the first Butterfield Overland Mail stagecoach left St. Louis and arrived more than three weeks later in San Francisco.The 150th anniversary was reënacted by Rick Hamby, owner of a restored coach, in 2008. See Chuck Eson’s article in the January-February 2017 Stamp Insider. (AP Video)

Chaplin Sells Liberty Bonds

Charlie Chaplin created The Bond at his own expense for the Liberty Load Committee for theatrical release to help sell Liberty Bonds. His half brother, Syd Chaplin, appears as the kaiser.

Honoring Robert Panara

The US Postal Service’s 16th stamp in the Distinguished Americans series honors Robert Panara (1920–2014), an influential teacher and a pioneer in the field of deaf studies. In 1967, he helped found the National Technical Institute for the Deaf at RIT and became its first deaf faculty member.

A Footnote To History

On December 7, 1941, the New York Central Railroad debuted the streamlined Empire State Express dressed in an art deco style by industrial designer Henry Dreyfuss. The train’s inaugural run was overshadowed by the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. See George McGowan’s Mail Bag column for more information.

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Spellman Museum Going Postal

The Spellman Museum of Stamps & Postal History in Weston, Massachusetts, produces a fifteen-minute monthly video in which Education Director Henry Lukas explores historic events and famous people shown on postage stamps.

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