Postal History Boutique


Postal History Boutique

Celebrate national postal history through mail art exchanges embracing stamps, postcards, envelopes, stickers, postboxes and whatever else anyone comes up with. Managed by Valentine Mark Herman.


Members: 92
Latest Activity: Mar 3

Discussion Forum

Leap Year : : 29 February 2016 19 Replies

It only happens twenty-five times in each century, that odd day on the calendar, 29 February. What a great opportunity to sneak in some postal history to your mail art this year.At the end of this…Continue

Started by Keith S. Chambers. Last reply by Heleen de Vaan Jun 22, 2016.

FIVE: Postal History Boutique Special July Mailing 123 Replies

Bonjour boys and girls! Angie and Snooky told us yesterday that:"This year July has 5 Fridays, 5 Saturdays and 5 Sundays. This apparently happens once every 823 years."I propose that we celebrate it…Continue

Started by Valentine Mark Herman. Last reply by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) Jul 26, 2011.

Stop stealing the UK's postboxes (and making them into mailboxes, too)!! 2 Replies

From today's UK Daily Telegraph Postboxes stolen and sold on eBay for thousandsBritains world-famous red Victorian postboxes are being stolen by criminals who sell them abroad for thousands of pounds…Continue

Started by Valentine Mark Herman. Last reply by Valentine Mark Herman Jun 28, 2011.

A postal experiment 2 Replies

In the very early days of the postal system -- and going way back before postage stamps were introduced (in the UK in 1840 -- addresses were very simple, or even non -existent (and of course there…Continue

Started by Valentine Mark Herman. Last reply by John Tingey Jun 21, 2011.

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Comment by Mikel Untzilla on March 3, 2024 at 6:52pm

Hester Souverijn 240302-1

Comment by Penelope Timm on February 10, 2024 at 4:43am

I found this stamp in my old letters. I have no idea if it is old.


2 And here is one by Peter Max which I know is 50 years old.

Comment by holly johnson on January 18, 2024 at 1:33am

Wow, it must be 30 years ago now that I sold rubber stamps at the National Postal Museum.  One was the quote from John Donne, "More than kisses, letters mingle souls.."

Comment by Mikel Untzilla on January 13, 2024 at 2:24pm

Christophe Blaise 240106-1

Comment by Mikel Untzilla on January 10, 2024 at 11:52pm

Circulaire 132 240203-1

Comment by Mikel Untzilla on December 29, 2023 at 6:22pm

Hélène Lagache 231226-1

Comment by Mim Golub Scalin on December 4, 2023 at 6:33pm

Oh yes, we’ve visited the Postal Museum every time we’re in DC. It’s kind of creepy to see this taxidermied Owney. He looks a bit shabby but then he’s been around awhile. The shop sells a cute plush Owney. We couldn’t resist! We have one. Good your card arrived even in mangled shape. 

Comment by Penelope Timm on December 4, 2023 at 5:38pm

I received this mangled postcard from my sister who was visiting the National Postal Museum in DC. Here is the text:

"A stray mutt wandered into an Albany, NY post office in 1888 and eventually became the unofficial mascot of the Railway Mail Service.  He rode with mail bags on trains across the country protecting the precious cargo along the way.  Railway mail clerks attached medals and tags to his collar to record the dog's travels and in 1895 Owney traveled with mailbags on steamships to Asia and across Europe.  The story of Owney is told in the exhibition "Mail by Rail," in the museum gallery "Moving the Mail."

Comment by Penelope Timm on December 4, 2023 at 5:31pm

Comment by David Stafford on October 21, 2023 at 4:31pm

From our recent trip to Washington DC.


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