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The 1998 Smithsonian Exhibit

Many of you have expressed regrets that you were unable to see the exhibit consisting of portions of my collection that took place at the Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum in Washington, D.C. The exhibit opened in the Rarities Gallery on the 4th of July in 1998.

My son, Eric, was seven years old at the time and became the youngest person ever to cut the opening ribbon for a Smithsonian exhibit. That was pretty exciting. Perhaps our favorite memory from this event involves being guests of the Director of the NPM, James Bruns, at his table on the roof of the Museum of Natural History to watch the fireworks show.

As you read this, I am taking a much needed vacation with my wife. We are enjoying the Pacific Northwest, starting with a week in Seattle before taking in the APS Show in Portland. I was trying to think of a something interesting to post that, quite frankly, would not take up a great deal of time as we prepared for our trip.

So here is the 1998 Smithsonian exhibit. All of the stamps and licenses are photocopies of the originals, so the quality is not great. However, at least you can see what it looked like. To best enjoy, click on each panel below and then locate the zoom button at the lower right of the full screen page.













I will be back next week to provide an in-depth look at the Bill Webster sale, held by the Robert A. Siegel Auction Galleries this past March.

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