There’s More to Ducks Than Pretty Pictures


The exhibit consists of six frames, with subject matter organized as follows:

  • 1938 Pymatuning Lake waterfowl stamp, the only known example of the issue.
  • 1943 Marion county, Kansas, the only surviving example of the first stamp actually inscribed “Duck Stamp,” with other county issues including a pane of 10 of the 1969 issue containing one “Dusk” error.
  • A proof block of four and a sheet of fifty South Dakota waterfowl stamps.
  • Stamps from Illinois and Honey Lake, California.
  • Tribal area waterfowl stamps.
  • Modern state and local duck stamp rarities, including one of only two unused examples known of the 1973 North Central Colorado Goose Permit, Florida 1982 Duck stamp missing red color and a rare booklet pane from North Dakota (see Figures 16, 17 and 18).



1973 CO Goose

Figure 16. Colorado North Central Goose Permit stamp issued in 1973. One of only two unused examples recorded.



Figure 17.  Florida 1982 Duck stamp, normal (left) and missing red color (right).



Figure 18. North Dakota 1983 stamps required to hunt waterfowl. The stamps sold to hunters were printed in booklet pane format.



The exhibit also includes selected stamps on licenses, maps, photographs and other material which provided an excellent context for the issuance and usage of these wild-fowl stamps.

The exhibit continues through December 31. The National Postal Museum is located in Washington, D.C. in the former Washington City Post Office building on Capitol Hill, adjacent to Union Station. Jt is open every day of the year (except Christmas) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.



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