History will be on display this Sunday, September 22, when Postmaster General Pat Donahoe dedicates the new Stamp Collecting: Inverted Jenny stamp at the Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum in Washington, D.C.
The stamp dedication coincides with the grand opening of the museum’s William H. Gross Stamp Gallery, a major expansion of the facility to house the world’s largest stamp collection. The event also heralds National Stamp Collecting Month, which begins October 1.
In addition to housing the stamp collection, the remodeled museum has a glowing wall of windows featuring depictions of 54 historic U.S. stamps. The windows provide an impressive backdrop to the 12,000-square-foot exhibit and remind visitors that the history of stamps and the history of America are intertwined.
The “Inverted Jenny” sheet of stamps, issued the day prior to the nation’s first airmail flight in 1918, has become the most publicized stamp error in U.S. history.
The $2 2013 Stamp Collecting: Inverted Jenny stamp, which is being issued in sheets of six stamps, is now available for preorder at usps.com/stamps or by calling 800-STAMP-24 (800-782-6724).