FDR's Stamp Collection: A Childhood Hobby He Took to the Oval Office | At the Smithsonian | Smithsonian
Current Issue
October 2014 magazine cover
Subscribe

Save 81% off the newsstand price!

FDR's Stamp Collection: A Childhood Hobby He Took to the Oval Office

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt had a passion for stamp collecting, a hobby he had cherished since childhood. A new exhibition at the Smithsonian's National Postal Museum highlights his philatelic interests, and provides rare insight into the behind-the-scenes workings of his administration.Dur...

smithsonian.com






President Franklin Delano Roosevelt had a passion for stamp collecting, a hobby he had cherished since childhood. A new exhibition at the Smithsonian's National Postal Museum highlights his philatelic interests, and provides rare insight into the behind-the-scenes workings of his administration.



During his administration, Roosevelt played a critical role in much of the creation, design and promotion of some 200 stamps released during his time in office (1933-1945).



Whether celebrating Mother’s Day, Arctic exploration, National Parks or New Deal programs, FDR believed three cents of postage (the going rate back then) could deliver more than just a letter.  Curator Cheryl Ganz explains FDR's motives in the video above.





Tags

Comment on this Story

comments powered by Disqus