With nearly 28,000 members in more than 110 countries, the APS is the largest, non-profit organization for stamp collectors in the world. Founded in 1886, the APS serves collectors, educators, postal historians, and the general public by providing a wide variety of programs and services.
With over 75,000 files, Stamp Smarter is one the largest online resources and tools available to collectors and postal historians. In addition to a large download Library, it also contains a number of philatelic community databases and other philatelic resources.
Explore the past, glimpse the future. In the more than two centuries since Benjamin Franklin was appointed our first Postmaster General in 1775, the Postal Service™ has grown and changed with America, boldly embracing new technologies to better serve a growing population. We hope you enjoy exploring our rich history.
The National Postal Museum opened on July 30, 1993. It was created on November 6, 1990 in a joint agreement between the Smithsonian Institution and the United States Postal Service. The website's mission is to make Smithsonian collections and resources more accessible to the public.