City Smart: Washington, D.C.

By Kay Wicker



Washington
The first postage stamp debuted 176 years ago—it featured the Queen of England’s regal profile and was valued at a penny, earning the name “Penny Black.” Soon after followed the postage system as we know it, and with that, one of the oldest and quirkiest groups of collectors: philatelists. The birth of the postage stamp also created opportunity for artists. New York City: A Portrait Through Stamp Art, a new exhibition which opened last month at the National Postal Museum, features 30 pieces of original artwork, each at one point featured on a stamp. Divided into six emblematic categories—baseball, Broadway, city life, icons, politics and music—the various pieces collectively celebrate the city’s narrative and the artists who love to tell it. Runs through March 2017.

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