William H. Gross Stamp Gallery

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Editorial Review

By Michael O’Sullivan
Friday, September 20, 2013

On Sunday, the National Postal Museum rises from the underground. The not widely known Smithsonian museum, which turned 20 this summer, has long made do with below--ground exhibition space in the old City Post Office Building across First Street NE from Union Station. But all that changes with the opening of the street--level William H. Gross Stamp Gallery, in the former Capitol City Brewing Company space.

Named in honor of a stamp collector who donated $10 million to the museum, the 12,000--square--foot gallery will highlight the museum’s philately collection, as well as items on loan from Gross. Opening--day festivities include tours, family activities and a 1 p.m. ceremony honoring the release of a special $2 stamp reprinted from the infamous inverted Jenny, a sought--after 1918 misprint of a 24--cent stamp design that featured an upside--down Curtiss JN--4 (or “Jenny”) aircraft.