National Philatelic Museum
|Focus||worldwide stamp collecting|
|worldwide philatelic societies|
|Method||exhibits, philatelic exhibitions, philatelic library, and courses in philately through its Philatelic Institute|
|Published 36 Bulletins|
The museum was the brainchild of Bernard Davis, a wealthy banker and avid stamp collector. The museum, at Broad and Diamond Streets in downtown Philadelphia, opened its doors on December 5, 1948.
The museum offered a variety of services, including presentation of exhibits in frames for public viewing and a philatelic library. The museum also hosted numerous philatelic exhibitions held by various philatelic societies. The National Philatelic Museum was unusual in that, in conjunction with nearby Temple University, it offered courses in philately through its Philatelic Institute.
The museum published a total of 36 Bulletins containing articles on various aspects of philately, including France, Airpost, Pan-American, Bavaria, Germany, New South Wales, Switzerland, Ben Franklin and the American Philatelic Congress.
The museum remained in existence for about ten years. In 1960, most of its material and equipment was transferred to the new Spellman Museum of Stamps & Postal History.
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