Though the blog fell silent for a few weeks, things are anything but quiet for the Stamp-of-the-Century team. Yes, like all working stiffs, we had to give everything to the day job while there was a paying gig, but the Jenny never left our thoughts. We gave the project our energy and attention every time there was an available moment. Then, Daniel Piazza, Chief Curator of Philately, and Susan Smith, newly appointed Winton M. Blount Research Chair at the National Postal Museum, offered us a research grant to spend three weeks in Washington, D.C.
Yes, thank you!
From October 16 through November 8, we will be immersing
ourselves in our labor of love where the Inverted Jenny was created, where William Robey lived, where the first flight took off. As soon as we get table space at the museum, we will be bugging librarian Baasil Wilder to death. We’ll drive Smith, Piazza, and Assistant Curator of Philately Calvin Mitchell crazy with our questions. Best of all, we will be pursuing primary sources and burrowing through documents and photographs we don’t yet know about.
Of course, we’ll also seek information at the Library of Congress and the National Archives as well as participate in a number of other activities, including the following:
Tour the Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Pick staff brains about early flight at the National Air and Space Museum
Attend events surrounding the postal museum’s annual gala and make a presentation about our book to the Council of Philatelists
Join museum staff on a road trip to Bellefonte, PA, for the grand opening of the American Philatelic Research Library’s new facility
Contribute to blogs for the museum website about our research experience
We look forward to this voyage of discovery with immense enthusiasm, dedication, and gratitude. We thank everyone who has informed and encouraged our work to this point. Watch out, we’ll be seeking more.