Linked by Mail: China & the U.S.

First Flight Cover -- round the world via Hong Kong

1937 First Flight Cover celebrating Pan Am’s new roundtrip route to China via Hong Kong

The Smithsonian National Postal Museum in Washington, D.C. has opened a fascinating new exhibit on the Pacific Exchange: China & U.S. Mail, March 6, 2014 – January 4, 2015. In both English and Mandarin the exhibit’s landing page states:

Giant Panda Stamp 1973“Using mail and stamps, Pacific Exchange brings a human scale to Chinese-U.S. relations in three areas: commerce, culture, and community. The exhibit focuses on the 1860s to the 1970s, a time of extraordinary change in China. It also explores Chinese immigration to the United States, now home to four million Chinese Americans.”

museum web page traces the history of China and America’s exchange of goods, ideas, diplomacy and stamps through the stories behind the exhibition’s envelopes and postage.