Put A Stamp On It: B. Free Franklin Post Office & Museum

Of course you prefer email. I mean, you still have a roll of stamps that requires you to add enough penny stamps to cover the right side of the envelope. But the next time you need to make a snail mail trip, consider walking over to the B. Free Franklin Post Office & Museum in Franklin Court. Franklin was the father of the U.S. postal service, as he was the first Postmaster General appointed by Continental Congress in 1775. What didn’t B. Frank do??

Snag a few stamps and take in some history while looking at miniature models of postmen, all wearing the array of uniforms from 1770 til now. Soak up Mr. Franklin’s wise words stenciled on the walls as you’re writing your return address.

And if you still want to feed your need for history, walk upstairs to the United States Postal Service Museum. This historic spot is worth the quick visit as its contents only take up the space of one room. Although it’s a stamp collector’s dream destination, as it has several cases filled with rare and commemorative stamps, you can also take a peek at an original coin counter, images of vintage mail transportation, and learn about the origins of the famous USPS motto “Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.”

I’d share the answer, but why not go see it for yourself? Just call it a little historic motivation.

B Free Franklin Post Office & Museum in Franklin Court
316 Market St, Philadelphia, PA


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  1. Fun Fact- Notice- there is no American Flag hanging in front of the Post Office because it was founded before our nation’s birth! And this is the only post office in the country that handstamps every piece of mail sent! So grab a forever stamp and get B Free Franklin initialed on your postcard and there you have some Philly Love!

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