Arago: People, Postage & the Post
This comprehensive resource to the study of philately and postal operations provides unparalleled access to one of the Smithsonian Institution’s largest collections.
The National Postal Museum, a Smithsonian Institution museum, contains the largest collection of any Smithsonian Institution with over 300,000 objects in its collection. Named after Françoise Arago, a 19th-century French scientist and friend of James Smithson, this Web site features almost every stamp ever issued in the United States in addition to thousands of international stamps and U.S. postal operations–related objects.
Visitors can browse and search the comprehensive collection of objects that chronicle the evolution and history of U.S. stamp design and production as well as the development of the U.S. postal system and the vital role mail plays in our daily lives. Special histories are told through selected assemblages of museum objects and exceptional private collections via the online exhibitions. Visitors can collect items to create their own digital collections, organize sets, record notes, and email items of interest to friends and family. Through a comprehensive researcher participation program, the museum collected contextual histories and a wealth of knowledge from expert philatelists around the world to round out this extensive online experience.
Press & Awards“Second Story Interactive Develops Online Database for the National Postal Museum Using Komodo IDE,” ActiveState, Komodo IDE News Room, July 26, 2007
Second Story was recently tasked with creating Arago, an online database for the National Postal Museum that would amass their collection of over 300,000 objects and present them in a user-friendly interface. With elaborate data import scripts to translate data from a third-party collection management tool, all the logic involved in managing researcher contributions, and the website itself, it was a large and complicated project.American Association of Museums Muse Awards, Honorable Mention, Online Presence, 2007
The ability to really dive into each stamp and explore the details close up, kept the judges on this website for quite some time. The site also has many application-like features that become apparent the longer you use it, making the site a powerful resource for searching, investigating, and gathering stamps in the collection. Although the name might be a bit difficult to remember, the judges won’t forget the site anytime soon.
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