Sunday, 21 November 2010

The small things

Some of you may have seen that the Hope Diamond has been placed in a new setting as part of an exhibit at the Smithsonian Museums in Washington D.C. Even our ABC had a story on the legendary diamond. All the fuss and exotic jewellery aside, what I love is the story of how the Smithsonian received the diamond.

It was mailed to them in a regular mail envelope, albeit an insured one, delivered by the US Postal Service on a routine run from New York City to Washington D.C. The museum has the original wrapper postmarked November 8, 1958 complete with the mail franks and postal comments. The postage was $145.29 ($2.44 postage and the remainder, insurance for $1 million). Can you imagine sending something like this by mail today?

It's really the small things of history that I enjoy the most.

Image courtesy of the Smithsonian Snapshot.

1 comment:

Vivi said...

Amazing story. Thanks for sharing.

(And no, I cannot imagine sending The Hope Diamond through today's mail service. Might they have been hoping to collect on the insurance?)