Postage stamp for the famous mail-bag pup in professor’s children’s book | UPDATED

July 11, 2011

Owney, the stray pup who garnered global attention for riding the rails with the mail in the 1890s, finally has a postage stamp of his own. And McDaniel professor and award-winning children’s author Mona Kerby couldn’t be happier.

Kerby, who oversees McDaniel’s new online graduate certificate program in writing for children and young adults, has long been a fan of the legendary mutt whose real-life adventure story she told in “Owney, the Mail-Pouch Pooch,” winner of the 2008 Parents’ Choice Silver Honor and top state awards coast to coast. The book was recently translated into Korean.

Illustrations by Lynne Barasch

Owney’s stamp was unveiled at 11 a.m. July 27 in his exhibit at the Smithsonian National Postal Museum in D.C. and Kerby’s children’s book is available for purchase at the museum. The museum celebrates the mail dog during an Owney festival noon-3 p.m. July 27 and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. July 28-30 with activities for families, including designing an Owney mail tag, making a stamp collection, sorting mail in the railway post office and more. The postal museum is within walking distance of D.C.’s Union Station.

Illustrations by Lynne Barasch
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More about Owney:
In the past 110 years, the mail-train canine Owney has captured the hearts and imaginations of literally five generations of youngsters. The pup became the unofficial mascot of the Railway Post Office (RPO) workers after wandering into the Albany, N.Y., post office in 1888 and making himself comfortable on the mail bags. His 1890s saga of riding with and guarding canvas mail sacks on trains all over the U.S. and Canada – collecting hundreds of medals and mail tags along the route – and finally on a steamer around the world has been recounted in several books and countless articles. Owney even has his own exhibit at the Smithsonian National Postal Museum and now will have his own postage stamp.

Schedule of the days activities.
Read more about Owney here and here.
“Owney the Mail Pouch Pooch” is also available from Barnes & Noble and Amazon.