First Day Cover – FDC – Philately Collection

Alele Museum published a limited edition of First Day Stamped and Illustrated Envelops for collectors and philatelists with various illustrations and stamps series, about 70 different models, some of them accompanied with a description card. They are two different sizes of envelop, large are about 241mm x 105mm (about 9.5in. x4.1in.), small are about 188mm x 100mm (about 7.4in. x 3.9in.).

Illustrations on this website are for display only; the actual envelop you will receive may have small differences. Due to the limited edition of each First Day Cover, some model may not be available at the time or your order. Please inquire for actual availability.

Themes include World War II, Life in the Marshall Islands, Planes, Space Crafts, United Nations, Fish, Butterflies, Children, Women, International VIP, Emperor Hirohito, Christmas, Sailing Vessels.

Contact us to order

Limited quantity, price for 1 envelop:
Stamped with less than $4 ---- $ 4.00
Stamped with $4 or more ------ $ 4.00 + price of stamp(s)


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How to shop

Alele Gift Shop

The museum operates a small shop for the sale of local handicrafts that offers T-shirts featuring Marshallese oral history motifs, unique prints, postal first day covers, books and original videotapes which introduces Marshallese cultural heritage or current topics, and maps of the region.

Open Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm

Most articles are ready to order via the e-mail contact form.

We cannot accept credit cards at this moment.

We accept personal check, travelers checks, and Money Order in US$ made available to “Alele Museum”. We do not accept COD orders.

Shipping & Handling charge will be added to the total of your orders.

If you have an interest to purchase our items, please let us know via the e-mail contact form.

For members, you can get 10% discount on items for sale. More information about membership.

Also offered through Alele is the opportunity for local handicraft shop collaborations, through the assistance of local merchant, orders placed via email and shipped to you.

Please note: The local crafts available on this website are unique and individually hand crafted and are only to show a representation of individual sample that may or may not available at the time of your order. Please inquire by email about a specific product. This page is not for wholesale orders, if you are interested in wholesale or large quantity orders please contact the Curator.


Micronesian Map

Micronesia Map
click to enlarge

Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, 1973.
Covers Republic of the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, and Republic of Palau. Made in the Trust Territory period, but most accurate, with colors.



Map Micronesia - detail of the RMI area
Map Micronesia – detail of the RMI area

Folktales, legends

Man this reef

A translated autobiography of a storyteller.
159 pages, Gerald Knight, Micronitor Press, Marshall Islands, 1992.


Bwebwenaaton Etto

– A collection of Marshallese Legends and Traditions –
a compilation of stories and legends, which have appeared scattered in a variety of publications and for the first time, have now been published into a book. The major themes of the stories cover the topics of creation, the origin of islands and places, social customs, animal tales, oral history, and stories of the famous Marshallese trickster “Letao”. 188 pages, Jane Dawning, Dirk H.R. Spennemann, and Margaret Bennett. RMI Historic Preservation Office, 1992.

Out-of-print, please inquire

From the mouth of the monster eel

Introduces 6 stories from Micronesia (Marshalls, Guam, Yap), with appropriate reading level for children (7-8th grade). 53 pages with some illustrations in black and white, Bo Flood, Fulcrum Publishing, 1996.

Out-of-print, please inquire

Inon in Majel

-Marshallese Folktales-
is a collective work on old Marshallese folktales and oral histories, which have not been published in a book form. Also, this book was written in both English and Marshallese language in one book for the first time. 134pages, Terry Mote, Donna K. Stone, Kinuko Kowata and Bernice Joash. Alele Museum, 1999.

Out-of-print, please inquire

Note: out-of-print books are available in consultation at the library

Books about the Marshall Islands

Jemoot in Eonod - Traditional Fishing Methods of the Marshall Islands
Jemoot in Eonod

Traditional Fishing Methods of the Marshall Islands.
By Donna K. Stone
Part of the Traditional Lifeways English Series published in 2001/02 by the Alele Museum, this book describes some of the methods and tools traditionally used by the Marshallese people. 16 pages, Neil M. Levy, 4th edition, 1997



Marshallese - English DictionaryMarshallese – English Dictionnary

Abo, Bender, Capelle, deBrum



Book - Nuclear Past Unclear Future - Giff JohnsonBook - Nuclear Past Unclear Future - Giff Johnson - back cover
Nuclear Past, Unclear Future

Giff Johnson
Relate part the the Nuclear legacy history of the Marshall Islands. Micronitor Press, 2009. 48 pages.



Marshall Islands guidebook

contains a black and white photographs, short articles about the islands,
a fold-out map, telephone directory and a local business advertisements.
100 pages with illustrations & pictures, Micronitor Press, 1997.

Out-of-print, please inquire