H-Postal History exists to encourage the cross-fertilization of different approaches to, and understandings of, postal history, particularly between academics and philatelic researchers and writers. It provides a community and a platform for the exchange of ideas and of information regarding publications, projects, events, and private and public collections available to researchers. The intended audience includes scholars, graduate students, and independent researchers studying postal history, of any time and place, including postal logistics, infrastructure, networks, and technology, as well as the mail.
Richard R. John, professor of history and communications
For those of us who are intrigued by the character and significance of postal networks, the launch of H-POSTAL HISTORY is auspicious. Historians, cultural critics, sociologists, and political scientists have all turned to this topic in recent years, creating a rich and ever-growing scholarly literature on the significance of postal networks for business, politics, culture, and public life.
Most Recent Content
The Tenth Winton M. Blount Postal History Symposium, sponsored by the Smithsonian National Postal Museum, the American Philatelic Society and the American Philatelic Research Library. Further information and the registration form are available at
by Cheryl R. Ganz, PhD, Smithsonian Curator Emerita
After the inspectors and officials examined the wreckage, surviving crewmembers searched the smoldering girders for personal effects. Rudolf Sauter, chief mechanic of the LZ-129 Hindenburg, had escaped from his landing station in the lower fin when the zeppelin burst into flames at Lakehurst, New Jersey, on the stormy evening of May 6, 1937.
H-Postal History welcomes studies of individual objects. Object blogs should be between 300-500 words and include at least one original image (nothing taken from the web, please) in RGB.
Please provide a caption and credit line for each image.
1) the object itself;
2) how/why and where you first came across it; and
3) what types of questions it raises and answers as a primary source.