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.

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2022 Blount Postal History Symposium speakers

The Twelfth Blount Postal History Symposium: Political Systems, Postal Administrations, and the Mail

Hosted by the Smithsonian National Postal Museum on Zoom
December 8 – 9, 2022 from 9 – 5:30 pm ET
Registration is free but required.

Co-sponsored by the American Philatelic Society and the American Philatelic Research Library

Discussions

2022 Blount Postal History Symposium speakers

The Twelfth Blount Postal History Symposium: Political Systems, Postal Administrations, and the Mail

Hosted by the Smithsonian National Postal Museum on Zoom
December 8 – 9, 2022 from 9 – 5:30 pm ET
Registration is free but required.

Co-sponsored by the American Philatelic Society and the American Philatelic Research Library

Blog Posts

Zeppelin Hindenburg’s Salvaged Postmark Device

Object blog

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.

Introduction to the series "Object Blog"

Object blog

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.

Please discuss

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.