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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CALL FOR PAPERS - 11TH POSTAL HISTORY SYMPOSIUM, October 30-31, 2020 American Philatelic Center, Bellefonte, PA

CALL FOR PAPERS

11th Postal History Symposium

Co-Sponsored by the American Philatelic Society, the American Philatelic Research Library, Smithsonian National Postal Museum and the American Philatelic Classics Society 

CALL FOR PAPERS: CIM2020 17th Communication in the Millenium Hosted by Beykent University, İstanbul/Turkey In Cooperation with Anadolu University (Turkey) Dates June 4-5-6, 2020

CIM2020 17th Communicationin the Millenium Hosted by Beykent University, İstanbul/Turkey In Cooperation withAnadolu University (Turkey) 

Dates: June 4-5-6, 2020 

Communication in the Millennium is an annual, peer-reviewed international symposium.

Abstract Submission: cimsymposium@gmail.com

Wellcome funded PhD studentships on the history of health and medicine in the British Post Office

Addressing Health: Morbidity, Mortality and Occupational Health in the Victorian and Edwardian Post Office

This a three year research project funded by the Wellcome and focuses on understanding the health outcomes of workers in service sector employments in nineteenth and early-twentieth century UK. The project involves collaboration between King’s College London, Kingston University, University of Derby and UCL.

Discussions

CALL FOR PAPERS - 11TH POSTAL HISTORY SYMPOSIUM, October 30-31, 2020 American Philatelic Center, Bellefonte, PA

CALL FOR PAPERS

11th Postal History Symposium

Co-Sponsored by the American Philatelic Society, the American Philatelic Research Library, Smithsonian National Postal Museum and the American Philatelic Classics Society 

CALL FOR PAPERS: CIM2020 17th Communication in the Millenium Hosted by Beykent University, İstanbul/Turkey In Cooperation with Anadolu University (Turkey) Dates June 4-5-6, 2020

CIM2020 17th Communicationin the Millenium Hosted by Beykent University, İstanbul/Turkey In Cooperation withAnadolu University (Turkey) 

Dates: June 4-5-6, 2020 

Communication in the Millennium is an annual, peer-reviewed international symposium.

Abstract Submission: cimsymposium@gmail.com

Wellcome funded PhD studentships on the history of health and medicine in the British Post Office

Addressing Health: Morbidity, Mortality and Occupational Health in the Victorian and Edwardian Post Office

This a three year research project funded by the Wellcome and focuses on understanding the health outcomes of workers in service sector employments in nineteenth and early-twentieth century UK. The project involves collaboration between King’s College London, Kingston University, University of Derby and UCL.

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.