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 for the Twelfth Blount Postal History Symposium

Call for Papers for the Twelfth Winton M. Blount Postal History Symposium

To be held December 8-9, 2022 at the Smithsonian National Postal Museum in Washington, DC

THEME: Political Systems, Postal Administrations, and the Mail

Sponsored by the American Philatelic Society, the American Philatelic Research Library, and the Smithsonian National Postal Museum.

National Postal Museum Awards for Scholarship in Postal History

The Smithsonian's National Postal Museum sponsors three biennial prizes for scholarship on the history of the postal system in the United States and its territories, and their antecedents. These prizes – the National Postal Museum Awards for Scholarship in Postal History – are designed to encourage scholarship on the history of the American postal system and to raise awareness of the significance of the postal system in American life. Scholarship by graduate students is eligible for a $1,000 award; scholarship by scholars and professionals (faculty members, independent scholars, and public

18th Annual Sundman Lecture - The Origins, Birth and International Reach of the Postage Stamp through 1847

The Eighteenth Maynard Sundman Lecture:
The Origins, Birth and International Reach of the Postage Stamp through 1847

Tuesday, December 7, 2021
4:00pm EDT. Online, via Zoom

Admission to the lecture is free, but registration is required. Register Here

Re: Postage stamps as historical representations

Have read posts on this subject with some interest. As a long time amateur stamp collector [for fun and interest not profit] and the history portrayed by Stamps, found this to be a matter of which, I believe, most collectors are aware, countries often issue stamps not connected necessarily to history of their own, but often, to honor and /or make some money regarding the subject matter of their Stamps as issued.
Think this is fairly accurate description.

Discussions

Call for Papers for the Twelfth Blount Postal History Symposium

Call for Papers for the Twelfth Winton M. Blount Postal History Symposium

To be held December 8-9, 2022 at the Smithsonian National Postal Museum in Washington, DC

THEME: Political Systems, Postal Administrations, and the Mail

Sponsored by the American Philatelic Society, the American Philatelic Research Library, and the Smithsonian National Postal Museum.

National Postal Museum Awards for Scholarship in Postal History

The Smithsonian's National Postal Museum sponsors three biennial prizes for scholarship on the history of the postal system in the United States and its territories, and their antecedents. These prizes – the National Postal Museum Awards for Scholarship in Postal History – are designed to encourage scholarship on the history of the American postal system and to raise awareness of the significance of the postal system in American life. Scholarship by graduate students is eligible for a $1,000 award; scholarship by scholars and professionals (faculty members, independent scholars, and public

18th Annual Sundman Lecture - The Origins, Birth and International Reach of the Postage Stamp through 1847

The Eighteenth Maynard Sundman Lecture:
The Origins, Birth and International Reach of the Postage Stamp through 1847

Tuesday, December 7, 2021
4:00pm EDT. Online, via Zoom

Admission to the lecture is free, but registration is required. Register Here

Re: Postage stamps as historical representations

Have read posts on this subject with some interest. As a long time amateur stamp collector [for fun and interest not profit] and the history portrayed by Stamps, found this to be a matter of which, I believe, most collectors are aware, countries often issue stamps not connected necessarily to history of their own, but often, to honor and /or make some money regarding the subject matter of their Stamps as issued.
Think this is fairly accurate description.

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.