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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Postal workers health, well being and retirement

We're interested in finding out about other scholars who might be working on health and well being of postal workforces. Our own work focusses on the British experience in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, using pensions records to identify causes of retirement and linking these to health data, including causes of death. We've published two papers on this recently in Social History of Medicine.

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.