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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Winners of the National Postal Museum Awards for Scholarship in Postal History

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Prize
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American History / Studies, Business History / Studies, Communication, Economic History / Studies, Government and Public Service

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Winners of the National Postal Museum Awards for Scholarship in Postal History

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Type: 
Prize
Subject Fields: 
American History / Studies, Business History / Studies, Communication, Economic History / Studies, Government and Public Service

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.

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.