The introduction of postage stamps in 1840 represented a complete overhaul in the organization and operating principles of the British Post Office. The subsequent rapid introduction of stamps to nearly every country in the world before the end of the 19th century is tangible evidence of the worldwide adoption of similar post office reforms. The 2009 Postal History Symposium will bring together collectors of classic stamps with scholars, academicians, and public historians of postal reform and post office operations to examine these highly collectable cultural objects through the lens of the post office reforms that gave rise to them.
The Symposium will be held in conjunction with U.S. Classics 2009, the national philatelic exhibition hosted by the U. S. Philatelic Classics Society. Panels will be interspersed with opportunities to view award]winning exhibitions of classic stamps and postal history. On Friday evening, October 30, 2009 there will be a reception and the keynote address will be delivered by Richard John, professor of history and adjunct professor of communication at the University of Illinois, Chicago. His publications include Spreading the News: The American Postal System from Franklin to Morse. The U.S. Philatelic Classics Societyfs banquet for Classic 2009 will be on Saturday evening.
Located 15 miles from State College, Pennsylvania, the American Philatelic Center is home to the 40,000 member American Philatelic Society, the largest stamp collecting organization in the nation, and the American Philatelic Research Library (APRL) dedicated to supporting and advancing postal and philatelic scholarship.
Winton M. Blount Chair in Research
Smithsonian National Postal Museum
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Washington, DC 20013-7012
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