Theme of the Symposium: “How Commerce and Industry Shaped the Mails”
The Symposium will be held in conjunction with a philatelic exhibition hosted by the United States Stamp Society (USSS).
Panels will be interspersed with opportunities to view award-winning exhibitions. On Friday evening September 16th, there will be a reception and a keynote address. A banquet celebrating the United States Stamp Society’s 85th anniversary will be on Saturday evening.
Proposals for symposium papers may be submitted either as individual papers or in panels. Possible themes for papers include:
• Vending and Affixing – the age of order by mail
• The postal system goes to War
• Those little flying machines revolutionize the Mails
• How the mail order business necessitated the creation of the parcel post system
• Special handling stamps addressed special business needs
• Express Mail Wars: How the USPS battled Federal Express
Proceedings of the Symposium will be considered for publication by the Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press.
Deadline for proposals — May 1, 2011
Proposals should be no more than one page and be accompanied by a one-page curriculum vita with contact information (e-mail, phone, and address).
Winton M. Blount Chair in Research
Smithsonian National Postal Museum
2 Massachusetts Avenue NE
MRC 570 PO Box 37012
Washington, DC 20013-7012
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