03/26/2012 (P1697)
Contact: Ken Martin

The April AP Celebrates the MPHS & APS Members

In the April issue of The American Philatelist we celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Military Postal History Society. Members of the MPHS share their passion for military postal history with articles covering topics from the Civil War to World War II. Featured in this issue are:

• “The Military Postal History Society” by Anthony K. Brooks — The MPHS was founded seventy-five years ago, and this issue includes a selection of articles on military postal history in its honor.

• “Allied Usage of U.S. Postal System During World War II” by Robert Schlesinger — World War II postal regulations permitted Allied military personnel to make use of the U.S. postal system at special rates.

• “American Friends Service Committee; World War I European Relief Work” by Edwin R. Dubin — Postal covers track the European relief work performed as alternate service by American Quakers in World War I.

• “Guam Island Mail, 1899–1904” by Alfred Kugel — After Guam was ceded to the United States in 1898, its postal matters were placed in the hands of the U.S. Navy.

• “Chronicle of a Dangerous Time: William J. Batura’s Event Covers, September–November 1941” by Lawrence Sherman — A look at some examples from the earliest and longest running series of U.S. patriotic covers of World War II.

• “The U.S. Civil War in Contemporary Illustrated Material” by Eliot A. Landau — The history of the American Civil War can be followed through the illlustrated patriotic philatelic material produced by both sides.

In this issue, we also include our annual donor recognition issue honoring those who generously supported the American Philatelic Society and the American Philatelic Research Library during 2011.

Since its founding in 1886, the American Philatelic Society has faced many challenges but has remained a solid organization, dedicated to serving its members’ needs while promoting the growth and development of philately in general. Over the years, the Society has been blessed with countless people who have accepted the challenge to help the APS and Library keep pace with an ever-changing hobby. The 2011 Roll of Honor publicly acknowledges our members and friends who made an investment in the future of the hobby through their contributions during the year. We deeply appreciate their support.