Ships and Seaposts in Milwaukee? It's More Likely Than You Think

Ships and Seaposts in Milwaukee? It's More Likely Than You Think

Discover the Rich History of the Seaposts

Do you live in the Midwest but have a hankering for the sea breeze in your hair and the soothing crash of the surf? Come to MILCOPEX, the Milwaukee stamp convention in September, where you can experience the next closest thing: an APS On-the-Road Course all about the bonny blue ocean and the postal innovations that moved mail across it. 

"Introduction to the Seaposts: Ship Letters, Packet Mail, Paquebots and More," taught by Gary Loew, is one of our popular upcoming On-the-Road Courses. In this course, you will explore the many aspects of how mail was transported across the oceans, and learn the "four pillars" of postal history: rates, routes, means, and marks. You'll delve into the technological and postal innovations that enabled the explosive growth of European empires beginning with the Age of Exploration. Finally, you will journey through the rich history of the Seaposts while learning more about the ships that sailed, postal contracts, and the role of the Universal Postal Union.


Topics that will be covered include:

  • Early ship letters
  • Packet Ship mail
  • Naval maritime mail
  • Sea Post Offices
  • Paquebots
  • Ocean Letters

and best of all,

  • Catapult mail

The course instructor, Gary Wayne Loew, is the current Director of Expertizing at the American Philatelic Society. He is also a well-known philatelic researcher and author of the upcoming book "Mastering Postal History," as well as a frequent columnist for Kelleher's Stamp Collector's Quarterly, The Collectors Club Philatelist, the Philatelic Literature Review, Cameo, The Airpost Journal, Flagstaff, and The Philatelic Exhibitor. He is a regular instructor at APS' Summer Seminar and national stamp shows. He has also helped to digitize philatelic publications for the USPCS, USSS, and the U.S. Postal Bulletin. The APS is proud to share Gary's expertise with philatelists around the country through our On-the-Road courses.

You can take "Introduction to the Seaposts" on Thursday, September 19, 2019, the day prior to the Milcopex show. The full-day course runs from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Milcopex is located at the Crowne Plaza Milwaukee Airport, Wisconsin. The course is priced at $25 for members and $75 for non-members.

Registration for this courses ends on August 25th, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. and is separate from show registration.

For more information about this course, visit On-the-Road Courses. You can contact the APS Education Department by emailing or calling 814.933.3803.  

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