Upcoming On-the-Road Courses to Include "Introduction to the Seaposts"

Upcoming On-the-Road Courses to Include "Introduction to the Seaposts"

The upcoming On-the-Road Courses list has some new additions. On-the-Road Courses are offered in conjunction with stamp shows across the country - NAPEX, Americover, StampShow, and more. Currently, we're offering exciting courses including the following: "Washington/Franklins, There's No Need to Be Afraid" at NAPEX; "Introduction to the Seaposts: Ship Letters, Packet Mail, Paquebots and More" at Americover; and "Postal History of the Holocaust," "Post Office Historical Research Techniques Supporting Cover Documentation," and "Applying Different Philatelic Lenses to the Trans-Mississippi Issue" at StampShow. To view the entire line-up, visit the APS On-the-Road Course Listing.

Introduction to the Seaposts: Ship Letters, Packet Mail, Paquebots and More

APS On-the-Road Course

Discover the Rich History of the Seaposts

One of our popular courses this summer is "Introduction to the Seaposts: Ship Letters, Packet Mail, Paquebots and More," a course taught by Gary Loew, a philatelic researcher, author, and APS life member. 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
  • Catapult mail


The course instructor, Gary Wayne Loew, is 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 July 25, 2019, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. The course will precede the Americover stamp show in St. Louis, Missouri. Cost: $45 for APS members and $95 for non-members. Register for a seat in this course by June 30th, 2019.

For more information about this course, visit On-the-Road Courses, or check out our flyer. You can contact the APS Education Department by emailing education@stamps.org or calling 814.933.3803.  



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