In anticipation of the upcoming Winton M. Blount Postal History Symposium (December 8 – 9, 2022) to be hosted by the Smithsonian National Postal Museum (NPM) in Washington, DC, here we present the schedule for the speakers and their presentations.
As mentioned previously, this year's symposium will be a hybrid event with the opportunity to attend either in person or via Zoom. However, due to on-site restrictions at the NPM only a limited number of spaces will be available, on a first come first serve basis, for those wishing to attend in person. If you are interested in attending the event in person please contact NPM Research Chair Susan Smith (firstname.lastname@example.org). For those wishing to attend via Zoom, registration can be done through the following link: REGISTER HERE. In either case, registration is required whether in person or via Zoom.
Here then is the schedule for 2022 Winton M. Blount Postal History Symposium:
Thursday, December 8
9:30 – 10:00 am
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
SESSION ONE: "The Varying Purposes of Stamp Messaging"
Moderator: Elizabeth Brown
"Postal Politics: Soviet Stamps of World War II" - Andrea Rusnock
"The Eagle, the Rocket and the Moon: U. S. Postal Iconography at the End of History" - Laura Goldblatt and Richard Handler
"Politico-Philatelic Semiosis in Russia’s 2014 Crimea Issues" - A.M. LaVey
Discussant: William Moskoff
12:00 – 1:00 pm
1:00 – 3:00 pm
SESSION TWO: "Postal Networks and the Flow of Information"
Moderator: Susan Smith
"The Reform Postal Systems in the Process of Structuring and Construction of Imperial States in the 18th Century" - Rocio Moreno Cabanillas
Gathering Vassals Around the Throne’: The Political Economy of Postal Communications in 19th Century Brazil" - Perola Goldfeder
"From Three Months to Three Seconds: The Evolution of Mail Delivery from the Renaissance to the Present Day" - Francesco Morriello
Discussant: Richard Morel
3:00 – 3:15 pm
3:15 – 5:15 pm
SESSION THREE: "The Postal Service in American Life"
Moderator: Jennifer Lynch
"Why the U. S. Ended Sunday Mail in 1912" - Rebecca Brenner Graham
"Rethinking Postal Politics: The National Association of Letter Carriers Ladies’ Auxiliary, 1905-1925" - Alison Bazylinski
"Big Mail: From Public Good to Private Profit" - Diane DeBlois and Robert Dalton Harris
Discussant: Lynn Heidelbaugh
Friday, December 9
10:30 am – 12:00 pm
SESSION FOUR: "Regimes in Flux: Their Impact on Postal Operations and Stamp Design"
Moderator: Scott Tiffney
"Lion or Eagle: Sovereignty, A Postal Authority, and the Mails. Finland 1890-1918" - Roger Santala
"Regime Change in Vietnam: Issues of the Provisional Revolutionary Government and Restoration of Postal Services in the Defeated South" - Earl Toops
Discussant: James Grayson
12:00 – 1:30 pm
1:30 – 3:30 pm
SESSION FIVE: "Stamp Iconography in Fascist Regimes"
Moderator: Sheila Brennan
"The ‘Fascist Style’ in Italian Philately, 1922 – 1941" - Daniel Piazza
"Hitler’s Mundane Messengers: The Banal Nationalism of Third Reich Postage Stamps" - Zachary Agatstein
"Historical Figures on the Postage Stamps of Franco’s Spain: The Catholic Monarchs" - Guillermo Navarro Oltra
Discussant: Stanley Brunn
3:30 – 4:00 pm