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In Times of Trouble

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Vietnam War audio correspondence

These covers provide physical evidence of mail service that was disrupted by natural or human-caused events—including earthquakes, fires, floods, tornadoes, tsunamis, epidemics, bombings, wars, and robberies. Although the postal service makes great efforts to continue delivery, such conflicts and disasters interfere with part or all of postal operations. Surviving mail is often rare.

 

V-Mail letter sheet

Political disputes within and between nations create new burdens for...

Hindenburg disaster card

Disaster covers are the physical evidence of mail service that has been disrupted by...