Maynard Sundman Lecture Series

The Smithsonian National Postal Museum's Maynard Sundman Lecture Series was established in 2002 through a donation by his sons, David and Donald. The Sundman lectures feature talks by authors and expert philatelists on stamps and stamp collecting.

The 17th Maynard Sundman Lecture

U.S. Military Mail During the War with Spain - 1898

Wednesday, December 9, 2020
4:00pm EST. Online, via Zoom

Yamil Kouri posing for a photograph

The museum welcomed Yamil Kouri Jr. who discussed the topic of his most recent book, Under Three Flags, the Postal History of the Spanish-Cuban/American War, the winner of the American Philatelic Society’s philatelic literature Grand Award in 2019.

Cuba's War of Independence against Spain started in 1895. After more than three years of fighting neither side had a clear advantage. The United States’ involvement in this conflict in April 1898 against Spain had a decisive impact. After a few land and naval engagements, Spain capitulated in August 1898. Although brief, this conflict produced a rich and varied postal history legacy. The presentation described some of the fascinating aspects of this conflict that resulted in major global consequences for the United States.

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Check back in Spring 2021 for the recording.

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Maynard Sundman

Maynard Sundman

Maynard Sundman's love of stamp collecting began in 1927. As a child, Maynard was fascinated by these tiny bits of paper and all the history and culture they held.

At 19, Maynard started a mail-order stamp business with $400 he had saved, operating out of his parents' home in Connecticut. After serving in WWII, he founded his second firm, Littleton Stamp Company, with his wife, Fannie Kasper Sundman.

The company branched into coins for collectors in the 1950s. In 1974, the Sundman family purchased Mystic Stamp Company of Camden, New York. Maynard's son Donald is president and his son David, is President of Littleton Coin Company in Littleton, New Hampshire.

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