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Papers and Presentations

Fourth Postal History Symposium – Panels

Friday, October 30, 2009, 9:30–10:30: Early Reform

Larry Lyons

"The Rise and Fall of the Government Carrier Service in New York, August 16, 1842 to November 28, 1846" [paper]

Harvey Mirsky

"The U.S. 1847 Issue: Stamps that Changed the System" [paper]

Friday, October 30, 2009, 2:00–3:30: Post Office Reformers

Diane DeBlois and Robert Dalton Harris

"The Sunday Mail Controversy Paves the Way for Postal Reform" [paper | presentation]

David L. Straight

"'The Undersigned, Citizens of the United States, respectfully represent that . . .' -Putting a Human Face on Post Office Reform"

Rachel A. Moore

"From the Pulpit to the Post: Anti-clericalism and Communication in Orizaba, Mexico, 1857 – 1867" [paper | presentation]

Friday, October 30, 2009, Evening: Keynote address

Richard John

"The Political Economy of Postal Reform in the Victorian Age"


Saturday, October 31, 2009, 9:30–10:30: Reform Icons and Collectibles

Michael Laurence

"Icons of Reform, Postal and Otherwise" [paper | presentation]

Catherine J. Golden

"'Why is a Raven like a Writing Desk?' - Post Office Reform, Collectible Commodities and Victorian Culture" [paper | presentation]

Saturday, October 31, 2009, 2:00–3:30: Reform Continues

Vernon Morris

"Two Philadelphia Eagle Carrier Cancellations Discoveries and a New Theory" [paper | presentation]

Terence Hines

"Postal Reform and Postal Income"

Harry Charles

"The 1895 Provisional and Bisect Postage Due Stamps: A Result of the Transfer of the Stamp Production to BEP"[paper | presentation]

Sunday, November 1, 2009, 9:30–10:30: Finishing the Job

Robert G. Cullen

"Post Office Reform on the Move: The San Antonio and San Diego Mail Route, 1857 – 1861" [presentation]

Clifford J. Alexander

"Household Mail Boxes Revolutionize the Letter Carrier Service" [paper | presentation]

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Conference co‐chairs were David L. Straight, Virginia L. Horn, and Thomas Lera.

Sponsored by American Philatelic Society, American Philatelic Research Library, Smithsonian National Postal Museum