The National Postal Museum, Smithsonian Institution held The Tenth Blount Postal History Symposium during November 1-2, 2018 in Washington, DC.
Theme of the Symposium: WWI and its Immediate Aftermath
Sponsored by the American Philatelic Society, the American Philatelic Research Library, and the Smithsonian National Postal Museum
Wrought from militarism, nationalism and imperialism, the Great War broke empires, challenged established gender and race relations, and destroyed millions of lives. Mail became the critical link for the families separated and desperate for news. Governments responded to these developments and the disruption of communication networks, and struggled to determine who should be able to communicate with whom and about what.
From India to the U. S., from England to China, and from Palestine to Chile; much of the world will be covered in the scheduled paper presentations and philatelic exhibits. Likewise, the topics will vary widely from the postal workplace and logistics, from propaganda to censorship, and from funding the war to adapting to shortages. A public lecture on World War I letters will be held on the night of October 31. Curator-led visits to the exhibition My Fellow Soldiers will also be offered during the symposium.