"Why is a Raven Like a Writing Desk?": Post Office Reform, Collectible Commodities, and Victorian Culture


Thomas Lera

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Book Chapter

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Washington: Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press




Political economy of postal reform in the Victorian age / Richard R. John -- "Little colored bits of paper" collected in the progressive era / Sheila A. Brennan -- WWI philatelic censuses of East Africa / John Kevin Doyle -- Explorations in the official register; statistical analysis of postmaster compensation data from 19th century New Hampshire / Terence Hines and Thomas Velk -- Zeppelin posts in the 1933 Chicago World's Fair, integrating collector and historian methodologies / Cheryl R. Ganz -- "Food will win the war" motor trucks and the farm-to-table postal delivery program, 1917-1918 / Robert G. Cullen -- Philatelic propaganda, a case study -- border changes in Eastern Europe, 1938-1941 / Robin Gates Elliott -- Picking up the pieces, the aftermath of Hiroshima / Janet Klug -- Postal censorship and military intelligence during World War II / Ann Elizabeth Pfau -- 1895 provisional and bisect postage due stamps, a result of the transfer of stamp production to the BEP? / Harry K. Charles, Jr. -- Sunday mail controversy, postal reform, and mail transportation / Diane DeBlois and Robert Dalton Harris -- "Why is a raven like a writing desk?" post office reform, collectible commodities, and victorian culture / Catherine J. Golden -- America's first carrier service, the U.S. City Despatch Post / Larry Lyons -- U.S. 1847 issues; stamps that changed the system / Harvey Mirsky -- From the pulpit to the post; anti-clericalism and communication in Orizaba, 1857-1867 / Rachel A. Moore -- Cheap postage; a tool for social reform / David L. Straight