Remember the Maine! America's War with Spain and its Aftermath

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This web page contains links to the content of the exhibit pages for the exhibit 'Remember the Maine! Americas War with Spain and its Aftermath' by Al Kugel.

This exhibit documents through contemporary postal material the history of the American side of the Spanish-American War and the resulting military administrations in the former Spanish territories. Coverage is initiated in 1898 with the suspension of mail service between the United States and Spain following destruction of the battleship U.S.S. Maine in Havana harbor. Next come covers from the training camps established in preparation for the invasion of the Spanish possessions, followed by material showing the deployment of U.S. forces into those territories and from the occupying forces. The campaign in the Philippines lasted longer than in the other territories as the U.S. "inherited" a native insurrection which did not end until the surrender of Aguinaldo in 1902. The exhibit also includes material reflecting POW mail and mail from troops quarantined following their return to the States from the disease-ridden tropics.

This exhibit was created by, and is the property of the late Al Kugel, and is being supplied by his heirs as a courtesy to the Military Postal History Society. (See the MPHS webpage) The Military Postal History Society (MPHS) is a non-profit organization for philatelists and stamp collectors interested in the collecting and studying of the postal aspects of all wars and military actions of all countries, including soldiers' campaign covers, naval mail, occupation and internment covers, patriotics, propaganda, V-mail, censorship and similar related material.

Historical Note

These exhibit page scans were made from black and white photocopies of the original exhibits. Those exhibits were created by Al Kugel many years ago, and are presented here for historical and research purposes. As far as the MPHS is aware, there are no color scans available of these older exhibit pages, nor for any of the illustrated postal history items.

PDF Format

This exhibit, created by the late Al Kugel, is made up of 10 frames, each frame containing 16 pages. Due to their size, each frame is available as a separate PDF file. (See the PDF information page for additional help with this file format.)

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Updated 26 April 2023