Exhibits of Military Postal History

Updated 25 February 2018

The Military Postal History Society is proud of the fine work created by its members. This page describes, and links to, copies of award-winning exhibits created by such members as Alfred F. Kugel, Bob Collins, and David Kent. We hope that viewing these exhibits will be quite educational for both people interested in military postal history, as well as the general public. Please follow the individual links provided with each exhibit summary:

Korean War: Korean War Postal History [Author: Bob Collins] This massive award-winning exhibit covers a wide array of postal history from the Korean conflict.

War on Terror: More Letters from the Sand [Author: David Kent] The purpose of this exhibit is to examine a selection of covers, mailed from military units in Iraq and nearby countries during the years 2003 to 2005, during the 'War on Terror'.

Germany: Allied Plebiscite Activities in Germany, 1920-1921 [Author: Alfred F. Kugel] This exhibit illustrates mail sent by plebiscite personnel to parts of Germany in order to ascertain whether inhabitants of disputed border territories wished to remain with their home country, or become citizens of new ones formed following the end of World War I. In most cases, the number of people involved in these polling processes was relatively small, and their assignment time-wise was relatively short.

Military Mail: European Boundary Commission Activity on the Aftermath of World War I. [Author: Alfred F. Kugel]. WWI was long and bitterly fought, resulting in sentiments against the losers being high by the time of the 1918 Armistice. Consequently, the victors were determined to exact a significant price from their enemies in terms of territorial concessions. To that end, a series of Allied Boundary Commissions were formed under the various treaties with the Central Powers to draw up new borders considered appropriate. Primarily British and French military cartographic personnel staffed these Commissions, with Italy being a significant third participant. As a member of the Allies, Japan was invited to send representatives, even though its interest in European affairs was limited. In most cases, the staffs of the commissions were relatively small, and it appears that they didn't post much mail.

Philippines: Spanish-American War, 1898 [Author: Alfred F. Kugel]. The United States declared war on Spain on 21st April 1898, and an expeditionary force was assembled in preparation to the occupation of the Philippines. An armistice was signed on 12th August, but a Filipino insurrection led by Emilio Aguinaldo required the presence of a substantial American military force, which finally defeated the rebels on 16th April 1902.

United States: The 'Prexies' Go To War [Author: Alfred F. Kugel]. At various times during 1938, thirty-two denominations of new definitive postage stamps were issued in what was then-named the ‘Presidential Series’, and more colloquially as ‘The Prexies’, since all but three of the values depicted former presidents. The purpose of this exhibit is to show examples of all of the series’ values as used in a military context.

Saar: Allied Plebiscite Activity in the Saar Territory, 1935 [Author: Alfred F. Kugel]. This exhibit illustrates mail sent by plebiscite personnel assigned to the Saar Territory in the mid-1930s to determine whether the inhabitants wished to be reunited with Germany, continue to be administered by the League of Nations, or be annexed to France. The number of people involved in these polling processes was relatively small, and their assignment time-wise was relatively short.

Military Mail: Mail of the Congress of Versailles, 1919 [Author: Alfred F. Kugel]. In the wake of the Armistice agreement on 11th November 1918, the Allied and their Associated Powers met at the Château de Versailles to define the terms of peace with a defeated Germany. The formal signing ceremony took place in the ‘Hall of Mirrors’ in the Château on 28th June 1919. The order in which the material is exhibited is alphabetic for the Allies, then followed by covers from the German delegation.

Military Mail: Allied Forces in the Baltic Area in the Aftermath of World War I [Author: Alfred F. Kugel]. This exhibit was created to illustrate mail generated by the Allied military forces sent to the Baltic area following the official end of WWI. The number of men was small, and examples of their correspondence has been difficult to locate. The order of the exhibit is geographical, starting at the west and south of the Baltic, and moving to the north and east (i.e., from Danzig to Finland).

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