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Research : Maynard Sundman Lecture Series

Maynard Sundman Lecture Series

The Smithsonian National Postal Museum's Maynard Sundman Lecture Series was established in 2002 through a donation by his sons, David and Donald. The Sundman lectures feature talks by authors and expert philatelists on stamps and stamp collecting.


The Eleventh Annual Maynard Sundman Lecture:
Chris West

Friday, October 25, 2013

Chris West
The author of A History of Britain in Thirty-six Postage Stamps explored his country’s recent history through its most fascinating, beautiful, and eccentric postage stamps. From Queen Victoria’s Penny Black to the struggles of post-World War II reconstruction, West showed that stamps mirror the events, attitudes, and styles of their time. The lecture was followed by a light reception and book signing.


Maynard Sundman
Above: Maynard Sundman

Maynard Sundman's love of stamp collecting began in 1927. As a child, Maynard was fascinated by these tiny bits of paper and all the history and culture they held.

At 19, Maynard started a mail-order stamp business with $400 he had saved, operating out of his parents' home in Connecticut. After serving in WWII, he founded his second firm, Littleton Stamp Company, with his wife, Fannie Kasper Sundman.

The company branched into coins for collectors in the 1950s. In 1974, the Sundman family purchased Mystic Stamp Company of Camden, New York. Maynard's son Donald is president and his son David, is President of Littleton Coin Company in Littleton, New Hampshire.

Previous Lectures
Charles Verge  

The Art of the Stamp
The 2012 Sundman Lecture focused on the art, process, and philosophy of contemporary stamp design. It featured speakers from the stamp designing and collecting community including Janet Klug, Antonio Alcalá, Kam Mak, Howard Koslow, and Sally Andersen-Bruce.

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Charles Verge  

The Philately of New Zealand: Innovation Born of Necessity, 1855-1955
Robert Odenweller is a researcher, writer, and mentor. His research has produced the seminal works The Postage Stamps of New Zealand: 1855-1873 The Chalon Head Issues, and...

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Charles Verge  

The First Canada-US Joint Issue: The 1959 St. Lawrence Seaway Commemorative and its Famous Invert
Historian Charles Verge, is past-president of the Royal Philatelic Society of Canada and the American Association of Philatelic Exhibitors, curator of the...

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Eliot Landau  

Lincoln, Slavery, and the Civil War
Eliot Landauís award-winning philatelic exhibition Lincoln, Slavery, and the Civil War was on display at the Postal Museum. Landauís exhibition combined philately, ephemera, and...

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Janet Klug  

100 Greatest American Stamps
Mystic Stamp Company president Don Sundman and American Philatelic Society past president Janet Klug talked about their new book, 100 Greatest American Stamps. In this lively...

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Scott Trepel

The Miller Collection and The Era of Private Bank Note Company Stamps 1842-1892
Writer, researcher and auctioneer, Scott Trepel, guided the audience on a tour of the classic era of U.S. philately, displaying examples from The New York Public Library's legendary...

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Roger Brody

Second Purpose
Roger S. Brody, a specialist in early twentieth century U.S. stamps, was introduced to the world of stamp collecting at the age of ten, when he was given a general world-wide album filled...

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Michael Sefi

The Royal Philatelic Collection: An Inside View
Michael Sefi has been the Keeper of the Royal Philatelic Collection at Buckingham Palace in London since January 2003. He was previously the Deputy Keeper of the Collection...

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David Beech

The Legendary Grinnell Missionaries
David R. Beech, Curator of the British Library Philatelic Collections, became interested in philately at the age of nine and had the usual general collection before specialising in...

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Guido Craveri

The 1847's: America's First Stamps
At the age of eighteen Guido Craveri became the youngest collector to win a FIP gold medal. Today he is Chairman Emeritus of the National Postal Museum's Council of Philatelists...

The National Postal Museum gratefully acknowledges
the continued support of the Mystic Stamp Company.

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