La Posta Publications Publisher Peter Martin has announced the September release of the second of their new monograph series. The first La Posta monograph, Independent State Mail and Confederate Use of U.S. Postage—How Secession Occurred; Correcting the Record by Patricia A. Kaufmann, was ground breaking and set the record straight about Confederate secession dates.
“Our second monograph, 19th Century American Genre Paintings: Reading Newspapers in Tavern Post Offices by Diane DeBlois and Robert Dalton Harris, again breaks new ground and provides an intriguing combination of postal history, art, 19th century history, and ephemera,” Martin said.
“The veteran researchers selected three of the best known American genre paintings from the 19th century to find out what they reveal about the postal system of the times, what post office the artists might have depicted, and where the paintings fit in the narratives of three of the big upheavals in early 19th century American society: the War of 1812, the Mexican War, and the California Gold Rush.” “The authors have done a remarkable job of interpreting the art, examining the history, and drawing well-supported conclusions while showcasing the early postal history of taverns that were used as post offices and the importance of newspapers in the fledgling United States,” Martin added. “Their efforts bring history alive and make for a fascinating look at life in the early 1800s.”
The monograph received support from New York auction house H.R. Harmer Inc. and Bremerton, Washington, Dealer Dick Keiser, owner of DK Enterprises.
The 8.5 x 11 inch, full-color monograph is priced at $24.95 plus $3 postage and can be ordered from La Posta Publications, POB 6074 Fredericksburg, VA 22403, or from the La Posta website: www.lapostapub.com
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