Mexican Maritime Mail
A Postal History from Colonial Times to the 20th Century
Karl H Schimmer and John Heath, Published by James Bendon Ltd, 1997
Although many articles and books have been written about the various aspects of this subject, including Karl Schimmer's Porte de Mar and John Heath's The British Postal Agencies in Mexico City, Vera Cruz and Tampico 1825-1876, this is the first comprehensive treatment of the whole subject. Starting with the Spanish Colonial period, the book explores t he development and intricacies of Mexican maritime mail through independence up to the early twentieth century. Some of the major areas dealt with are the British and French mail services to Mexico, maritime mail services between Mexico and the USA, the Wells Fargo Agencies in Mexico, the 'Porte de Mar' system, and the effects of Mexico's joining the UPU. Copiously illustrated, with more than 300 illustrations of covers and postmarks as well as 8 colour plates, this book is indispensible to all those with an interest in Mexican and transatlantic postal history.
1.The Spanish Colonial Period, 1518-1821.
2.The Post-Independent Period, 1821 onwards.
3.The British Mail Service to Mexico, 1825-1914.
4.The French Mail Service to Mexico, 1827 onwards.
5.Maritime Mail Services between Mexico and the USA, 1820-1876.
6.German Ships Transporting Mexican Mail.
7.Some Unusual Examples of Mail between the wars of 1848 and 1861.
8.Maritime Mail Contracts with the Mexican Government, 1867-1910.
9.East Coast Mail Services.
10.Pacific West Coast Mail Services.
11.The Wells, Fargo Agencies in Mexico, 1861-1888.
12.Postal Convention Markings, 1846-1878.
13.The 'Porte de Mar' System, 1875.
14.Mexico and the UPU, 1879.
1.Mexican Postal Tariffs.
2.Ship Letter Postage Rates of the United States of America.
3.British and French Manuscript Postage Due Markings.
4.Foreign Currencies with approximate Mexican equivalents.
5.Shipping Lines and Ships Carrying Mexican Maritime Mail.
Mexican Maritime Mail received five major international awards for
postal history between 1998 and 2001 as follows:
1998 The Nugent Clougher International Award for Postal History Literature from the Postal History Society of Great Britain.
1998 The Gold Medal of the Writers Unit of the American Philatelic Society of Santa Clara, California, with 91 points out of 100.
1999 The Gold Medal for Postal History at the International World Philatelic Exhibition (IBRA) in Nuremberg, Germany, with special commendation by the Jury.
2000 The Gold Medal in the Handbook Section of the Literature Class at the Autumn Stampex Exhibition in London (the British National Stamp Exhibition), together with the annual Albert H Harris Ward.
2001 The Gold Medal for Postal History at the 7th National Philatelic Exhibition of the Central Districts Philatelic Trust, Palmerston North, New Zealand, with a special award of a Maori treasure box, against 45 other competitors.
This book is hardcover (not paperback) and is inclusive of a dust jacket. There are 405 pages and the weight is approx 1 kgm. 250mm x 180mm x 28mm.