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Introduction

in The Postal Age: The Emergence of Modern Communications in Nineteenth-Century America

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226327204
eISBN:
9780226327228
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226327228.003.0001
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

This introductory chapter discusses the emergence of the postal culture in nineteenth-century America. In 1820 most Americans did not engage directly in any form of interactive, long-distance ... More


Mass Mailings Valentines, Junk Mail, and Dead Letters

in The Postal Age: The Emergence of Modern Communications in Nineteenth-Century America

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226327204
eISBN:
9780226327228
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226327228.003.0007
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

This chapter focuses on Valentine's Day, one of the celebrated features of the new postal culture that studies of letter-writing often overlook. People mailed valentines anonymously, typically to ... More


Precious as Gold Mobility and Family in The Gold Rush and Civil War

in The Postal Age: The Emergence of Modern Communications in Nineteenth-Century America

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226327204
eISBN:
9780226327228
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226327228.003.0006
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

This chapter describes how mail came to assume a particular burden in the maintenance of long-term relationships that were threatened (or simply structured) by physical separation, especially of ... More


Qiaopi and European Migrants’ Letters Compared

Gregor Benton and Hong Liu

in Dear China: Emigrant Letters and Remittances, 1820-1980

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780520298415
eISBN:
9780520970540
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520298415.003.0008
Subject:
History, Asian History

This chapter compares qiaopi letters and institutions with their European equivalent. It first discusses the migrant settings and the emergence of a postal culture. European and Chinese migrants ... More


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