How to Learn About Postage Stamps From Experts: All About the Maynard Sundman Lecture Series

You might wonder: how do I learn about postage stamps from experts? There are lots of publications out there, but one of the most fun and FREE ways is by watching the Maynard Sundman Lecture Series.

The Smithsonian National Postal Museum’s Maynard Sundman Lecture Series was the brainchild of Jim Bruns (first executive director of the museum) and Maynard’s sons, Don and David. It was established in 2002 through a donation by the Sundman brothers, with the first lecture held October 12. The series has continued nearly every year since. And, since the NPM always posts recordings and transcripts of each year’s lecture (except the very first), you can go back and watch anytime. Check out the links below to see for yourself.

Don chats with attendees of a Maynard Sundman Lecture
Don with Michael Sefi, presenter of 3rd Maynard Sundman Lecture

But Wait… Who Is Maynard Sundman?

Maynard Sundman was a postage stamp collector from 1927 on. At just 19 years old, he started his own mail-order stamp business out of his childhood home. After World War II ended and Maynard returned from military service, he and his wife, Fannie Kasper Sundman, founded Littleton Stamp Company in Littleton, New Hampshire.

In 1974, the Sandman’s bought Mystic Stamp Company in Camden, New York, and Maynard’s youngest son, Don, took the helm as president of Mystic while his older brother, David, handled things at Littleton.

Maynard was a lifelong postage stamp collector and supporter of the hobby. He also had a wealth of stamp knowledge he shared with his sons as well as the philatelic community. It was a natural decision to found a postage stamp lecture series after him.

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