Prompted by Tony Lyon’s interesting article on this subject I decided to comment on several points raised and add information about other Sydney mail known to me.
The navy has always been security conscious in times of war and generally it is impossible to identify the ship from which the mail was sent. Nevertheless sufficient items exist for an interesting study and I am currently working on a postal history of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN).
There are many stamps issued during World War I, which reflect the momentous events of those years.
Mr. T. A. Melville, Acting Director of Posts and Telegraphs in the Federated Malay States, who was for many years in the Post Office Department of the Straits Settlements, has contributed a valuable history of the Straits Settlements Post Office to the voluminous centenary work, "One Hundred Years of Singapore".
A history of the New York City Post Office from the 1600s until the 1870s. Traces the evolution of mail transport from the early days of ‘coffee-house delivery’ through the founding of a post office up to the 1870s.
Here is a fascinating article concerning Norwegian Shipping between the two world wars. Originally published in Shipping Wonders of the World in 1937, it will be of much interest to shipping enthusiasts and Scandinavian postal historians.
San Marino stamp issues from the 1950s and 60s had appealing designs: they depicted exciting topics like hunting, sports, dogs, famous detectives and mountaineering!
In the early 1890s, inventors on both side of the Atlantic were on the brink of showing the first moving photographs. Still photography was well established, but the challenge was to invent a machine that would take and show a succession of photographic frames.
In the 1880s, postal communication between New Zealand and United Kingdom was principally by way of San Francisco, using the U.S.S. Co. steamers, and the direct route using the New Zealand Shipping Co., and Shaw Savill and Albion Royal Mail steamers.