Robert Dalton Harris & Diane DeBlois


February 22, 2011 by Ephemera Society


Robert Dalton Harris and Diane DeBloisP.O. Box 477
West Sand Lake NY 12196

Phone: 518-674-2979


Presentations and Subjects:

Ephemera in general;

Many postal history subjects;

Many transportation subjects;

Thoreau’s Ephemeral Manuscripts;

The Trans-Atlantic Telegraph Cable;

Ephemera and Our Concept of the American West.

Biographical Information:

Harris: Ph.D. in theoretical physics; DeBlois: M.A. in Education. Together: proprietors of business aGatherin’ engaged in appraising, buying, selling, researching, interpreting, and writing about original source materials in history primarily in the fields of transportation and communication; editors of the Postal History Journal; Museum Advisory Council of the Smithsonian National Postal Museum.


President Georgia Barnhill of the Ephemera Society; President Wade Saadi of the American Philatelic Society.

Speaking Engagements:

– 2001 “Henry David Thoreau & The Dispersion of Seeds,” The Ephemera Society of America annual convention, Greenwich CT

– 2004 “The Wiener Rohrpost” at conference “Les Reseaux Postaux en Europe du XVIII au XXI Siècle” at Institut d’Histoire Moderne et Contemporaine in Paris

– 2004 “Early Network Theory & Practice in US Postal Routes” at Business History Conference (BHC) Le Creusot, France

– October 2004 “The Robert Starobin Papers and Student Dissent in the 1960s” at conference “America in the 1960s” Cooperstown Graduate Program

– 2005 “Geographic Integration of Industry on the Wynants Kill, 1816-1911″ at BHC Minneapolis

– 2006 “Business in Secret: 1950s Atomic Energy Policy” at BHC Toronto

– 2006 panel on Official Register data for the Blount Symposium on Postal History

– 2007 panel on the Intellectual Capital of Ephemera for the American Library Association, RBMS Baltimore

– 2007 “1845 Cultural Nexus” for the Symposium on Postal History, Bellefonte PA

– 2008 “Cultural Networks” for conference on Intergenerational Finance, Esalen Institute, Big Sur CA

– 2008 “Morse Code V for Victory: Morale through the Mail in WWII” for Blount Symposium on Postal History

– 2009 “Sunday Mail Controversy, Postal Reform & Mail Transportation” for Symposium on Postal History, Bellefonte PA


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