Postbesørgelsen i Danmark under 1864-krigen (Postal Communications in Denmark during the 1864 War), Max Meedom, 7 by 9½ inches, Danish text, hardbound, 288 pages, Forlaget Nordfrim, Otterup, Denmark 1998, ISBN 87-87958-26-0. $68 from Jay Smith & Associates, Box 650,Snow Camp NC 27349.


            The late Max Meedom’s byline was frequently seen in Danish philatelic journals on a variety of postal history subjects. This book is an in-depth study of postal communications during the Danish-German war of 1864. He begins with postal conditions in Jutland during the occupation. Chapters are devoted to Prussian Fieldpost organization, the Danish Fieldpost system, censorship as practiced by both sides, the configuration of Danish postmarking devices, and the smuggling of mail between Øerne and Jutland as well as other routes during the conflict.

            Steamship routes for handling mail are also described. One appendix identifies by date the significant postal events during 1864, and another the key military events during the same period. Another appendix gives the postal rates for different classes of service. The bibliography includes general references on the war, followed by postal history sources by chapter. A proper name index concludes the book.

            Many covers and a few prints are used to tell this story. The illustrations are nicely done.


Alan Warren