Jack Kifedjian (a private collector )will present an illustrated talk, on Sunday, October 21st, 2012, at 4:00 p.m. at the Ararat-Eskijian Museum, 15105 Mission Hills Road, Mission Hills, CA. The lecture is sponsored by the Ararat-Eskijian Museum.
The primary focus of this presentation is postal items sent from different Ottoman provinces (or vilayets) that were populated by Armenians. Ottoman period postal materials illustrate postage usages, rates, markings, and examine the individual that sent the mail and those who received the mail.
According to Jack Kifedjian’s researched materials collected over the years, a particular pattern emerges from postal cancellations. This pattern shows that there was a greater postal activity from the regions of the Armenian Vilayets of Erzeroum, Mamuret- ul-Aziz, Diarbekir, Sivas, Bitlis, & Van until 1914. Postal items from the six Armenian Vilayets decrease immediately during 1915, and items sent by Armenians eventually disappear from the region.
A Similar pattern is recognized from the Vilayets of Adana and Allepo, after the withdrawal of the French forces from Cilicia in December 1921. Ottoman postal items allow us to visualize the social and economic activities of Armenians, and other groups connecting to their worldwide correspondences.
For more information contact the Ararat-Eskijian Museum at 818-838-4862 or [email protected]
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