Flight postal card
Postmaster D. B. Logan of Woodstock, Virginia, approved plans for aviator Frank J. Terrill to fly mail from Woodstock to Mount Jackson, a distance of about ten miles, on October 17, 1913, during the Shenandoah County Fair. Area newspapers announced the flight on October 11.
Russell Stultz, a philatelist living in New Market, Virginia, saw the newspaper announcement and prepared ten cards and covers. He sent these to Postmaster Logan, asking that they be flown by Terrill on October 17. Plans changed, but Terrill flew twenty-two pieces of mail around Woodstock on October 15, even though it had been announced that he would fly the mail six miles to Edinburg.
Stultz's mail did not arrive in Woodstock until October 16. Postmaster Logan asked Terrill if he would fly Stultz's ten pieces on October 17, as planned. Terrill agreed, but this flight evidently never occurred. Stultz's mail was postmarked on October 17 in Woodstock and dispatched by train to Mount Jackson, where it was backstamped.
No mail is known from the October 15 flight. Stultz's ten pieces of mail remain the only known items to have been prepared for this flight, but they were not flown.
Shown here, one of Stultz's ten cards, addressed to himself at New Market, Virginia, bears the black cachet in the upper left corner - "AEROPLANE MAIL SERVICE / WOODSTOCK, VA." Backstamped in Mount Jackson, it was postmarked in Woodstock. The Woodstock postmark cancels the 1-cent McKinley indicia. Both bear the date October 17, 1913. Officials in Mount Jackson applied the backstamp at 8 p.m.