Arago: Pioneer Period (1783-1918)

Pioneer Period (1783-1918)

Aviation meet postal card

Scott Catalogue USA: UX22
American Air Mail Catalog: 5

A major aviation meet was held on Kinloch Field, St. Louis, Missouri, October 4-7, 1911. During this meet, Walter Brookins (1889-1953) flew official US airmail each day. He flew the mail from the field to Fairgrounds Park, a distance of about twelve miles, on October 4, but on subsequent days, he flew mail only from one end of Kinloch Field to the other.

This card was one of those flown to Fairgrounds Park on October 4. It bears the inscription "Aerial Mail," which was required by the St. Louis postmaster on all mail to be flown. It is a one-cent government postal card, one-cent being the proper rate because special airmail rates had not yet been set. Cards franked with two-cents postage do exist since the pre-meet publicity indicated that all mail to be flown must be franked with two-cents postage. As this card verifies, that was clearly not the case.

October 4, 1911
Black circular datestamp cancel: "AEROPLANE STATION No. 1. / OCT / 4 / 1911/ ST. LOUIS, MO., VAIATION FIELD."; Written in red pen on lower left corner: "Aerial Route"
paper; ink
Museum ID:
Place of Origin:
St. Louis, Missouri
Place of Destination:
St. Louis, Missouri
The Benjamin K. Miller Stamp Collection, The New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations

  • 1911 St. Louis, Missouri aviation meet postal card
  • 1911 Saint Louis, Missouri aviation meet postcard
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