Arago: Pioneer Period (1783-1918)

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Pioneer Period (1783-1918)

First flight cover

Scott Catalogue USA: C3
American Air Mail Catalog: 104b
Description:

After several attempts on June 3, 1918, by Frenchman Gustave Vannelle to make the flight from New York to Boston, Lt. Torrey H. Webb carried-out this flight on June 6. About 4,400 pieces received a special cancellation, similar to that of May 15. Three varieties of the cancel are known.

The addressee of this postcard, Willard Otis Wylie, co-owned Mekeel's Weekly Stamp News, organized in 1913, and served as vice president and managing editor. The return address is that of A. C. Roessler, East Orange, New Jersey, who designed, bought, and sold covers. Collectors attribute many designs for airmail stationery, etiquettes, and cachets to him. The sample shown here, clearly one of Roessler’s products, bears a circular postmark with straightline killer bars canceling the first United States airmail stamp, issued May 13, 1918. The postcard lists the very first airmail route – Washington, Philadelphia, New York – in the lower left corner. Handwritten in pencil in the lower left corner is the word “Boston.” The postmark reads, “NEW YORK AIR MAIL SERVICE / JUN 3 / 1918 / FIRST TRIP.”

Date:
June 3, 1918
Medium:
paper; ink
Museum ID:
2005.6603.9.125.1
Place of Origin:
New York, New York
Place of Destination:
Boston, Massachusetts
Credits:
The Benjamin K. Miller Stamp Collection, The New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations

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