Arago: Pioneer Period (1783-1918)

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Pioneer Period (1783-1918)

First flight cover

Scott Catalogue USA: U420, C3
American Air Mail Catalog: 105
Description:

This experimental flight, originally scheduled for June 8, 1918, was flown on June 11 by Lt. Torrey H. Webb, who carried sixty-four pounds of mail at the twenty-four cents rate. Covers received a large, circular postmark with a three-line killer. Dateplugs on June 8, 9, and 10 have been reported in this combination cachet and canceller. Officials in New York backstamped the majority of covers on June 11.

A card from Frank P. Brown Co., Boston, to Franklin Stamp Co., Philadelphia, appears here. It bears a handwritten notation - "Via aeroplane to NY" - and a large, circular postmark with the departure city and state - "BOSTON, MASS." A small oval sits within the circle, reading, "AIR MAIL / JUNE 9, 1918 / FIRST TRIP." Killer bars cancel the 24-cent Jenny airmail stamp, issued a month earlier, and a 1-cent embossed overpayment.

Date:
June 9, 1918
Medium:
paper; ink
Museum ID:
2005.6603.9.125.2
Place of Origin:
Boston, Massachusetts
Place of Destination:
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Credits:
The Benjamin K. Miller Stamp Collection, The New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations

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