Any and all events are a good reason for marking the day with a special postal cover. The celebrations that surrounds the opening of an airport were no exceptions. Certainly a big event in the life of any town as they moved into the modern age of air travel. Frequently with engraved cachets, the majority of these covers bear rubber stamps cachets applied the day of the event and signed by local dignitaries, pilots and Chamber of Commerce members.
Air Races, airshow and other special event involving aviation would with certainty include the production of a special event cover. Because the mail was so closely linked to the progress of aviation due to the mail contracts that funded much of the development, this is a logical extension and one that is enjoyable for collectors today.
Catapult Mail was literally catapulted off specially equipped ships when the launching ship was still a day out of port. Close enough for a plane to leave the ship and reach shore cutting a day off the delivery time for the mail. This was a very limited service, costing an extra charge, and the covers all received a special marking of interest to us today.
Early aviation was not what flight is today in terms of safety and reliability. Mail involved in mishaps "crash covers" bear special markings as the Post Office worked to process these letters after recovers. Often damaged and partially burned, these covers show the dangers of early aviation.
First Flight Covers mark the initial transport of mail over newly established routes connecting cities to the new wonder of airmail. Know as CAM routed for domestic mail and FAM routes for international mail, a collection of these covers in any degree of completeness is a challenge that can give years of enjoyment.
Covers flown by the Zeppelin Air Ships, and also by the Macon Airship, have captured the imagination of postal history collectors since the wonderful age of the Great Zeppelin and its 'round-the-world flights. The Zephs are a most popular and pricy stamp and a 'capstone' for any airmail collection, and so it is true also with the Zeph covers.
Rededication of Cleveland Hopkin Airport July 26, 1951 with Cachet sponsored by The Cleveland Chamber ... more info
"Graf Zeppelin" First Flight via Condor Service Reo de Janeiro to Pernambuco, Brazil - May 24th 1930 ... more info
Womens National Air Derby - Roswell, N.M. Aus=gust 20-21, 1930... more info
Duluth, Minn September 16, 1946 Duluth Minn - Fort William Route, a new route inaugurated by the Canad... more info
Chicago, Ill August 1, 1967 AM-1 Chicago - Toronto... more info
Anchorage, AK September 5, 1968 First Direct Lufthansa Flight, Anchorage - Dusseldorf, LH655... more info
New Bedford, Mass August 19, 1940 New Bedford, Mass dedication of Marine Park Seaplane Base... more info
U.S. #603 FAM 17 First Flight, Baltimore to Bermuda, March 16, 1938... more info
U.S. #C21 First Day of Issue with Washington, DC Cancel, February 1937... more info
U.S. #C22 First Day of Issue with Washington, DC Cancel, February 1937... more info
U.S. #C10 & C9 FAM 18, Trans-Atlantic Air Mail Service, New York to Marseille... more info
First Polar Route San Francisco (Cds) to Paris (backstamped) via Pan American First Air Mail Flight ov... more info