Air Mail Postal History

The history of aviation in America is the history of the mails, as the post office and the drive for faster delivery of the mail was the principle energy beyond early advances in aviation. Every airport opening, every first flight of a new airmail route, the intriguing Zephelins, and unfortunately there are also crash covers to be collected; amil that shows scars of having been in a mishap in the skys. Of course, the airplane also played a part in our national need for speed and thus developed the covers commemorating Air Races and Special Events. iHobb.com has an extensive and always changing inventory of Air Mail and Air Race related postal history for your collecting enjoyment.

Airport Dedication Covers

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, Air Shows and Special Event Covers

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.

North German Lloyd Lines 'Catapult Mail' Service

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.

Airmail First Flight Covers

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.

Graf Zeppelin Air Ships Postal History, plus Macon Airship Covers

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.
U.S. #C10 FAM 5
Code: A5709*Cover
Price: $5.00
U.S. #C10 FAM Route 5 to Kingston, Jamaica, backstamped Kingston, December 3, 1930... more info
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Hydsburg Alaska Cover
Code: A5711*Cover
Price: $5.00
Emergency mail service March 28, 1940 cover inagurating Emergency Mail Service via Airplane from Hydeb... more info
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First Flight Cover for the Convair Turbo-Prop C-131-C
Code: A5712*Cover
Price: $5.00
Convair First Flight Cover First Flight Cover for the Convair Turbo-Prop C-131-C from Fort Worth, Tex... more info
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U.S. #722 Village Market
Code: A5720*Cover
Price: $1.00
U.S. #722 George Washington coil on commercial cover... more info
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Constitution-St. Petersburg
Code: A5725*Cover
Price: $3.00
U.S. Frigate Constitution 1932 Visit to St. Petersburg, Florida... more info
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Constitution-St. Petersburg
Code: A5726*Cover
Price: $3.00
U.S. Frigate Constitution 1932 Visit to St. Petersburg, Florida... more info
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U.S. #790 & #791
Code: A5728*Cover
Price: $8.00
U.S. #790 & #791 FAM 17 First Flight, Baltimore to Bermuda, March 16, 1938... more info
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U.S. #C23
Code: A5729*Cover
Price: $5.00
Air Mail Week - 1938 U.S. #C23 on Cachet Cover dated May 15, 1938, commemorating a San Diego First, fi... more info
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Air Mail Week
Code: A5730*Cover
Price: $5.00
Air Mail Week - 1938 Medford Oregon Cachet commemorting Oregons first official and regular air mail f... more info
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U.S. #C21 & C22 FDC
Code: A5731*Cover
Price: $5.00
U.S. #C21 and #C22 First Day of Issue with Washington, DC Cancel, February 1937, two covers... more info
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U.S. #C23
Code: A5734*Cover
Price: $5.00
Air Mail Week - 1938 U.S. #C23 on Cachet Cover dated May 15, 1938, commemorating a San Diego First, fi... more info
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National Sweepstakes
Code: A5736*Cover
Price: $5.00
Transcontinental Handicap Derby A special cachet for the overnight stop of planes from the National Sw... more info
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