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.
Eire Railroad Centennial
Code: A5741*Cover
Price: $5.00
Eire Railroad Centennial Cover Meadville, PA Chamber of Commerce Cachet honoring the Erie Railroad Ce... more info
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Cleveland Air Races
Code: A5749*Cover
Price: $5.00
1948 Cleveland National Air Races Cachet Cover with September 6, 1948 Cleveland Air Mail Field Cancel ... more info
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U.S. German Sea Post
Code: A5750*Cover
Price: $5.00
First Voyage of S.S. Manhattan U.S. German Sea Post cancel on Cachet Cover for the Maiden Voyage of th... more info
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Orlando Aircraft Show`
Code: A5753*Cover
Price: $5.00
Aircraft Show, Orlando 1932 Junior Stamp Co. Cachet and Cover for the Aircraft Show, Ornando, Florida,... more info
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Pendleton OR 1st Flight
Code: A5754*Cover
Price: $5.00
Pendleton, Oregon First Flight Cover 1934 cover with cachet from Pendleton to Boise (backstamped)... more info
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Pan Am to Saigon
Code: A5757*Cover
Price: $10.00
First Air Mail Flight SF to Saigon May 22, 1953 Pan American World Airways First Air Mail Flight from ... more info
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Akron OH Celebration
Code: A5760*Cover
Price: $2.50
125 Years of City of Wooster Celebration cover with a tie in to the Airship Dock in Akron, Ohio... more info
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San Diego Aerial Review
Code: A5779*Cover
Price: $10.00
Mass Maneuver and Aerial Review July 28, 1932 U.S. Light Target No. 1,1X35 Cancel for event with 450 A... more info
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U.S. German Sea Post
Code: A5782*Cover
Price: $5.00
First Voyage of S.S. Manhattan U.S. German Sea Post cancel on Cachet Cover for the Maiden Voyage of th... more info
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U.S. #724 FDC
Code: A5785*Cover
Price: $7.50
U.S. #724 First Day Cover on Chamber of Commerce Cachet Cover... more info
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U.S. Frigate Constitution
Code: A5786*Cover
Price: $5.00
U.S. Frigate Constitution, Washington D.C. George Washington Bicentennial, Navy Day, October 27, 1932... more info
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U.S. Frigate Constitution
Code: A5787*Cover
Price: $5.00
U.S. Frigate Constitution, Washington D.C. George Washington Bicentennial, Navy Day, October 27, 1932... more info
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