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Picturing The Past: First Airmail Flight From Transylvania Co. May 1918


Last updated 5/18/2020 at 1:12pm

Floyd Brown's J5 Travelair plane prepares to depart from Rosman. "Dr. Osborne's Movie Reels of Rosman 1930's Through 1960's" includes two short clips from the special day.

The first official airmail service in the U.S. took place on May 15, 1918. Twenty years later Postmaster General James. A. Farley came up with an idea to promote airmail service and aid struggling airline companies through a week-long celebration.

National Air Mail Week was a country-wide campaign to show the efficiency of sending letters and packages via air service. A new 6-cent red, white and blue stamp featuring an eagle was unveiled for the event.

Nearly 10,000 postal locations participated in the special event by designing unique cover envelopes to be used during the week of M...

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