A Flying Success

For an entire week in 1938, the country celebrated airmail.

San Dimas, California, a suburb of Lost Angeles, boasts a population of 36,200. (Smithsonian National Postal Museum)
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Only one of the special flights crashed, and the Northern Star informed relieved readers that the New York pilot was unhurt, and that “after the crack-up at Lowville the airmail from the northern offices was taken to the post office...and continued on to Syracuse later.”

Paul Younts, postmaster of Charlotte, North Carolina, was appointed general chairman of Air Mail Week. In his official speech, he noted: “National Air Mail Week’s primary objective is to turn definitely the attention of the American people to this service, to given them a broader understanding of its value, to arouse in them a deserved appreciation of its already great and still increasing contribution to the national progress.... I am impelled to pay a tribute to the Wright brothers, whose genius and courage in their first flight on December 17, 1903, at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, gave aviation to the Nation and the world. Air Mail Week will be a Nation-wide commemoration of that flight across the sandy shore from the Kitty Hawk dune, upon which now stands an impressive memorial of our Nation’s gratefulness.”

Photo Gallery:

The Smithsonian National Postal Museum holds the James A. Farley collection, which includes more than 7,000 Air Mail Week cachets from every state in the Union. Click on the images at right to see seven selections from cities both large and small.


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