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Basil Lee Rowe First Day Covers

Creator:
Rowe, Basil Lee  Search this
Names:
Pan American Airways Corporation  Search this
Pan American World Airways, Inc.  Search this
West Indian Aerial Express  Search this
Lindbergh, Charles A. (Charles Augustus), 1902-1974  Search this
Extent:
0.05 Cubic feet (1 folder)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1927-1957
bulk 1928-1931
Summary:
This collection consists of first day air mail covers collected by pilot and philatelic enthusiast Basil Lee Rowe, predominantly during his career as an airline pilot for Pan American Airways (PAA) in the Caribbean area in the period 1927-1931. Collection includes covers carried by Charles A. Lindbergh in his Ryan NYP "Spirit of St. Louis" during his tour of the Caribbean in February 1928, and covers autographed by many of the early airline pilots who carried them, including Cy Caldwell, Edwin Musik, Caspar D. Swinson, Charles R. Parmelee, and Rowe himself.
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of first day air mail covers collected by Basil Rowe, predominantly during his career as a pilot in the Caribbean area. Most of the air mail was carried by West Indian Aerial Express (WIAE) or Pan American Airways (PAA) between Florida and islands in the Caribbean or Caribbean ports in Central and South America. Some of the first day covers are autographed by the pilots of the flights (including Cy Caldwell, Edwin Musik, Caspar D. Swinson, Charles R. Parmelee, and Rowe himself) or other noted aviators such as Dean C. Smith, or public officials such as Theodore Roosevelt III, then Governor of Puerto Rico. One group of covers were carried by Charles A. Lindbergh in the Ryan NYP "Spirit of St. Louis" during his tour of the Caribbean in February 1928. Following the covers is an annotated price list; note that not all items listed are part of this collection. Also included at the end of the collection are PAA forms used by two non-PAA pilots for flights inbound to Miami, Florida, from Havana, Cuba, in July 1931: James Goodwin Hall in his Lockheed Altair "The Crusader" (r/n NR-15W), and Frank M. Hawks in his Travel Air Mystery Ship "Texaco 13" (r/n NR-1313).
Arrangement:
Air mail covers are arranged in chronological order; documents appear following the covers at the end of the collection.
Biographical / Historical:
Basil Lee Rowe (1896-1973) enjoyed a long and successful career in aviation, initially as a military exhibition pilot, barnstormer, air racer, charter operator, flight instructor, aircraft salesman, and rumrunner, before moving to the West Indies to start an airline, the short-lived West Indian Aerial Express, bought out by Pan American Airways in 1928. Rowe became a pioneering senior pilot for Pan Am, flying with them for 28 years before his retirement in 1956.
Related Materials:
See related collection Basil Lee Rowe Collection, NASM.XXXX.0019.
Provenance:
Basil Lee Rowe via Institute of the Aeronautical Sciences, Gift, 1965, NASM.XXXX.0487
Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests.
Topic:
Aeronautics  Search this
Airlines  Search this
Air mail service  Search this
Air mail stamps -- United States  Search this
Citation:
Basil Lee Rowe First Day Air Mail Covers, Acc. NASM.XXXX.0487, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.XXXX.0487
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Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
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Online Media:

First Day Covers, 1927

Collection Creator:
Rowe, Basil Lee  Search this
Container:
Box 109 (Shared), Folder 1
Type:
Archival materials
Ephemera
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests.
Collection Citation:
Basil Lee Rowe First Day Air Mail Covers, Acc. NASM.XXXX.0487, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Basil Lee Rowe First Day Covers
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National Air and Space Museum Archives
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ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0487-ref1

Pan American Airways, Miami to Atlanta Service (C.A.M. 25)

Collection Creator:
Rowe, Basil Lee  Search this
Container:
Box 109 (Shared), Folder 2, Item 6
Type:
Archival materials
Ephemera
Date:
December 1, 1928
Scope and Contents:
On December 1, 1928, Pan American Airways inaugurated service on US contract air mail route (C.A.M.) 25 between Miami (via Jacksonville), Florida, and Atlanta, Georgia.
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests.
Collection Citation:
Basil Lee Rowe First Day Air Mail Covers, Acc. NASM.XXXX.0487, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Basil Lee Rowe First Day Covers
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ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0487-ref10

First Day Covers, 1929

Collection Creator:
Rowe, Basil Lee  Search this
Container:
Box 109 (Shared), Folder 3
Type:
Archival materials
Ephemera
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests.
Collection Citation:
Basil Lee Rowe First Day Air Mail Covers, Acc. NASM.XXXX.0487, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Basil Lee Rowe First Day Covers
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National Air and Space Museum Archives
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ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0487-ref11

Pan American Airways, Miami to Puerto Rico Service (F.A.M. 6)

Collection Creator:
Rowe, Basil Lee  Search this
Container:
Box 109 (Shared), Folder 3, Item 1
Type:
Archival materials
Ephemera
Date:
January 9, 1929
Scope and Contents:
Pan American Airways, who had been awarded the contract for U.S. foreign air mail route (F.A.M.) 6 between Miami, Florida (USA), Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Puerto Rico (USA) inaugurated service on January 9, 1929. Covers in this group are either signed by PAA pilot Basil Rowe, or addressed to Rowe.
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests.
Collection Citation:
Basil Lee Rowe First Day Air Mail Covers, Acc. NASM.XXXX.0487, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Basil Lee Rowe First Day Covers
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ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0487-ref12

Pan American Airways, Miami to Nicaragua Service (F.A.M. 5)

Collection Creator:
Rowe, Basil Lee  Search this
Container:
Box 109 (Shared), Folder 3, Item 2
Type:
Archival materials
Ephemera
Date:
May 15-16, 1929
Scope and Contents:
First air mail flight from Managua (Nicaragua) to Miami, Florida (USA), part of U.S. foreign air mail route (F.A.M.) 5, on May 15, 1929; signed by PAA pilot C. D. [Caspar Dorman] Swinson, and addressed to Rowe.
Collection Restrictions:
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Collection Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests.
Collection Citation:
Basil Lee Rowe First Day Air Mail Covers, Acc. NASM.XXXX.0487, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Basil Lee Rowe First Day Covers
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Cristóbal, Canal Zone (USA) [Panama] to Guayaquil (Ecuador)

Collection Creator:
Rowe, Basil Lee  Search this
Container:
Box 109 (Shared), Folder 3, Item 3
Type:
Archival materials
Ephemera
Date:
May 17, 1929
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests.
Collection Citation:
Basil Lee Rowe First Day Air Mail Covers, Acc. NASM.XXXX.0487, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Basil Lee Rowe First Day Covers
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Colón (Panama) to Miami, Florida (USA)

Collection Creator:
Rowe, Basil Lee  Search this
Container:
Box 109 (Shared), Folder 3, Item 4
Type:
Archival materials
Ephemera
Date:
May 22, 1929
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests.
Collection Citation:
Basil Lee Rowe First Day Air Mail Covers, Acc. NASM.XXXX.0487, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Basil Lee Rowe First Day Covers
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Cristóbal, Canal Zone (USA) [Panama] to Bogota (Colombia)

Collection Creator:
Rowe, Basil Lee  Search this
Container:
Box 109 (Shared), Folder 3, Item 5
Type:
Archival materials
Ephemera
Date:
June 21, 1929
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests.
Collection Citation:
Basil Lee Rowe First Day Air Mail Covers, Acc. NASM.XXXX.0487, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Basil Lee Rowe First Day Covers
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ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0487-ref16

Mérida, Yucatan (Mexico) to Miami, Florida (USA)

Collection Creator:
Rowe, Basil Lee  Search this
Container:
Box 109 (Shared), Folder 3, Item 6
Type:
Archival materials
Ephemera
Date:
June 30, 1929
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests.
Collection Citation:
Basil Lee Rowe First Day Air Mail Covers, Acc. NASM.XXXX.0487, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Miami, Florida (USA) to Georgetown (British Guiana) [Guyana]

Collection Creator:
Rowe, Basil Lee  Search this
Container:
Box 109 (Shared), Folder 3, Item 7
Type:
Archival materials
Ephemera
Date:
September 12, 1929
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests.
Collection Citation:
Basil Lee Rowe First Day Air Mail Covers, Acc. NASM.XXXX.0487, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Basil Lee Rowe First Day Covers
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Honduras to Miami, Florida (USA)

Collection Creator:
Rowe, Basil Lee  Search this
Container:
Box 109 (Shared), Folder 3, Item 8
Type:
Archival materials
Ephemera
Date:
September 21, 1929
Scope and Contents:
Signed by PAA pilot S. J. Williamson.
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests.
Collection Citation:
Basil Lee Rowe First Day Air Mail Covers, Acc. NASM.XXXX.0487, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Basil Lee Rowe First Day Covers
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Key West, Florida (USA) to Havana (Cuba)

Collection Creator:
Rowe, Basil Lee  Search this
Container:
Box 109 (Shared), Folder 1, Item 1
Type:
Archival materials
Ephemera
Date:
October 19, 1927
Scope and Contents:
On October 19, 1927, the first Pan American Airways flight from Key West, Florida (USA) to Havana (Cuba) was made in the Fairchild FC-2W "La Nina" chartered from West Indian Aerial Express; cover has been signed by WIAE pilot Cy Caldwell.
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests.
Collection Citation:
Basil Lee Rowe First Day Air Mail Covers, Acc. NASM.XXXX.0487, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Basil Lee Rowe First Day Covers
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National Air and Space Museum Archives
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ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0487-ref2

Cozumel (Mexico) to Mérida, Yucatan (Mexico)

Collection Creator:
Rowe, Basil Lee  Search this
Container:
Box 109 (Shared), Folder 3, Item 9
Type:
Archival materials
Ephemera
Date:
November 13, 1929
Scope and Contents:
Signed by PAA pilot Basil L. Rowe flying Pan American Airways (PAA) Sikorsky S-38B (r/n NC304N).
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests.
Collection Citation:
Basil Lee Rowe First Day Air Mail Covers, Acc. NASM.XXXX.0487, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Basil Lee Rowe First Day Covers
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National Air and Space Museum Archives
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ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0487-ref20

St. Petersburg, Florida (USA) to Miami, Florida (USA)

Collection Creator:
Rowe, Basil Lee  Search this
Container:
Box 109 (Shared), Folder 3, Item 10
Type:
Archival materials
Ephemera
Date:
December 14, 1929
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests.
Collection Citation:
Basil Lee Rowe First Day Air Mail Covers, Acc. NASM.XXXX.0487, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Basil Lee Rowe First Day Covers
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ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0487-ref21

First Day Covers, 1930

Collection Creator:
Rowe, Basil Lee  Search this
Container:
Box 109 (Shared), Folder 4
Type:
Archival materials
Ephemera
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests.
Collection Citation:
Basil Lee Rowe First Day Air Mail Covers, Acc. NASM.XXXX.0487, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Basil Lee Rowe First Day Covers
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
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ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0487-ref22

Guatemala to Miami, Florida (USA)

Collection Creator:
Rowe, Basil Lee  Search this
Container:
Box 109 (Shared), Folder 4, Item 1
Type:
Archival materials
Ephemera
Date:
March 21, 1930
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests.
Collection Citation:
Basil Lee Rowe First Day Air Mail Covers, Acc. NASM.XXXX.0487, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Basil Lee Rowe First Day Covers
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National Air and Space Museum Archives
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ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0487-ref23

Cristóbal, Canal Zone (USA) [Panama] to Miami, Florida (USA)

Collection Creator:
Rowe, Basil Lee  Search this
Container:
Box 109 (Shared), Folder 4, Item 2
Type:
Archival materials
Ephemera
Date:
April 30, 1930
Scope and Contents:
Signed by Charles A. Lindbergh.
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests.
Collection Citation:
Basil Lee Rowe First Day Air Mail Covers, Acc. NASM.XXXX.0487, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Basil Lee Rowe First Day Covers
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ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0487-ref24

Cristóbal, Canal Zone (USA) [Panama] to Caracas (Venezuela)

Collection Creator:
Rowe, Basil Lee  Search this
Container:
Box 109 (Shared), Folder 4, Item 3
Type:
Archival materials
Ephemera
Date:
May 5, 1930
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests.
Collection Citation:
Basil Lee Rowe First Day Air Mail Covers, Acc. NASM.XXXX.0487, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Basil Lee Rowe First Day Covers
Basil Lee Rowe First Day Covers / First Day Covers, 1930
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0487-ref25

Dean C. Smith, Panama Canal Zone to Miami, Florida (USA)

Collection Creator:
Rowe, Basil Lee  Search this
Container:
Box 109 (Shared), Folder 4, Item 4
Type:
Archival materials
Ephemera
Date:
May 14, 1930
Scope and Contents:
Covers in this group for a flight from Cristóbal, Canal Zone (USA) [Panama] to Miami, Florida (USA) are signed by Dean C. Smith, a pilot on the first Byrd Antartic Expedition (B.A.E.) of 1928-1930, possibly as he was on his way home from Antarctica to the United States.
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests.
Collection Citation:
Basil Lee Rowe First Day Air Mail Covers, Acc. NASM.XXXX.0487, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Basil Lee Rowe First Day Covers
Basil Lee Rowe First Day Covers / First Day Covers, 1930
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National Air and Space Museum Archives
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ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0487-ref26

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