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Air Mail Postcard and Newspaper Article

Extent:
0.05 Cubic feet (1 folder)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photographic postcards
Newspaper clippings
Date:
1911
Summary:
To demonstrate the potential of transporting mail by air, the United States Post Office authorized a series of special air mail flights as part of the festivities at an international air meet held from September 23 to October 1, 1911 on Long Island, New York. This collection consists of a postcard sent on one of these air mail flights as well as a news clipping about the card's delivery.
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of a postcard addressed to Miss [Elinore Engledrum] in South Bend, Indiana that was sent by her second cousin Frank via one of the special air mail flights that originated from Long Island, New York. The card is postmarked September 28, 1911 and was carried a few miles by airplane before being delivered the rest of the way by train. The front of the postcard features a view of Thomas Sopwith seated at the controls of a biplane. The collection also contains a news clipping that relates the story of the postcard's delivery but contains several inaccuracies including stating that the card was sent on the first authorized air mail flight (which actually took place on September 23, 1911), incorrectly stating that the postcard has a picture of Earle Ovington, and misquoting the inscription on the card. The article also refers to the recipient's name as "Elinore Engledrum" but the postcard itself appears to be addressed to "Elanore Engeldrum."
Arrangement:
Collection is arranged by type of material.
Biographical / Historical:
To demonstrate the potential of transporting mail by air, the United States Post Office authorized a series of special air mail flights as part of the festivities at an international air meet held from September 23 to October 1, 1911 on Long Island, New York. Earle L. "Ovie" Ovington was sworn in as America's "first aeroplane mail carrier" and took off from Long Island in his Queen Blériot-Type Dragon-Fly with a full mail bag on September 23, 1911. Ovington flew to Mineola, a few miles away, where he banked his airplane and pushed the bag overboard. It fell to the ground and was retrieved by the local postmaster, William McCarthy. During the course of the event, eight pilots were sworn in as "aeroplane mail carriers," and daily flights were made from Garden City to Mineola.
Provenance:
J. Kenneth Bourgon, Gift, 1998, NASM.1998.0036.
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
Air mail service  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographic postcards
Newspaper clippings
Citation:
Air Mail Postcard and Newspaper Article, NASM.1998.0036, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.1998.0036
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/pg28b450e90-bb70-4935-81ba-b06dd6f17587
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-1998-0036
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Pennsylvania Central Airlines document

Medium:
Paper; ink
Dimensions:
Height x Width: 4 x 9 in
Type:
Archival Material
Date:
c. 1937
Topic:
Postal Administration  Search this
The Great Depression (1929-1939)  Search this
Object number:
2023.2004.12
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National Postal Museum Collection
Data Source:
National Postal Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/hm8116fbc3c-0fb7-49bd-92f8-00b9c2c2c48f
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npm_2023.2004.12

Curtiss Jenny on first flight cover with letter

Title:
Scott Catalogue USA C3
Medium:
paper; ink /
Dimensions:
Height x Width: 3 5/8 × 6 3/8 in. (9.21 × 16.19 cm)
Type:
Covers & Associated Letters
Place of Destination:
Maryland
Place of Origin:
New York
Date:
1918
Object number:
1990.0312.1-2
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National Postal Museum Collection
Data Source:
National Postal Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/hm8011936d1-4240-4040-a161-522ea53165a6
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npm_1990.0312.1-2

Picture postcard

Title:
Scott Catalogue USA 649
Medium:
paper; ink
Type:
Covers & Associated Letters
Place:
United States of America
Date:
1930
Object number:
1993.2107.1
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National Postal Museum Collection
Data Source:
National Postal Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/hm8a91d4513-9919-4b9c-ad0c-2de803b0f3d1
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npm_1993.2107.1

Royal Air Mail

Author:
Great Britain Post Office  Search this
Issuing body:
Great Britain Post Office  Search this
Physical description:
13 pages illustrations obl. 8°
Type:
Books
Date:
1963
Topic:
Air mail service  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_990809

Photograph of Air Mail Planes in Potomac Park

Medium:
paper; photo-emulsion
Dimensions:
Height x Width: 3 15/16 × 6 1/2 in. (10 × 16.51 cm)
Type:
Photographs
Place:
District of Columbia
United States of America
Date:
1918
Object number:
1982.0157.682
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National Postal Museum Collection
Data Source:
National Postal Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/hm89e0e2097-c5ce-40ac-8c97-341a5d67de6e
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npm_1982.0157.682

Photograph

Medium:
paper; emulsion
Dimensions:
Height x Width: 4 1/2 × 6 1/2 in. (11.43 × 16.51 cm)
Type:
Photographs
Place:
United States of America
Date:
1918
Object number:
1982.0157.683
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National Postal Museum Collection
Data Source:
National Postal Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/hm805478ae8-a4ec-4a31-a9fd-77e97f22d391
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npm_1982.0157.683

Photograph of Jenny airplane and crowd at Potomac Park, Washington, DC

Medium:
paper; emulsion
Dimensions:
Height x Width: 4 5/16 × 6 1/8 in. (10.95 × 15.56 cm)
Type:
Photographs
Place:
United States of America
Date:
1918
Object number:
1982.0157.684
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National Postal Museum Collection
Data Source:
National Postal Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/hm87449a638-bd05-4f50-8ce6-8ddc05250e5e
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npm_1982.0157.684

Jenny JN-4D Installation in America by Air Exhibition

Creator:
National Air and Space Museum  Search this
Type:
YouTube Videos
Uploaded:
2009-05-28T22:05:53.000Z
YouTube Category:
Education  Search this
Topic:
Aeronautics;Flight;Space Sciences  Search this
See more by:
airandspace
Data Source:
National Air and Space Museum
YouTube Channel:
airandspace
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:yt_fGpS5eo2qZ4

Writings: "Let's Go to the Elmira Soaring Meet", US Air Service

Collection Creator:
Junkin, Hattie Meyers, 1896-1985  Search this
Container:
Box 4, Folder 16
Type:
Archival materials
Text
Date:
1931-08
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.
See more items in:
Hattie Meyers Junkin Papers
Hattie Meyers Junkin Papers / Series 3: General materials of Hattie Meyers Junkin
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/pg2b364c559-f50f-444e-bd6a-42839bad15dc
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0171-ref129
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Writings: "What is This Thing Called Soaring", US Air Service

Collection Creator:
Junkin, Hattie Meyers, 1896-1985  Search this
Container:
Box 4, Folder 17
Type:
Archival materials
Text
Date:
1931-11
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.
See more items in:
Hattie Meyers Junkin Papers
Hattie Meyers Junkin Papers / Series 3: General materials of Hattie Meyers Junkin
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/pg27555f373-0faa-4727-be16-7a2237173799
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0171-ref130
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Black covered scrapbook, "The Ideal Scrapbook" in gold letters

Collection Creator:
Junkin, Hattie Meyers, 1896-1985  Search this
Container:
Box 8
Type:
Archival materials
Books
Date:
1918 - 1929
Scope and Contents:
Topics: Air shows. George "Buck" Weaver's Aviation Activities. Progress of Waco Aircraft Company (advertisements). Letters. Travels. Personalities (including Katherine Stinson).
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.
See more items in:
Hattie Meyers Junkin Papers
Hattie Meyers Junkin Papers / Series 6: Scrapbooks
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/pg2f501511f-fc69-4da0-91b9-17d08a8d1cbf
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0171-ref184
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Green covered with black writing

Collection Creator:
Junkin, Hattie Meyers, 1896-1985  Search this
Container:
Box 9
Type:
Archival materials
Books
Date:
1918-1930s
Scope and Contents:
Topics: Hattie's baptismal records. Aircraft. Houses. Family/Friends. Travels. George Weaver's activities. Aircraft register. Photostat documents.
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.
See more items in:
Hattie Meyers Junkin Papers
Hattie Meyers Junkin Papers / Series 6: Scrapbooks
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/pg2639ce005-0431-4870-8f1e-a183d4b1851b
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0171-ref190
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United States - Defunct and Miscellaneous (F5160000)

Collection Creator:
Davies, R. E. G. (Ronald Edward George)  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Biographical / Historical:
There are airlines that do not fall into any of the previous categories. These include defunct airlines, such as the St. Petersburg-Tampa Airboat Line, providing the first fixed schedule airline service using a fixed-wing aircraft. This category also includes early United States air mail services and some military services.
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:
R. E. G. (Ron) Davies Air Transport Collection, Acc. NASM.XXXX.0604, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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R. E. G. (Ron) Davies Air Transport Collection
R. E. G. (Ron) Davies Air Transport Collection / Series 2: Photographs / North America (F5100000) / United States
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/pg2a6471682-898b-4f7c-b955-0822ecb5b32a
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0604-ref2017

United States - Defunct and Miscellaneous

Collection Creator:
Davies, R. E. G. (Ronald Edward George)  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Arrangement:
The airlines are arranged by time-period chronologically and then alphabetically inside the binders.
Biographical / Historical:
There are airlines that do not fall into any of the previous categories. These include defunct airlines, such as the St. Petersburg-Tampa Airboat Line, providing the first fixed schedule airline service using a fixed-wing aircraft. This category also includes early United States air mail services, and military air transport, as well as Davies' research into Atlantic seadromes.
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:
R. E. G. (Ron) Davies Air Transport Collection, Acc. NASM.XXXX.0604, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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R. E. G. (Ron) Davies Air Transport Collection
R. E. G. (Ron) Davies Air Transport Collection / Series 1: Dossiers / Airlines - North America - United States
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/pg24733e999-0043-4787-a640-0807ed9cf605
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0604-ref727

Jacques Seligmann & Co. records, 1904-1978, bulk 1913-1974

Creator:
Jacques Seligmann & Co.  Search this
Subject:
Hauke, Cesar M. de (Cesar Mange)  Search this
Glaenzer, Eugene  Search this
Haardt, Georges  Search this
Seligman, Germain  Search this
Seligmann, Arnold  Search this
Parker, Theresa D.  Search this
Waegen, Rolf Hans  Search this
Trevor, Clyfford  Search this
Seligmann, René  Search this
Seligmann, Jacques  Search this
De Hauke & Co., Inc.  Search this
Jacques Seligmann & Co  Search this
Eugene Glaenzer & Co.  Search this
Germain Seligmann & Co.  Search this
Gersel  Search this
Type:
Gallery records
Citation:
Jacques Seligmann & Co. records, 1904-1978, bulk 1913-1974. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Mackay, Clarence Hungerford, 1874-1938 -- Art collections  Search this
Schiff, Mortimer L. -- Art collections  Search this
Arenberg, duc d' -- Art collections  Search this
Liechtenstein, House of -- Art collections  Search this
Art -- Collectors and collecting -- France -- Paris  Search this
Art -- Collectors and collecting  Search this
World War, 1939-1945 -- Art and the war  Search this
La Fresnaye, Roger de, 1885-1925  Search this
Art, Renaissance  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Art treasures in war  Search this
Art, European  Search this
Theme:
Art Gallery Records  Search this
Art Market  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)9936
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)212486
AAA_collcode_jacqself
Theme:
Art Gallery Records
Art Market
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_212486
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Bolts, Miscelleanous Parts, De Havilland DH-4

Manufacturer:
Dayton-Wright Airplane Co.  Search this
Materials:
Steel
Coating
Dimensions:
3-D: 5.1 × 1 × 1cm (2 × 3/8 × 3/8 in.)
Type:
CRAFT-Aircraft
Country of Origin:
United States of America
Date:
1917-1918
Credit Line:
Transferred from the U.S. War Department, Bureau of Aircraft Production
Inventory Number:
A19190051015
Restrictions & Rights:
CC0
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National Air and Space Museum Collection
Data Source:
National Air and Space Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/nv9da70bb4b-f112-4fe3-adf0-1ba1378e0685
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nasm_A19190051015

Helmet, Flying, United States Air Mail, Lieutenant James C. Edgerton

Materials:
Leather
Wool
Uncharacterized Fabric
Ferrous Alloy
Non-Magnetic White Metal
Plastic
Dimensions:
Clothing (On Mannequin): 41 × 19 × 25cm (16 1/8 × 7 1/2 × 9 13/16 in.)
Type:
PERSONAL EQUIPMENT-Helmets & Headwear
Country of Origin:
United States of America
Credit Line:
Donated by Lt. James C. Edgerton
Inventory Number:
A19320001001
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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National Air and Space Museum Collection
Location:
National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC
Exhibition:
America by Air
Data Source:
National Air and Space Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/nv90618c159-20f2-4e3d-b0c5-42b9aec01d8f
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nasm_A19320001001
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Coat, Flying, United States Air Mail, Lieutenant James C. Edgerton

Manufacturer:
Abercrombie & Fitch Co.  Search this
Materials:
Leather
Natural Fiber Fabrics (Silk)
Plastic
Uncharacterized Thread
Ferrous Alloy
Copper Alloy
Paint
Dimensions:
Clothing (On Mannequin): 89 × 53 × 19cm (2 ft. 11 1/16 in. × 1 ft. 8 7/8 in. × 7 1/2 in.)
3-D (Stored Flat, With Padding): 90.2 × 85.1 × 15.2cm (2 ft. 11 1/2 in. × 2 ft. 9 1/2 in. × 6 in.)
Type:
PERSONAL EQUIPMENT-Flight Clothing
Country of Origin:
United States of America
Date:
ca. 1918
Credit Line:
Donated by Lt. James C. Edgerton
Inventory Number:
A19320001000
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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National Air and Space Museum Collection
Location:
National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC
Exhibition:
America by Air
Data Source:
National Air and Space Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/nv95e5fe9ca-a4fd-4fc4-ba2a-a393a4f252d7
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nasm_A19320001000
Online Media:

Journal articles

Collection Creator:
Junkin, Hattie Meyers, 1896-1985  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 31
Type:
Archival materials
Text
Date:
1930s
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.
See more items in:
Hattie Meyers Junkin Papers
Hattie Meyers Junkin Papers / Series 2: Soaring and Gliding
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/pg28f5c2653-c8ac-4f77-bc8d-204a31d378f4
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0171-ref108
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