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Philatelic and First Day Cover Collection

Extent:
1.99 Cubic feet ((5 boxes))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Postage stamps
Cachets (philately)
Date:
bulk 1918-1999
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of philatelic items and first day covers from a variety of sources including flown items, cacheted covers, stamps, and first day covers. Flown items in the collection include letters from the first flights of various air mail routes; a letter carried aboard the first flight of the ZRS-4 Akron; a commemorative envelope from the First Flight Transpacific Westbound/Eastbound to Guam flown by the Pan American Clipper in 1935 which is signed by the crew and contains a narrative about the flight inside the envelope; an envelope flown aboard a special autogiro flight from Bolling Field; a letter carried on the Zeppelin LZ 129 Hindenburg that is stamped "Intended for the first eastbound trip of Airship 'HINDENBURG' in 1937. Could not be forwarded on account of accident to Airship on May 6, 1937"; a postcard and envelope carried aboard the first American Airlines non-stop flight from Los Angeles, CA to Washington, DC; a letter from the first flight of various Lufthansa routes; items carried aboard a flight commemorating the 50th anniversary of Calbraith Perry Rodgers' transcontinental flight; items from flights commemorating the 50th anniversary of air mail; a commemorative envelope flown on the first flight of the McDonnell Douglas DC-10; an oversized envelope with various postmarks and stamps from the Air Force Association's Around the World Flight in December 1949; two "Astro Letter" forms and an envelope flown by a Rocket Research Institute rocket during the time of the Apollo 16 flight; an envelope, in a commemorative folder, flown by Arnold Palmer in a Learjet 36 on an around the world record flight; balloon mail from the Atmosat America Balloon; a commemorative envelope containing a card of information flown from London to Auckland, New Zealand by Jean Batten; an envelope carried aboard the first flight of the Cessna 650 Citation III; items flown aboard the first solo transatlantic balloon flight by Joseph W. Kittinger, Jr.; two envelopes, signed by Henry T. "Dick" Merrill, flown during the 1927 Anglo-American Goodwill Coronation Flight from New York to London; two envelopes flown aboard Handley Page Dart Herald H.P.R.7 aircraft during two separate flights commemorating the 60th anniverary of scheduled air services at Cricklewood Airport; a cover carried aboard a 1937 Pan American Airways Martin (Glenn L.) Model 130 Hawaii Clipper flight from Hawaii to California; an envelope carried by Richard E. Byrd during his second Antarctic expedition; a letter carried on the first Transcontinental & Western Air Service air express flight from St. Louis, Missouri in 1931; a letter carried on Peoria (Illinois) Airport's first airmail flight; a cacheted cover flown aboard the Westinghouse Sentinel 1000 airship in 1993 to mark the bicentennial of America's first manned flight; and an envelope flown by sailplane to commemorate the dedication of the National Soaring Landmark in San Diego, CA. There are also aviation and space related stamps in the collection issued by the United States; Liberia; Rhodesia; Tanzania; India; Singapore; France; Germany; Hungary; Romania; Iceland; Peru; Brazil; Paraguay; Poland; and the Soviet Union. Stamps and cacheted and first day covers in the collection commemorate people and events such as the Wright Brothers; air mail; balloons; Amelia Earhart; U.S. Navy flights; Charles Lindbergh's New York to Paris flight; the 1929 National Air Races, Women's Air (Powder Puff) Derby; Blanche Stuart Scott; Glenn Curtiss; Robert Hutchings Goddard; Calbraith Perry Rodgers; Canadian aviation history; the Concorde; Alfred V. Verville; Richard E. Byrd; John F. Kennedy Space Center; the launch of Apollo 16; Apollo 17; the first flight of the Clancy Sky Baby; Floyd Bennett Field; satellites; the first emergency parachute jump, made by Harold R. Harris in 1922; the 50th anniversary of the blind flight made by James Harold "Jimmy" Doolittle in a Consolidated NY-2 (Husky) in 1929; the 50th anniversary of the first east to west transatlantic flight; the Viking Lander spacecraft; Edward Goodman and Elmer Ambrose Sperry; Pioneer 10; Jules Verne; the tenth anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing; the triple launching of the USS Antietam, USS Chicago, and the USS Los Angeles from the Philadelphia Navy Yard; Walter Hinton; Hermann Julius Oberth; Henri Coanda; Harry Richman and Henry T. "Dick" Merrill's 1936 round-trip transatlantic flight; the 100th anniversary of the Smithsonian Institution; World War II; James A. Mollison; Ellington Field; International Philatelic Week; the 1938 Chicago International Air Show; Space Shuttle Mission STS-41 (36, 6 Oct 90) [note: this cacheted cover contains a ticket for the Kennedy Space Center Spaceport]; the USS Ranger; Enid Field Army Flying School; the dedication of Randolph Field; the 1937 All American Air Maneuvers in Miami, Florida; America's Model Plane Classic National Outdoor Championships held in Atlanta, Georgia in 1937; the USS Lexington; and airships including the LZ 127 Graf Zeppelin, Enterprise N1A, ZRS-4 Akron, and the ZRS-5 Macon. One item in the collection is a photocopy of an Apollo 11 commemorative envelope flown to the moon in the personal kit of Edwin "Buzz" Eugene Aldrin, Jr. and signed (on the original) by Aldrin, Michael Collins, and Neil Alden Armstrong. The collection also includes an incomplete series of Smithsonian "Milestones of Flight" commemorative envelopes. There are two philatelic souvenirs made of squares of white cloth, possibly beta cloth, which bear the Apollo 17 mission insignia along with space related stamps and a Houston postmark. There is also one newsclipping in the collection about Charles Kingsford-Smith and there is one black and white photograph that accompanies two postcards commemorating Rheinhold Tiling. A number of the items in this collection are autographed.
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
Space flight  Search this
Zeppelin LZ 129 Hindenburg  Search this
Airlines  Search this
Apollo Project  Search this
Air pilots  Search this
Aeronautics -- Records  Search this
Airplanes  Search this
Genre/Form:
Postage stamps
Cachets (Philately)
Citation:
Philatelic and First Day Cover Collection, Acc. XXXX-0473, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.XXXX.0473
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-xxxx-0473

Stephen A. Douglas World War Two Envelopes

Creator:
Douglas, Stephen A., 1912- (World War II soldier)  Search this
Names:
Aviation Engineer Battalion.  Search this
Extent:
0.25 Cubic feet (1 box)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Paintings
Envelopes
Cachets (philately)
Watercolors
Place:
Oceania
Date:
1942-1945
Scope and Contents:
This collection is divided into two series.

Series 1: Illustrated Envelopes contains envelopes drawn by Stephen Douglas and mounted on mat boards. This type of painted envelope is also called "patriotic." See Lawrence Sherman, United States Patriotic Envelopes of World War II, 2006.

Series 2: Unit History, documents the engineers in the South West Pacific, The 864th Aviation Engineers in World War II by Bob George, a member of the unit. The history contains anecdotes and photographs of many of the locales Mr. Douglas drew.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged into one series.
Biographical / Historical:
The Stephen Douglas Collection consists of eighty-one envelopes that Mr. Douglas mailed to his family from U.S. Army posts in the Pacific during World War II. Mr. Douglas decorated the front of the envelopes with watercolors depicting the life of a GI in the South Pacific.

Mr. Douglas grew up in Wewoka, Oklahoma and trained for one year at the Art Institute of Chicago. He then worked in the Oklahoma oil fields and sold paintings of scenes of oil production. He was drafted in the Army in 1942 and served as a corporal with the 864th Engineering Aviation Battalion, Army Corps of Engineers until war's end in 1945. After mustering out he worked thirty-three years in the Postal Service, retired and continued to paint.

Corporal Douglas began mailing the illustrated letters from Geiger Field, Washington, where his unit trained, then from Los Angeles where it shipped out. By the time the men arrived at Townsville, Australia in September 1943, US forces had already won the battle of Guadalcanal and were occupying much of the Solomon Islands. The rest of the Southwest Pacific including New Guinea had yet be taken before the Japanese could be driven out of the Pacific. His unit's mission was to build and maintain the airstrips and facilities that the allies would use as they advanced on Japan. The 864th moved through various bases in New Guinea then to Cape Gloucester in New Britain, and finally to Luzon in the Philippines.

Using a child's watercolor set, he captured both the deprivations of GI life at these bases and the romance of the islands with their colorful natives, lush foliage, lagoons and tropical moons. Some of the illustrations depict battle scenes involving aircraft and ships, others provide commentary on Army food, housing and recreation, or the lack thereof. They are all humorous or upbeat. The US aircraft or ships are always depicted on the envelopes defeating the enemy and one is a fanciful illustration of Hitler and Tojo on the run. But only fifteen of the eighty-one depict planes, ships, guns or fighting, and most of those are sketches of guard duty. The rest show GI's successfully coping with such mundane activities as laundry, showers, and latrines and overcoming boredom. Illustrating the envelopes was his way of escaping the tedium.
Related Materials:
Mauldin Cartoon Collection, 1946 1987. Believed to contain all of Bill Mauldin's published cartoons during those years; also periodical and newspaper articles about and by Mauldin, personal items, including his genealogy, and an original sketchbook used by Mauldin while he was in Vietnam, February 1965.

War posters, ca. 1914 1960s (mostly 1942 1945). Isadore Warshaw donated this collection of 350 items. Artists such as Howard Chandler Christy, James Montgomery Flagg and Norman Rockwell are represented. It is part of the Smithsonian's Warshaw Collection of Business Americana

Jes Wilhelm Schlaikjer Poster Collection, 1942 1952. Twenty posters designed by Schlaikjer during World War II and after.
Provenance:
This collection was donated to the Archives Center, National Museum of American History by Mr. Stephen A. Douglas, the artist, on January 7th, 2001.
This collection was donated to the Archives Center, National Museum of American History by Mr. Stephen A. Douglas, the artist, on January 7th, 2001.
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Wit and humor  Search this
World War, 1939-1945 -- Art and the war  Search this
Postcards  Search this
Genre/Form:
Paintings
Envelopes
Cachets (Philately)
Watercolors
Citation:
Stephen A. Douglas World War Two Envelopes, 1942-1945, Archives Center, National Museum of American History. Gift of the artist.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0755
See more items in:
Stephen A. Douglas World War Two Envelopes
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0755
Online Media:

Mellone's Specialized cachet catalog of first day covers of the 1960's / compiled and edited by Michael Mellone, Monte Eiserman, Edwin Zorn

Title:
Specialized cachet catalog of first day covers of the 1960's
First day covers of the 1960's
Author:
Mellone, Michael  Search this
Eiserman, Monte  Search this
Zorn, Edwin  Search this
Scott Publishing Co  Search this
Physical description:
iv, 424 p. : ill. ; 23 cm
Type:
Catalogs
Place:
United States
Date:
1985
Topic:
Cachets (Philately)  Search this
First day covers (Philately)  Search this
Call number:
HE6184.C25 M485 1985
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_909690

The pseudo-siege of Schweizer-Reneke / Harry Birkhead, Joh Groenewald

Author:
Birkhead, Harry 1931-  Search this
Groenewald, Joh 1939-  Search this
Philatelic Federation of South Africa  Search this
Physical description:
63 p. : ill. (some col.), maps, ports. ; 30 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
South Africa
Schweizer-Reneke
Date:
2005
Topic:
Postmarks--History  Search this
Cachets (Philately)  Search this
South African War, 1899-1902--Collectibles  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_808949

Walter G. Crosby : philatelic cachet specialist : with over 400 illustrations / by William H. Stroebel

Author:
Stroebel, William H  Search this
Subject:
Crosby, Walter G (Walter Garfield) 1881-1947  Search this
Physical description:
v, 154 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Date:
1992
C1992
Topic:
Cachets (Philately)  Search this
Covers (Philately)  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_840215

Levy's Boy & Girl Scout cachet covers of the United States. Vol. 1 &2 , 1910-1960 / by Jay L. Rogers

Title:
Boy & Girl Scout cachet covers of the United States
Boy and Girl Scout cachet covers of the United States
Levy's U.S. scout cachet covers
Levy's US scout cachet covers
Author:
Rogers, Jay L  Search this
Rogers, Jay L Levy # list of Boy & Girl Scout cachets of the United States  Search this
Physical description:
253 p. : ill ; 28 cm
Type:
Catalogs
Place:
United States
Date:
2007
C2007
Topic:
Cachets (Philately)  Search this
First day covers (Philately)  Search this
Boy Scouts  Search this
Girl Scouts  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_897652

The special cancellations of Vermont : a completely illustrated catalog and checklist / by Paul G. Abajian ; Vermont Philatelic Society

Author:
Abajian, Paul G  Search this
Vermont Philatelic Society  Search this
Physical description:
v. : ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Catalogs
Place:
Vermont
Date:
1997
C1997-
Topic:
Cachets (Philately)  Search this
Postal service--History  Search this
Cancellations (Philately)--History  Search this
Call number:
HE6184.C25 A23 1997
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_714836

A compendium, cacheted covers with flag cancellations [microform] / Bart Billings

Title:
Cacheted covers with flag cancellations
Author:
Billings, Bart  Search this
Flag Cancel Society  Search this
Physical description:
160 [i.e. 80] p. : ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Microforms
Place:
United States
Date:
1984
[1984]
Topic:
Cachets (Philately)  Search this
Cancellations (Philately)  Search this
Covers (Philately)  Search this
Call number:
HE6184.C25 B55 1984
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_715294

Air crash mail of Imperial Airways & predecessor airlines / Kendall C. Sanford

Author:
Sanford, Kendall C  Search this
Stuart Rossiter Trust Fund  Search this
Subject:
Imperial Airways  Search this
Physical description:
xii, 190 p. : ill., maps, ports. ; 30 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
2003
Topic:
Air mail service--History  Search this
Aircraft accidents--History  Search this
Cachets (Philately)--History  Search this
Call number:
HE6238 .S27 2003
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_715304

Maritime disaster mail : a study of mail salvaged from maritime disasters, as casualties of war, collisions, fires, shipwrecks and stranding / Norman Hoggarth and Robin Gwynn

Author:
Hoggarth, Norman  Search this
Gwynn, Robin D  Search this
Stuart Rossiter Trust Fund  Search this
Physical description:
x, 352 p. : ill. ; 31 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
2003
Topic:
Marine accidents--History  Search this
Cachets (Philately)--History  Search this
Covers (Philately)  Search this
Shipwrecks  Search this
Call number:
VK199 .H64 2003
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_715626

United States patriotic envelopes of World War II / Lawrence Sherman

Author:
Sherman, Lawrence  Search this
Physical description:
vi, 430 p. : col. ill. ; 29 cm
Type:
Catalogs
Pictorial works
Biography
Place:
United States
Date:
2006
Topic:
Cachets (Philately)  Search this
World War, 1939-1945--Propaganda  Search this
Envelopes (Stationery)  Search this
Artists  Search this
Call number:
HE6184.C25 S54 2006
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_797262

Origin cachets of the United Nations, its agencies, and its predecessors / by B. Clement, Jr

Author:
Clement, Blanton  Search this
United Nations Philatelists  Search this
Subject:
United Nations Postal service  Search this
League of Nations Postal service  Search this
Physical description:
156 p. : ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Catalogs
Date:
2000
C2000
Topic:
Cachets (Philately)  Search this
Call number:
HE6184.C25 C54 2000
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_600259

The aristocrats of United States first day covers / text and presentation are by Ken Lawrence; assembly by Kathleen Wunderly

Title:
Alan Berkun presents ..
Author:
Lawrence, Ken 1942-  Search this
Wunderly, Kathleen  Search this
Berkun, Alan  Search this
American First Day Cover Society  Search this
Physical description:
1 v. : col. ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
United States
Date:
1998
1998?]
Topic:
First day covers (Philately)--Exhibitions  Search this
First day covers (Philately)  Search this
Cachets (Philately)  Search this
Stamped envelopes  Search this
Call number:
HE6184.F57 A75 1998a
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_616273

Comprehensive price guide to United States stamps

Title:
Price guide, United States, United Nations & Canada stamps
Comprehensive price guide to United States first day covers, souvenir cards, souvenir pages, commemorative panels, UPS mint sets
Price guide: United States first day covers, souvenir cards, UPS panels & pages
United States first day covers, souvenir cards, UPS panels & pages
Author:
Brookman Stamp Company  Search this
Physical description:
v. : ill. ; 21 cm
Type:
Catalogs
Place:
United States
Canada
Date:
19uu
Topic:
Postage stamps  Search this
First day covers (Philately)--Catalogs  Search this
Cachets (Philately)--Catalogs  Search this
Call number:
HE6185.U6 C66
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_694296

The Ceremonial : publication of the American Ceremony Program Society

Author:
American Ceremony Program Society  Search this
Physical description:
v. : ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Periodicals
Place:
United States
Date:
198u
Topic:
First day covers (Philately)  Search this
Cachets (Philately)  Search this
Commemorative postage stamps  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_519624

The collector's guide to 1936 Texas independence and 1945 statehood centennial cachets / by Jim Dougherty

Title:
1936 Texas independence and 1945 statehood centennial cachets
Author:
Dougherty, Jim  Search this
Physical description:
81, [60] p. : ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Texas
Date:
1996
C1996
Topic:
Cachets (Philately)  Search this
First day covers (Philately)  Search this
Postal slogan cancellations  Search this
On postage stamps  Search this
Call number:
HE6184.C25 D68 1996
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_528519

Catalogue des cachets des courriers-convoyeurs (France, Algérie et Tunisie) de l'origine à 1900 : les boites mobiles, les cachets de gares / Carroll Chase

Author:
Chase, Carroll  Search this
Physical description:
126 p. : ill. ; 29 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
France
Algeria
Tunisia
Date:
1954
Topic:
Cachets (Philately)--Catalogs  Search this
Call number:
HE6184.C25 C48 1954
HE6184.C25C48 1954
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_406688

Texas postal history handbook / by Charles Deaton

Author:
Deaton, Charles  Search this
Physical description:
245 p. : ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Texas
Date:
1991
Topic:
Postal service--History  Search this
Covers (Philately)--History  Search this
Cachets (Philately)--History  Search this
Cancellations (Philately)--History  Search this
Postmarks--History  Search this
Call number:
HE6376.A1 T426 1991
HE6376.A1T426 1991
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_435230

United Nations military forces cancellation and cachet guide

Subject:
United Nations Armed Forces  Search this
Physical description:
1 v. (unpaged) : ill., maps
Type:
Books
Date:
1967
C1967
Topic:
Cancellations (Philately)  Search this
Cachets (Philately)  Search this
Call number:
HE6184.C3 U58 1967
HE6184.C3U58 1967
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_440183

Alfred Boerger, cachets, first day of issue

Subject:
Boerger, Alfred G Catalogs  Search this
Physical description:
64 p. : ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Catalogs
Date:
1985
C1985
Topic:
Cachets (Philately)  Search this
Covers (Philately)  Search this
Stamp collecting  Search this
Call number:
HE6184.C25 A39 1985
HE6184.C25A39 1985
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_443689

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