October 27, 2016, 1:30 PM EST
New York, NY, USALive Auction
Lot 148: DESIGNER UNKNOWN. AIR MAIL SAVES TIME. Circa 1926. 27x21 inches, 70x55 cm.(27 views)
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DESIGNER UNKNOWN AIR MAIL SAVES TIME. Circa 1926.
27 3/4x21 3/4 inches, 70 1/2x55 1/4 cm.
Condition B+: creases and minor abrasions at edges and in image; metal grommets in corners; reinforcement tape on verso along edges. Printed on thick paper.
The first Air Mail flight in the United States was flown in a Curtiss "Jenny" biplane. By the mid 1920s, the aging fleet of De Havilland aircraft was replaced with Douglas M-1s (depicted here). The U.S. Government owned and operated all airmail planes until the Kelly Act of 1926 allowed the government to subcontract airmail delivery with commercial airlines. The Post Office terminated its dedicated airmail service in 1975.