Thank you to my local stamp club buddy Jimmy for sharing the scans from his personal collection of envelope commemorative covers and for sharing!
Jupiter Balloon Airmail Flight
2012 100th Anniversary First North Carolina Air Mail Flight Envelope Cancel
My local stamp club friend Jimmy was able to share with me about the Jupiter #C54 stamp above and shared a story of similar interest here locally in Wilmington, North Carolina with the First North Carolina airmail flight.
Hearing this story told to me over the phone by Jimmy with his enthusiasm of sharing local postal history brings such a big smile to me – especially when he shares the mailbag was literally dropped from above!
It was then retrieved by the awaiting postal clerk below – all for the promotion of having been up in the air for three miles in 1912!
“The first authorized official airmail flight in North Carolina was to have taken place in Wilmington on January 1, 1912. Bad weather on the 1st prevented the flight from taking place. The next day the weather cleared and pilot, Walter Brookins took off from Highwood Park Race Track in his Wright-Breguetaeroplane carrying a mailbag with approximately 1,600 pieces of mail (canceled on January 1, 1912).
Brookins flew approximately three miles and dropped the mailbag over Winter Park.
The bag was retrieved by a postal clerk and transported to the post office by automobile for further dispatch in the postal system. Wilmington Postmaster, Thomas E Wallace authorized the establishment of the postal sub-station at Highwood Park Race Track and the transport of the mail by air. … There was at least one earlier so called airmail flight in North Carolina but is was not authorized nor participated in by the U. S. Post Office Department.”
1932 20th Anniversary First North Carolina Air Mail Flight Envelope Cancel
This image is a scan of a January 1, 1932 (20th anniversary) commemorative cover. You will notice that the envelope cachet design does incorporate part of the original 1912 cancel. It is from the collection of Jimmy Jordan, sponsored by the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce and signed by Louis T. Moore. For those of you into envelope cancels, this cancel is not a special cancel just a normal Wilmington cancel.
2012 100th Anniversary First North Carolina Air Mail Flight Attribution & Thank you to the following
Excerpt, Image – from Mystic Stamp Company, U.S. #C54 1959 7¢ Balloon Jupiter @USPSStamps
Images above of both envelope cancels and excerpt – from My stamp club friends, Jimmy Jordan, and Richard Porcelli for his beautiful envelope cancel design Wilmington Philatelic Society (WPS).
AnchoredScraps.com daily blog post: Stale Mail Airmail Letter & Celebrating AnchoredScraps 750th Daily Blog Post Today, March 16, 2017, by Helen Rittersporn.