Friday, June 01, 2007

Amelia Earhart’s philatelic connection

May was the 75th anniversary of Amelia Earhart’s Solo Transatlantic flight, which set speed and women’s distance records.

According to the National Postal Museum Web site, Earhart carried fifty pieces of mail on her solo flight across the Atlantic, May 20-21, 1932 which was not authorized by the post office.

The site points out, "Philately supported Earhart’s career in a variety of ways. The sale of her flown philatelic souvenirs helped offset the expenses of her aeronautic adventures and further ensured her legacy in aerophilately. She personally collected examples of her mail and exhibited them at TIPEX, the May 1936 international stamp exhibition, where she also spoke and distributed exhibitor awards. "

Shown above in a National Postal Museum photo is Earhart with husband George Putnam (center) and airmail specialist Nicolas Sanabria (right) in 1936 at TIPEX.

For more on Ameilia Earhart and her connection with stamp collecting, click here.
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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM