Sunday, October 21, 2007

Earhart’s Airstamp collection

The Centre County Times reports Amelia Earhart's personal collection of stamps and postmarks from her historic flights around the world have been brought to The American Philatelic Center Headquarter and will be shown to the public for the first time in almost 40 years.

"The envelopes and photographs that once belonged to the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean are on loan from the Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum in Washington, D.C., and will be shown along with 200 other private collections at a unique three-day event devoted to airmail stamp collecting and history," writes Gail Franklin.

The collection includes one of the 59 souvenir covers, or envelopes, carried by Earhart on her historic flight in 1932 across the Atlantic Ocean. The brown paper envelope bears a purple ink stamp with the words, “Trans-Atlantic Non-stop Solo-flight. First aviatrix. Amelia Earhart flight,” along with American and British postal stamps.

Shown above is a 1963 stamp issued by the United States in her honor.

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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM