EARLE OVINGTON - COMMEMORATIVE ENVELOPE SIGNED CO-SIGNED BY: FRANK H. HITCHCOCK - HFSID 177961
EARLE OVINGTON and FRANK H. HITCHCOCK Earle Ovington and Frank H. Hitchcock sign a philatelic envelope honoring the twentieth anniversary of the first air mail flight. Philatelic Envelope signed: "Earle Ovington" and "Frank H. Hitchcock/P.M.G. 1911", 6½x3½.
Sale Price $323.00
EARLE OVINGTON and FRANK H. HITCHCOCK
Earle Ovington and Frank H. Hitchcock sign a philatelic envelope honoring the twentieth anniversary of the first air mail flight.
Philatelic Envelope signed: "Earle Ovington" and "Frank H. Hitchcock/P.M.G. 1911", 6½x3½. Cover bearing 2-cent Pulaski and 3-cent Lincoln stamps, postmarked Los Angeles, Calif., September 23, 1931. Typed address to Benj. S. DeBoice, Tucson, Ariz. Postmarked the same day in Tucson on verso. Two pictorial rubber stamp cachets: "1911 1931/Twentieth Anniversary/First Air Mail Flight/P.O. Department/September Twenty Third/Los Angeles California" and "Earle Ovington-Santa Barbara, Cal./First U.S. Air Mail Pilot". EARLE OVINGTON (1879-1936), an aeronautical engineer and early barnstorming pilot, carried the first mail (640 letters and 1,280 postcards) by air. After a journey of 5½ miles above Long Island on September 23, 1911, Ovington dropped the mailbag from a height of 500 feet. FRANK HARRIS HITCHCOCK (1867-1935) headed the Republican National Committee before becoming President Taft's Postmaster General (1909-1913). As US Postmaster he introduced parcel post to compete with private express companies, established the first air mail service, and cracked down on mail fraud. Pinhead-size stain at lower edge, edges lightly worn. Overall, fine condition.
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