1910, November 12, First Aerial Marine Despatch, Via Curtiss Aeroplane to New York (AAMC 1).
Cover with advertisement for The World
newspaper and addressed to Mantova, Italy,
with original enclosure with similar design and printed "50 Miles at Sea, Aboard Str. Pennsylvania, November 12, 1910", contents in Italian, no stamps or postal markings so we are unsure how or if this was carried thru the mails, some slight edgewear, Very Fine and very rare early ship-to-shore use, according to AAMC, "Plans had been made to fly the mail by air for the first time. The S.S. Pennsylvania, due to sail from Hoboken, New Jersey at noon , was to stop three miles off the coast of Long Island, about 50 miles from New York City, so aviator J. C. "Bud" Mars could fly a Curtiss biplane from a platform built on the stern of the ship to Governors Island. A sack of mail, collected from passengers and other interested parties, was to be aboard. Last-minute equipment problems terminated the attempt just 30 minutes before the ship sailed and no mail was flown." AAMC lists two known, with Hudson River Term. Sta. postmarks, priced at $3,000.00
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