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AIRMAIL CREATES AN INDUSTRY: Lipsner vs. Praeger

When Benjamin Lipsner, the first Superintendent of the Air Mail Service, resigned in December 1919, he did so publicly. In letters to Second Assistant Postmaster General Otto Praeger, Postmaster General Albert Burleson and the press, Lipsner called his resignation a protest against unethical and illegal contracting practices by Burleson. His claims were denied by both Praeger and Burleson. Lipsner lost this public opinion battle. And although he left the service, he remained an ardent supporter of aviation and airmail until his death in 1971.

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Lipsner at airmail event in Chicago 1928  
  Lipsner hiring memo
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(top left) Lipsner at airmail event in Chicago 1928

(bottom right) Lipsner's hiring memo
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