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OBJECT SHOWCASE: Foreign Airmail Routes (FAMs)

Foreign airmail route covers in the Museum's holdings include items from early routes through the explosive growth of the service in the 20th century. Among the remarkable special collections are materials relating to Charles Lindbergh and Amelia Earhart's flights. Envelopes from numerous first and notable foreign flights are also in the collection.

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This envelope, canceled on December 5, 1935, was flown on the first trans-Pacific airmail flight from Honolulu to San Francisco. It was addressed to the Postmaster General at the time, James A. Farley. This envelope was carried on the first flight for the Foreign Air Mail service between New York, New York, and Madrid, Spain and was carried by jet airplane This envelope, canceled on December 3, 1959 was on Trans World Airlines' first contract airmail flight between New York, New York, Paris, France and Rome, Italy This envelope was flown on the first flight of Foreign Air Mail route #20 on June 21, 1940. The route, between Seattle, Washington and Juneau, Alaska, qualified as a foreign airmail route because of a stop in Canada. This envelope was carried on May 3, 1938 from Juneau, Alaska to White Horse, in Canada's Yukon Territory. To celebrate the opening of Foreign Air Mail route #14, a correspondent sent this envelope to be canceled and carried on the San Francisco-Hong Kong flight on April 21, 1937 This postcard, postmarked from Havana, Cuba to New York City on September 27, 1928, shows Lindbergh at the wheel of a Tri-motor airplane in Havana on February 12, 1928.      
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