Crash Covers

What goes up must come down. Unfortunately, the airmail has come crashing back down earth. Here are some envelopes that survived airplane crashes.

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A series of stamps, an envelope and memo from the collection of Postmaster General James Farley that is in the National Postal Museum. As the message notes, the stamps were found in the wreckage of a mail airplane at Lone Peak, Utah on December 15, 1936.

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Badly damaged envelope recovered from an airplane crash in February 1928.

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Damaged envelope recovered from an airplane crash at Toledo, Ohio on February 25, 1933.

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Damaged envelope recovered from a mail airplane fire near Warren, Ohio on September 21, 1930.

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