Air Mail Covers
1928 Air Mail - Portland Oregon to Providence, RI
Contract Air Mail - Crossed 3 Time Zones - Triple Rate
The air mail cover above was sent
from E. R. Knight, Jr. of 116 Chestnut
Street, Providence, RI to the S. B.
Champlin Co. at the same address. It was mailed from the Hotel Benson in
Portland, Oregon and was backstamped in New York on
July 25, 1928. The
cover contains three 10-cent light-blue map & airplanes stamps, issued
on February 13, 1926, (Scott
On arrival in Providence, RI, the cover was marked with a purple handstamp, "Postage Due 10 cents" and
the 10-cent pre-canceled (carmine-rose, perf.
11) postage-due issue of
#J65) was added. The envelope is a Hotel Benson corner
Rate in 1928 for
both contract and government routs was 10
cents per 1/2 ounce
for each route crossed
regardless of the distance and was set by the Postal Act
of February 1, 1927.
The S. B. Champlin Company (later
the S. B. Champlin & Sons, Co.) was founded by Stanton
Browning Champlin and his son, George
B. Champlin in 1872
to manufacture gold rings and gold-filled chains. After the death of
Stanton Browning in 1895, the
company passed to George B. and on his death to his son, George S. In 1928
when this letter was sent, George B.
at 76 years of age was still President
of the company. In 1978, the Champlin
Building, (now known as the
Hedison Building) was
converted to condominiums.
George S. Champlin was a noted
stamp collector, whose collection was donated to Brown
University on his death in 1980.
SEE ALSO: 1936
Tin Can Mail from Niuafoou Island to
George S. Champlin
The Benson Hotel
in Portland, Oregon originally opened on March
5, 1913 and is still in business today. It is listed on the
National Register of Historic Places.
Benson Hotel Website