Air Mail Covers
National Air Mail Week - First Flight May 19, 1938
From the Bristol, RI Post Office to Hillsgrove Airport
The cover above was sent on May
19, 1938 from Bristol, RI
to to the Hillsgrove Airport. It
was then forwarded to Mr. Frank H. French in
Pottstown, Pennsylvania. There were a great many special
covers sent from different areas around the country for the celebration of
National Air Mail Week. Some of
them, such as the one shown above were quite colorful and well designed.
The cover is franked with the "6-cent Eagle holding Shield, Olive Branch and Arrows" issued
on May 14, 1938. The colors are
dark-blue and carmine, (Scott #C29).
While this cover is not a First day cancel, it is still a very early usage
of the issue. The stamp is tied to the cover with a Bristol, Rhode Island
Circular Date Stamp (CDS).