Air Mail Covers
1939 Air Mail Corner Card
San Francisco to Providence, Rhode Island
Golden Gate International Exposition Label on Reverse
The above Air Mail Corner Card was sent from Dunham, Carrigan
& Hayden Co. in San Francisco, California to the Rhode Island Fittings Co.
in Providence, RI
on May 25, 1939. It is franked
with with a pair of "deep-violet
-Washington by Gilbert Stuart" vertically perforated
(Scott #721 - issued 1932). The Stamps
are tied with a San Francisco "Golden Gate"
The cover has a "Via Air Mail"
gummed label at the left lower corner of the face with a Hillsgrove, RI
Receiving Cancel and a "Golden Gate
International Exposition" label on the reverse.
Reverse of Cover
The Dunham, Carrigan & Hayden
Co. dealt in wholesale hardware. I found a great many
references to this company and it seems they were in business in sometime
before 1849 as they
supplied picks and shovels to the
Forty-Niners during the gold rush
of that year. I also found a reference to their ordering and selling
specially made Winchester 21 double barrel shotguns,
(a very famous and sought
after model). I could find no reference to a
Rhode Island Fittings Company,
but must assume that they also dealt in hardware.
The Golden Gate International
Exposition of 1939, (or the
California World's Fair) was held on
Treasure Island and was a tribute on and a window to the
"Nations of the Pacific." In a
letter to the mayor of San Francisco, President
"Unity of the
Pacific nations is America's concern and responsibility. San Francisco
stands at the doorway to the sea that roars upon the shores of all these
nations; and so to the Golden Gate International Exposition, I gladly
entrust a solemn duty. May this, America's world's fair on the pacific in
1939, truly serve all nations."