Stamp Collecting: Aerophilately and Airmails
This website is dedicated to the men and women of the U.S. Air Mail Service, a little-remembered organization that laid the foundation for commercial aviation worldwide. With the cooperation of the U.S. Air Service, the U.S. Post Office flew the mail from 1918 until 1927. Through profiles, photographs and historical articles, this Internet website brings to life the human drama of those early days in aviation's infancy.
The Air Mail Society of New Zealand was founded in 1930 at the commencement of regular aerial services in that country. While based in Christchurch, the society has one quarter of its members elsewhere in New Zealand and another half residing in overseas countries. These members are kept in touch through a monthly newsletter and regular postal auctions.
The AAMS was founded in 1923, and is the second oldest aerophilatelic society in the World. There are 1,800 members Worldwide. The AAMS publishes the monthly magazine "The Airpost Journal" and the "Jack Knight Air Log", as well as the American Air Mail Catalogue, and many other aerophilatelic books. The AAMS holds an annual convention, as well as a Spring and/or Fall meeting during philatelic exhibitions in different parts of the country.
Acting as a liaison between Goodyear and Luftschiffbau Zeppelin from 1934 - 1938, Hal Dick became the only American to have flown 22 ocean crossings as a crewman on the German passenger airships, the Graf Zeppelin and the Hindenburg. He mailed numerous postcards to himself from aboard the airships, documenting his many flights. See some of them in this exhibit by Wichita State University Libraries. Dates, airship and flight information, and stamp and cancellation details are also provided.
Balloons in Philately; History of ballooning; Polish and Czech balloon mail since 1945; World hot air & gas ballooning championships and Gordon Bennett Cup; Results & philatelic issues.