Hello I hope you like seeing tonight’s’ first flight cover.
Being in the Philippines motivates me to learn more about the aviation history here, particularly because there is so much to appreciate given the pioneering aviation achievements in the early 1900s.
Of note is perhaps is the landmark date of November 22nd 1935 when a Pam Am Martin M-130 Flying Boat christened “The China Clipper” left San Francisco bound for Manila. The route was San Francisco – Honolulu – Midway Island – Wake Island – Guam – Manila. The cover above was carried through to Manila arriving there November 29th. There were 44,346 pieces of mail flown.
The stamps on the cover were a special issue by the US Postal Service – the stamp is known as the Transpacific Air Mail stamp. There was also a special chachet in green issued by the Post Office, as shown on the reverse.
There is lots more to tell and I will do that over the coming weeks.