Here's a prized first day cover that I have with a great
looking lithographed pen and ink illustration of a mono-wing airplane flying over the Capitol Building and a mail carrier
on a motorcycle speeding away with the mail.
It was the first day of issue of the Air Mail Special
Delivery stamp on February 10, 1936 in Washington D.C.
stamps represented on this illustrated cachet include a very rare variety of a plate numbered block of four very seldom seen.
I've not seen another cachet like this one yet.
It was flown to a man by the name of Homer Harrison
and received in Milkwaukee, Wisconsin on the very same day.
I've never seen another like it and my thought is
that the cachet may have been created by the Milwaukee Stamp Company for the occasion, for their clients and for other collectors.
Here's the reverse with the circular date stamps featuring two
strikes from the Milwaukee postal authorities as received and the logo circular stamp of the Milwaukee Stamp Company.
Scott Catalog U.S. #CE2
1936 16¢ Great Seal
Air Post Special Delivery
February 10, 1936
Printed By: Bureau of Engraving
Printing Method: Flat
Carmine and blue
In 1934, the 16¢ blue Airmail
Special Delivery stamp was issued to prepay, through the use with one stamp, the nation's air postage and the special delivery
fee. Mail with this stamp would travel by air to the designated post office and, once it had been received at that
post office, a messenger would deliver it right away to the recipient.
The stamp above, printed in carmine and blue, was the second type produced in 1936. There were only
two types. The blue and the one above.
The stamp was designed by President
Franklin D. Roosevelt.
was his life-long passion, as it has been mine.
This was his sketch of the stamp
that he created for our nation.
President Roosevelt had passed
away before I was born, but he is one of the most important reasons of all why I became a stamp collector as a child.
The story of his life has always been an inspiration to me.