Memphis Stamp Collectors Society

Memphis, Tennessee

AIRMAIL SERIES 1941-1944 - The design provided postal customers with a uniform series of air mail stamps in several denominations and colors. The 8¢ stamp was issued in connection with an increase in the wartime domestic rate. However, the rate for those serving in the armed forces remained at 6¢ per ounce.

​Issued from June through October 1941; The 8¢  Stamp was issued in 1944.

ZEPPELINS - These three stamps were to be used exclusively on mail carried via Graf Zeppelin on its European to America trips via Spain and South America. The 65¢ Green issue paid the postage for a post card traveling via Graf Zeppelin one way. The $1.30 Brown issue paid the postage of a letter going one way. The $2.60 Blue paid the postage on a letter going full route.

Issued between January 1968 and November 1973

WRIGHT BROTHERS - The stamp commemorates the first controlled power flight by the Wright Brothers at Kitty Hawk, NC on December 17,1903. Issued December 17, 1949

Issued July 31, 1958 and August 12, 1960

LINDBERGH - This stamp commemorates the flight of Charles Lindbergh who flew non-stop from New York to Paris in May 1927. This stamp is the first to honor a living person on a postage stamp. Issued June 18, 1927

MAP SERIES - During 1926 and 1927 new rates were established; 10¢ per ounce up to 1,000 miles, 15¢ up to 1,500 miles and 20¢ over 1,500 miles. Three stamps were issued (10¢ and 20¢ not shown) with a single design, a map of the United States.  Issued September 18, 1926.

Similar in design to the “Winged Globe” stamps of the early30’s, this stamp was issued in connection with airmail service from the United States to Europe.

50TH ANNIVERSARY OF AIRMAIL- The stamp celebrates the 50th anniversary of regularly scheduled airmail service. The stamp pictures a Curtiss Jenny, the biplane that carried mail on the Washington-New York City run when airmail service was first established on May 15, 1918. Issued May 15, 1968


AN OVERVIEW  1918 - 1976

David Kiehn,  MSCS

WINGED GLOBE - The stamp design is the insignia of an airmail pilot. The same design was used for an 8¢ stamp (not shown) issued in 1932 when a new rate was established and a 6¢ stamp (not shown) issued in1934, also for a rate change.

The second airmail series was issued primarily for night service between New York and San Francisco. Rates were based on three zones which were approximately 1,000 miles in length across the country. The rates were 8¢ per ounce per zone.  Issued August 15 - August 21,  1923.

JET SILHOUETTE - The blue stamp was issued when the airmail rate was increased from6¢ to 7¢. The stamp was reissued two years later but the color was changed to red. Both stamps were also issued in booklet form.

As a good will gesture, Germany sent the Graf Zeppelin to the Century of Progress Exposition which was held in Chicago 1933. The stamp has become known by collectors as the “Baby Zeppelin.”

TRANSPACIFIC ~ TRANSATLANTIC - 25¢ stamp was issued in 1935 for the start of Pan American Clipper service to the Philippine Islands. Two years later, the 20¢ and 50¢ stamps (not shown) were issued using the same design when clipper service was extended to China.

INTERNATIONAL AIRMAIL - The contemporary design shows an airplane and globes on a flag background. The stamp was issued with a postal rate increase for
international traffic.

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AIRMAIL DEFINITIVES - For the most part, earlier designs for airmail stamps were traditional in nature. The new stamps had a more modern/contemporary design and were issued to correspond with increased domestic postal rates.  They  were also issued in booklet and coil formats.  The 9¢ stamp was issued for use on domestic post cards 

The U.S. Airmail Service was born May 6, 1918 when Congress authorized the Post Office Department to carry mail by airplane. The airmail rate was 24¢ per ounce and a special airmail stamp (the Curtiss Jenny) was issued May 13, 1918.
In June 1918, the rate was lowered to 16¢ for the first ounce which included a special delivery fee. Later that year, the rate was further reduced to 6¢ when the special delivery fee was eliminated. The original design of an early mail airplane was used for all three stamps, albeit the colors were changed.   Issued May 13, 1918 to December 10, 1918

MOON LANDING - On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong became the first man to stand on
the moon. When he stepped out of the Apollo 11 lunar module on to the surface of the moon, he spoke the famous words, “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” 
This stamp was the first jumbo-size American commemorative. The engraved master die accompanied the astronauts to the moon and an envelope bearing a proof of the stamp was canceled in the space module.

AIR CARD - This stamp, with an American Eagle in flight, was issued primarily for use on domestic post cards. It also used a type of adhesive specifically designed for sending picture post cards via air mail. Issued September 3, 1954.

INTERNATIONAL AIRMAIL -  This stamp was issued to conform to the new international rates for airmail destined to South America, the West Indies, and Bermuda.
Earlier issues included a 10¢ stamp for airmail to Central America; a 15¢ stamp for airmail to Europe; and a 25¢ stamp for airmail to Asia and Australia.