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Posted 07/10/2020   6:42 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add healthy to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Wow, blcjr, you must have found that pretty quickly. I tried Googleing all sorts of things and didn't think to look in Google Books. When you go to the Directory of Indiana Airports, and search it, you are only allowed to see a few lines, but by modifying my search just a bit, I was able to put together the whole entry. What is interesting is that the Directory has a 1949 date, and the airport wasn't dedicated until 1951

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Posted 07/15/2020   7:32 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Al E. Gator to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Kind of an interesting cover I've had for a while
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Posted 07/17/2020   12:29 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add gslaten to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
This recent acquisition arrived in the mail a few days ago.

What does the DPO cancellation mean? Diplomatic Post Office, Dead Post Office, Discontinued Post Office? Hope someone will put me straight. Thanks.


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Posted 07/17/2020   07:30 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add DonSellos to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Hi gslaten:

Nice cover!

I have a Cleveland cancelled cover (not airmail) with DPO in the dial. The write-up says that DPO is the abbreviation for Depot Post Office. No source for where that information came, so may be incorrect. A second guess would be Downtown Post Office.

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Posted 07/18/2020   12:11 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add gslaten to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thank you Don.
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Posted 07/18/2020   12:28 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add 22crows to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
An earlier discussion on the topic of D.P.O.

http://goscf.com/t/28085
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Posted 07/18/2020   01:52 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add gslaten to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks 22crows. That thread is very helpful. Didn't think to look for an earlier thread myself.

According to one post on that thread, the DPO postmark seems to be common only to early Cleveland postmarks. I lean toward the Depot Post Office designation.

Other opinions welcome.
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Posted 08/02/2020   12:54 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add gslaten to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
A "First National Airmail Week" dedication cover. Here is an interesting history of the event. https://www.americanairmailsociety....r-mail-week/


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Posted 08/05/2020   10:10 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add zepman to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
One of several attractive cachets from the CAM 34 route.

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Don't know how many of these covers were carried on the flight.
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Posted 09/16/2021   12:09 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add patg23 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Avalon Air Transport - "First Official Mail Service by Air"

https://www.islapedia.com/index.php...ir_Transport





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I did a search for "Flying Mail Car" on the forum and was surprised to find absolutely nothing! I bought this cover recently, partly because I live in Pendleton, OR, but also because the topic intrigued me. Can anyone tell me more about this? I assume it was much like an HPO or RPO, but in the air.



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Posted 09/17/2021   11:51 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add DonSellos to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Hi GrexAlex:

I don't have much new information about the flying post offices other than to say it was a short-lived experiment conducted after WW II. Here is some selected information and images I posted on another forum:

This is a philatelic cover used three years after the trial period. I bought this cover for its Walter Crosby cachet depicting the interior of a flying post office and the photo (Crosby's signature piece) of mail being loaded onto a flying post office.



As a former Railway Mail Service substitute distribution clerk, I was interested in the flying post office experiments conducted in 1946. The Post Office Department conducted these experiments in late September and the first week of October of 1946. Covers for these flights are readily available on eBay at low cost. I have, however, only one of them at this time. It is almost identical to yours and depicts a Fairchild Packet (C119 Flying Boxcar) which was used on one of the routes.



The experiment was not continued as it was quickly discovered that airplanes did not provide the enroute mail sorting efficiency that trains and ships did. The flights were too short in duration to sort much mail and it was difficult for clerks to move around while the aircraft was in flight. All-in-all, a short lived trial.

This photo is from the National Air & Space museum of PO employees sorting mail while in route on one of the flights.



Note the pistol the clerk on the left is wearing. He was most likely the clerk-in-charge and responsible for any registered mail on the flight. Clerks were required to be armed while handling or escorting registered mail at the ends of the runs. Indeed, when I signed on as a Railway Mail Clerk, I was issued a snub-nosed .38 special revolver and a box of bullets. I remember wearing it when delivering registered mail from our mail car to a RMS transfer clerk.

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