The 74th Annual Stamp Exhibition of Southern California
Oct. 12-14, 2018
Within this cachet we find Maj Reuben Fleet, the Jenny, Lt. Torry Webb, and the 24 cent airmail stamp issued in 1918. Two versions of this cachet cover will be on sale at the show: 1) on a #10 envelope and 2) on the regular small envelope. Price TBD.
According to Wikipedia: "The first scheduled U.S. Air Mail service began on May 15, 1918, using six converted United States Army Air Service Curtiss JN-4HM "Jenny" biplanes flown by Army pilots under the command of Major Reuben H. Fleet and operating on a route between Washington, D.C. (Washington Polo Grounds) and New York City (Belmont Park) with an intermediate stop in Philadelphia (Bustleton Field). Among those who were on hand for the departure of the first flight from Washington, D.C., were President Woodrow Wilson, U.S. Postmaster General Albert S. Burleson, and Assistant Secretary of the Navy Franklin D. Roosevelt. Army...."
The U.S. Postal Service used Jenny's for airmail service on these first routes between Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, and New York in 1918. But the planes proved slow and frail and were later replaced by De Havillands DH-4s.
Lt. Torry Webb was the first pilot who flew the Jenny on the successful southern mail route on May 15, 1918. He and carried 144 pounds of mail made up of 2437 covers and several packages and newspapers. He left New York City and piloted the mail to Philadelphia where another pilot took over to fly to Washington, D.C.
The 24 cent airmail stamp depicted on the cachet is right-side-up, but SESCAL has been fortunate enough to have Scott English, Executive Director of the APS, is join us at the show and bring a famous copy of the upside-down version of this stamp. For more information about this famous stamp see our cover story.
In 2017 San Diego USPS did the impossible! They came from San Diego were at the show all three days. At the last minute they were able to produce a beautifully designed cachet commemorating our theme with a unique commemorative cancel.
Cachet and cancel artist was Phil Dockter. This is the only cachet and cancel from the show. Because of the late timing it was produced in limited quantity.
The USPS may have some of these commemorative covers available.
If they are still available, they will be at the 2018 show.
United States Postal Service
11251 Rancho Carmel Dr. #1159
San Diego, CA 92199-9996.
Only $3.00 per cover.
Page last updated - October 1, 2018