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United States/Covers & Postmarks : FDC - Question of route

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JohnnyRockets
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24 Apr 2018
02:27:58pm
Hi all,

I won this super cool cover in an auction on this site and had a "newbie" question about it.

I see that on the front it has a postmark of 5/19/1938 @ 10 AM in Lancaster, PA. On the back it has a postmark of 5/19/1938 @ 8 PM in Harrisburg, PA.


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A small amount of research told me that there is an airport in Lancaster, PA and in Harrisburg, PA.


Question: Was mail carried from Lancaster to Harrisburg for the intention of creating this FDC?


Thank you all for your help!



Johnny


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24 Apr 2018
03:09:04pm
re: FDC - Question of route

It is not an FDC. The stamp was issued May 14.

This is a commemorative cover celebrating National Airmail Week (NAMW), and the flight was a short, pretty much local, flight for the occasion.

Hundreds of communities issued distinctive covers for the event. An article by a collector of the subject can be found here:
https://www.buckacover.com/articles/shapiro/namw.shtml

BuckaCover.com even has a category for them, but it gets cleaned out pretty quickly:
https://www.buckacover.com/covers/search.php?code=usnamw

I also have 340 of them in my "Sold Database" (mostly sold on ebay).

Here is a rather nice FDC of the stamp:
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And a couple of more unusual NAMW covers:

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JohnnyRockets
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24 Apr 2018
04:12:33pm
re: FDC - Question of route

Hi Roy!

Thanks for clearing that up for me.

I see now why it is a commemorative cover. It is not an FDC because the stamp was issued 5 days earlier, correct? Otherwise would it have technically been an FDC of that event?

Great covers that you have shown there, thanks!

I really like the one advertising a "Glorious Vacation on Treasure Isle"... Man that sounds great! Happy


Johnny

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24 Apr 2018
04:16:33pm
re: FDC - Question of route

Also... Great article, thx!

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Tom in Exton, PA
24 Apr 2018
10:19:18pm
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I love to follow up on historic sites on covers and cards..

The Hotel Buccaneer transformed into the Edgewater Methodist Retirement Community and was later imploded in 1999. It was at 23rd and Seawall Blvd.The Meridian Retirement Community stands there today.



Hotel Jean LaFitte (named after an early nineteenth century pirate who founded a town there) was renovated into apartments in 2013. It is on the US National Register of Historic Buildings.

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The Coronado Courts were listed on the back of the postcard as "25th St and Beach Blvd". The only problem is that we cannot find a Beach Blvd anywhere in Galveston.
The main road at the beachfront is Seawall Avenue, so this may be it. If so the motel no longer exists. It should have been adjacent to the Hotel Buccaneer.

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Miramar Court was also a tourist camp of small cabins on Seawall Blvd between 33rd and 35th Avenues. That land is vacant today.

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25 Apr 2018
03:25:17pm
re: FDC - Question of route

Hi BenFranklin1902,

Yes, this practice of following up on historic sites on covers and cards is quickly becoming my favorite aspect of the hobby. I really enjoy the research.

That is very interesting research that you did there!

Crazy how some places are completely transformed or gone altogether, while others look practically the same as they did 100 years ago.

Great stuff.


Thanks!


Johnny


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