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Canada/Covers & Postmarks : Fort McMurray to Fort Resolution Airmail Cover 1929

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StanC
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27 Sep 2014
03:18:23pm
I ran across this cover in my Grandfather's brown airmail covers bank check holder, and it has really piqued my interest. I'm going to do a little research on the route which I know was from Alberta to the Northwest Territories of Canada. Prior to airmail service, most parcels and mail were delivered via ground services using dog sleds in the winter. This might be of interest to Bobstamp.

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I do think it's fairly cool.

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30 Dec 2014
12:36:37pm
re: Fort McMurray to Fort Resolution Airmail Cover 1929

Nice cover and cachet.

A collector could do a life-long study on the First Flights of Canada alone.

I have noticed that many cachets are not listed in the handbook 'The Airmails of Canada and Newfoundland" published by the American Air Mail Society. I guess this is to be expected since it is still an on-going research and will for some years to come.

The book is still a great source of information, but my edition (6th edition for 1997) is sorely out of whack with current prices, at least from dealer prices in boxes I have seen at the different shows (?) BTW - is this edition still current, or, has it been reprinted and revised??

Chimo

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Mike
30 Dec 2014
07:24:52pm
re: Fort McMurray to Fort Resolution Airmail Cover 1929

Air Mail and it only took 19 days. Dog sled would have been much faster, but then there wouldn't have been such an beautiful cover to share.
Mike

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15 Mar 2015
12:54:51pm
re: Fort McMurray to Fort Resolution Airmail Cover 1929

A number of factors here. Number one - chances are the letter went from Edmonton to McMurray by train - a service which I think was once a week at best - and as slow as cold molasses. And it would have waited in Edmonton until that train left. Second while dog teams are affected by weather aircraft are almost controlled by weather. So while delivery looks long, it was probably near miraculous at the time.

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15 Mar 2015
01:36:25pm
re: Fort McMurray to Fort Resolution Airmail Cover 1929

This cover represents part of the "First Official Service to Northwest Territories" It was a 1,671 mile route with 12 intermediate stops. Fort McMurray was the southernmost point on the route, however the postal facility there was unable to handle the more than 100,000 covers carried on the flight, hence most covers carry the Nov. 26 Edmonton cancel (which was the intended inaugural date for the service).

Six planes were on hand in Ft. McMurray for the start of the service. On each day, mail was carried as far north as possible by one to three pilots, while the others returned south with southbound mail.

This Flight departed Fort McMurray on Dec. 10 and got as far as Fort Chippewyan. Between Dec 10 and 12 mail was forwarded to Fort Fitzgerald and Fort Smith. On Dec 13 to 15, mail from both Fort Smith and Fort Fitzgerald made it to Fort Resolution. So this cover could have made an intermediate stop in in either Fort Fitzgerald or Fort Smith.

Can you imagine flying open bi-planes in the Northwest Territories, north of the Arctic Circle in December?

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