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United States/Covers & Postmarks : Southern Pacific to London

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Anglophile
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08 Jan 2015
11:19:42am
I just picked up this well-traveled cover. My interpretation: dispatched from Oregon, possibly Klamath Falls (the CDS is indistinct) on 17 December 1909 and addressed to Totland Bay, Isle of Wight, England; received there 21 December 1909, 9AM; forwarded to 21 Hanover Square, London and received there also on 21 December at 5:15PM; at 6PM forwarded again to Chinnor, Oxford.
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The pencil marks are from a prior dealer or owner. Several things stand out. First, it appears to be under-franked. The 2c Washington appears to come from a booklet pane and one stamp was torn prior to affixing. Possibly other postage (or GB postage dues) were on the back, which appears torn, or was sealed. Second, the speed of the UK postal system was remarkable. Moving the letter from the Isle to London within a day, and determining a forwarding address in London within 45 minutes, seems remarkable by today's standards. Last, no return address of SP. Possibly it held advertising material for a passenger train trip so there was no expectation of the need for return.


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sheepshanks
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08 Jan 2015
11:46:23am
re: Southern Pacific to London

Sorry guys but something here does not add up. Was the first Wright flight not in 1909?
This cover has gone from Oregon to Uk in 4 days. Even ships took a couple of weeks to make the crossing.
The postal service in UK at the time could certainly have got the mail from IOW to London in a day, it is only a hundred miles or so and there was an efficient railway system then.

Either the cover dates are wrong or the CIA and area 51 became involved.
vic

Ok they first flew in 1903 but even Wilber was only flying short trips in 1909.

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08 Jan 2015
11:54:00am
re: Southern Pacific to London

Valid points. The most likely answer is that I've misread the Oregon dispatch date as December, when in fact it was an earlier month. I will rescan with some image enhancement and examine under magnification. It is quite indistinct.

The Wright Brothers flew in 1903, and of course Lindbergh crossed the Atlantic in 1927.

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sheepshanks
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08 Jan 2015
12:02:56pm
re: Southern Pacific to London

Alcock and Brown made it in June 1919.

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Bobstamp
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08 Jan 2015
12:19:31pm
re: Southern Pacific to London

As far as I know, there was no regular airmail service across the North Atlantic until the initiation of North Atlantic Airmail Service on June 28, 1939. I think that the cover must have been posted several weeks prior to its delivery.

Bob

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sheepshanks
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08 Jan 2015
02:10:49pm
re: Southern Pacific to London

Just a further bit of information, this may be the addressee? cannot be sure without investigating further.Image Not Found

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sheepshanks
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08 Jan 2015
02:26:27pm
re: Southern Pacific to London

A little bit more, she left an estate of over 4000 UK pounds when she died.
Had brother Lt Col Arthur Campbell Money Maybe he can be traced to USA?

There is a family tree on Ancestry if you want to research further or contact a descendant.
vic

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