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First British airmail post office

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First British airmail post office

At this time post offices were 10-a-penny (cheaper than the stamps they sold, ha ha) but airmail post offices were rare as hens' teeth, since airmail did not exist - the only way to send a letter by air would be to use a pigeon. But in August 1902 some postcards did indeed travel by air with no feathers involved - by balloon.

Being the first airmail flight none of the paraphernalia of airmail post yet existed: no light-weight blue (why blue?) stationery, no stickers, no special stamps. So what role did the "first British airmail post office" play? See our page for the first British public airmail flight for more information.

Credit for this entry to: Alan Patient of www.plaquesoflondon.co.uk

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First British airmail post office

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