Notes from the Past

World's First Official Air Mail Flight

This Indian cover was sold on September 5, 2000, on eBay.  The winning price was $83.57.

Here's what the American Air Mail Catalogue Volume II 1950 edition had to say about the cover:

1.  1911, February 18 -- World's First Official Air Mail Flight, Allahabad.  In connections with the United Provinces Industrial and Agricultural Exhibition at Allahabad, a number of exhibition mail carrying flights were arranged through the cooperation of the Postmaster General.  About 6500 letters and cards were flown by the French Aviator, M. Pequet, from the Exhibition Grounds at Allahabad to Naini Junction, about five miles away.  Covers were marked with a large magenta cachet showing a plane within a double lined circle, inscribed "First Aerial Post -- 1911 -- U.P. Exhibition Allahabad".  About 40 larger used cards were signed by the pilot.
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