Today in Postal History
Denmark Early Flight
May 12, 1914
From Pioneer Airpost Flights of the World 1910-1935, Dr. Max Kronstein, American Air Mail Society, 1978:
May 10, 11, 1912,
Copenhagen had one of its unique
aviation events. The French aviator Pegoud with his Bleriot
performed his famous Looping presentations. He shot up into
then turned upside down and continued his flight with the wheels on top
until he turned over to the normal position. Very few flyers
period were able to do that. In spite of a 50 Ore entrance
public participation was considerable. Another contestant,
demonstrated his biplane flights and then left by air for Krisham and
other places in Norway for demonstration flights. These
terminated on May 12 by a flight of Lieutenant Ussing with a Henry
Farman plane. As announced in advance by the Bornehjoelp
Committee, he carried a special airmail from Copenhagen to
4500 cards, mostly issued by the same committee, had been
uniformed postal official delivered the mail in packages to the
airplane. This produced about 1000 Kronen for the committee.
minutes after his
start from Copenhagen, Ussing landed at
Roskilde, observed by about 2000 people who gave him a jubilant
reception. He turned the mail over to the postmaster and left
minutes later for the return flight to Copenhagen, arriving 59 minutes
after his original departure.
cards have a
circular cachet "Flown with Denmark's
First Airpost -- 12 May 1914." The postage stamps were
the redespatch at Roskilde.
The American Air Mail Society Catalog
notes that there are
two cachets on this cover.
The first is the violet Besorgert med Danmarks -- 12 Maj 1914 -- 1ste Flyvepost which is translated above.
The second is a magenta cachet for the sponsoring committee "Børnehjælps | Dagen | 12 Maj | 1914."
Børnehjælpsdagen translates as "Child Help Day" which I believe was a children's charity.*
The card's illustration would seem to suggest that sort of activity.
Can someone confirm that?
Roskilde is just a bit more than 30 km
west of Copenhagen.
No wonder the round trip was completed in less than an hour.
Here is a link to a 1910 Henry Farman plane.
Here is a link to some 1912 Farman planes.
The picture postcard was franked with a
1907 5 ore green
numeral (Scott 72).
The cover's route was from Copenhagen to
Roskilde where it
was cancelled with a CDS.
It was then forwarded to Skovshoved.
Shovshoved is on the coast about 10 km north of Copenhagen.*
It is a site for sail racing.
The message is just a greeting from Børnehjælpsdagen.*
There is a better image of the message here.
*Thanks to Bjorn Munch for help in
translating Child Help Day
and the message and in identifying and locating Skovshoved.
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