Airmail was a special service provided by postal services. I say was because in this modern era most mail is routinely sent via air. Prior to the 1970s airmail was a premium service that cost more and was handled separately from the normal mail stream.
I collect and exhibit airmail covers (envelopes) that have actually traveled through the mails. I do not collect First Day of Issue Covers or Event Covers or First Flight Covers as these are contrived for collectors for the most part.
Although I am Canadian I am interested in U.S. airmail almost exclusively. I collect by issue and then usages (uses), rates, and destinations. Some of the airmail issues/series I collect are:
- 6c Transport Airmail Issue of 1941 – 44 (Scott C25, C25a coil) – this is my primary area of expertise.
- Jet Plane & Globe Issue of 1976 (Scott C89 and C90) 25c and 31c denomination
- Scenic American Landscape International Rate Issue of 1999 – 2012
- 5c DC-4 Skymaster Issue of 1946 – 48 (C32, C33 and C37 coil)
I also contribute a regular column, Via Airmail, to The Stamp Insider a bi-monthly philatelic magazine.
Steve B. Davis
(hence the handle/userid “stamperdad”)