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Presented here are covers (envelopes) documenting significant events in aviation. Specifically shown are numerous covers that were carried onboard aircraft by pilots and crew during various historical flights. Text-based typed cachets contain details of the flight, usually having been filled out by the pilot following the flight. Letters and correspondence between collectors, pilots, Air Force installations, and aviation manufactures have been included to document the who/what/where/when of how the covers were obtained. These photos and tables are intended to document a small portion of the covers seen and encourge further discussion with periodic site updates as new information is discovered and reviewed.

Thousands of aviation events were documented this way during the past century, therefore no attempt will be made to show each and every cover here. On several occasions, only one or two covers were created for a specific event; collectors should be aware that a "complete set" is not always an attainable goal. The focus of the community has been to document and educate each other by sharing and presenting the events they have collected in an effort to better tell the story of aviation. Comparing flight details between covers from the same time period has given a unique insight into these events and the pilots involved.

Inaccurate information can be present on covers, for instance the date of the flight or model designation of the aircraft may have been incorrectly recorded. Flying these covers was not a formal process which makes these errors understandable and are well within the expectations of the time period. The postal cancellation dates may not (and usually don't) coincide with the event as typical with other fields of philately. Collectors were very much at the mercy of the pilot's schedule, with many covers being mailed the following day, week, or in some instances months after the event had occurred.

Futher discussions about the various types of covers can be found on collectSPACE. A running list of event topics can be found here.

Please feel free to send in photos of covers you've seen online or from your personal collection that are not currently represented here for inclusion in the archive. Images are credited to owners who have sent in covers or posted them publicly.

The focus of the page currently is covers associated with Harry A. Gordon (1907-1982) and his brother David Gordon (1909-1999). In the future it is planned to add other cachet makers who were also active in the field (e.g. Barbara Baker, Larry Baxter, Edmond Browne, Raymond Davis, Howard Gilpin, Emil Kimak, Joe Nagl, A. L. Nicholson, Bill Schneider Jr., Joe W. Roberts, etc.).


To supplement the covers, several articles from the American Airmail Society's (AAMS) Airpost Journal (APJ) are included below. Many of these were written by or discuss notable collector Harry A. Gordon, who was an active member of the AAMS during his lifetime. Click images to enlarge.

Do You Collect Jet Flight Covers?

August 1956
Something Unsual

February 1957
Some Jet Covers Still Hard To Get

May 1957
Aerobatic Jet Team Covers

Septemeber 1957
I.G.Y. Blimp Flight to T-3

November 1958
A Flying Saucer Cover

October 1959
A Warning To Collectors

January 1962
What Shall I Collect Now?
(Intro to Space Covers)

November 1962
And finally, a few photos of Mr. Gordon
 
January 1964 & February 1965




1930's

Note:

The Harry Gordon covers in this section are slightly different than the rest. They can be thought of as his personal copy of an event cover, with many others of the same type existing addressed to other collectors (who also received them from the flight). Harry began designing, creating, and obtaining his own pilot-signed covers after WWII (1946-47) as shown in the following sections.

1/12/1934

8/20/1935

Cover Back
Image Credit: JM
1938

8/9/1939

Cover Back
11/11/1939

Note:

A pioneering group in the basic style of text-based cachets with fill-in elements was active during the 1930's in Brooklyn, NY. What began as the Brooklyn College Philatelic Society (BCPS, 193?-35) had by mid-1935 changed its name to the Collegiate Philatelic Society (CPS, 1935-1941). This group had close ties with the National Aeronautic Association (NAA) in New York City and was rather successful in obtaining early military (ex. Y1B-17) and commercial prototype (ex. Boeing Stratoliner) aircraft test flown covers. Some covers of this era are directly addressed to the NAA on a CPS return address envelope or addressed to a CPS member c/o NAA Philatelic Society.

Most share an identical fill-in-the-blank text-based cachet in the form of: "This envelope was carried in" [blank] "From" [blank] "To" [blank] "Through the courtesy of" [blank]. Examples of these pioneering covers can be found archived below. Key memebers of this group were: Louis Fischbach, Gustave F. Lancaster, and Joseph H. Spiegelberg.

Along with the help of a Navy pilot Jesse G. Johnson (later an admiral), who was also an influential member of the American Airmail Society (AAMS), they amassed quite a collection of covers carried on Army and Navy training maneuvers, long-range flights, and many record setting trans-oceanic flights. A selection of their flown covers have been subsequently documented along with other covers of the era in the American Airmail Catalogue.

This group created material through the duration of WWII and immediately afterwards including covers carried on around-the-world B-29 training flights post-war. As the members of CPS transitioned to new roles during WWII, several of them chartered the Metropolitan Airmail Cover Club (MACC, 1941) to capture a wider geographical area and keep the collecting alive during the war. Also, as is to be expected, members were not limited to belonging to several organizations simultaneously, so finding covers with multiple names or correspondence between members has been beneficial. The MACC eventually changed its name to the Metropolitan Air Post Society (MAPS) and continues today. Harry Gordon was a member of MACC and decidely carried on in the footsteps of CPS, obtaining a significant number of pilot carried covers.

Reference Guide to Early Flown & Carried Covers

B.C.P.S = Brooklyn College Philatelic Society
C.P.S. = Collegiate Philatelic Society
N.A.A. = National Aeronutical Association Aero-Philatelic Society
M.A.C.C = Metropolitan Airmail Cover Club
1934

Cover Backs
Image Credit: JM
1935 B.C.P.S.



1936 C.P.S.

Cover Backs
Image Credit: JM
1936-37 C.P.S.

Cover Backs
Image Credit: JM
1938 N.A.A.

Cover Backs
Image Credit: JM
1938-39 N.A.A.

Cover Backs
Image Credit: JM
1939 C.P.S.

Cover Backs
Image Credit: JM
1939 N.A.A.

Cover Backs
Image Credit: JM
1944-45 M.A.C.C.

Cover Backs
Image Credit: JM
1946-47 N.A.A.

Cover Backs
Image Credit: JM
1947 N.A.A.

Cover Backs
Image Credit: JM
1947 N.A.A.

Cover Backs
Image Credit: JM
1945-1949

Note:

The prototypical Harry Gordon typed cachet first appears in 1947; a C-54 flight on October 8th, 1947 is an early example captured below.

These cachets were created using descriptive text and fill-in-the-blank lines added via a typewriter, usually on the left-hand side of an airmail envelope. He applied many of the same elements used on earlier event covers by the CPS. Harry also included rubber-stamped text and etiquette labels (e.g. "Jet Air Mail") to further enchace the presentation. These etiquettes were created with a rubber-stamp at first then transitioned to being pre-printed labels placed on later covers. The etiquettes were applied at the same time as the cachet, with them often found underneath the postage or tied to the cover by postal cancellations.

Closer examination of return addresses for UK flights hints that, on numerous occasions, Harry enlisted the help of fellow AAMS memeber Jimmie Wotherspoon (formerly of the RAF during WWII) to obtain these specific flights.

8/13/1945

Cover Back
6/18/1946

Cover Back
7/2/1946

Cover Back
8/31/1946

9/3/1946

Image Credit: JM
9/7/1946

9/7/1946

11/1/1946

1/7/1947

Cover Back
2/6/1947

2/7/1947

Cover Back
6/1/1947

Image Credit: JM
6/3/1947

Image Credit: JM
7/22/1947

8/1/1947

8/25/1947

Cover Back
9/16/1947

10/8/1947

8/6/1948

8/11/1948

8/12/1948

Image Credit: NH
8/18/1948

11/16/1948

11/18/1948

2/9/1949

Image Credit: EZ
2/18/1949

2/25/1949

2/25/1949

3/17/1949

3/17/1949

4/15/1949

Image Credit: NH
5/9/1949

Return Envelope
Enclosed Letter
5/9/1949

Image Credit: EB
5/19/1949

6/16/1949

Gordon Address
Covered Up
6/16/1949

Enclosed Description
Enclosed Article
7/7/1949

7/18/1949

10/28/1949

11/10/1949

12/29/1949

Image Credit: EB
12/29/1949

1950

Note:

A fairly standard layout now exists for the covers. We begin to see Harry hit his stride, which would be maintained throughout the 1950's and into the early 1960's.

Harry was persistent in writing to pilots and the volume of covers are evidence of his success. Information contained within the letters he received back from the test pilots, US Air Force, and aviation manufacturers is insightful. The pleasantries exchanged in some are evidence that relationships were formed and the pilots were happy to oblige him as a collector.

2/1/1950

2/1/1950

Gordon Address
Covered Up
Image Credit: DD
2/1/1950

3/5/1950

3/24/1950

4/20/1950

5/6/1950

5/11/1950

5/24/1950

Image Credit: JM
6/3/1950

Image Credit: JM
6/24/1950

7/29/1950

8/21/1950

Image Credit: NH
8/26/1950

8/26/1950

9/28/1950

10/27/1950

Return Envelope Front
Return Envelope Back
Enclosed Letter
11/15/1950

11/15/1950

11/15/1950

11/15/1950

11/15/1950

Enclosed Letter
11/27/1950

11/27/1950

12/2/1950

12/19/1950

Image Credit: JM
12/19/1950

12/21/1950

1951
1/17/1951

1/23/1951

3/24/1951

6/11/1951

6/11/1951

Image Credit: DD
6/30/1951

8/2/1951

Return Envelope
Enclosed Letter
8/6/1951

Cover Back
Gordon Address
Covered Up
8/7/1951

Image Credit: SD
8/17/1951

8/18/1951

8/18/1951

Image Credit: NH
9/05/1951

Image Credit: NH
9/10/1951

9/22/1951

10/16/1951

11/19/1951

1952
1/21/1952

2/8/1952

Image Credit: NH
2/18/1952

2/21/1952

2/27/1952

Image Credit: NH
3/26/1952

3/26/1952

4/15/1952

4/15/1952

Image Credit: JM
4/15/1952

Enclosed Description
5/3/1952

5/9/1952

5/13/1952

6/4/1952

6/11/1952

6/17/1952

Image Credit: NH
7/2/1952

7/3/1952

7/5/1952

7/23/1952

8/2/1952

8/4/1952

8/4/1952

8/4/1952

8/4/1952

8/5/1952

9/10/1952

10/2/1952

10/2/1952

Image Credit: JM
10/2/1952

11/21/1952

11/30/1952

11/30/1952

12/04/1952

Image Credit: NH
1953
1/12/1953

Return Envelope
Enclosed Letter
1/12/1953

1/30/1953

2/3/1953

Image Credit: KH
2/18/1953

3/11/1953

4/9/1953

4/9/1953

4/11/1953

4/14/1953

5/22/1953

5/26/1953

6/23/1953

7/20/1953

8/1/1953

8/2/1953

8/7/1953

Image Credit: NH
8/25/1953

9/5/1953

9/13/1953

10/1/1953

Image Credit: NH
10/3/1953

Image Credit: JM
10/3/1953

10/27/1953

10/27/1953

10/27/1953

10/29/1953

Cover Back
12/6/1953

12/8/1953

12/15/1953

Cover Back
12/15/1953

Return Envelope
Enclosed Letter
12/17/1953

1954
2/24/1954

Image Credit: JM
2/24/1954

Image Credit: JM
2/24/1954

Return Envelope
Enclosed Letter
Image Credit: JM
3/12/1954

3/12/1954

3/12/1954

3/15/1954

4/7/1954

Image Credit: NH
4/30/1954

5/12/1954

5/13/1954

5/14/1954

5/18/1954

6/3/1954

6/4/1954

6/23/1954

Image Credit: NH
6/23/1954

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6/28/1954

6/28/1954

6/28/1954

Image Credit: JM
7/8/1954

7/15/1954

7/15/1954

8/4/1954

Image Credit: JM
8/5/1954

8/11/1954

8/18/1954

8/24/1954

Envelope Back
Enclosed Card
9/17/1954

9/21/1954

9/23/1954

9/23/1954

Image Credit: NH
9/23/1954

9/28/1954

9/29/1954

Image Credit: JM
10/4/1954

10/12/1954

10/14/1954

Image Credit: NH
10/16/1954

10/18/1954

10/23/1954

10/25/1954

Image Credit: JM
10/25/1954

10/26/1954

10/26/1954

10/27/1954

10/27/1954

10/27/1954

10/28/1954

10/28/1954

11/3/1954

11/10/1954

11/10/1954

11/10/1954

11/26/1954

12/5/1954

12/6/1954

12/16/1954

12/21/1954

1955
1/7/1955

1/10/1955

1/12/1955

1/13/1955

1/14/1955

1/26/1955

1/28/1955

1/29/1955

2/3/1955

2/3/1955

2/12/1955

2/22/1955

2/23/1955

3/12/1955

3/18/1955

Image Credit: NH
3/22/1955

3/23/1955

4/5/1955

4/21/1955

4/25/1955

Image Credit: NH
4/25/1955

5/20/1955

Image Credit: JM
5/25/1955

5/25/1955

6/19/1955

6/19/1955

6/24/1955

7/1/1955

Cover Back
7/6/1955

7/7/1955

Cover Back
7/14/1955

7/20/1955

7/25/1955

7/27/1955

7/28/1955

7/31/1955

Image Credit: EB
8/4/1955

8/9/1955

8/14/1955

8/18/1955

8/19/1955

8/19/1955

8/30/1955

Image Credit: NH
8/30/1955

9/3/1955

9/4/1955

9/5/1955

9/6/1955

9/10/1955

10/7/1955

10/11/1955

Image Credit: JM
10/11/1955

Image Credit: NH
10/12/1955

10/12/1955

10/13/1955

Image Credit: NH
10/13/1955

10/14/1955

10/14/1955

10/15/1955

10/15/1955

10/20/1955

Image Credit: NH
10/29/1955

10/31/1955

11/14/1955

11/18/1955

11/18/1955

11/18/1955

Image Credit: EB
11/18/1955

Image Credit: DD
11/23/1955

11/28/1955

11/28/1955

11/30/1955

12/1/1955

Image Credit: NH
12/1/1955

12/2/1955

12/8/1955

12/13/1955

12/13/1955

12/13/1955

12/14/1955

Image Credit: JM
12/16/1955

12/16/1955

1956
1/4/1956

Image Credit: EZ
1/4/1956

1/6/1956

1/16/1956

2/3/1956

2/12/1956

2/29/1956

Image Credit: NH
3/8/1956

3/14/1956

Image Credit: NH
3/14/1956

3/15/1956

3/24/1956

3/25/1956

3/26/1956

3/28/1956

3/29/1956

3/29/1956

4/5/1956

4/16/1956

Image Credit: JM
4/18/1956

4/18/1956

4/22/1956

4/27/1956

4/27/1956

4/27/1956

5/7/1956

5/8/1956

5/11/1956

Image Credit: NH
5/18/1956

5/19/1956

5/19/1956

5/21/1956

5/21/1956

5/22/1956

5/24/1956

6/14/1956

6/20/1956

6/26/1956

Image Credit: KH
7/23/1956

7/23/1956

Image Credit: EB
7/25/1956

7/31/1956

8/2/1956

8/8/1956

8/8/1956

Return Envelope
Enclosed Letter
8/8/1956

8/18/1956

Enclosed Letter
8/18/1956

Enclosed Letter
8/20/1956

8/20/1956

Enclosed Letter Page 1
Enclosed Letter Page 2
8/21/1956

8/21/1956

8/29/1956

8/31/1956

8/31/1956

9/1/1956

9/2/1956

9/4/1956

9/10/1956

Cover Back
9/11/1956

9/28/1956

9/30/1956

Sept. 1956

Sept. 1956

Image Credit: DD
Sept. 1956?

Sept. 1956?

10/2/1956

10/4/1956

Image Credit: NH
10/10/1956

10/12/1956

10/12/1956

10/12/1956

10/17/1956

11/11/1956

11/11/1956

11/11/1956

Image Credit: NH
11/15/1956

11/15/1956

11/26/1956

11/27/1956

12/27/1956

Image Credit: NH
12/29/1956

1957
1/2/1957

Image Credit: NH
1/8/1957

1/8/1957

1/8/1957

1/23/1957

1/31/1957

2/18/1957

3/3/1957

Cover Back
3/11/1957

3/11/1957

3/16/1957

3/21/1957

3/21/1957

4/1/1957

4/10/1957

4/27/1957

Helicopters
1, 2, 3
4/27/1957

Helicopters
4, 5
5/4/1957

5/14/1957

5/16/1957

5/16/1957

Cover Back
5/20/1957

5/21/1957

6/12/1957

6/18/1957

Image Credit: NH
6/26/1957

Image Credit: JM
7/8/1957

Image Credit: JM
7/19/1957

8/20/1957

8/26/1957

9/4/1957

9/5/1957

Planes
1, 2, 3
9/5/1957

Planes
4, 5, 6
9/5/1957

Plane
7
9/5/1957

Image Credit: NH
9/13/1957

Planes
1, 2, 3
9/13/1957

Planes
4, 5, 6
9/13/1957

Plane
7
9/14/1957

9/18/1957

9/18/1957

Image Credit: NH
9/24/1957

9/26/1957

9/29/1957

10/2/1957

10/8/1957

10/13/1957

10/15/1957

10/22/1957

11/6/1957

11/9/1957

11/9/1957

11/12/1957

11/19/1957

1958
1/9/1958

1/9/1958

1/9/1958

1/13/1958

1/13/1958

Image Credit: NH
1/18/1958

1/21/1958

1/21/1958

2/3/1958

Postcard Back
2/6/1958

2/11/1958

Postcard Back
2/16/1958

3/3/1958

Image Credit: JM
3/12/1958

3/19/1958

3/21/1958

3/23/1958

3/23/1958

3/23/1958

3/27/1958

3/28/1958

3/29/1958

4/10/1958

4/11/1958

4/11/1958

4/15/1958

Image Credit: NH
4/16/1958

4/17/1958

4/21/1958

4/30/1958

5/8/1958

5/14/1958

5/14/1958

Enclosed Letter
5/24/1958

Image Credit: JM
5/30/1958

6/2/1958

6/2/1958

6/3/1958

6/4/1958

Image Credit: JM
6/6/1958

6/6/1958

6/6/1958

6/11/1958

6/19/1958

6/26/1958

7/12/1958

7/19/1958

7/26/1958

Image Credit: NH
8/4/1958

8/12/1958

8/20/1958

8/25/1958

8/31/1958

8/31/1958

9/16/1958

9/24/1958

USS Shangri-La
(CVA-38)
9/30/1958

10/2/1958

Image Credit: JM
10/2/1958

10/2/1958

10/11/1958

10/12/1958

10/14/1958

10/15/1958

10/16/1958

10/25/1958

11/1/1958

11/4/1958

Image Credit: JM
11/20/1958

11/20/1958

11/20/1958

12/20/1958

1959
1/1/1959

1/1/1959

1/1/1959

1/1/1959

1/1/1959

1/1/1959

1/1/1959

1/14/1959

1/20/1959

1/28/1959

2/22/1959

2/29/1959

3/18/1959

3/24/1959

4/4/1959

Gordon Address
Covered Up
4/4/1959

Gordon Address
Label
4/7/1959

4/7/1959

Cover Back
4/14/1959

4/21/1959

5/9/1959

Image Credit: NH
5/19/1959

5/25/1959

Cover Back
5/28/1959

Cover Back
Enclosed Letter
6/5/1959

6/11/1959

6/16/1959

6/21/1959

6/23/1959

7/22/1959

7/22/1959

7/22/1959

7/23/1959

8/1/1959

8/2/1959

8/10/1959

8/22/1959

8/26/1959

8/26/1959

Cover Back
Enclosed APJ Article
Enclosed News Article
8/27/1959

8/27/1959

9/2/1959

9/7/1959

9/28/1959

Image Credit: JM
10/15/1959

11/6/1959

11/19/1959

11/22/1959

11/22/1959

11/23/1959

11/24/1959

12/16/1959

12/16/1959

12/18/1959

1960-62

Note:

The types of events covered begins to shift in the early 1960's. Harry writes about these changing times in an Airpost Journal article published January of 1962. Increased levels of security around military flights prompts a warning to collectors against continuing to persue these flown covers. Whether this sentiment was genuine or simply a way to further "corner the market" it is not known. The volume of covers certainly does begin to decrese, however Harry is still successful in procuring certain events.

Around this same time, the US space program provides a multitude of new and exciting events to collect. While the majority of space events did not allow opportunity for flown covers, envelopes could be sent to ships and tracking stations participating in the missions. Many of these types of covers were located at stations around the world or on-board the primary and secondary ships during astronaut and capsule recovery.

Harry discusses his shift to collecting space covers in an Airpost Journal article titled "What Shall I Collect Now?" in November of 1962.

1/11/1960

Image Credit: NH
1/19/1960

1/21/1960

1/28/1960

Image Credit: NH
1/29/1960

Image Credit: NH
1/29/1960

Image Credit: NH
2/5/1960

2/17/1960

3/25/1960

5/19/1960

7/11/1960

Image Credit: NH
8/12/1960

8/16/1960

9/7/1960

9/7/1960

9/7/1960

9/7/1960

9/14/1960

9/24/1960

9/27/1960

10/5/1960

10/7/1960

10/19/1960

11/3/1960

11/14/1960

11/17/1960

1/5/1961

1/12/1961

1/17/1961

2/18/1961

Image Credit: NH
3/3/1961

Image Credit: JM
3/14/1961

3/16/1961

3/17/1961

Image Credit: NH
4/26/1961

5/25/1961

6/5/1961

6/6/1961

Image Credit: JM
7/21/1961

Image Credit: HA
7/26/1961

9/9/1961

9/13/1961

9/23/1961

Image Credit: JM
11/14/1961

Image Credit: NH
11/27/1961

11/29/1961

12/5/1961

12/6/1961

12/6/1961

2/12/1962

2/20/1962

2/20/1962

2/20/1962

2/20/1962

3/7/1962

Image Credit: JM
4/25/1962

5/24/1962

7/10/1962

7/22/1962

7/26/1962

8/16/1962

8/27/1962

10/3/1962

10/3/1962

Gordon Address
Covered Up
10/3/1962

12/13/1962

12/13/1962

1963-65
1/12/1963

1/17/1963

Image Credit: DD
2/14/1963

2/14/1963

4/18/1963

4/18/1963

4/18/1963

5/4/1963

5/15/1963

5/15/1963

Gordon Address
Covered Up
5/15/1963

5/15/1963

5/24/1963

5/27/1963

Image Credit: JM
6/4/1963

6/14/1963

Image Credit: JM
6/25/1963

6/27/1963

Image Credit: DD
7/4/1963

Cover Back
7/26/1963

Image Credit: JM
7/26/1963

8/20/1963

9/29/1963

10/17/1963

10/19/1963

10/20/1963

10/21/1963

10/23/1963

10/23/1963

11/16/1963

Image Credit: NH
11/16/1963

1/21/1964

1/30/1964

Image Credit: NH
9/14/1964

Image Credit: JM
9/21/1964

11/28/1964

12/18/1964

1/3/1965

1/9/1965

1/13/1965

Image Credit: NH
1/19/1965

1/19/1965

1/19/1965

3/4/1965

3/7/1965

3/23/1965

3/23/1965

3/23/1965

4/21/1965

Image Credit: JM
5/27/1965

6/3/1965

Image Credit: TS
6/3/1965

Image Credit: TS
6/3/1965

Image Credit: TS
6/3/1965

6/3/1965

6/3/1965

7/18/1965

8/9/1965

Enclosed Card
8/27/1965

8/29/1965

12/2/1965

12/4/1965

12/15/1965

12/21/1965

1966-69
1/26/1966

2/23/1966

2/26/1966

Image Credit: OM
3/14/1966

Cover Back
3/16/1966

4/14/1966

4/14/1966

4/15/1966

6/3/1966

8/25/1966

Image Credit: SD
8/25/1966

Image Credit: OM
9/4/1966

9/12/1966

11/11/1966

1/28/1967

2/5/1967

6/13/1967

11/8/1967

11/9/1967

11/15/1967

Image Credit: DD
12/12/1967

2/28/1968

4/4/1968

6/30/1968

9/19/1968

Enclosed Letter
10/11/1968

10/22/1968

Image Credit: RS
12/21/1968

12/27/1968

Image Credit: JM
1/21/1969

3/2/1969

3/2/1969

3/3/1969

4/7/1969

Image Credit: EZ
4/7/1969

5/18/1969

7/20/1969

7/21/1969

7/24/1969

7/24/1969

Image Credit: CH
8/5/1969

11/14/1969

11/14/1969

11/14/1969

11/19/1969

11/19/1969

11/24/1969

Image Credit: CH
1970's

Note:

The end of an era. By this time, Harry's covers are much fewer in number and are mainly for recovery ships, tracking stations, and other significant space related events. Other collectors have some success with carried covers however the "Golden Age of the 1950's" is now over.

For reference, the last cover shown with Harry's name is from ASTP Splashown on July 24th, 1975 and has a return address no longer on Garden St. Please send in any examples that are after this date, if they exist.

1/27/1970

4/17/1970

Image Credit: CH
1/31/1971

1/31/1971

1/31/1971

2/1/1971

2/9/1971

4/17/1972

4/26/1972

Image Credit: RS
4/27/1972

Image Credit: CH
12/7/1972

12/7/1972

12/19/1972

Image Credit: CH
5/14/1973

7/28/1973

7/28/1973

11/15/1973

11/16/1973

7/24/1975

Image Credit: JM
Covers Returned Blank / Missing Information

Note:

One can only imagine how many requests went unfulfilled or were simply discarded over the years. Sometimes you see correspondence with pilots returning covers unflown and suggesting they should try having someone else fly them next time. In other instances, completely blank covers were returned without any details of the flight or not being posted at all. A few examples of these cases are included below.








Return Addresses: Harry A. Gordon
Address Style Example Earliest Known Latest Known
780 Garden St.
Bronx, NY
Rubber Stamp 1/12/1934 8/20/1935
770 Garden St.
Bronx, NY
Typed 1938 11/11/1939
795 Garden St.
New York City, 60, NY
Typed or
Handwritten
8/13/1945 -------
795 Garden St.
New York City, 60, NY
Rubber Stamp 8/25/1947 10/3/1962
795 Garden St.
Bronx 60, NY
Rubber Stamp (Style 1) 12/13/1962 9/19/1968
795 Garden St.
Bronx 60, NY
Rubber Stamp (Style 2) 10/22/1968 12/19/1972
333-7 E. 181st St.
Bronx, NY 10457
Rubber Stamp 12/7/1972 7/24/1975


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