On May 20, 1927, at 7:52 a.m., Charles A. Lindbergh, an air mail pilot, flew from New York to Paris, arriving at 10:22 p.m. the next day. He flew 3610 miles and became the first man to fly non-stop across the Atlantic alone, breaking the non-stop distance record for an airplane. The sources listed below provide a window into aviation history and help capture the excitement and romance of a major breakthrough in air travel.
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One day in 1888 a stray dog, looking something like a Scotch terrier, with curly yellow and gray hair and large brown eyes, sneaked into the Albany, New York post office, curled up on a pile of empty mailbags, and was discovered next morning by the postal clerks.
“ . . . his sleep brings dreams of home.”—Christopher Columbus On August 3, 1492 Christopher Columbus set sail on his first voyage. Christopher Columbus was born in the seaport more »
The idea of state flowers first occurred in 1893 at the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago, where women's groups had decorated their state exhibits with representative flowers. During the fair, more »
Since word of the RMS Titanic's sinking on the night of April 14, 1912, the legend of this "unsinkable" trans-Atlantic liner has grown into mythology and has been immortalized in print, more »
It's not just about the cookies . . . March 12 was Girl Scout Day. Juliette Gordon Low (1860-1927) founded the Girl Scouts of America. She organized the first Girl more »
Franklin D. Roosevelt was born on January 30th, 1882. January is also National Hobby Month. In honor of both, here's a photo from the National Postal Museum Library's photo collection—of more »