BOOK “The History of Mail Bombs” published by The Wreck & Crash Mail Society click here for details
BOOK “Railway Disaster Mail” published by The Rossiter Trust click here for details
NEW - 733. BRIDGING THE CONTINENTS IN WARTIME – IMPORTANT AIRMAIL ROUTES 1939-1945, by Hans E. Aitink and Egbert Hovenkamp. Published by de Stichting Luchtpostgeschiedenis Tweede Wereldoorlog, Enschede, The Netherlands, 2005. 227 pages, soft cover, A4 format. Written in English, details the major airmail routes during the Second World War period between 1939 and 1945. There are eighteen chapters. See Book List for details on the various chapters.
Reprint, New, soft cover. $50.00 plus applicable postage.
625A. AUSTRALIAN AIR MAIL CATALOGUE, 1990, 5th Edition. Edited by Nelson Eustis, published by Hobby Investments Pty Ltd. 307 pp. We have a few new copies left. Special clearance price. $30.00 plus $3.75 surface postage. Airmail is extra
World War II Mail from Switzerland to Great Britain, Canada & the United States - A Postal History Handbook, by Charles J. LaBlonde. Published by the American Helvetia Philatelic Society. Totally revised and updated from published articles. Extensive archival material. Over 230 illustrations. 5 new appendices on interesting and related topics. Expanded bibliography. Separate postal rate overview & summary. 75% airmail, but from an integrated postal history perspective (rates, routes & markings). Spiral bound to lay flat. Out of stock, but we might be able to find a copy
Train Wreck Cover - On 11 September 1932, a Southern Pacific Railroad train derailed in the High Sierra Mountains of California. Five railway mail clerks were carried 150 feet down a steep embankement in one of the mail cars that rolled down the canyon. Small size window envelope (2cent stamped envelope + a one cent stamp) from New York, probably to Oakland, Calif. Rubber stamp cachet "Received in bad condition at/Oakland, Calif." plus manuscript "From Train Wreck 9/12/32" (it actually occurred on the 11th) and then a rubber stamp "CLYDE E. SMITH/CARRIER #63 M./OAKLAND, CALIF.". Backstamped Oakland Sep. 13. Scarce. $50.00. Scan or fax copy available on request
Items from fire, which destroyed the Burlington, Iowa Depot. It is a check which was being mailed to a hospital services association, which was badly burned. There are two mimemograph explanations from the Burlington Post Office, which explain why the check is badly burned. The original envelope in which the check was being sent, is gone. Unusual items. $75.00. Scan or fax copy available on request
AIR CRASH MAIL OF IMPERIAL AIRWAYS & PREDECESSOR AIRLINES, by Kendall C. Sanford. A new publication by the Stuart Rossiter Trust Fund. See Book List
Volume One, Sixth Edition - AMERICAN AIR MAIL CATALOGUE. This 500 page catalogue contains revised and repriced listings of the following sections:
Pioneer Covers - 1910-1916
U.S. Governmental Flight Covers
U.S. Air Express Covers
Airport Dedication Covers
Mexico First Flight Covers - 1917-1939
SPECIAL CLEARANCE - 263. LES BALLONS MONTES - BOULES DE MOULINS, PIGEONGRAMMES, PAPILLONSDE METZ, Gerard Lheriter. Valeur Philatelique, Nice, France, 1989, 253 pp.Very good & concise history of the Paris Balloon Posts. Gives background on personalities of the Siege, separate chapters on the more spectacular flights like the "Ville d'Orleans" & "Le Normandie". Describes all the various markings & cachets, including their value. Gives departure dates & mail postmark dates for each balloon. Lists all the aeronauts & passengers, lists those balloons from which plis confies are known, lists rarity of covers from each balloon, and gives weight of mail carried on each, and value of covers in French francs, including value according to country of destination. All illustrations in color. Complete listingof all lettre journals published & values. HC, NEW. SPECIAL SALE PRICE $38.50
AIRMAILS OF NEW ZEALAND, VOLUME 3 - INTERNATIONAL AIRMAILS 1940-1970, by Robin M. Startup, June 1997. Details the international airmail services from wartime flying boat era up to the jet age, and is a sequel to Vol. 2. See Item 638 in Book List.
CORSAIRVILLE, THE LAST DOMAIN OF THE FLYING BOAT, Graham Coster. The story of the crash of the Imperial Airways “Corsair”ť in the Belgian Congo in 1939. The complete story of the extreme effort to repair and fly the Short flying boat out, which took 9 months. See Item 680 in Book List.
KATALOG DER DEUTSCHEN LUFTPOST, Teil 13: Erstfluge 1991-1999 - ohne Deutsche Lufthansa (Catalog of German Airmail, Volume 13: First Flights of airlines to/from Germany, except Lufthansa German Airlines), by Erich Haberer, 2000. See Item 647 in Book List.
TURBULENCE ON THE GROUND - PANAM AND BEYOND, Ed Parrey. Pub. by author, 2000. Nostalgic trip out of the past. The good and the bad at Pan American World Airways. The reader will be able to see what happens primarily on the ground at various airports. It is at times funny, sad and romantic. The action and adventures at those places are hectic, therefore part of the title "Turbulence on the Ground". Entertaining, interesting, humorous, intriguing. See Item 683 in Book List.
PAN AMERICAN'S PACIFIC PIONEERS, THE REST OF THE STORY, by Jon E. Krupnick. Pub. by Pictorial Histories Publishing Co., Missoula, MT - USA, 2000, 700 pp. 9 x 12 inch format. A pictorial history of Pan Am's Pacific First Flights - 1935-1946. Most complete collection of rare survey flight & first flight covers are shown in color as well as aircraft photos, poster/baggage label/timetable art, etc. A fantastic book. An update of No. 633, which was published in 1997. See Item 684 in Book List.
WINGED COURIER, by Harry Klein. Pub. by Howard B. Timmins, Cape Town, South Africa, 1955, 130 pp. A history of aviation in Southern Africa. Excellent coverage of the early airmail services, including Union Airways, Imperial Airways, BOAC and South African Airways. Very good black & white photos. See Item 732 in Book List.
NEW Ocean Liner Catapult Mail Service Covers all aspects of the Catapult service
Crash Mail - Miscellaneous information on crash covers, including some for sale
Aerophilatelic Society of Southern Africa - Covering aerophilately for Southern Africa. Publisher of The Aeroletter
Latecoere & Aeropostale Website - Information about these historic French airlines which served Africa & South America
Airships Blog - A Zeppelin History site. Discussion about the Hindenburg, crash covers from the Hindenburg, etc.
Aerodacious - From the "Aviation top 100" Aerodacious: Web-Catalog of First Flights including Pioneer, Government, CAM's, FAM's, JETs, Post-Deregulation, Canadian, World-Wide First Flights - Lots More & Everything Air Mail - Covers, Stamps & Labels
Rudy Pinto's Aerophilatelic Blog - Miscellaneous aerophilatelic items connected with India
of the Hindenburg - short profiles of the 97 people who were onboard the Hindeburg when it crashed
Zeppelin Study Group
The "Jenny" Stamp One Frame Exhibit
National Postal Museum - Hindenburg Crash Mail
SE Air Mail Society - Chapter of the American Air Mail Society in the Southeastern U.S.A
The Canadian Aerophilatelic
The Harold G. Dick Zeppelin Postcard Collection
Mike Piggin Auctions - Worldwide Postal History with good selections of Air Mail, Maritime, Military, POW & Internees, Disaster Mail, etc.
The Pan Am Flying Boat Service via Wake Island - Stamps & Covers - Dirk H.R. Spennemann
FIP Aerophilately Commission - The international philatelic federations are united in FIP (Federation Internationale de Philatelie). FIP sponsors international philatelic exhibitions and has created regulations for the judging of airmail exhibits at such exhibitions.
The Romanian Air Mail Service - Bibliography of articles on Romanian air mail services
Ephemeral Treasures - Aviation history and personal aviation experiences figure heavily on Bob Ingraham's Ephemeral Treasures web site. Most pages include illustrated images of contemporaneous stamps, covers, and postcards.
Postal Label Study Group - Publisher of the Worldwide Airmail Label Catalog
Airmails of Siam - A Handbook, by Nils Ramm-Ericson
- Planning Your Philatelic Estate
- Salm Foundation Reports
- The "AskPhil" Reference Library
- Public Philatelic Auctions - Lots of information about auctions, including worldwide philatelic auction houses
NEW Internet Philatelic Dealers Assocation – Internet Dealers on which you can depend
This website is a member of the Internet Philatelic Dealers Association & Aerophilately WebRings
The Wreck & Crash Mail Society was formed in the latter part of 1994, and is devoted to the collecting and study of all aspects of delayed and/or damaged mail and interrupted mail services. Currently the Society is composed of four study groups, namely: the Air Crash Study Group, The Railroad Wreck Study Group, the Ship Wreck Study Group, and the Suspended Mail/Conflicts Study Group.
The Society publishes a quarterly journal "La Catastrophe", which contains articles on all aspects of wreck and crash mail, as well as news on new cover discoveries, auction realizations on wreck and crash mail, and questions from members who are seeking information on their crash and wreck covers and the stories behind them.
The Wreck & Crash Mail Society normally holds an annual meeting (so far, all have been held in London), where members display parts of their collection, meet other collectors of wreck and crash mail, and exchange information and material with fellow members.
If you have an interest in this area of postal history, the organisers believe that the Wreck & Crash Mail Society will fulfill your interest. Annual membership dues are UKŁ15.000 or US$25.00, which includes a subscription to four issues of "La Catastrophe".
Next Meeting of the Wreck & Crash Mail Society
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING (AGM)
will be held on Saturday 20 September 2014 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Stampex Philatelic Exhibition, Business Design Center, 52 Upper Street, Islington, London, (closest Underground station is Angel). Please bring at least 16 album pages of your most interesting or favourite crash or wreck covers to show & discuss, and any covers for sale or trade. There will also be a short business meeting and elections, followed by members' displays and a featured speaker.
If you would like to join us for lunch at the Steam Passage Pub, we meet at the stand of David Morrison at 12:00 noon.
Those who will attend should notify Ken Sanford, at Email: , phone/fax 1 203 888 9237 or the address shown at the top of this website
Go to: The
Wreck & Crash Mail Society
for details and a membership application form
Rev. 26 February 2014