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Newfoundland: 1919 cover carried on Alcock and Brown's first Trans-Atlantic flight, (addressed to Alcock's sister), bearing 1919 (9 June) $1 on 15c. bright scarlet.

Newfoundland: 1919 cover carried on Alcock and Brown's first Trans-Atlantic flight, (addressed to Alcock's sister), bearing 1919 (9 June) $1 on 15c. bright scarlet.

Printer: Royal Gazette, St John's

Medium: Ink on paper

Date: 1919

Shelfmark: Fitzgerald Collection

Item number: 1

Length: 89

Width: 151

Scale: Millimetres

Genre: Philatelic item

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In 1913 the Daily Mail newspaper offered a prize of £10,000 for the first non-stop crossing of the Atlantic by a heavier than air machine. The 1914-18 War interrupted the attempts and in 1918 the Daily Mail’s offer was repeated.

Attempts were made from Newfoundland in 1919 and on 14th June the first successful flight with Captain John Alcock and navigator Lt. Arthur Whitten-Brown was made.

Exhibited is an envelope carried on that first successful flight and addressed to Mrs E Moseley, Alcock’s sister in Manchester. The next image shows the accompanying letter in Alcock’s hand, reading “…This letter will travel with me in the official mail bag, the first mail to be carried over the Atlantic…”

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