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Newfoundland: Letter from John Alcock to his sister dated 12th June, 1919 and carried in the cover above.

Newfoundland: Letter from John Alcock to his sister dated 12th June, 1919 and carried in the cover above.

Author: Captain John Alcock

Medium: Ink on paper

Date: 1919

Shelfmark: Fitzgerald Collection

Item number: 2

Length: 215

Width: 213

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.

The image shows a letter in Alcock’s hand to his sister in Manchester carried on that first successful flight 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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