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Red Letter Day: U.S. Postal Service Continues 100th Anniversary Commemoration

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The second United States Air Mail Forever stamp, the Air Mail Red Forever stamp is being issued to mark the 100th anniversary of the Post Office Department’s taking charge of the nation’s airmail service and making it part of the fabric of the American economy. (PRNewsfoto/U.S. Postal Service)

 

By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– The United States Postal Service will be holding a first day of issue on August 11th for the release of the second United States Air Mail Forever Stamp.

In May, the Postal Service issued a United States Air Mail Blue Forever stamp to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the beginning of airmail service. Now, a United States Air Mail Red Forever stamp is being issued to mark the 100th anniversary of the Post Office Department’s taking charge of the nation’s airmail service and making it part of the fabric of the American economy.

The Post Office Department initiated regular U.S. Air Mail Service from College Park Airfield in Marylandto New York Cityon Aug. 12, 1918. This 218-mile route was the first step in establishing a transcontinental route by air. Operating from Aug. 12, 1918, through Sept. 1, 1927, this pioneering aviation service was instrumental in developing a critical infrastructure—profitable routes, lighted airfields for night flying, and improved navigational tools—that allowed it to succeed and prosper.

The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.

 

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