This is a custom collage featuring a first day Postal Cover signed by Amelia Earhart. The collage celebrates Earhart's famous transatlantic journey. The first day cover is dated May 20,1932 in New York and autographed by Amelia Earhart with full signature in black ink. The First Day Cover honors her flight as “America’s First Lady of the Air, First Woman to Fly the Atlantic Alone.” The postal cover is accompanied by black and white photographs of Earhart and her airplane.
Amelia Mary Earhart (July 24, 1897; disappeared July 2, 1937) was an American aviation pioneer and author. She was the first female pilot to ever fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. She received the United States Distinguished Flying Cross for this accomplishment and set many other records in aviation. She also wrote best-selling books about her flying experiences, which gave context to her detailed flying history as a female pilot.
After Charles Lindbergh’s solo flight across the Atlantic in 1927, there was increased interest in a woman flying across the Atlantic Ocean. In 1928, Earhart accompanied pilot Wilmer Stultz and copilot and mechanic Louis Gordon on a transatlantic flight, but did not fly the plane. Some years later, on the morning May 20, 1932, Earhart set out on her first solo transatlantic flight. She intended to fly to Paris in her single engine Lockhead Vega 5B to emulate Charles Lindbergh’s solo flight five years earlier. After 14 hours, 56 minutes, during which time she contended with strong northerly winds, icy conditions and mechanical problems, Earhart landed in Northern Ireland. The landing was witnessed by Cecil King and T. Sawyer. When a farm hand asked, "Have you flown far?" Earhart replied, "From America.”
Earhart was the first woman to fly solo nonstop across the Atlantic Ocean. She received the Distinguished Flying Cross from Congress, the Cross of Knight of the Legion of Honor from the French Government, and the Gold Medal from the National Geographic Society from President Herbert Hoover. Her fame grew, and she maintained friendships with many people in high offices, including First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. She was a member of the National Woman’s Party and an early supporter of the Equal Rights Amendment.
In 1935, Earhart became a visiting faculty member at Purdue University as an advisor to aeronautical engineering and a career counselor to women students. During an attempt to make a circumnavigational flight of the globe in 1937 in a Purdue-funded Lockheed Model 10-E Electra, Earhart and navigator Fred Noonan disappeared over the central Pacific Ocean near Howland Island.
Overall very good condition with clear signature. Full signature in dark black ink, bold and clear. 5 cent stamp is intact, paper quality is healthy. Postmarked “May 20, 1932, 9:30 AM, New York, NY.” in black ink. Signed postal cover and photographs are presented in an archival custom-built black wooden frame with leather top mat and UV Conservation Clear glass. Framed dimensions: 36” H x 18” W x 2 1/4”D.
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