Jerrie Mock First Day Cover

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Title

Jerrie Mock First Day Cover

Subject

Jerrie Mock
World Flight
Amelia Earhart
Pilots

Description

Columbus, OH native Jerrie Mock carried signed envelopes known as First Day Covers with her during her historic 1964 world flight. She left Columbus on March 19, 1964 in a used Cessna plane that she named Charlie and returned on April 17, 1964 to become the first woman to fly around the world solo in a single engine plane.

A First Day Cover is an envelope with a stamp that was canceled – or used – on its first day of issue from the U.S. Postal Service. Event covers are a subset of First Day Cover that commemorate an event, often with an illustration called a “cachet.” For many pilots, First Day Covers helped finance their flights. Pilots carried a limited number of event covers created for their flight, autographed each cover, and then sold the covers to the public upon landing.

While this envelope does not feature a cachet, it does include a red 8¢ Amelia Earhart U.S. Air Mail stamp and is postmarked in Columbus, OH on March 19, 1964. Mock addressed the envelope to her home address and signed it. The back of the envelope features three postmarks - one dated April 13, 1964 in Wake Island in the Pacific Ocean, and two postmarks for Columbus, Ohio at 10 p.m. on April 17, 1964.

Date

March 19, 1964 - April 17, 1964

Contributor

Donated by Jerrie Mock

Rights

Online access is provided for research purposes only. For rights and reproduction requests contact the International Women's Air & Space Museum at collections@iwasm.org

Type

First Day Cover

Identifier

2006.5.1

Original Format

First Day Cover

Citation

“Jerrie Mock First Day Cover,” International Women's Air & Space Museum, accessed July 23, 2024, https://iwasm.omeka.net/items/show/1661.