From May 12, 1939 to June 30, 1949, a fleet of Stinson Reliants
were used for a unique form of mail pick-up and delivery: skyhooking
. Similar in notion to the mail-on-the-fly
and mail cranes
used along rail lines, the Reliants would fly low, deposit one load of mail and pick up the next
, without stopping, providing mail service to rural communities. The Smithsonian National Postal Museum has a 39 minute documentary presentation on YouTube
, but it's a guy talking over powerpoint slides, which is pretty dry. Instead, here is a modern news report with interviews of a skyhook pilot
and old newsreel footage.
posted by filthy light thief
on Oct 19, 2011 -
The Smithsonian offers an online sampling of its Collection of Aeronautic Sheet Music
. From the introduction: "...widespread fascination with flight has inspired an enormous output of historical drawings, paintings, advertisements and illustrations for publications. Some of the most colorful illustrations are those which adorn sheet music. In the Bella Landauer collection, you can find illustrations that range from the bizarre to the commonplace, from the humorous to the mundane. But most are colorful and interesting."
The collection is divided into categories such as "Ballooning", "Biplanes", and "Flying Machines". I love this one
from 1914, called "A Hundred Years From Now".
posted by taz
on Nov 12, 2002 -