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Albert J. Engel, Pioneer Airmail Aviator

Chautauqua County, New York, USA


engel

In 1914 he delivered mail (postcards only) via his Curtiss hydroplane from and to various points around Chautauqua Lake.



The Rest of the Set

engel postcards

To help cover costs, A.J. Engel had printed up a set of six postcards #210-#215 featuring his Curtis hydroplane at various locations (a couple a bit doctored...). He also used a special cancel for the mail he carried visible at the bottom right above. (This is actually one of two different cancels he used).



Real Photo Postcard of Engel and his Airplane "Bumble Bee"

engel real photo postcard

Engel's "Bumble Bee" is still with us and can be seen at the Frederick C. Crawford Auto - Aviation Museum in Cleveland, Ohio.

Member Page submitted by Bob Johnston.


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