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Sorting airmail

Description: An unidentified clerk is pictured sorting letters into pigeonhole compartments labeled with stops along the transcontinental airmail route. The coast to coast route opened in the fall of 1920. The pigeonhole labels mark the route from east to west. Hazelton, NJ, Bellefonte, PA, Cleveland, OH, Bryan, OH, Iowa City, IA, Omaha, NB, North Platte, NB Cheyenne, WY, Rock Springs, WY, Salt Lake City, UT, and Elko, NV. Hidden behind the clerk are compartments for Reno, NV, and San Francisco, CA.


Creator/Photographer: Unidentified photographer


Medium: Black and white photographic print


Culture: American


Geography: USA


Date: 1920-12-31


Repository: National Postal Museum


Collection: U.S. Airmail Service


Accession number: A.2008-9


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Taken on May 14, 2008