Lot 444: James H. Doolittle

RR Auction

RR Auction

2015-07-07 11:00:54

Lot 444: TLS signed "J. H. Doolittle," one page, 7.25 x 10.5, personal letterhead, postmarked July 25, 1932. Letter to Anne Madison Washington of the George Washington Bicentennial Commission. In part: "One hundred and fifty-seven years ago this week, the Continental Congress inaugurated the postal service…No one in the early days of the service had a more appreciative understanding of the advantages of a postal service than George Washington…In this Bicentennial Year of George Washington's birth…I am making a flight over as many of the routes traveled by George Washington as is possible in a single day from dawn to dusk. I am informed that the average speed made by George Washington may be considered to be about twenty miles a day. The advance since then can best be indicated by the fact that it is hoped to cover in each hour the distance it took Washington nine days to travel." In fine condition. Accompanied by the original airmail cover with a cachet honoring Doolittle's flight. RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 456 Wednesday, 15th July 2015 Estimate: $200-400
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