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New Online Collection Highlights First Years of Airmail Service
WASHINGTON, DC.- The U.S. commercial aviation industry can be traced to the nation’s postal system. In August 1918, the Post Office Department took control of all aspects of airmail service. It created the foundation for a service that would become a fundamental part of American life. From 1918 to 1927, the department built and operated the nation’s airmail system, establishing routes, testing aircraft, training pilots and flying the mail.

“Birth of an Industry,” the latest featured collection from the National Postal Museum’s award-winning virtual museum, Arago (www.postalmuseum.si.edu/ARAGOBirthofanIndustry), highlights the first years of this service. It is a story of people, adventure and luck. The establishment of reliable, regular airmail service came at a price—the cost of equipment was high; the human cost was higher. In the end, the Post Office Department had created an infrastructure that was a point of national pride when it was turned over to private contractors.

Arago is dedicated to the online presentation of the museum’s vast collections. Stunning high-resolution images and associated stories are presented by curators, expert volunteer researchers, museum staff and guest writers. The virtual museum never closes, offering people around the world access to thousands of objects and online exhibits featuring philatelic and postal history treasures. Visit it at www.arago.si.edu.




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Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art Announces Exhibition of Sarah Sze's Tilting Planet

Liverpool through a Lens: Work of Rock Photographer Goes on Display

Indianapolis Museum of Art Initiates Mission-focused Budget Reductions and Staff Restructuring

MoMA Deepens Commitment to Collecting, Preserving, and Exhibiting Performance Art

Notation: Calculation and Form in the Arts to Open at ZKM in Germany

2009 North Carolina Living Treasures: Ceramics by Cynthia Bringle and Norm Schulman Opens

Aperture Enters 2009 with Two New Hires in Development-Maria Laghi and Kit Baker

Exhibition Explores Religious and Political Power of African Figure Sculptures

Marc Newson's Lockheed Lounge to be Offered at Phillips de Pury & Company London Design Sale

MCA Audiences Continue to Broaden with Another Year of Record Attendances

Getty Research Institute Launches New Online Cataloging Initiative

Legendary Dance Theatre of Harlem's 40-Year History Traced in Exhibition at The New York Public Library

Freer and Sackler Galleries Celebrate the National Cherry Blossom Festival with Monster Tales and Anime Films

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Scholars to Discuss Image and Movement March 13 and 14 During Symposium

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