COVID Card #44.5

June 19, 2020 | 0 comments

Today’s COVID Card is another in the mini-series celebrating airmail. Today, I share the story (as told here) of Katherine Stinson.

In 1912, at the age of 21, Katherine Stinson became the fourth woman in the United States to earn her pilot’s license. The next year, she became the first woman to fly the U.S. Mail when she dropped mailbags from her plane at the Montana State Fair. Dubbed the “Flying Schoolgirl,” she captivated audiences worldwide with her youthful looks, long brown curls, and fearless feats of aerial derring-do. In 1917, she set a non-stop long-distance endurance record, flying from San Diego to San Francisco in 9 hours and 10 minutes. In 1918, she became the first woman to fly an experimental mail route from Chicago to New York, as well as the first woman to fly the regular route from New York to Washington, D.C.

Of course, this 21 year old female pilot was described as a “school girl” and more focus seemed to be on her charming “do” than her “derring-dos.” Not much has changed, really. Thank you, Katherine Stinson, you will always be a bad-ass to me!

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The United States Postal Service has been hit hard by the pandemic. Controlling elements of the Federal Government (the president and Republican Senate) do not want to provide aid to the service. So, it’s up to us. It may seem insignificant, but if we all sent just a few letters a week, we could help ensure that our daily, free mail delivery service continues. For the past (see the card number above) days, I have drawn a card each day and mailed it to someone the next day (none are sent on Sundays; two are sent on Mondays). Please consider mailing cards and letters while we still can for 55 cents (first class letter postage). If the USPS fails, you could find it costs $8 or more to send a letter. And that’s just one of the ways we will all lose if the USPS shuts down.

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