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[[underlined]] NEW ORLEANS - BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA. [[/underlined]]


MARCH 14, 1912. Postmaster, New Orleans, La., authorized (by telegram) to install an aeroplane mail service between New Orleans and Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on or about April 10, 1912. An aviation meet was in progress at the State University Athletic Field, New Orleans, at this time. Aviator George Mestach, was promptly assigned the commission to carry the mail over the proposed aerial route from the sub-station on the aviation grounds to Baton Rouge, a distance of ninety miles. This was a record for a mail carrying aeroplane, for continuous flying in the delivery of U. S. Mail.

Aviator Mestach, in a Borel Monoplane, carried a pouch containing thirty-two pounds of mail matter from the aviation postal station on the Athletic Field, to Baton Rouge. Upon descending at Baton Rouge, Aviation Mestach damaged his aeroplane, and the service which was scheduled for the following day, was abruptly temminated. It was intended to make a return flight from Baton Rouge to New Orleans, but that was also prevented on account of the accident. Had the return flight been made as announced, another record flight for continuous flying would have been accomplished.

Apart from this unusual incident which prevented the return flight, letters and post cards were postmarked with the regulation New Orleans and Baton Rouge dauber April 10, 1912, indicating that a return flight was anticipated but did not actually materialize. In addition to this a special aerial cancellation was employed, the design being distinctly patriotic representing in part, our national emblem. It consisted of a flag arrangement of five horizontal lines with four stars, at the extreme right, in a small square. Three additional horizontal lines separated from those above by the following words: "U. S. AERIAL MAIL SERVICE", in sans-serif capital letters. It was impressed in bluish purple ink.

No number was assigned to the route.
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