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America to the South; to Hawaii, the Philippines, China and Australia to the West; to Newfoundland and Europe to the East, and finally, on the day before Pearl Harbor, to Africa. All of these first flights were suitably identified. During the war hundreds of new routes were established across oceans and over continents to the far-flung battlefields in which our troops were stationed. Naturally, for reasons of security, announcement of these first flights and the carriage of identified mail were impossible. But now that the war is over and these routes are being served by commercial lines, the custom of applying cachets has been reinstated. Almost every week a carrier announces the inauguration of a new, extended route and collectors who send self-addressed, stamped envelopes to the dispatching postmaster, can obtain a cover of that flight.  

But the American Air Mail Society is not an organization which recommends the collec-

[[image - photograph of envelope front bearing two stamps for a monetary value of 45 and 100; senders' address is FIRST TRANS-PACIFIC AIR MAIL BETWEEN UNITED STATES AND CHINA F. A. M. ROUTE FROM ^[[SHANGHAI]] TO ^[[SAN FRANCISCO]]; receivers' address is Walker J. Conrath, Allison, Penn'a, USA]]

SHANGHAI to San Francisco in one week. 1937 first flight cover carried by Chinese National Airways and Pan American Airways F. A. M, Route 14.
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