Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Illustrated cover - 1930 airplane

Here's an illustrated cover with an intriguing picture--an airplane in a nose-dive. Could be crashing, as the accompanying text asks the question, "Why take a chance on a forced landing?"

This intrigues me because I can't figure out the reference. Does it have to do with an aircraft manufacturer? Insurance? Religion? (addressed to a Reverend) The only clues, if you can call them that, are the number 14 below the text and the return address--a P.O. box in Richmond, Virginia. Nothing on the back of the envelope. That would be poor advertising for a company or business.

This appears to be a message or warning more than a company slogan. That assumption, together with the fact that the envelope is addressed to a Reverend, leads me to believe the contents and/or sender are connected with something of a religious nature.

The vintage airplane bears resemblance to the Lindbergh plane, The Spirit of St. Louis, if that means anything. I don't think so. For now, it remains an intriguing, unsolved mystery.

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