The young woman behind the desk within my local post office looked bewildered. “I think we’ve got some somewhere”, she mumbled before returning with a pile of dusty envelopes. “Nobody really asks of these any more,” she admitted.
A century ago this month the world’s very first air mail service began
Passed beneath the counter and into my hand was an example of a mode of communication which have all but vanished. Because of Skype, texts and e-mails, there’s need that is little for the small pale blue envelopes aided by the diagonal red and blue stripes around the border, extra thin blue writing paper and great number of stamps and post marks that constitutes an air mail letter. Dr. Richard Saundry, editor for the British Air Mail Society Journal, believes that we’re at risk of losing something both romantic and powerful.
“I think it is very regrettable that nobody appears to use air mail any more”, he informs me. “We are now living in a very lazy age now the other happens to be lost. There’s a thrill that is huge excitement, and a kind of romance in receiving an air mail letter from the opposite side of the world on your own door mat. The world wide web just can’t replace that.”
A century ago this month the world’s very air that is first service began. Flying from Allahabad, near Delhi, only seven years following the Wright brothers made their first forays to the air, the plane, flown by a French pilot called Henri Pequet, travelled 15 miles to Naini. Read More→