Atlas Sky Merchant - Unique 1948 World Flight Airletter with 29 Foreign Postmarks!
This flying showroom for the Atlas Supply Company embarked on a 100 day 44,500 mile round-the-world flight in 1948 to expand their export business. This retired World War II DC-4 also carried a supply of U.S. airletter sheets (aerograms) which were postmarked at each of the 29 cities on the global tour, requiring great cooperation from foreign post offices. For publicity upon their return, these aerograms were given to individuals who made a contribution to the Damon Runyon Cancer Fund, headed by radio personality Walter Winchell. Each historic aerogram also includes a copy of a 1948 donor letter from Ernest Kehr authenticating its interesting journey!