First Air Mail to U.S.A.

Parrsboro: Handley-Page airplane being repaired, 1919 -9

First Air Mail to U.S.A.

9 October 1919

Photographs of Plaque

Parrsboro Cumberland County Nova Scotia

Located near the Town Hall

Parrsboro plaque: first air mail to U.S.A.

Photographed on 4 June 2003.

Parrsboro plaque: first air mail to U.S.A.

Photographed on 4 June 2003.

Parrsboro plaque: first air mail to U.S.A.

Photographed on 4 June 2003.

The date, July 7, 1919, on this metal plaque is wrong.
The Handey-Page aircraft was forced to land in Parrsboro
on Saturday, July 5, 1919. When this plaque was made
c.1962, four decades after the event, the date likely was
obtained from a newspaper clipping in an old scrapook.
Consider the publishing schedule of a daily newspaper in
Nova Scotia at the time (for morning papers, not much
different from today) – start the press run in the late evening
to get papers into the overnight distribution system in time
for delivery to subscribers near and far to receive their copies
around breakfast time. The print run would be completed
well before dawn. That is, daily newspapers published in
Nova Scotia that Saturday would have been printed before
the crash happened. The plane crashed about dawn on
Saturday, July 5th. There were no Sunday newspapers.
The earliest newspaper report (in Nova Scotia) would
appear in the Monday papers. That old (in 1962)
clipping would have been dated Monday, July 7th.
No doubt that is the origin of this plaque mistake.

In 2005, the Parrsboro Town Council
decided to demolish this cairn, to make
way for planned improvements. The plaque
was salvaged and will be refurbished and
placed on public display in a new location.

Parrsboro air mail plaque: former location
Former location of the Air Mail 1919 plaque.

Photographed on 21 November 2005

Parrsboro air mail plaque, at the Town Public Works Department
The Air Mail 1919 plaque at the Parrsboro Public Works Department.

Photographed on 21 November 2005

Parrsboro air mail plaque, at the Town Public Works Department
The Air Mail 1919 plaque is leaning against the door.

Photographed on 21 November 2005

Clipping: New York Times, 6 July 1919

Front page, New York Times, 6 July 1919

Parrsboro: Handley-Page airplane wrecked in Nova Scotia town, NY Times, 6 July 2019
Handley-Page airplane wrecked in Nova Scotia town

The New York Times, 6 July 2019
—Source:

Handley-Page airplane wrecked in Nova Scotia town

http://query.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F0091FF83F5E157A93C4A9178CD85F4D8185F9

Parrsboro: Handley-Page airplane being repaired, 1919
Handley-Page airplane being repaired at Parrsboro, 1919
Length of fuselage: 64 feet [19.5 metres] Wingspan: 126 feet [38.4 metres]

The navigator’s seat from the “Atlantic” is on display at
the Ottawa House By-The-Sea Museum, near Parrsboro


The Handley–Page Flyer, Atlantic

Five photographs at Parrsboro
(click on the small images to see larger photos)
http://www.rootsweb.com/~canbrnep/kerrpics6.htm


Fabric and Postcard from the Parrsboro Nova Scotia Handley Page

The postcard is dated 13October 1919:
“This is the picture of the airplane when she fell.”
http://www.kaisersbunker.com/rfc/rfc13.htm


Handley Page V/1500 airplane

http://www.handleypage.com/Aircraft_hp15.html


The Handley Page

An excellent detailed description of the flight that ended at Parrsboro,
by Herbert M. Friedman and Ada Kera Friedman…
http://www.town.parrsboro.ns.ca/HandleyPageIntroduction.htm


Parrsboro Introduction

…Through a series of fateful events beginning with the emergency landing of
the Handley-Page airplane Atlantic in 1919, Parrsboro became a sister
community to Greenport, New York. In October of that year, the repaired
Atlantic carried the first international air mail from Canada to the United States
on a flight from Parrsboro to Greenport…
http://www.town.parrsboro.ns.ca/parrsboro%20introduction.htm


Air Commodore H.G. Brackley

http://www.rafweb.org/Biographies/Brackley.htm

(1) Alcock and Brown Take the Atlantic …the ultimate prize was the still
unclaimed Daily Mail prize of £10,000 ($50,000) for the first nonstop crossing
of the Atlantic. One team had a clear head start: the Handley Page team
headed by Admiral Mark Kerr. The Handley Page V/1500 “Berlin Bomber”
was the largest aircraft built by the Allies during World War One, and was
equipped with four powerful Rolls-Royce engines…
http://www.esparacing.com/Aviation%20history/
daredevils/Atlantic%202.htm

(2) Alcock and Brown Take the Atlantic
http://www.pilotfriend.com/century-of-flight/Aviation%20history/
daredevils/Atlantic%202.htm

Parrsboro: first air mail to U.S.A.

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Robert A. Siegel Auction Galleries Inc., New York

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