The History of Aviation Told Through Postage Stamps (1953)

This whimsical short film combines historic postage stamps and amazing archival footage to tell the story of early aviation, culminating in Charles Lindbergh's 1927 crossing of the Atlantic Ocean. Lindbergh began his career as a U.S. Air Mail pilot, flying a route between Chicago and St. Louis. When he completed his transatlantic flight, countries around the world printed stamps in celebration.

The film was produced in 1953, apparently as part of a series, and features broadcast reporter Robert Trout as a host (and Groucho Marx lookalike). He explains that Lindbergh's historic flight radically shifted the public perception of aviation. Before it, airplanes were considered to be "fit only for freight -- and fools."

For more films from the Prelinger Archive, visit http://www.archive.org/details/prelinger.

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