Category: Stamps & a bit of history
Published: Tuesday, 30 December 2014 13:59
Written by Catpaw
I'm an inveterate collector of all things airmail - maps, stamps, tags, ettiquettes, covers, pamphlets detailing the routes and even stocks for the complanies themselves. I used to focus solely on Canadian airmail until someone gave me a set of lovely Mexican airmails from the 1930s. I looked up a map of the mail routes and was hooked all over again - I had to have more. So, my modest little collection of Canadian airmails exploded into two hefty binders and a number of books on international airmail routes.
While scouring through the Canadian Archives one day, I came across a 1940 map laying out the various routes in Canada. It includes the remote northern routes that relied heavily on the bush pilots for delivery. A lot of the small northern routes used to be served by private arilines like Cherry Red and Patricia Airways, but by 1940, they had pretty much all disappeared, with the routes being folded into Canada Post.
Read more: Early Canadian Air Mail Routes