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14 September 2020

EUROPA — Ancient Postal Routes

Greenland: EUROPA – Ancient Postal Routes, 14 September 2020. Images from Post Greenland.

Technical Specifications:

01100682, 01100683
EUROPA 2020: Old postal routes (Charles Lindbergh)
Denominations: DKK 16.00, DKK 18.00
Date of issue: 14th Sept. 2020
10 stamps per sheet
Ext. dimensions: 28.80 x 40.00mm
Format: G – vertical
Graphic design: Robert Dam
Photographic print: Qaqortoq Museum
Typography: The Lowe-Martin Group
Printing method: Offset
Paper: TR4

Charles Lindbergh – pilot, pioneer and postman
In 1927 Charles Augustus Lindbergh (1902-1974) went from unknown pilot at Airmails of the United States to instant world fame, as the first person to fly non-stop across the Atlantic. In 1932, Lindbergh’s name was once again all over the world’s front pages in connection with the ’Crime of the Century’, in which a perpetrator kidnapped and murdered Lindbergh’s just twenty-month-old son.

Just one year after the tragedy, Lindbergh again flew air mail; this time in Greenland, where he carried a small mailbag from town to town. The plane he used on this trip was a Lockheed Model 8 Sirius. This is an open-cockpit plane which makes the trip across the Greenland ice sheet even more impressive.

The background for the flights was an international aviation collaboration investigating the possibility of a commercial route from Newfoundland to Europe via Greenland. Lindbergh conducted these studies in the company of his wife and fellow pilot, Anne Morrow Lindbergh (1906-2001). The trip took off in New York before the couple landed in Newfoundland. From there, they headed for the Arctic.

The 1933 route over Greenland:
• 22nd to 25th July: Hebron, Labrador – Nuuk (Godthåb) – Sisimiut (Holsteinsborg). In the capital of Greenland, the couple’s plane was painted with the word ‘Tingmissartoq’ (“He who flies like a bird”) by a Greenlandic boy. From Sisimiut, exploration flights were flown to Disko Bay and Baffin Island.

• 4th Aug: Sisimiut – Ittoqqortoormiit (Scoresbysund). This was a flight stretching over more than 1,000 km of inland ice where a single engine failure over the ice wilderness would probably have meant certain death due to the cold. Ittoqqortoormiit, one of Greenland’s most isolated towns, was thus also visited by Tingmissartoq. Clavering Island was also investigated. This area is not far from what became the now-familiar Sirius patrol, which has had its headquarters in Daneborg, NE Greenland since about 1950.

• 6th to 8th Aug: Ittoqqortoormiit – Tasiilaq – Nuuk – Qaqortoq (Julianehåb). On the east coast you will now find the Lindbergh Mountains. Qaqortoq is considered by many to be Greenland’s most beautiful town. You can see the reconstructed room where the Lindberghs slept in Qaqortoq, today a part of the museum. From their room, the couple had a good view of their seaplane, which was docked in the harbour along with all the fishing boats. In the room you can also see the original pictures that formed the basis for these two stamps, including a group photo that features the great polar explorer Knud Rasmussen and Lindbergh, working on Tingmissartoq.

• 12th to 26th Aug: Qaqortoq – Tasiilaq – Reykjavík. Since they started their journey in Hebron, the couple had spent 43 hours in the air and flown more than 8,000 km. From Reykjavík, mail from Greenland was transported
along its normal mail route on the Lyra parcel boat to Bergen and then on to Denmark.

Charles Lindbergh thus became the first person in the history of Greenland to fly post from one place to another. It was also a historic event in the Kingdom of Denmark to receive almost ‘air fresh’ mail from the beautiful, rugged country to the North. Lindbergh made his mark in the world as a pilot, pioneer and carrier of air mail.

We at the Qaqortoq Museum would like to thank POST Greenland for their collaboration in the creation of these stamps. We hope that they, like the Lindberghs, will find their way all over the world. The photos are reproduced with the kind permission of Qaqortoq Museum.

About the graphic artist
Robert Dam was born in Hillerød, Denmark, in 1964. He has over 30 years of experience in graphical production and project management. POST Greenland has collaborated with Robert Dam for many years in the design of this magazine for collectors, as well as in a number of our other graphic products. Earlier this year, Robert Dam designed the ‘75th anniversary of the American Issue’ souvenir sheet. This was his first stamp assignment for POST Greenland.

Self-Adhesive Booklet of 12 Stamps:

Technical Specifications:

Stamp Booklet No. 28
EUROPA 2020: Old postal routes (Charles Lindbergh)
Price: DKK 204.00
Date of issue: 14th September 2020
Paper: AE419, Avery 92g, 100 g backing paper, S2 0000n glue.
The booklet is printed on self-adhesive paper. It contains six of each of the two 2020 EUROPA postage  stamps.

Sheets of 10 Stamps Each:

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