Revised July 2013: Read Harlan Radford, Jr.’s commentary on about fifty recently added Camden images scanned from his expansive postcard and philatelic collection. Camden Comments
Revised March 2015: A collector’s recently acquired 1939 postcard (above) further illuminates a little known chapter in the history of the postal service – the daily autogiro airmail shuttle service linking New Jersey’s Central Airport and the roof of the General Post Office in Philadelphia. It became known as the “world’s shortest air mail route!”
You could win a bar bet on that one. Thank-you again to a big contributor of scans to rivertonhistory.com, Harlan Radford, Jr.
If you missed it in an earlier post, read more details in Harlan’s A Short History of Camden’s Central Airport in Postcards and First-Day Covers, 1929-1940.
Revised Sept. 2015: If you read the above article and have sharp eyes, see this next postcard in the Philadelphia section – a 1936 copyrighted postcard of Philadelphia’s Main Post Office at 30th and Market Streets. “Look! Up in the Sky! It’s a Bird…It’s a Plane.
Rev. Feb. 4, 2016: Added today five choice vintage Camden, NJ RPPCs. See the post, Collector shares his eBay postcard auction prizes, with detailed descriptions for these five plus descriptions for three more previously posted images.
Rev. April 2016: Added today a complete Souvenir Folder of Camden, NJ
Added September 2016: Avid philatelist Harlan Radford writes another chapter in this sequel to his earlier post. Part II: A Short History of Camden’s Central Airport in Postcards and First Day Covers, 1929 – 1940
Added January 2019: Even an eBay auction miss can yield information about the defunct Camden Central Airport as evidenced by this screen capture.
Should some charitable reader send us a scan of the back cover, we would appreciate it.