Vintage 1960's TWA Airline ONEIDA SILVERSMITHS TEASPOON

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  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Mar 25, 2008
  • Channel: Auction House
IF YOU BID, YOU PAY! IF YOU BUY, YOU PAY! Sorry for the crappy photo. A nice teaspoon from the airline made great by Howard Hughes. Looks like silverplate. In VGC. Standard size at 6" long. Has an unusual quilted pattern. Buyer pays $3.50 FC or $5.50 priority or $7.00 intl. Corporate history dates from the July 16, 1930, forced merger of Transcontinental Air Transport (T-A-T) and Western Air Express to form Transcontinental & Western Air (T&WA). The companies merged at the urging of Postmaster General Walter Folger Brown who was looking for bigger airlines to give airmail contracts. Charges of favoritism in the contracts was to lead to the Air Mail Scandal in which the two airlines split in 1934, although the T&WA name would stick. Both airlines brought high profile aviation pioneers who would give the airline the panache of being called the "The Airline Run by Flyers" which would be known for several years for being on the cutting edge of aviation. Transcontinental, the bigger of the two, had the marquee expertise of Charles Lindbergh and was already offering a 48-hour combination of plane and and train trip across the United States. Western, which was slightly older having been founded in 1925, had the expertise of Jack Frye. On October 25, 1930, the airline offered one of the first all plane scheduled service from ... read more