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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 coast to coast -- the Lindbergh Route. The route took 36 hours and initially called for overnights in Kansas City. TW&A relocated its headquarters from New York to Kansas City, Missouri in summer 1931. Canadian shipping is less than intl. I SHIP DAILY! Please look at our other auctions. WE COMBINE SHIPPING! US buyer can pay by PayPal, check (7 day waiting), money order or cash. Intl buyer can pay by Paypal, US funds MO or cash. AUCTION *MUST* BE PAID WITHIN 7 DAYS, AND 13 DAYS FOR INTL. Please add $1.85 for insurance if desired. Surface shipping for international packages is no longer available. Intl shipping can only be insured w/ Air Parcel Post. This seller is not responsible for items lost or destroyed in the mail. If the item sells for more than $50.00, then insurance will be based on final price. If you have any questions, please email me. Thanks for looking.