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 Pioneer Airmail Flight covers now posted under Airmail in the 20th Century Section Minimize
In the early days of aviation, "barnstorming" experimental flights were made a various places around the country bringing excitement to the public and suggesting what aviation might become in the near future. Some of these flights carried mail to point the way to faster mail transport.

Two flights in Arkansas were conducted with mail and special cancels.

The first was held in Fort Smith in November 1911.

The second was held in Hot Springs in March 1912.

Updated 2018-11-16

 Indian Nations post offices under Arkansas' PO control (1820 to 1870) Minimize
Indian Nations cover images now being uploaded to the website.  I have completed Indian Nations through May 31, 1861. Working on Confederate and Union scans now.  Check the Indian Nations menu for drop down pages completed or in progress.

Updated 2019-03-01

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 Welcome To the Arkansas Postal History Website Minimize
This site is dedicated to the accumulation and dissemination of information about the Postal System in Arkansas and in Indian Territory. The site is still under construction so many pages are blank, but will be filled as time goes on. 

The main menu pages are active as well as the subpages that appear when you click on a main menu, so look both places.  You will find sections about:

1) Arkansas History.
2) 19th Century Postal History
    a. Territory-Non-Little Rock Covers
        *Little Rock Shield usages
        *Little Rock Non-Shield covers
    b. State 1836-1845
       *1836-45 Little Rock Covers
       *1836-45 Non-Little Rock Covers
    c. State 1845-1851
        * US 1847 Adhesive usages
    d. State 1851-1861
        *1850s Stampless Covers
        *2nd Adhesive Issue (1851)
        *3rd Adhesive Issue (1857)
        *1st Embossed Envelope Issue(Nesbitt)
        *2nd Embossed Envelope Issue(Star Die)
        *Butterfield Overland Mail
    e. Independent Statehood and CSA in the US system.
    f. Confederate Arkansas
        *CSA Postoffices
CSA Stampless Covers
        *CSA Adhesive uses
        *Postmaster Provisonal Uses into Arkansas
        *CSA Patriotics to and from Arkansas
       *Transmississippi Express Covers
    g. Union Occupation-1862-65
    h. State 1865-1899
        * 1869 Adhesive Issue
    i. Inland Waterways
    j. 19th Century Fancy Cancels
3)  Award winning Arkansas Postal History Exhibits
4) 20th Century Arkansas Postal History
    a. RFD Cancels
    b. Doane Cancels
    c.  Arkansas Precancels
    d. Air Mail
        -Air Mail Week
        -First Flights, 
        -Crash Covers
        -Air Port Dedications
         -Pioneer Flights
    e. 20th Century Fancy Cancels
    f. First Day Covers & Cachets
5) Railway and Highway Post Offices
6) Auction records and scans of significant Arkansas Postal History Items.
7) References and Bibliography for Arkansas Postal History
8) Links to useful web sites
9) Award winning Arkansas Postal History Exhibits - NEW 4/25/08.  Pages can be viewed one at a time (best resolution) or as a slide show.  Check this out!

The site is still being built.  Visit often for updates. Updated 2018-11-16 Bruce Roberts, Knoxville, Tennessee

 Acknowledgments Minimize
The following firms and individuals have generously granted me permission to use cover images from their auctions, stock, or collections.  This site would be much less useful without their assistance. Those with active websites can be clicked to link to their website.

Brian Green
Bruce Fisher
Cherrystone Auctions
Chris Records
Chris Winters, MD (dec)
Conrad L. Bush
Deane Briggs, MD
Don Tocher
Douglas Weisz Covers
Elwyn Doubleday
Galen Harrison
Garry Hendershott
George Kramer
Gerald Leverant
James Milgram, MD
James Monroe
Jeremiah Farrington
Jerry Palazolo
Jerry Wells
Joe Crosby
John W.Kaufmann, Inc.
John Kimbrough, MD
John Walker, England
Kenneth A. Pitt
Labron Harris
Larry Baum
Leonard H. Hartmann
Mark Scheuer
Pam Owens
Regency-Superior Auctions
Richard Frajola
Robert Crossman
Robert Siegel Auctions
Rod Kelly
Schuyler Rumsey Philatelic Auctions
Stephen T. Taylor, England
Tony Crumbley
Trish Kaufmann
 Willam Shulleeta


Updated 2014-11-10