The Douglas-Commercial 4 engine plane dominates this 1946 airmail stamp design.
The impressive red color alerts postal sort clerks that the letter is airmail
in need of rapid dispatch to the airport mail facility.
There are several important points to this stamp's design:
- Color: Bright red attracts attention.
- The DC-4 symbolizes reliability and speed of transport.
Airmail Stamp Weight Reduction
As you can see this new smaller stamp contains a portion of the
earlier Skymaster image. Weight reduction is a challenge of aircraft design.
Interestingly, the Post Office did its part with a smaller postage stamp.
Still, the bright red color and the front of the DC-4 Skymaster clearly
says Air Mail.
Airmail Stamp for Rate Increase
The change of rate with the same red design results in one more version
of the venerable Skymaster Airmail stamp design.
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