Card Game, "The Airmail Game"


Display Status:

This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.

Collection Item Summary:

"Aviation: The Air Mail Game"

In 1929, Parker Brothers introduced "Aviation: The Air Mail Game" to exploit growing public interest in commercial aviation. The game challenged 2 to 4 players to deliver the mail to 12 cities between Boston and San Francisco. Red cards determined destinations, and blue cards determined flight conditions. Good weather sped up the mail; bad weather or engine problems delayed it.

To capitalize on the public's infatuation with Charles Lindbergh, the airplane depicted on each card was his Spirit of St. Louis, even though the Spirit never flew the mail.

Gift of Anne M. van der Linden and Gregory George-Adis

Collection Item Long Description:


ca. 1939

Inventory Number


Physical Description

Card game in a red box with silver DC-3 and title of game on top. Contains 27 cards with blue-tinted picture of Ryan monoplane mailplane flying over countryside on rear, and 71 red-tinted pictures of same scene on rear (note: one red card is missing from number stated in instructions). Also contains eight page instruction booklet for the game.

Credit Line

Gift of Anne M. van der Linden and Gregory Georgeadis.


Country of Origin

United States of America


Overall - card and paper


  • 3-D (Box): 14 x 10.2 x 2.5cm (5 1/2 x 4 x 1 in.)
  • 2-D - Unframed (H x W) (Cards): 8.9 x 6.4cm (3 1/2 x 2 1/2 in.)

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum


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