Card Game, "The Airmail Game"

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

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"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