Mail Bag


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:

Air Mail Bag

Early air mail was placed in heavy canvas bags and carried inside a special compartment in front of the pilot on most mail planes

Collection Item Long Description:

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

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

Credit Line

Donated by The United States Postal Service


canvas, cord, iron alloy, grease


3-D (On Display): 56 × 23 × 61cm (22 1/16 × 9 1/16 × 24 in.)

Country of Origin

United States of America

Physical Description

Fabric mail bag marked "U.S. Mail, 1., Foreign."; size 56cm x 61cm.



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