My survey of Hammelman covers was started to answer some questions I had about Henry’s servicing of Scott E12 and 563 FDCs. The attentive reader knows that the survey did indeed provide positive feedback. The survey indicates that Henry serviced three different typewritten covers for E12. He also serviced four different typewritten covers for Scott 563. And also for Scott 563, the H2 covers addressed to Mr. D.R. Niblack where the address was applied over an erased Henry Hammelman address. If you are interested in these covers or in general E12 or 563 FDCs, I have over the last forty years maintained surveys of those covers. My findings are summarized, with photos, at the following web sites:
Scott 563 FDCs
Scott E12 FDCs
First Flight Covers
My extensive collection of Hammelman serviced FFCs can be viewed at hhflightcovers.wordpress.com.
I wish I had started my Hammelman research many years earlier than I did. There is undoubtedly much information about Henry that went to the grave with those who knew Henry and bought his covers. I will continue to seek more information about Henry and will update this offering whenever possible.
Henry Hammelman Recap
I believe an interesting way to summarize Henry’s career is to assemble a hypothetical one-frame exhibit of his covers. To be competitive, the exhibit must tell a story that has a beginning, a middle, and an ending, not just be a collection of desirable philatelic items.
|Page||Purpose of Page||Items on Page|
|1||Title page:||Introduction and Henry’s USPOD Photo I.D.|
|2||First Known Cover||1911 coil wrapper|
|3||First Known FDC||1913 Parcel Post wrapper|
|4||First FDC to Himself||Parcel Post Civil War Patriotic cover|
|First FDC to USPOD Employee||Printed Parcel Post cover|
|5||Washington-Franklin EDU||Combination FDC: Sc. 407,415,419,420|
|6||First FDCs in Quantity||Sc. 537 Victory block of six|
|Sc. 548-50 Pilgrim combination cover|
|7||Fourth Bureau Dollar Covers||Sc. 572, 573 FDCs|
|8||Fourth Bureau Combination FDCs||Two covers|
|9||H1 and H2 Scripts||Sc. 563 Niblack cover with supplement showing|
|tracing of erased Hammelman address|
|10||More Script Relationships||Summary of Washington bicentennial FDCs|
|with H1 and H2 scripts, two covers|
|11||Typewritten Cover Analysis||H1 and T covers addressed to same USPOD employee|
|12||Special Delivery Rate Covers||Two January 1, 1923 covers|
|USA to Canada, Canada to USA|
|13||First Flight Covers||Pane, long strip, large block covers|
|14||Pioneer Stamp Company||1936 price list cover with a cover addressed|
|to the Pioneer Stamp Company|
|15||Later Covers||Covers addressed to Hammelman, Nathan, Weiner|
|16||Last Known Cover and Sentiment||1948 Parcel Post cover|
|Mittermeier’s closing remarks about his friend|
Jerry A. Katz (AFDCS 9255)
Gobie, Henry M., “Newly Surfaced Parcel Post Service FDC”, FIRST DAYS, Vol.25, No. 4, front cover and p. 22.
Heins, Clark, “Artists of the Beautiful – Henry Hammelman”, Unpublished manuscript filed in AFDCS Archives under Hammelman, 1981.
Herst, Herman, Jr., “Turning Back the Pages”, FIRST DAYS, Vol.15, No.3, p. 22.
Mittermeier, F.X., “The Evolution of U.S. FDCs”, Stamps, Oct. 2, 1954, p. 14.
Mittermeier, F.X., Story of Henry Hammelman Recalls the ‘Good Old Days’ When Nobody Collected FDCs”, Linn’s, Feb. 27, 1967, p. 26.
Monty, Richard A., “Sandy Zuckerman Remembers…Part 1: Henry Hammelman,” FIRST DAYS, Vol. 33, No. 6, p. 820.
National Personnel Records Center, Civilian Records, 111 Winnebago Street, St. Louis, MO 63119-4199.
U.S. Census, 1900-1930
Washington D.C. City Directories, 1905-1923