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Monday, January 04, 2016

Rocket Mail by Schmiedle: Commemorative postal card V7

Rocket Flight V7 Postcard with Vignette, Schmiedl

Rocket Flight V7 Postcard

Rocket Mail : Commemorative postal card V7, Start 12.2.1971. Typed text: “”V7”....1971 “APOLLO 14” ON WAY TO MOON”.

Nr. 20 of 30 postal cards only. Signed by Schmiedl at the upper left corner. Graz-Kroisbach arrival-strike. Very good condition.

The Austrian engineer Friedrich Schmiedl fired the world’s first postal rocket on 2nd February 1931 which transported 100 letters from Schoeckel to Sankt Radegund. He began with what he called 'regular mail service' in September 1931 with launch of his G1 rocket from Hochtroetsch to Semriach.

Schmiedl dreamed of using enormous rockets to transport long-range mail from Vienna to Budapest and Graz to Budapest, or to deliver mail to remote oases in North Africa. But the Austrian Post office obtained a law prohibiting further rocket mail activities in 1934, followed by a general government ban on private rocket development in 1935.

After the second world war began, he destroyed his rocket work, not wanting it to be used for military purposes. Similarly he refused an offer after the war to go to the United States and conduct further rocket research.

More Postal History: HERE