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TITLE
Orkney Islanders awaiting first airmail delivery
EXTERNAL ID
GB1796_982_P_21
PLACENAME
North Ronaldsay
PERIOD
1930s
SOURCE
Highland Photographic Archive (IMAG)
ASSET ID
11007
KEYWORDS
photograph
post
communications
airlines
aircraft
aeroplanes
Orkney Islanders awaiting first airmail delivery

This aerial photograph shows residents of the island of North Ronaldsay awaiting the first delivery of their mail by aeroplane in 1939.

Highland Airways, founded by Captain Ernest Edmund "Ted" Fresson, began the first scheduled flights in the Highlands between Inverness, Wick and Kirkwall in 1933. After 12 months of successful operations the company was awarded a contract by the Royal Mail to begin an airmail service between Inverness and Kirkwall. This was Britain's first internal scheduled airmail service at normal postal rates and it commenced on 29 May 1934.


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Orkney Islanders awaiting first airmail delivery

1930s

photograph; post; communications; airlines; aircraft; aeroplanes

Highland Photographic Archive (IMAG)

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This aerial photograph shows residents of the island of North Ronaldsay awaiting the first delivery of their mail by aeroplane in 1939.<br /> <br /> Highland Airways, founded by Captain Ernest Edmund "Ted" Fresson, began the first scheduled flights in the Highlands between Inverness, Wick and Kirkwall in 1933. After 12 months of successful operations the company was awarded a contract by the Royal Mail to begin an airmail service between Inverness and Kirkwall. This was Britain's first internal scheduled airmail service at normal postal rates and it commenced on 29 May 1934. <br /> <br /> <br /> This image can be purchased.<br /> For further information about purchasing and prices please email the<br /> <a href="mailto: photographic.archive@highlifehighland.com">Highland Photographic Archive</a> quoting the External ID.<br />