Dec 7th, 1941 - First Trip of the New Streamlined Empire State Express - Please Comment
"A date which will live in infamy".
This envelope is from my grandfather's stamp collection which I have mostly taken possession of. All comments welcome. I do have a question for the community:
How do you think this was acquired and when? It is addressed to himself and he was a stamp collector. This looks like a commemorative envelope and letter inside. My best guess is that he went to the post office on this day after hearing of the attack, they were selling the commemorative letters/envelopes, so he bought that one and sent it to himself? That envelope and letter had to have been made already, so the date of the Empire Express must just be pure coincidence.
Google tells me that the Pearl Harbor attack started at 7:48 am local time, which would have been 1:48 pm in NYC. Are we to assume that he had heard about this attack, understood its significance, and then got to the post office before it closed? I'm just wondering if he had maybe already planned to acquire this or maybe already did acquire it, and sent it to himself earlier in the day before he knew this would be a significant date? That would seem unlikely, but I have no idea how stamp traders did things back then or even now but it certainly seems reasonable that they would sell commemorative stuff like that right in the post office back then.