The delivery of letters as a means of communication was started even in ancient times done at first by special messengers on foot.
Later on, the horse was used for faster delivery. The courier system of Persia was the best in the ancient world as per commentary of the Greek Historian, Herodotus wrote “Not any mortals travels so fast as Persian messengers on horsebacks..”
In Europe, during the 15th-16th centuries, Thurn and Taxis established a postal system which utilized courier wagons drawn by several horses. This meant greater bulk of mail and speedier delivery.
In America during the early years of pioneering, the Postal Express system was used utilizing riders on their horses carrying the mails.
By sea, river boats and sailing ships carried mails as fast as they could navigate the rivers and oceans. Soon, faster and faster ships emerged which carried mail in bulk and record time.
When the railroads appeared and developed speed faster than horses, the mail was transported thru the railroads more and more for a far greater bulk of mail could be transported at a faster clip.
Then when the balloon and dirigibles came, the mail was transported to far-flung areas. Although, they had limitations and they in turn were supplanted by airplanes which proved more efficient.
In the Space Age, airmail is delivered not just by supersonic planes but also by rockets and spaceships. Airmail was for the 1st time delivered to the moon by the American astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, the 1st men on the moon, on July 20, 1969 aboard the Apollo spacecraft – the farthest thus far reached by airmail.
In summary, the delivery of mail has progressed tremendously in shorter time. Mail delivered by air, so called “airmail” has been the most efficient system thus far.
The development of Airmail has proven to be the most interesting topic particularly for the Topical Philatelist since an avalanche of airmail stamps have been issued thru the years by so many countries worldwide and there are enough of these special stamps which can tell its story. And, to all who have and still are delivering mail, their hard work and dedication are what makes these stamps special.