McLaughlins, von Coellns & Extended Family

Western Air Express brocure touting air travel to CatalinaSeaplanes Linking Catalina to the Mainland

While the great white steamers were the main transport to and from the Island, the arrival of seaplanes made the 26 mile journey quite a bit faster.

Seaplane making a landing into Avalon, 1940

First Mail Delivery by Seaplane

Here ER Pollok receives the first piece of mail delivered by seaplane in 1935

Postmarked Letters Commemorating the First Airmail Pickup from Avalon

Postmark of first official airmail pick up from Avalon

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  1. eCatalina virtual museum on seaplanes;only photo of "Catalina by Air" from the virtual museum; all other items from E.R. Pollok