posted on Mar, 26 2015 @ 10:18 PM
Great thread howmuch4another.
I first learned of these arrows while on a cross country train trip a few years ago. One evening at dinner, I shared a table with a wonderful woman
by the name of Nancy Pope, who, as it turned out, is the Head Curator of the History Department of the Smithsonian's National Postal Museum. Talk
about someone who knows their subject! We talked for over an hour, and I consider it one of the most fascinating conversations that I've ever had. I
have since learned that she is considered by many to be the country's leading authority on both the Pony Express, and the early days of air mail. She
could quote the serial numbers of each of the Curtis Jennys that first carried the mail, as the museum was trying to find one of them for their
She also told me the story about the origins of Jeppesen aeronautical charts , which were first just hand written notes and charts that pilots made
about routes and facilities as they traveled, which they passed amongst themselves as a heads-up to one another as they made up the industry as they
went along. She told me that they had located some of the original notes and first published edition of Elrey Jeppesen's book, which were still in
possession of his family. They were reluctant to donate their treasured family heirlooms, but offered to have copies made, which they would happily
Ms Pope's reply?
"We are The Smithsonian, we do not accept copies". HA!
I also talked to a friend just the other day who had come across the arrow and shack pictured above, on a recent cross country trip. She, like most
folks, had no idea that these things existed, and was completely amazed to learn about them.