This letter is a thin sheet of paper as shown. It is a
PIGEONGRAM sent from the 1950 United States National Jamboree held in
Valley Forge, PA. There were three homing pigeon clubs involved in
this most interesting form of Air Mail; The Paterson Homing Pigeon
Club, Riverside Homing Pigeon Club and the Westside Homing Pigeon
This event took place on July 2, 1950 as noted on the WPAT (Radio Station 930AM Paterson, New Jersey) lettersheet. The sheet
is printed in black and all writing has been done in pencil. The sheet has been
folded many times so it could be attached to the
leg of the bird. The letter is addressed to Mr. & Mrs. P. S. Brown
of 478 East 19th Street (Paterson NJ next to North Haledon NJ). The message is
Dear Mom and Dad, Having a swell time, days are hot + nights are
mighty cold. 36728 Dick.
The back side of the sheet shown above has information on the time
of the bird's release; 1:15 July 2, 1950 and its arrival; Rec'd Myer-D Laurie
2:59PM, Bird WHC23, blu W F hen, N. Haledon, NJ. It took 104 minutes to travel the 87 miles from the
Valley Forge Jamboree to her home loft. That's 1472 yards/minute; a respectable pigeon speed.