1. Stories From The Vaults - Missile Mail

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    from Greg Conners / Added

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    This is a promo for a show I graded for the Smithsonian Channel. The show is called "Missile Mail'. The US Postal Service's attemp at speeding up the mail delivery by using missiles. The mail was loaded into a rocket, the rocket was loaded onto a submarine and the sub then fired the missile. What’s the strangest way to deliver mail that you can think of? By mule? On foot? By ship? By airplane? How about by missile? That’s right. More than one person thought delivering packages by rocket was an excellent idea. Austria and Germany were the first countries to try sending mail by rocket. The British Postal Museum & Archive—possibly not wanting to be left out—says that German inventor Gerhard Zucker launched his rocket mail in England in 1934. “The rocket, loaded with 4,800 letters, was launched from Scarp Island to Hushinish Point, on the Isle of Harris…. However, instead of shooting up and over the Sound of Scarp, there was a flash, a dull explosion and a cloud of smoke. The scorched letters fell like confetti onto the beach.” But things really took off in 1958, when a U.S. naval officer casually tossed a letter into a Regulus II missile to be fired from the USS Greyback. The United States’ “first official missile mail” flight took place 52 years ago this month, when Postmaster Summerfield decided to cram 3,000 letters into a guided Regulus 1 missile from the submarine USS Barbero. (The missile was sent from the submarine to the Naval Auxiliary Air Station at Mayport, Florida.) Summerfield was an enthusiastic fellow who believed that “Before man reaches the moon, mail will be delivered within hours from New York to California, to Britain, to India or Australia by guided missiles.”

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    • Return to the Vaults

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      from Jennifer Beman White / Added

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      I wrote, post-produced and edited 5 shows in this Smithsonian Channel series, "Stories from the Vaults," including this one, an hour-long special, best of the first 2 seasons.

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      • Stories from the Vault

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        from Jennifer Beman White / Added

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        One episode in the Smithsonian Channel's "Stories from the Vaults" series. I post-produced, edited, and wrote - this and 3 other episodes

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        • Smithsonian Stories From the Vaults - Villains and Rogues, with Tom Cavanagh

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          from Greg Conners / Added

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          This is footage I color graded from a Smithsonian Channel TV series called "Stories From The Vaults". This footage is from the episode called "Villains and Rogues". The new series is produced by Caragol Wells Productions. Explore the crime “scene” at the Smithsonian’s Vaults: photographic evidence from the Crime of the Century; everyone’s favorite natural villain, the snake; and America’s first “Lone Gunman”: John Wilkes Booth.

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