An Official On-Site Mailing Address

900 S. Airport Drive
Springfield, IL 62707

Soon after the move to the new quarters at Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport in Springfield, I was shown the mail delivery boxes and was told that all envelopes and parcels delivered to the address are sorted and placed into appropriate boxes, which can accommodate a 9″ x 12″ envelope without folding. By early June I taped a label listing AeroKnow Museum, AIRCHIVE and Job Conger as recipients for mail so addressed in that box. Then I stepped back and waited for tons of letters and junk mail to start arriving. . .

and waited. . .

and waited.

It became a matter of pride.  To be honest, I was distributing literature, some with my home address and some listing the airport address. I wasn’t convinced that the postal carrier would actually DELIVER mail to the new address since other carriers had been delivering it for years to the older one. It’s been a point of modest pride that in the past, mail addressed to “Airchive, Springfield, Illinois” had reached me. It was also a nutty matter of pride that I would not make what seemed a dorky-thumbsucking move to send a “letter” to myself at the airport address, just to be sure that in the eyes of hard-working post persons, it was legit. Finally, last Monday I did decided to transcend the concern of dork-suckery. As they used to sing, I decided to “sit right down and write myself a letter/ and make believe it came from you.” And I did.

In a manner of speaking. I took three sheets of paper printed on one side, no longer needed, set aside for recycling, and to be totally honest, I wrote “This is a test letter.” on the clean side of one sheet. Addressed it to the airport, put the stamped envelope in my own home mailbox as I was departing to come out to the AeroKnow Museum, and hit the trail.

The letter arrived by noon the next day. The sense of LEGITIMACY is almost overwhelming. AeroKnow Museum has its own address; therefore it AM!

Now that we know it works, I can confidently invite you, the reader, to test it for yourself.

The best way to test it is to put a check made payable to AeroKnow Museum for $15 or more into a stamped envelope and mail it to the address at the top of this post. Write a letter if you like. I will send you your Abe Lincoln’s Air Force membership card and certificate, suitable for framing, and send it your way via First Class mail because all supporters of AeroKnow are First Class people!

CAVU and soft landings to you!

About Job Conger

I am a freelance aviation, business and tourism writer, poet, songwriter. My journalism appears regularly in Springfield Business Journal and Illinois Times. I am author of Springfield Aviation from Arcadia Publishing and available everywhere. As founder/director of AeroKnow Museum (AKM) and a volunteer with American Aviation Historical Society (AAHS), I created this blog to share news about AKM activity and aviation history.
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