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  • Donation Spotlight: Dell and Elayne Sutherland

    Apr 25, 2021

    Cara finger Aunt

    Former Delta Stewardess Dell Sutherland with two pilots and a Delta DC-3 in the background

    Everyone loves getting something in the mail,but it is not everyday you receive a postcard from 1944! Recently we were sent just that! 


    Seen above is the front of a jumbo sized postcard sent from former Delta Stewardess Dell Sutherland to her sister, Elayne Sutherland in November, 1944, from College Park, Georgia to Haughton, Louisiana. Pictured in flight is Delta DC-3, NC 28340, Ship 40. This plane was delivered to Delta Air Lines on November 29, 1940. Therefore, by the time this postcard was sent, Ship 40 had seen it's fair share of the southern states! 

    Below is the back of the postcard with Dell's message to her sister. She seemed to be having some cheeky fun with her...

    "Dear Layne - Here is a big picture of Delta for you. Why don't you write to me? You should be able to write a little by now. Do you make any A's? And what would you like for X-mas? Let me know before I come home. See you Christmas.. Love, Dell"


    The print at the bottom of the postcard shows part of Delta's contribution to the World War 2 home front war effort, "The ENEMY is listening--Don't SAY it. The ENEMY can READ--Don't WRITE it." This along with the "Loose Lips Sink Ships" campaign reminded allies at home and abroad to be careful with information during wartime. 

    We love getting amazing contributions like this one in the mail. Many thanks to Cara Finger, daughter of Elayne Sutherland for donating this piece of Delta family history. We appreciate your gift as it helps preserve both your aunt's and Delta's history.

    To see more pieces of Delta history click the link for our Online Collections!


    Austin Coleman