Checking the Mail



The name of this print has a double meaning! The PT-17 Stearman pilot circles to check his mailbox while the man leaning against the truck is checking his voicemail. A Waco sits on the grass field. A charming and classic scene!

History of the Stearman company

The Stearman C-3B was the first Stearman airplane produced in Wichita after Lloyd Stearman moved back to Kansas. The C-3B was designed for both mail and passenger service. In addition, it was the type of plane Charles Lindbergh used to survey air routes for Transcontinental and Western Airways.
The Stearman company signed its first major military contract in 1934. It built 61 Navy Model 73 biplanes trainers. In 1938 Stearman became a division of the Boeing company. In 1941 the company became the Wichita Division of The Boeing Airplane Company and soon began to build the B-29 Superfortress, one of the largest aircraft in use during World War II.

History of the Waco Aircraft Company

The Waco Aircraft Company (WACO) was an aircraft manufacturer located in Troy, Ohio. Between way back in 1919 (circa WWI), through 1947 (WWII), the company produced a wide range of civilian biplanes. During its twenty-eight year existence Waco produced sixty-two different aircraft models. WACO led all its competitors in number of aircraft registered.
The combination of these two examples of classic aircraft add up to a charming scene!

About the Prints

The image is available as 17.5″ x 26″ Limited Edition prints with edition sizes of 300 Signed & Numbered and 30 Artist Proofs. Also available as a loose 8″ x 10″ Open Edition.

Additional Sam Lyons Stearman prints

More Stearman aircraft depicted in Sam Lyon prints available on this website include:
Stearman Sunrise
The Dream
Macon a Living

Additional information


Open Edition Framed, S/N Print Only, S/N Framed, AP Print Only, AP Framed


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