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Wanted poster for Keith L. Collins, a member of the gang that robbed a mail car in Council Bluffs, Iowa of $3.5 million, 1920.

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Reference 3-2-0-3-54, 0235.

Photo one


Charles Lindbergh inspecting the Spirit of St. Louis, 1920s.

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Reference 3-1-0-4-11, 0227.

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1920
Orville Phillips and Fred Poffenbarger rob a Council Bluffs mail car containing ten mail bags containing $3.5 million in cash, stocks and bonds. FFIC pays the loss in less than one month.


1921
Edward T. Cairns is appointed manager of the Eastern Department.

FFIC cancels all registered mail coverage as a result of the Council Bluffs robbery.


1927
Charles Lindbergh flies across the Atlantic in the Spirit of St. Louis, which was insured by FFIC during its construction.


1928
May: The Occidental Insurance Company is organized to complement the business of Fireman's Fund Insurance Company and Home Fire and Marine.


1929
Capital increases to $7,500,000.

A fire at the Los Angeles auto show destroyed 313 new models spread out under four immense tents. The company's share of the loss was $118,000.



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