Published by kind permission of the author.
Before telling the story behind the fascinating cover illustrated, a description is necessary…
This superb photograph was taken on the occasion of the First Flight on April 27, 1958. Nineteen Intercontinental Comet 4s at the time were being built for the BOAC and they were followed by six for Aerolinas Argentinas.
This article is probably one of the first airmail articles, certainly of any length, to be published in a philatelic journal. It was first published in Stamp Collectors’ Fortnightly (January, 1921) from a paper read by Major RS Archer, MC, as his Presidential Address before the Liverpool Junior Philatelic Society, October 11th, 1920.
I rather like Air Mail stamps of the world, used on airmail covers (of course), which logically is why they were issued. The sight of the familiar blue and red bordered airmail envelope emits a subliminal message, evoking images of distant, beckoning, exotic places. For me, at least.
Overprint on the 1921-8 series of stamps issued by SCADTA, the Colombian airmail company. The overprint signified Hollandia, the Spanish name for the Netherlands. Stamps with the overprint were sold at the airline offices and the Columbian Consulates in the Netherlands and the Dutch West Indies.