I rather like Air Mail stamps of the world, used on airmail covers (of course), which logically is why they
Correspondence between Japan and Australia resumed reasonably soon after the end of WWII. The earliest item I have is a Stationery card dated 17 September 1946, in which a penpal states “Now the war is over & we are privileged to write to you, I am very happy to let you know altho’ we have lost our home we were safe & are living peacefully.”. Philatelic relations had resumed at least as early as 15 February 1948, for that is the date on another Stationery card, to venerable Philatelic Trader, William Ackland in Melbourne.
Were these weird stamps ever used? The short answer to the question is ‘Very much so’. I have recently seen a large holding of commercial covers of Tonga dating from the 1960s and bearing many different frankings from the myriad of self-adhesive stamp issues. An absolutely riotous experience I must add.
Something of a stroll down memory lane for me this issue, and the first occasion on which I have featured covers from a foreign country. The article is prompted as a consequence of having recently sorted and classified our 15-year accumulation of French covers/stationery, amounting to about 8 to 9,000 items. A lot of French letters, indeed.