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.
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.
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.
This image is the first photograph in a series showing worldwide aircraft.
This advertisement originally appeared in Sea, Land and Air (1920), which was published in Australia.