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Air Mail Stamps: Made to Fly

By |August 22nd, 2015|

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.

Airposts and their Stamps (1921)

By |June 6th, 2015|

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.

Stamps of Greenland: Aircraft (2015)

By |May 27th, 2015|

We have now reached the fifth part of our popular aviation series that celebrates the civil Greenland aviation history. Two of the three stamps in this issue deal with aircraft flown by companies whose principal base is outside Greenland. They are, respectively, SAS and First Air.

New Zealand: A Sad Story Behind a Cover

By |April 14th, 2015|

Published by kind permission of the author.

Before telling the story behind the fascinating cover illustrated, a description is necessary...

BOAC: First Flight D.H. 106 International Comet 4 (1958)

By |March 20th, 2015|

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.

Stamp Dealers: Vernon K. Stalley South Australia

By |March 15th, 2015|

Vernon K. Stalley was a well-known Adelaide stamp dealer, who died after a long illness on October 21, 1966 at his Rose Park residence where he was born in 1901. Mr. Stalley started stamp dealing on a part-time basis 1936 while employed in the Adelaide Myer Emporium. In 1944 with the wartime boom in stamp collecting as encouragement, he entered the business full time, opening a shop in Grenfell Street, Adelaide. Mr. Stalley's philatelic interests were largely in Australian stamps and he took a delight in the finely executed modern issues. In 1955 Mr.

Stamps of Luxembourg: Aeronautical Centenary (2009)

By |March 11th, 2015|

The roots of the Luxembourg Aeronautical Federation go back to the formation of the “Aéro-Club Luxembourgeois“, founded on 28th November 1909 in the Café du Commerce at the Place d’Armes in Luxembourg. Its first project, after its creation, was to organise, in June 1910, an international week of aviation at Mondorf-les-Bains. On this occasion, the Aéro-Club was able to achieve its first official goal: the popularisation of aeronautical knowledge and the control of the performances, a power it still holds today for all aeronautical and astronautical activities in the Grand Duchy. At the present day, about 30 non-profit aeronautical

Stamps of Romania: Air Issue (1956)

By |January 13th, 2015|

This multicoloured Air issue from Romania featured: 20b. Aeroplane over City 25b. 'Plane over Mountains 1l. 75 'Plane over Cornfield 2l.55 'Plane over Seashore Designed by I.

Stamps of Portugal: 1939 Azores Aircraft (2014)

By |September 27th, 2014|

In May 1939, the Azores strengthened the importance of its ocean geographic position with the arrival to the city of Horta, on the Island of Faial, of the first Boeing 314 Clipper four-engined seaplane of the North American airline Pan American Airways. This flight, only carrying mail, was a historic moment in the early days of the development of air transport between the USA and Europe. In July of that same year, the Clipper returned to Horta, this time with passengers. Regular air transport between North America and Europe was to become a routine.

Imperial Airways Map (1935)

By |January 26th, 2014|

April 1935 map showing Imperial Airways' routes to Australia and South Africa

Pan Am Airlines: As Luck Would Have It

By |May 25th, 2013|

J.E. Whitbeck was a worried man. He felt his job was on the line before he had a chance to prove himself. Here it was October 19 1927 and disaster was about to strike. On the floor of his Key West office, seven mailbags sat beneath tags displaying a Havana, Cuba destination. They were the property of the United States Post Office Department. Whitbeck, as Miami’s representative of the Aviation Corporation of America, had to dispatch these bags by air that day in order to satisfy his company’s contract requirements with the Postal authorities.

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Aircraft Images: Douglas DC3 at Invercargill, New Zealand (1966)

By |February 16th, 2011|

This image is the first photograph in a series showing worldwide aircraft.

Early Aviation: Advertisement for the Westland Aircraft Works (1920)

By |August 7th, 2010|

This advertisement originally appeared in Sea, Land and Air (1920), which was published in Australia.


By |May 2nd, 2008|

Overprint on the 1921-8 series of stamps issued by SCADTA, the Colombian airmail company.