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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.

Stamps of Switzerland: Glider Air Issue (1949)

By |August 12th, 2015|

This Special AIR stamp celebrated the La Chaux-de-Fonds, St. gallen Lugano flights. Designed by H. erni and engraved by A. Yersin Design recess.

Stamps of Greece: Airmail Issue (1926)

By |July 17th, 2015|

The first Greek airmail stamps were produced in October 1926 to repay postage on mail carried by the Aeroespresso Company. A set of four stamps were lithographed in multicolour by an unknown printer in Milan and featured aircraft over scenery or a map of the eastern Mediterranean.

Nicaragua: the First Airmail Stamps

By |July 3rd, 2015|

Apart from the early overprints in 1929, the first airmail stamp design for Nicaragua was the well known ‘aeroplanes flying over the volcano of Momotombo’. Now the American Navy was in Nicaragua at the time for reasons to prop up the regime and they had one aeroplane a DH-4s.

Zeppelin Mail

By |June 28th, 2015|

From time to time, auction houses offer Zeppelin covers from the Belgian Congo. The price paid for such items is generally far higher than similar covers from the Netherlands or even Belgium - the reason being that between 1932 and 1939 only 15 flights carried mail originating from the Congo.

Stamps of the Netherlands: Special Flights Issue (1966)

By |June 26th, 2015|

This attractive Air issue from the Netherlands displayed an aircraft in flight. Designed by A. de Vries. Litho.

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 Russia: Air Mail Congress (1927)

By |April 23rd, 2015|

This issue celebrated the 1st International Air Mail Congress at The Hague. Designed by O. M. Amosova.

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...

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 Belgium: Postal Transport (1951)

By |February 22nd, 2015|

This fine 50f. blackish-violet Air stamp was the top value of a set of five featuring Forms of Postal Transport to celebrate the Belgian Stamp Centenary. Designed by R. Bruynseraede. Engraver J. de Bast.

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.

Stamps of Australia: Airmail (1929)

By |April 26th, 2014|

The design shows a De haviland biplane over a flock of merino sheep with eucalyptus treees at the sides. The stamp was issued to cover air mail charges on the Perth to Adelaide airmail service established in 1929. The plane shown on the stamp is identical to those issued on the service. The design was prepared by R.A. Harrison in conjunction with Harold Herbert. Quantities: 3,720,560, of which approximately 180,000 were punctured 'O.S'. Perf.

Imperial Airways Map (1935)

By |January 26th, 2014|

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