Lot Number: 402

(Sierra Leone) A rare early United States acceptance of mail from Sierra Leone via accelerated carriage  to Great Britain by the Latecoere 'Toulouse-Dakar' airmail service. Freetown to Dakar by steamer, Dakar to GB by air, then GB to USA by sea, bs Lancaster, PA Feb 7 1929, airmail cover correctly rated 1/1/1/2d, franked SL 1/-, 1d, 1/2d, ms "Par Avion de/Dakar a Toulouse', and a rarely seen black/grey blue "Par Avion/Dakar a Toulouse" etiquette (SRL-A-1a). The 550 mile sea service from Dakar to Freetown was unpredictable and the connection at Toulouse was often missed. For this reason, the accelerated service was seldom used, and this cover is therefore scarce, particularly to the USA. See Priddy's 'West African Airmails, The McCaig and Porter Collections' published by the, West Africa Study Circle in 2002 and reprinted 2017, and McCaig's article on West African Airmails, page 13, Postal History Journal, October, 1979. 
The cover has a 3mm lh edge trim, otherwise fine, see scan.

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Date: 1929, Jan 12
Est. price: £85.00
Category: Sierra Leone

Description: A rare early United States acceptance of mail from Sierra Leone via accelerated carriage to Great Britain by the Latecoere 'Toulouse-Dakar' airmail service. Freetown to Dakar by steamer, Dakar to GB by air, then GB to USA by sea, bs Lancaster, PA Feb 7 1929, airmail cover correctly rated 1/1/1/2d, franked SL 1/-, 1d, 1/2d, ms "Par Avion de/Dakar a Toulouse', and a rarely seen black/grey blue "Par Avion/Dakar a Toulouse" etiquette (SRL-A-1a). The 550 mile sea service from Dakar to Freetown was unpredictable and the connection at Toulouse was often missed. For this reason, the accelerated service was seldom used, and this cover is therefore scarce, particularly to the USA. See Priddy's 'West African Airmails, The McCaig and Porter Collections' published by the, West Africa Study Circle in 2002 and reprinted 2017, and McCaig's article on West African Airmails, page 13, Postal History Journal, October, 1979. The cover has a 3mm lh edge trim, otherwise fine, see scan.
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Lot Number: 223

(GB External) Seldom seen, GB to Sierra Leone flown by Air France, London to Freetown, bs 4/10 and Cline Town 4/10, via Dakar/Senegal/27 Sept 37 transit cds, airmail etiquette cover correctly rated 9d, canc 'London FS/29 Sep 1937/Airmail'. Carried by French service at the 9d per 1.2oz rate introduced on 8th January, 1935.

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Date: 1937, Sep 20
Est. price: £75.00
Category: GB External

Description: Seldom seen, GB to Sierra Leone flown by Air France, London to Freetown, bs 4/10 and Cline Town 4/10, via Dakar/Senegal/27 Sept 37 transit cds, airmail etiquette cover correctly rated 9d, canc 'London FS/29 Sep 1937/Airmail'. Carried by French service at the 9d per 1.2oz rate introduced on 8th January, 1935.
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Lot Number: 215

(GB External) French Air Service, London to Accra, bs 14/9, airmail etiquette cover correctly rated 10d, carried by Air France from Paris 24/8 to Dakar 17/8, then by sea to Gold Coast.. Nice routing.

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Date: 1935, Aug 23
Est. price: £20.00
Category: GB External

Description: French Air Service, London to Accra, bs 14/9, airmail etiquette cover correctly rated 10d, carried by Air France from Paris 24/8 to Dakar 17/8, then by sea to Gold Coast.. Nice routing.
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