Lot Number: 158

(China) F/F FAM 14 China Clipper, China to San Francisco, bs 4/5, registered (label) printed souvenir cover with blue/red route map along bottom franked $1.70 canc Shanghai cds, fine official circular green "China-USA First Flight",  violet "Hong Kong to San Francisco/Via CNAC HongKong.....", and brown "First Air  Mail/China to USA" cachet s on front, also 'Received First Flght' hs and typed 'Hold For First Flight', Lovely item

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Date: 1937, Apr 26
Est. price: £65.00 £55.25
Category: China

Description: F/F FAM 14 China Clipper, China to San Francisco, bs 4/5, registered (label) printed souvenir cover with blue/red route map along bottom franked $1.70 canc Shanghai cds, fine official circular green "China-USA First Flight", violet "Hong Kong to San Francisco/Via CNAC HongKong.....", and brown "First Air Mail/China to USA" cachet s on front, also 'Received First Flght' hs and typed 'Hold For First Flight', Lovely item

Lot Number: 159

(China) F/F FAM 14 China Clipper, Shanghai to San Francisco, bs 4/5, franked $1.45, fine official green "China-USA First Flight" circular cachet,  fine blue "Hong Kong to San Francisco....." cachet , also nice violet "Via CNAC - Hongkong/and by US Air Service" and "Shanghai to San Francisco" cachets also on front. Super item.

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Date: 1937, Apr 26
Est. price: £70.00 £59.50
Category: China

Description: F/F FAM 14 China Clipper, Shanghai to San Francisco, bs 4/5, franked $1.45, fine official green "China-USA First Flight" circular cachet, fine blue "Hong Kong to San Francisco....." cachet , also nice violet "Via CNAC - Hongkong/and by US Air Service" and "Shanghai to San Francisco" cachets also on front. Super item.

Lot Number: 162

(Chinese Macau) Trans Pacific F/F FAM 14, 'Hong Kong' Clipper, Macao to Manila, violet circular receiver, violet 'Macau to USA' flight cachet, airmail cover with map of route, franked 1936 'Avaio' opt set  of 6,

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Date: 1937, Apr 28
Est. price: £20.00 £17.00
Category: Chinese Macau

Description: Trans Pacific F/F FAM 14, 'Hong Kong' Clipper, Macao to Manila, violet circular receiver, violet 'Macau to USA' flight cachet, airmail cover with map of route, franked 1936 'Avaio' opt set of 6,

Lot Number: 364

(Germany) Germany to USA, flown by LATI, rare double rate censored WWII imprint etiquette airmail cover, Berlin to New York, uncommon red Berlin 8 1 41 455rpf machine cancel, typed "Mit Luftpost uber Sudamerika", ms "8g", sealed black/white German OKW censor tape, code e Frankfurt, also small German framed number censor marks. Correctly rated 450rpf for double rate Germany to USA via LATI (2x 215rpf air fee + 25rpf basic, see Beith p38). Flown Rome to Brazil by LATI, FAM 6 to Buenos Aires, then Panagra Pacific coast route to USA (see ?Pacific route endorsement below etiquette) and on to Cristobal for exchange of airlines, FAM 8 to Brownsville, then CAM 22 and internal airline to final destination. An expensive, but effective, method of sending Axis airmail to USA to avoid British censorship in Bermuda (FAM 18) and Jamaica (FAM 5).  A superb exhibit item in particularly fine condition.

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Date: 1941, Jan 8
Est. price: £175.00 £148.75
Category: Germany

Description: Germany to USA, flown by LATI, rare double rate censored WWII imprint etiquette airmail cover, Berlin to New York, uncommon red Berlin 8 1 41 455rpf machine cancel, typed "Mit Luftpost uber Sudamerika", ms "8g", sealed black/white German OKW censor tape, code e Frankfurt, also small German framed number censor marks. Correctly rated 450rpf for double rate Germany to USA via LATI (2x 215rpf air fee + 25rpf basic, see Beith p38). Flown Rome to Brazil by LATI, FAM 6 to Buenos Aires, then Panagra Pacific coast route to USA (see ?Pacific route endorsement below etiquette) and on to Cristobal for exchange of airlines, FAM 8 to Brownsville, then CAM 22 and internal airline to final destination. An expensive, but effective, method of sending Axis airmail to USA to avoid British censorship in Bermuda (FAM 18) and Jamaica (FAM 5). A superb exhibit item in particularly fine condition.

Lot Number: 423

(Iraq) Baghdad to Cairo airmail, Baghdad to Ismailia, Egypt, bs 19/4, via Alexandria 17/4, 70 Squadron RAF cover with blue demi-wing lion and '70 Squadron RAF' embossed on flap, franked 6 annas. Moved to Iraq in 1923 and re-equipped with Vernon bombers/transports which were flew on the Cairo-Baghdad air mail run until 1927. During this time, the Squadron also took part in operations against rebel tribesmen and insurgents on the Turkish frontier and received Victorias shortly before the famous evacuation of Kabul in 1928.

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Date: 1929, Apr 15
Est. price: £30.00 £25.50
Category: Iraq

Description: Baghdad to Cairo airmail, Baghdad to Ismailia, Egypt, bs 19/4, via Alexandria 17/4, 70 Squadron RAF cover with blue demi-wing lion and '70 Squadron RAF' embossed on flap, franked 6 annas. Moved to Iraq in 1923 and re-equipped with Vernon bombers/transports which were flew on the Cairo-Baghdad air mail run until 1927. During this time, the Squadron also took part in operations against rebel tribesmen and insurgents on the Turkish frontier and received Victorias shortly before the famous evacuation of Kabul in 1928.

Lot Number: 634

(South Africa) WWII uncensored airmail, Johannesburg to Chicago, bs 23/5, plain cover franked 3/6d single rate,  uncommon red framed "Airmail-Lugpost/Via West Coast" directional hand stamp, sealed US EB Examiner 30886 (Miami) censor tape. Likely flown by Sabena from Johannesburg up West Coast to Leopoldville, then OAT to Miami by US FAM 22, then US internal airline to Chicago. Could be a nice example of the important role Sabena played in linking South Africa to the Western Hemisphere during WWII, see Boyle, p686. A nice one for further study.

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Date: 1945, Apr 21
Est. price: £40.00 £34.00
Category: South Africa

Description: WWII uncensored airmail, Johannesburg to Chicago, bs 23/5, plain cover franked 3/6d single rate, uncommon red framed "Airmail-Lugpost/Via West Coast" directional hand stamp, sealed US EB Examiner 30886 (Miami) censor tape. Likely flown by Sabena from Johannesburg up West Coast to Leopoldville, then OAT to Miami by US FAM 22, then US internal airline to Chicago. Could be a nice example of the important role Sabena played in linking South Africa to the Western Hemisphere during WWII, see Boyle, p686. A nice one for further study.