Lot Number: 129

(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: £55.00 £46.75
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: 285

(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: £85.00 £72.25
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: 304

(Hong Kong) Neat and fine green/cream printed 'Forces Airmail/Par Avion' envelope with embossed green 'Kings Shropshire Light Infantry' logo on flap, franked 2 1/2d canc (army) PO to England, 24/8/51 arrival ds on front, posted from SS Empire Fowey, Kowloon. She served as a troopship until 1960, and also carried servicemen's families to the naval dockyard on Singapore in the early 1950's.

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Date: 1951, Aug 20
Est. price: £15.00 £12.75
Category: Hong Kong

Description: Neat and fine green/cream printed 'Forces Airmail/Par Avion' envelope with embossed green 'Kings Shropshire Light Infantry' logo on flap, franked 2 1/2d canc (army) PO to England, 24/8/51 arrival ds on front, posted from SS Empire Fowey, Kowloon. She served as a troopship until 1960, and also carried servicemen's families to the naval dockyard on Singapore in the early 1950's.

Lot Number: 347

(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: 418

(New Zealand) First inclusion of Fiji in FAM 19 service,  Auckland to Suva, airmail cover franked 1/3d, official cachet.

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Date: 1941, Nov 11
Est. price: £10.00 £8.50
Category: New Zealand

Description: First inclusion of Fiji in FAM 19 service, Auckland to Suva, airmail cover franked 1/3d, official cachet.

Lot Number: 591

(United States) FAM 5 New Orleans service to Guatemala City, New Orleans to Managua, 13/6 arrival de on front, Pan Am red/blue/pale grey souvenir airmail cover, 24cmx 10cm, imprint etiquette "First Flight/Airmail/New Orleans/To/Managua/June 13 1945", large black framed 'Vuelo Inaugural/Ruta/New Orleans-Panama'. Scarce, this particlar leg is currently unlisted.

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Date: 1943, Jun 13
Est. price: £30.00 £25.50
Category: United States

Description: FAM 5 New Orleans service to Guatemala City, New Orleans to Managua, 13/6 arrival de on front, Pan Am red/blue/pale grey souvenir airmail cover, 24cmx 10cm, imprint etiquette "First Flight/Airmail/New Orleans/To/Managua/June 13 1945", large black framed 'Vuelo Inaugural/Ruta/New Orleans-Panama'. Scarce, this particlar leg is currently unlisted.