Lot Number: 33

(Australia) First acceptance of mail for Southern Rhodesia, Kew to Blantyre, bs 29/12, via Cairo 22/12, and the Shire Highlands Railway Company Travelling Ost Office (SHRTPO) 28/12, carried on first regular Imperial Airways/Qantas Australia-England service, souvenir blue/light grey 'Kangaroo' company cover, franked 5d, 1/6d 1931 6d air (SG139), canc 'Kew/7 Dec/Vic' cds. Carried from Cairo to Broken Hill on IAW flight ASS 199, This  service carried mail for Africa flown on Imperial Airways first return Brisbane-Singapore extension of the Eastern route. See Wingent p65. Only 463 items were flown from Australia to all points other than London, viz to the Far East, Middle East, the Med, Europe and Africa. Super routng and scarce TPO. A nice one for the exhibit.

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Date: 1934, Dec 7
Est. price: £125.00 £106.25
Category: Australia

Description: First acceptance of mail for Southern Rhodesia, Kew to Blantyre, bs 29/12, via Cairo 22/12, and the Shire Highlands Railway Company Travelling Ost Office (SHRTPO) 28/12, carried on first regular Imperial Airways/Qantas Australia-England service, souvenir blue/light grey 'Kangaroo' company cover, franked 5d, 1/6d 1931 6d air (SG139), canc 'Kew/7 Dec/Vic' cds. Carried from Cairo to Broken Hill on IAW flight ASS 199, This service carried mail for Africa flown on Imperial Airways first return Brisbane-Singapore extension of the Eastern route. See Wingent p65. Only 463 items were flown from Australia to all points other than London, viz to the Far East, Middle East, the Med, Europe and Africa. Super routng and scarce TPO. A nice one for the exhibit.

Lot Number: 35

(Australia) Rare first acceptance of mail for Aswan, Egypt  from Australia, for carriage on the first regular Imperial Airways/Qantas Australia-England service, Kew to Alexandria bs 26/12, via Cairo 22/12 and Luxor 23/12, blue/grey printed souvenir cover franked 1/7d, flown Brisbane-Darwin by Qantas, then Darwin-Alexandria by IAW IW 298. Only 463 items were flown from Australia to all points other than London, viz to the Far East, Middle East, the Med, Europe and Africa. Thus some sections are likely to be great rarities. This item is likely to be one such.

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Date: 1934, Dec 7
Est. price: £125.00 £106.25
Category: Australia

Description: Rare first acceptance of mail for Aswan, Egypt from Australia, for carriage on the first regular Imperial Airways/Qantas Australia-England service, Kew to Alexandria bs 26/12, via Cairo 22/12 and Luxor 23/12, blue/grey printed souvenir cover franked 1/7d, flown Brisbane-Darwin by Qantas, then Darwin-Alexandria by IAW IW 298. Only 463 items were flown from Australia to all points other than London, viz to the Far East, Middle East, the Med, Europe and Africa. Thus some sections are likely to be great rarities. This item is likely to be one such.

Lot Number: 37

(Australia) First regular Imperial Airways/Qantas Australia-England service, Sydney to London, no arrival ds, airmail etiquette cover franked 1934 Macarthur 9d x2 (SG cat £45 each used), canc Sydney cds, ms '1st Direct air mail/from Australia to/England'.

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Date: 1934, Dec 08
Est. price: £40.00 £34.00
Category: Australia

Description: First regular Imperial Airways/Qantas Australia-England service, Sydney to London, no arrival ds, airmail etiquette cover franked 1934 Macarthur 9d x2 (SG cat £45 each used), canc Sydney cds, ms '1st Direct air mail/from Australia to/England'.

Lot Number: 41

(Australia) First acceptance of mail for South Africa,Sydney to Cape Town, bs 28/12, via Cairo 22/12, carried on the first regular Imperial Airways/Qantas Australia-England service, souvenir blue/light grey 'Kangaroo' company cover, franked 3d, 1/- and 1/6d canc 'Air Mail/12 Aug 34/Sydney cds, Carried from Cairo to Cape Town on  IAW flight ASS 199, This  service carried mail for Africa flown on Imperial Airways first return Brisbane-Singapore extension of the Eastern route. See Wingent p65. Only 463 items were flown from Australia to all points other than London, viz to the Far East, Middle East, the Med, Europe and Africa.

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Date: 1934, Dec 12
Est. price: £75.00 £63.75
Category: Australia

Description: First acceptance of mail for South Africa,Sydney to Cape Town, bs 28/12, via Cairo 22/12, carried on the first regular Imperial Airways/Qantas Australia-England service, souvenir blue/light grey 'Kangaroo' company cover, franked 3d, 1/- and 1/6d canc 'Air Mail/12 Aug 34/Sydney cds, Carried from Cairo to Cape Town on IAW flight ASS 199, This service carried mail for Africa flown on Imperial Airways first return Brisbane-Singapore extension of the Eastern route. See Wingent p65. Only 463 items were flown from Australia to all points other than London, viz to the Far East, Middle East, the Med, Europe and Africa.

Lot Number: 59

(Australia) WWII precursor, Sydney to New York, sent to USA via the Empire Route to London and and onward transmission across Atlantic by sea, imprint etiquette airmail cover franked 1/7d (overpaid by 1d), canc Air Mail/Sydney/39MY38, etiquette cancelled by red double bar Jusqu'a applied in London to terminate carriage by air. Flown all the way by Short C Class S.30 flying boats, to Singapore by Qantas, and on to London by Imperial Airways.  An interesting item, Australian airmail to USA of this period usually went by the Pan Am Trans Pacific route. Some rough opening at top, hardly detracts, see scan.

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Date: 1938, May 30
Est. price: £40.00 £34.00
Category: Australia

Description: WWII precursor, Sydney to New York, sent to USA via the Empire Route to London and and onward transmission across Atlantic by sea, imprint etiquette airmail cover franked 1/7d (overpaid by 1d), canc Air Mail/Sydney/39MY38, etiquette cancelled by red double bar Jusqu'a applied in London to terminate carriage by air. Flown all the way by Short C Class S.30 flying boats, to Singapore by Qantas, and on to London by Imperial Airways. An interesting item, Australian airmail to USA of this period usually went by the Pan Am Trans Pacific route. Some rough opening at top, hardly detracts, see scan.

Lot Number: 78

(Bechuanaland) Lobatsi to Australia, bs Adelaide 23/12, first acceptance of African 'all the way' airmail for Australia for carriage on the Imperial Airways  African service to Cairo, to connect with the first extension of the IIA/ITCA/Qantas service from Singapore to Brisbane, official 'Kangaroo' cover franked 1/-, 6d and 2d, canc Lobatsi 1 Dec 34 cds. Scarce.

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Date: 1934, Dec 1
Est. price: £125.00 £106.25
Category: Bechuanaland

Description: Lobatsi to Australia, bs Adelaide 23/12, first acceptance of African 'all the way' airmail for Australia for carriage on the Imperial Airways African service to Cairo, to connect with the first extension of the IIA/ITCA/Qantas service from Singapore to Brisbane, official 'Kangaroo' cover franked 1/-, 6d and 2d, canc Lobatsi 1 Dec 34 cds. Scarce.

Lot Number: 177

(GB External) Imperial Airways first regular service from the United Kingdom to India. Cover to Baghdad franked 2d x2, 1d x3, cancelled March 28, , on arrival re-addressed to Oxford and franked Iraq 6a cancelled Baghdad April 9, arrival cds of  April 15 verso. Thought to be one of only three round trip covers. Blunt  left hand top and bottom corners.

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Date: 1929, Mar 29
Est. price: £150.00 £127.50
Category: GB External

Description: Imperial Airways first regular service from the United Kingdom to India. Cover to Baghdad franked 2d x2, 1d x3, cancelled March 28, , on arrival re-addressed to Oxford and franked Iraq 6a cancelled Baghdad April 9, arrival cds of April 15 verso. Thought to be one of only three round trip covers. Blunt left hand top and bottom corners.

Lot Number: 181

(GB External) Imperial Airways, London to Berlin,  bs 3/6,  first service at the new 4d per oz. rate, red framed 'Mit Luftpost befordert/Luftpostamt Berlin C2' receiver, plain imprint etiquette cover, Not easy to find.

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Date: 1930, Jun 1
Est. price: £15.00 £12.75
Category: GB External

Description: Imperial Airways, London to Berlin, bs 3/6, first service at the new 4d per oz. rate, red framed 'Mit Luftpost befordert/Luftpostamt Berlin C2' receiver, plain imprint etiquette cover, Not easy to find.

Lot Number: 182

(GB External) Imperial Airways, London to Budapest,, bs 3/6, via Munich 2/6, first service at the new 4d per oz. rate, plain imprint etiquette cover, typed"1st day at New Rate/June 2nd 1939", red framed Munchen 2 receiver. Not easy to find.

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Date: 1930, Jun 1
Est. price: £15.00 £12.75
Category: GB External

Description: Imperial Airways, London to Budapest,, bs 3/6, via Munich 2/6, first service at the new 4d per oz. rate, plain imprint etiquette cover, typed"1st day at New Rate/June 2nd 1939", red framed Munchen 2 receiver. Not easy to find.

Lot Number: 198

(GB External) Imperial Airways, alternative route through Trucial States, London to Karachi, bs 8/10, airmail etiquette cover franked 6d, canc Warrington, Lancs 30 SP 32, typed "Per First Indian Air Mail/Via Bahrein". Newall 120u. Faint ironed vertical crease.

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Date: 1932, Oct 1
Est. price: £30.00 £25.50
Category: GB External

Description: Imperial Airways, alternative route through Trucial States, London to Karachi, bs 8/10, airmail etiquette cover franked 6d, canc Warrington, Lancs 30 SP 32, typed "Per First Indian Air Mail/Via Bahrein". Newall 120u. Faint ironed vertical crease.

Lot Number: 201

(GB External) Imperial Airways/Indian Trans-Continental Airways London to Allahabad, b/s 8/7, carried on F/F Karachi to Calcutta Extension, black boxed flight cachet (verso), official three colour souvenir cover, franked GV 2d and 6d.

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Date: 1933, Jul 1
Est. price: £30.00 £25.50
Category: GB External

Description: Imperial Airways/Indian Trans-Continental Airways London to Allahabad, b/s 8/7, carried on F/F Karachi to Calcutta Extension, black boxed flight cachet (verso), official three colour souvenir cover, franked GV 2d and 6d.

Lot Number: 202

(GB External) F/F London to Bandon, Malay States, b/s 21/12with Siamese and Bankok postmarks,  official red/blue Speedbird cover franked 11d, carried on IAW F/F Croydon-Singapore, Imperial Airways.

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Date: 1933, Dec 9
Est. price: £18.00 £15.30
Category: GB External

Description: F/F London to Bandon, Malay States, b/s 21/12with Siamese and Bankok postmarks, official red/blue Speedbird cover franked 11d, carried on IAW F/F Croydon-Singapore, Imperial Airways.

Lot Number: 207

(GB External) F/F England to New Zealand, Glasgow to Dannevirke,  via Sydney 21/12, carried on the Australia extension of London-Singapore service, rated 1/3d, official Map and Kangaroo cover, Imperial Airways/Qantas.

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Date: 1934, Dec 7
Est. price: £20.00 £17.00
Category: GB External

Description: F/F England to New Zealand, Glasgow to Dannevirke, via Sydney 21/12, carried on the Australia extension of London-Singapore service, rated 1/3d, official Map and Kangaroo cover, Imperial Airways/Qantas.

Lot Number: 228

(GB External) F/F Third Stage Empire Air Mail Scheme, London to Solomon Islands, 3/9 Dead Letter Office arrival ds, plain cover franked 1 1/2d, typed "First Day Cover/Empire Air Mail England-Australia/No Air Postage Payable", Imperial Airways.

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Date: 1938, Jul 24
Est. price: £30.00 £25.50
Category: GB External

Description: F/F Third Stage Empire Air Mail Scheme, London to Solomon Islands, 3/9 Dead Letter Office arrival ds, plain cover franked 1 1/2d, typed "First Day Cover/Empire Air Mail England-Australia/No Air Postage Payable", Imperial Airways.

Lot Number: 311

(India) Bengal Air Transport Co, experimental air service Calcutta-Siliguri-Darjeeling, unfranked newspaper wrapper to Darjeeling, insribed "Press Packet/The Englishman/Per Bengal Air Transport Co." The intention of this short lived flight, partly sponsored by Imperial Airways, was to test the possibility of a permanent Calcutta-Darjeeling service. Due to bad weather, the flight had to terminate at Siliguri, and continue to Darjeeling by car. The pilot was Neville Vintcent.  Certified by Stephen Smith Genuine flown copy (ref ref Brown J, Indian Air Mails, 1995, #29-32).  A scarce historical item in superb condition.

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Date: 1929, May 21
Est. price: £750.00 £637.50
Category: India

Description: Bengal Air Transport Co, experimental air service Calcutta-Siliguri-Darjeeling, unfranked newspaper wrapper to Darjeeling, insribed "Press Packet/The Englishman/Per Bengal Air Transport Co." The intention of this short lived flight, partly sponsored by Imperial Airways, was to test the possibility of a permanent Calcutta-Darjeeling service. Due to bad weather, the flight had to terminate at Siliguri, and continue to Darjeeling by car. The pilot was Neville Vintcent. Certified by Stephen Smith Genuine flown copy (ref ref Brown J, Indian Air Mails, 1995, #29-32). A scarce historical item in superb condition.

Lot Number: 314

(India) Imperial Airways, Calcutta to Cape Town, bs 2/2, first acceptance of mail from India to South Africa, for carriage on IAW westbound service from Karachi-Cairo (transit cds verso), then from Cairo on F/F Imperial Airways Regular Service from London to Cape Town.  Aerophilatelic Philatelic Club of Calcutta cover franked 13 1/2A, canc Intally, Calcutta cds. SIGNED BY PILOT R.F. CASPAREUTHUS, the pilot of the Johannesburg-Cape Town leg. Super item.

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Date: 1932, Jan 17
Est. price: £300.00 £255.00
Category: India

Description: Imperial Airways, Calcutta to Cape Town, bs 2/2, first acceptance of mail from India to South Africa, for carriage on IAW westbound service from Karachi-Cairo (transit cds verso), then from Cairo on F/F Imperial Airways Regular Service from London to Cape Town. Aerophilatelic Philatelic Club of Calcutta cover franked 13 1/2A, canc Intally, Calcutta cds. SIGNED BY PILOT R.F. CASPAREUTHUS, the pilot of the Johannesburg-Cape Town leg. Super item.

Lot Number: 337

(Interruptions and Accidents) Interrupted flight, Kenya To France, NAIROBI TO SAINT MARS DE CUTAIS by Imperial Airways Africa northbound service AN20 which left Kisumu 22 July, arriving Athens 26 July (b/s), then on by surface, delivered 31 July Saint Mars de Cutais (b/s). Plain etiquette cover RATED 75c (5c, 10c,20c x3),  bears a rare Type 13 Kenya/Uganda instructional handstamp 'Air Fee Prepaid/To Europe' (Colley reports only ever having seen one, used in 1947, p65). Flight interrupted because the mail for Europe had to be sorted again in Athens as well as Alexandria. Thereafter, for all future flights, it was arranged that all correspondence for Europe would be in a direct mail for 
Athens. One other cover is known.

 


Athens.  A copy of an explanatory letter from PO included with this item. No
other mail is known.

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Date: 1931, Jul 20
Est. price: £65.00 £55.25
Category: Interruptions and Accidents

Description: Interrupted flight, Kenya To France, NAIROBI TO SAINT MARS DE CUTAIS by Imperial Airways Africa northbound service AN20 which left Kisumu 22 July, arriving Athens 26 July (b/s), then on by surface, delivered 31 July Saint Mars de Cutais (b/s). Plain etiquette cover RATED 75c (5c, 10c,20c x3), bears a rare Type 13 Kenya/Uganda instructional handstamp 'Air Fee Prepaid/To Europe' (Colley reports only ever having seen one, used in 1947, p65). Flight interrupted because the mail for Europe had to be sorted again in Athens as well as Alexandria. Thereafter, for all future flights, it was arranged that all correspondence for Europe would be in a direct mail for Athens. One other cover is known. Athens. A copy of an explanatory letter from PO included with this item. No other mail is known.

Lot Number: 338

(Interruptions and Accidents) Interrupted flight, Kenya To UK, JERICHO TO LONDON posted 17/8 then by surface to Kisumu to catch Imperial Airways Africa northbound service AN25 ( 'City of Alexandria') leaving Kisumu 26/8 where mail was transferred to 'City of Glasgow', but engine trouble caused her to remain overnight at Atbara. She departed 29/8, one day late, but flew through to Cairo that day, omitting the overnight stop at Wadi Halfa, and thereby arrived Cairo on schedule on 29/8. The service was then further delayed awaiting the arrival of the India service IW125, which was running one day late. The African and Indian mail departed Alexandria on 31/8 and arrived Croydon one day late on 2/9 (see Post Office Daily List Tuesday, September 1, 1931). Also the first northbound Africa service by Satyrus. Two other covers are known.

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Date: 1931, Aug 26
Est. price: £85.00 £72.25
Category: Interruptions and Accidents

Description: Interrupted flight, Kenya To UK, JERICHO TO LONDON posted 17/8 then by surface to Kisumu to catch Imperial Airways Africa northbound service AN25 ( 'City of Alexandria') leaving Kisumu 26/8 where mail was transferred to 'City of Glasgow', but engine trouble caused her to remain overnight at Atbara. She departed 29/8, one day late, but flew through to Cairo that day, omitting the overnight stop at Wadi Halfa, and thereby arrived Cairo on schedule on 29/8. The service was then further delayed awaiting the arrival of the India service IW125, which was running one day late. The African and Indian mail departed Alexandria on 31/8 and arrived Croydon one day late on 2/9 (see Post Office Daily List Tuesday, September 1, 1931). Also the first northbound Africa service by Satyrus. Two other covers are known.

Lot Number: 342

(Interruptions and Accidents) Interrupted flight, South Africa To USA, DURBAN TO NEW YORK, Imperial Airways Africa northbound service AN79 left Jo'burg one day late on 8/9 and arrived London 19/9, and then on by sea to New York 28/9 (dated private arrival hs). A further day was lost at Beaufort West because of very bad weather but the City of Jodhpur had made up time when it arrived at Kisumu and thereafter, by only making a 'one night stop' (at Broken Hill) instead of the normal two (by overflying Salisbury and Mbeya), the schedule was regained and the cover arrived in London on schedule. Capt Wilson flew Jo'burg to Broken Hill then Capt Caspareuthus took over to Kisumu (ref 
The Cape Argus, date unknown). Corner cover RATED 2/6 (6d, 1/- x2), airmail 
etiquette annulled by red double bar Jusqu'a applied in London. One other cover is known.

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Date: 1932, Sep 16
Est. price: £100.00 £85.00
Category: Interruptions and Accidents

Description: Interrupted flight, South Africa To USA, DURBAN TO NEW YORK, Imperial Airways Africa northbound service AN79 left Jo'burg one day late on 8/9 and arrived London 19/9, and then on by sea to New York 28/9 (dated private arrival hs). A further day was lost at Beaufort West because of very bad weather but the City of Jodhpur had made up time when it arrived at Kisumu and thereafter, by only making a 'one night stop' (at Broken Hill) instead of the normal two (by overflying Salisbury and Mbeya), the schedule was regained and the cover arrived in London on schedule. Capt Wilson flew Jo'burg to Broken Hill then Capt Caspareuthus took over to Kisumu (ref The Cape Argus, date unknown). Corner cover RATED 2/6 (6d, 1/- x2), airmail etiquette annulled by red double bar Jusqu'a applied in London. One other cover is known.

Lot Number: 383

(Malta) F/F Valleta to Allahabad bs 11/6, via Alexandria 28/5, Cairo 30/5 and Karachi 7/6, first acceptance of mail from Malta to India for carriage on the new Imperial Airways service from London to Iraq, registered (label) cover franked 6d Air opt. & 3d &1 1/2d ordinary, stamps canc 'GPO/My 23/28/Malta' cds, violet 'Registered' hs, ms 'Per Air Mail'. Carried by sea from Malta-Egypt, then  RAF Egypt-Iraq air mail service to Gaza, then surface to Beyrouth. The Malta Government Notices of March 20 and 28, 1928 notified that, as of 1st April, 1928, mails for Iraq, Persia, NE Arabia and NW India "will be accepted for carriage by the UK Egypt-Iraq air mail service". Acceptances for carriage by this route have been recorded for Baghdad (24/4/1928) and Allahabad (23/5/1928). For confirmation of first flight status of this cover see The Air Mails of Malta, Malta Study Circle, Study Paper No 29, 2000, pp 4&9. A scarce item with superb routing. Non invasive ironed vertical crease barely visible from the front, see scan.

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Date: 1928, May 23
Est. price: £175.00 £148.75
Category: Malta

Description: F/F Valleta to Allahabad bs 11/6, via Alexandria 28/5, Cairo 30/5 and Karachi 7/6, first acceptance of mail from Malta to India for carriage on the new Imperial Airways service from London to Iraq, registered (label) cover franked 6d Air opt. & 3d &1 1/2d ordinary, stamps canc 'GPO/My 23/28/Malta' cds, violet 'Registered' hs, ms 'Per Air Mail'. Carried by sea from Malta-Egypt, then RAF Egypt-Iraq air mail service to Gaza, then surface to Beyrouth. The Malta Government Notices of March 20 and 28, 1928 notified that, as of 1st April, 1928, mails for Iraq, Persia, NE Arabia and NW India "will be accepted for carriage by the UK Egypt-Iraq air mail service". Acceptances for carriage by this route have been recorded for Baghdad (24/4/1928) and Allahabad (23/5/1928). For confirmation of first flight status of this cover see The Air Mails of Malta, Malta Study Circle, Study Paper No 29, 2000, pp 4&9. A scarce item with superb routing. Non invasive ironed vertical crease barely visible from the front, see scan.

Lot Number: 384

(Malta) First acceptance of Malta airmail for the Belgian Congo, Valletta to Leopoldville, 9/8, via Aba 11/7, Buta 18/7 and Stanleyville 22/7, Forbes Bentley corner cover franked 9 1/2, all stamps canc ,Air Mail/3 Jul/1931' cds, also Valletta Jy 3 31 cds. Likely by sea to Cairo, then  Imperial Airways England-Africa service No AS19 from Alexandria to Juba, then 150km by road from Juba-Aba, then 800km by rail to Stanleyville, and finally downstream by river to Leopoldville. A scarce item with great routing and in fine condition.

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Date: 1931, Jul 3
Est. price: £150.00 £127.50
Category: Malta

Description: First acceptance of Malta airmail for the Belgian Congo, Valletta to Leopoldville, 9/8, via Aba 11/7, Buta 18/7 and Stanleyville 22/7, Forbes Bentley corner cover franked 9 1/2, all stamps canc ,Air Mail/3 Jul/1931' cds, also Valletta Jy 3 31 cds. Likely by sea to Cairo, then Imperial Airways England-Africa service No AS19 from Alexandria to Juba, then 150km by road from Juba-Aba, then 800km by rail to Stanleyville, and finally downstream by river to Leopoldville. A scarce item with great routing and in fine condition.

Lot Number: 406

(New Zealand) New Zealand acceptance for Holland, 11/2 via Paris 11/2,  Wellington to Rotterdam carried on flight IW 309 Imperial Airways Far Eastern service, buff airmail etiquettte cover franked 1/5d, canc Wellington cds.

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Date: 1935, Jan 23
Est. price: £15.00 £12.75
Category: New Zealand

Description: New Zealand acceptance for Holland, 11/2 via Paris 11/2, Wellington to Rotterdam carried on flight IW 309 Imperial Airways Far Eastern service, buff airmail etiquettte cover franked 1/5d, canc Wellington cds.

Lot Number: 477

(Scarce and Unusual Routings) Rare commercial airmail  KENYA TO CZECHOSLOVAKIA, NAIROBI TO OBERSLAU, BOHEMIA, Imperial Airways Africa northbound service AN68 (City of Swanage) which left Nairobi 26/6, arrived Athens 1/7, sorted 7/7, delivered 11/7 (dated m/s confirmation). Flown, on schedule, by City of Swanage to Juba, City of Khartoum to Khartoum, and Ctiy of Glasgow to Athens. Cover bears a rare Type 13 Kenya/Uganda instructional handstamp 'Air Fee Prepaid/To Europe' (Colley reports only ever having seen one, used in 1947, p65), RATED 70c (20c, 50c) for air fee prepaid to Europe (likely Athens), then surface to Czechoslovakia.

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Date: 1931, Jun 24
Est. price: £40.00 £34.00
Category: Scarce and Unusual Routings

Description: Rare commercial airmail KENYA TO CZECHOSLOVAKIA, NAIROBI TO OBERSLAU, BOHEMIA, Imperial Airways Africa northbound service AN68 (City of Swanage) which left Nairobi 26/6, arrived Athens 1/7, sorted 7/7, delivered 11/7 (dated m/s confirmation). Flown, on schedule, by City of Swanage to Juba, City of Khartoum to Khartoum, and Ctiy of Glasgow to Athens. Cover bears a rare Type 13 Kenya/Uganda instructional handstamp 'Air Fee Prepaid/To Europe' (Colley reports only ever having seen one, used in 1947, p65), RATED 70c (20c, 50c) for air fee prepaid to Europe (likely Athens), then surface to Czechoslovakia.

Lot Number: 480

(Scarce and Unusual Routings) Commercial airmail, Egypt To France, CAIRO TO TOULOUSE, by Imperial Airways Africa northbound service AN60 which left Cairo 5/5 on City of Arundel, and arrived Brindisi bs 6/5 on Scipio flying boat, then on by surface to Toulouse, A Metropolitan Hotel, Cairo cover, airmail etiquette annulled with black cross Jusqu'a applied at Brindisi. RATED 33 mils ( 20 mils ordinary and 13 mils air fee, 2ml,4ml,27ml). This was the first Africa northbound service to carry passengers.

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Date: 1932, May 2
Est. price: £50.00 £42.50
Category: Scarce and Unusual Routings

Description: Commercial airmail, Egypt To France, CAIRO TO TOULOUSE, by Imperial Airways Africa northbound service AN60 which left Cairo 5/5 on City of Arundel, and arrived Brindisi bs 6/5 on Scipio flying boat, then on by surface to Toulouse, A Metropolitan Hotel, Cairo cover, airmail etiquette annulled with black cross Jusqu'a applied at Brindisi. RATED 33 mils ( 20 mils ordinary and 13 mils air fee, 2ml,4ml,27ml). This was the first Africa northbound service to carry passengers.