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Costa Rica, 1924, Jan 11
Acceptance of mail for the United States for carrage on the first airmail service in Coata Rica, plain cover addressed to Barcalays Bank, New York, postmarked 'San Jose Ene 10 1924' cds, violet 'Transito' hs and 'Turrucares/ Ene 11 1924' cds tying 5c light blue, and special violet circular "Correo Aereo/Ene 11 1924/San Jose-Limon" cancels front and verso. Carried on the third of only five flights of the temporary service operated by US Army aeroplanes during suspension of railway communication between San Jose and Puerto Limon from January 5th-15th. This special cancellation is described by O'Niell as being " far from Common" having been seen in only two collections in Costa Rica and he therefore doubted if it had been applied to all correspondence. This was the first airmail service to the Atlantic zone and to the rest of the world, and an event of far reaching importance in the international and social development of Costa Rica. See airmail History of Costa Rica, ISBN 0-9645247-7-5, pp 10-16.

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(Costa Rica) United States Army Service Plane, into San Jose 29/12 via special flight Cristobal to Port Limon, special green circular dispatch cds "AS Plane #41", violet circular San Jose 29/12 receiver on front, Roessler corner cover.

Costa Rica, 1925, Dec 29
United States Army Service Plane, into San Jose 29/12 via special flight Cristobal to Port Limon, special green circular dispatch cds "AS Plane #41", violet circular San Jose 29/12 receiver on front, Roessler corner cover.

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(Costa Rica) Courier flight, US Army planes, San Jose to Cristobal, circular arrival dated cachet on front "Costa Rica-Canal Zone/Air Mail/Jan 2, 1926/………../Received/AS Plane #41", printed Noriega "Correo Aereo" corner cover.

Costa Rica, 1926, Jan 2
Courier flight, US Army planes, San Jose to Cristobal, circular arrival dated cachet on front "Costa Rica-Canal Zone/Air Mail/Jan 2, 1926/………../Received/AS Plane #41", printed Noriega "Correo Aereo" corner cover.

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(Costa Rica) US military aviators courier flight US army planes, San Jose to Cristobal, colour PPC showing Coffee Pickers franked 10c canc special 'Correo Aereo/Canal Zone/Ene 2 1926' postmark, blue circular arrival dated cachet on front "Costa Rica-Canal zone/Air Mail/Jan 2, 1926/6.00pm/Received/AS Plane #41".

Costa Rica, 1926, Jan 2
US military aviators courier flight US army planes, San Jose to Cristobal, colour PPC showing Coffee Pickers franked 10c canc special 'Correo Aereo/Canal Zone/Ene 2 1926' postmark, blue circular arrival dated cachet on front "Costa Rica-Canal zone/Air Mail/Jan 2, 1926/6.00pm/Received/AS Plane #41".

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(Costa Rica) The Central American Flight of the Mexican Aviator Roberto Fierro, plain cover , franked 5c, canc blue double ring tablet style undated cachet  "Correos de Costa Rica/Homenage al Aviator/Mexicano - Coronel/Roberto Fierro", verso magenta double ring "San Jose/Set 7 1928/Costa Rica". It is known that Fierro took off from Costa Rica on Sep 8th on the last stage of the tour and landed in Albrook Airfield in Panama at 12.00 the same day. Image.

Costa Rica, 1928, Sep 7
The Central American Flight of the Mexican Aviator Roberto Fierro, plain cover , franked 5c, canc blue double ring tablet style undated cachet "Correos de Costa Rica/Homenage al Aviator/Mexicano - Coronel/Roberto Fierro", verso magenta double ring "San Jose/Set 7 1928/Costa Rica". It is known that Fierro took off from Costa Rica on Sep 8th on the last stage of the tour and landed in Albrook Airfield in Panama at 12.00 the same day. Image.

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(Costa Rica) The Central American Flight of the Mexican Aviator Roberto Fierro, plain cover addressed to ?Panama City, franked 5c, canc blue double ring tablet style undated cachet  "Correos de Costa Rica/Homenage al Aviator/Mexicano - Coronel/Roberto Fierro", verso magenta double ring "San Jose/Set 4 1928/Costa Rica". It is known that Fierro took off from Costa Rica on Sep 8th on the last stage of the tour and landed in Albrook Airfield in Panama at 12.00 the same day.

Costa Rica, 1928, Sep 08
The Central American Flight of the Mexican Aviator Roberto Fierro, plain cover addressed to ?Panama City, franked 5c, canc blue double ring tablet style undated cachet "Correos de Costa Rica/Homenage al Aviator/Mexicano - Coronel/Roberto Fierro", verso magenta double ring "San Jose/Set 4 1928/Costa Rica". It is known that Fierro took off from Costa Rica on Sep 8th on the last stage of the tour and landed in Albrook Airfield in Panama at 12.00 the same day.

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(Costa Rica) 1928/29 Flood Flights, air cover from Limon to San Jose, bs 'San Jose/Dic 29 1929/Costa Rica' cds, franked 20c, canc Limon double ring 'Adminstracion Correo de Limon/Dic 29 1928/Costa Rica' cds, violet three line "Primer Correo Aereo/Dec 29 - 1928/Limon - San Jose" in the same ink as the postmark. This is only the second type Ba cover ever reported. It is also the first to be reported with a backstamp and thus confirms Saundry's theory that, following an unsuccessful first attempt on the 29th, a second, and successful, attempt was made later the same day. See a detailed analysis of The 1928/29 Flood Flight Covers of Costa Rica (pp 43-60, and of the 1929 flight Limon to San Jose (PP51-53), by R. Saundry, Airmail Postal History of Costa Rica, 1999. A rare and important exhibit item in fine condition.

Costa Rica, 1928, Dec 29
1928/29 Flood Flights, air cover from Limon to San Jose, bs 'San Jose/Dic 29 1929/Costa Rica' cds, franked 20c, canc Limon double ring 'Adminstracion Correo de Limon/Dic 29 1928/Costa Rica' cds, violet three line "Primer Correo Aereo/Dec 29 - 1928/Limon - San Jose" in the same ink as the postmark. This is only the second type Ba cover ever reported. It is also the first to be reported with a backstamp and thus confirms Saundry's theory that, following an unsuccessful first attempt on the 29th, a second, and successful, attempt was made later the same day. See a detailed analysis of The 1928/29 Flood Flight Covers of Costa Rica (pp 43-60, and of the 1929 flight Limon to San Jose (PP51-53), by R. Saundry, Airmail Postal History of Costa Rica, 1999. A rare and important exhibit item in fine condition.

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(Costa Rica) Pan Am, F/F  San Jose to Miami, no arrival ds, plain cover, blue boxed purple cachet "Primer Vuelo/Costa Rica/Unaidos".

Costa Rica, 1930, Mar 11
Pan Am, F/F San Jose to Miami, no arrival ds, plain cover, blue boxed purple cachet "Primer Vuelo/Costa Rica/Unaidos".

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(Costa Rica) San Jose to Milan, Italy, no arrival ds, early airmail cover franked 80c air & 20c ordinary, canc Correo Aereo/Costa Rica cds, printed 'Correo Aereo' cancelled by  violet double line Jusqu'a applied in New York. Flown by FAM 5 from San Jose to Miami, by US internal air service to New York, then surface to Europe. Nice routing.

Costa Rica, 1931, May 20
San Jose to Milan, Italy, no arrival ds, early airmail cover franked 80c air & 20c ordinary, canc Correo Aereo/Costa Rica cds, printed 'Correo Aereo' cancelled by violet double line Jusqu'a applied in New York. Flown by FAM 5 from San Jose to Miami, by US internal air service to New York, then surface to Europe. Nice routing.

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(Costa Rica) Costa Rica to Czechoslovakia, San Jose to Prague, bs 5/7, early airmail cover franked 80c air & 20c ordinary, canc Correo Aereo/Costa Rica cds, cancelled by  violet double line Jusqu'a applied in New York, typed "Via New York". Flown by FAM 5 from San Jose to Miami, by US internal air service to New York, then surface to Europe. Nice routing.

Costa Rica, 1931, Jun 23
Costa Rica to Czechoslovakia, San Jose to Prague, bs 5/7, early airmail cover franked 80c air & 20c ordinary, canc Correo Aereo/Costa Rica cds, cancelled by violet double line Jusqu'a applied in New York, typed "Via New York". Flown by FAM 5 from San Jose to Miami, by US internal air service to New York, then surface to Europe. Nice routing.

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(Costa Rica) Empresa Nacional de Transportes Aereos, F/F Puntarenas to San Jose, bs 22/5, plain cover frnked 30, large 'Servicio Aereo Interior/Primer Vuelo/Puntarenas to San Jose/22 Mayo 1933'

Costa Rica, 1933, May 22
Empresa Nacional de Transportes Aereos, F/F Puntarenas to San Jose, bs 22/5, plain cover frnked 30, large 'Servicio Aereo Interior/Primer Vuelo/Puntarenas to San Jose/22 Mayo 1933'

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(Costa Rica) San Jose to Managua, bs 12/2 hexagonal date stamp, 'Radio Hospital Broadcasting' cover franked 1C 20c canc  'Correo Aereo/San Jose' cds

Costa Rica, 1935, Feb 11
San Jose to Managua, bs 12/2 hexagonal date stamp, 'Radio Hospital Broadcasting' cover franked 1C 20c canc 'Correo Aereo/San Jose' cds

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(Costa Rica) Cocos Island, registered (label) Pirate Treasure souvenir cover franked FDI 4c and 8c flown to Huddersfield, UK, no arrival ds, via Brownsville  4/2 and New York 5/2

Costa Rica, 1936, Jan 29
Cocos Island, registered (label) Pirate Treasure souvenir cover franked FDI 4c and 8c flown to Huddersfield, UK, no arrival ds, via Brownsville 4/2 and New York 5/2

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(Costa Rica) Inward to Costa Rica from New Zealand, Wanganui to San Jose, bs13/6, via Cristobal 6/6 and Balboa 6/6, registered (label) cover franked 5d air and 1/2d ordinary, ms 'Via Panama'. Scarce origin/destination combination. Nice item

Costa Rica, 1936, May 11
Inward to Costa Rica from New Zealand, Wanganui to San Jose, bs13/6, via Cristobal 6/6 and Balboa 6/6, registered (label) cover franked 5d air and 1/2d ordinary, ms 'Via Panama'. Scarce origin/destination combination. Nice item

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(Costa Rica) Inward to Costa Rica from Austria, dual franked imprint airmail etiquette cover bearing 20c US stamps canc New York Nov 23, 1937, and 60g, Austrian stamps, canc Vienna 15.XI.37. Carried by sea to New York on SS Normandie, and then to San Jose by US airmail service, envelope bear typed instructions "Mit Dampfer 'Normandie' bis New York" and "From New York to San Jose (Costa Rica) by United States Airmail". SS Normandie was an ocean liner built in France, in 1932, for the French Line Compagnie Gיnיrale Transatlantique - three years after the Wall Street crash. Nice item

Costa Rica, 1937, Nov 15
Inward to Costa Rica from Austria, dual franked imprint airmail etiquette cover bearing 20c US stamps canc New York Nov 23, 1937, and 60g, Austrian stamps, canc Vienna 15.XI.37. Carried by sea to New York on SS Normandie, and then to San Jose by US airmail service, envelope bear typed instructions "Mit Dampfer 'Normandie' bis New York" and "From New York to San Jose (Costa Rica) by United States Airmail". SS Normandie was an ocean liner built in France, in 1932, for the French Line Compagnie Gיnיrale Transatlantique - three years after the Wall Street crash. Nice item

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(Costa Rica) Scarce first acceptance of  mail from Costa Rica for carriage 'All the Way by Air Mail to Europe, airmail cover franked 1.40 air canc San Jose cds, GB '14 June 1939 private receiver and signature. US FAM/Internal airmail service to New York, then OAT by Pan Am FAM 18 North Atlantic service.

Costa Rica, 1939, Jun 7
Scarce first acceptance of mail from Costa Rica for carriage 'All the Way by Air Mail to Europe, airmail cover franked 1.40 air canc San Jose cds, GB '14 June 1939 private receiver and signature. US FAM/Internal airmail service to New York, then OAT by Pan Am FAM 18 North Atlantic service.

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(Costa Rica) Acceptance for Costa Rica for carriage on the KLM/Pan Am Amsterda-Lisbon-New York service, then US internal airlines to San Jose, bs 13/5, registered (label) first flight souvenir cover franked 15c.

Costa Rica, 1940, Apr 28
Acceptance for Costa Rica for carriage on the KLM/Pan Am Amsterda-Lisbon-New York service, then US internal airlines to San Jose, bs 13/5, registered (label) first flight souvenir cover franked 15c.

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(Costa Rica) Airmail round trip test cover to Costa Rica, b/s, franked 10c canc, also 75c CR stamp cancelled for return, and black "Received/Pan American AW/Nov 5 1946" receiver verso. Also copy of illus article from March 1996 American Philatelist describing such covers as " souvenirs of an important new rate which is not listed in AAMC", and of an article in Apr/June 1998 JLKAL by R Saundry about the, as yet, unrecognized, scarcity of these covers. An uncommon destination for this particular flight.

Costa Rica, 1946, Nov 01
Airmail round trip test cover to Costa Rica, b/s, franked 10c canc, also 75c CR stamp cancelled for return, and black "Received/Pan American AW/Nov 5 1946" receiver verso. Also copy of illus article from March 1996 American Philatelist describing such covers as " souvenirs of an important new rate which is not listed in AAMC", and of an article in Apr/June 1998 JLKAL by R Saundry about the, as yet, unrecognized, scarcity of these covers. An uncommon destination for this particular flight.

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