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Gambia, 1927, Jan 15
Acceptance of Gambia mail for acceleration to England by the Latecoere Dakar-Toulouse service, Bathurst to Bath, 26 JA 27 arrival cds's front and verso, scarce registered plain cover correctly rated 1/2 1/2d (KGV 1/-, 2 1/2d), ms "Dakar a Toulouse, black/dark blue etiquette. The oportunity to use the Gambia PO arose because Bathurst is only 80 miles from Dakar. The first acceptance of mail for GB via this service was on 26/3/26. This cover is ex McCaig #729, and is described and illustrated in West African Airmails, The McCaig and Porter Collections, Priddy, B., West Africa Study Circle, 2002, p44. See also discussion of this particular service in McCaig's article on West African Airmails, page 13, Postal History Journal, October, 1979.

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Gambia, 1934, Feb 24
Early acceptance of mail for Germany, Bathurst to Elbe, no arrival ds, airmail etiquette cover franked Gambia KGV 1/2d, 1 1/2d, 2d, 3d and 6d, canc Bathurst cds, typed "Per D.L.H.". Picked up at Bathurst on DLH flight L4 for onward transmission to Stuttgart on the DLH South Atlantic Airmail Service.

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(Gambia) First official acceptance of mail for Gambia from Austria for carriage via the German air service, and return via Graf Zeppelin, Graz to Bathurst, bs 8/10, via Stuttgart 6/10,  registered (label) card franked 1S 20g Austrian stamps, canc Graz 4/X/34 cds, and 59pf German stamps canc 5/10/34 cds, fine strike red circular " Deutsche Luftpost/Europa-Sud Amerika" cachet, red/white 'Mit Deutscher Luftpost and pale blue/black airmail etiquettes. Returned to sender via Graf Zeppelin on 14/12/34 over the revised Christmas route via Seville, oval "Registered/14 De 34/GPO Gambia" postmark on front tying the " Deutsche Luftpost/Europa-Sud Amerika" cachet, the red/white 'Mit Deutscher Luftpost etiquette and a black framed 'Return to Sender' hs. A great item in pristine condition.

Gambia, 1934, Oct 4
First official acceptance of mail for Gambia from Austria for carriage via the German air service, and return via Graf Zeppelin, Graz to Bathurst, bs 8/10, via Stuttgart 6/10, registered (label) card franked 1S 20g Austrian stamps, canc Graz 4/X/34 cds, and 59pf German stamps canc 5/10/34 cds, fine strike red circular " Deutsche Luftpost/Europa-Sud Amerika" cachet, red/white 'Mit Deutscher Luftpost and pale blue/black airmail etiquettes. Returned to sender via Graf Zeppelin on 14/12/34 over the revised Christmas route via Seville, oval "Registered/14 De 34/GPO Gambia" postmark on front tying the " Deutsche Luftpost/Europa-Sud Amerika" cachet, the red/white 'Mit Deutscher Luftpost etiquette and a black framed 'Return to Sender' hs. A great item in pristine condition.

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(Gambia) Gambia to Ireland, first official acceptance of mail from Gambia for carriage to England via the German air service,  Bathurst to Dublin, no arrival ds, carried on the German trans Atlantic catapult service flight L 34 from Brazil to Germany, plain cover franked KGV 2/-, canc Bathurst cds, ms 'D.L/H.', red Par Avion hs, and 90% strike special purple framed "First Airmail/Gambia-England" with plane overhead hand stamp cut out of linoleum by an official of the Gambia PO.

Gambia, 1934, Nov 10
Gambia to Ireland, first official acceptance of mail from Gambia for carriage to England via the German air service, Bathurst to Dublin, no arrival ds, carried on the German trans Atlantic catapult service flight L 34 from Brazil to Germany, plain cover franked KGV 2/-, canc Bathurst cds, ms 'D.L/H.', red Par Avion hs, and 90% strike special purple framed "First Airmail/Gambia-England" with plane overhead hand stamp cut out of linoleum by an official of the Gambia PO.

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(Gambia) Gambia to Great Britain, first official acceptance of mail from Gambia for carriage via the German air service,  Bathurst to London, and on to Lorch, Germany, bs 13/11,  carried on the German trans Atlantic catapult service flight L 34 from Brazil to Germany, plain commercial cover, franked KGV 1/4 1/2d to pay the 1/2 oz rate, canc Bathurst cds, typed 'Only by German Air Mail', nice strike special black framed "First Airmail/Gambia-England" wth plane overhead hand stamp cut out of linoleum by an official of the Gambia PO.

Gambia, 1934, Nov 10
Gambia to Great Britain, first official acceptance of mail from Gambia for carriage via the German air service, Bathurst to London, and on to Lorch, Germany, bs 13/11, carried on the German trans Atlantic catapult service flight L 34 from Brazil to Germany, plain commercial cover, franked KGV 1/4 1/2d to pay the 1/2 oz rate, canc Bathurst cds, typed 'Only by German Air Mail', nice strike special black framed "First Airmail/Gambia-England" wth plane overhead hand stamp cut out of linoleum by an official of the Gambia PO.

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Gambia, 1934, Nov 10
Gambia to Great Britain, first official acceptance of mail from Gambia for carriage via the German air service, Bathurst to London, no arrival ds, carried on the German trans Atlantic catapult service flight L 34 from Brazil to Germany, plain commercial cover, 22x10cm, franked KGV 1/-, 3d to pay the 1/2 oz rate, canc Bathurst cds, ms 'Per Air Mail D.L.H.', nice strike special purple framed "First Airmail/Gambia-England" wth plane overhead hand stamp cut out of linoleum by an offical of the Gambia PO.

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(Gambia) Gambia to Germany, first official acceptance of mail from Gambia for carriage via the German air service, Bathurst to Lorch, bs 13/11,  carried on the German trans Atlantic catapult service flight L 34 from Brazil to Germany, plain cover addressed to HR Seiger, franked KGV 1/-, 3d, 1 1/2d canc Bathurst cds, ms ' D.L.H.', nice strike black straigh line "Only By German Air Mail" hs, special purple/black framed "First Airmail/Gambia-England" wth plane overhead hand stamp cut out of linoleum by an offical of the Gambia PO.  Francis Field authentication hs verso.

Gambia, 1934, Nov 10
Gambia to Germany, first official acceptance of mail from Gambia for carriage via the German air service, Bathurst to Lorch, bs 13/11, carried on the German trans Atlantic catapult service flight L 34 from Brazil to Germany, plain cover addressed to HR Seiger, franked KGV 1/-, 3d, 1 1/2d canc Bathurst cds, ms ' D.L.H.', nice strike black straigh line "Only By German Air Mail" hs, special purple/black framed "First Airmail/Gambia-England" wth plane overhead hand stamp cut out of linoleum by an offical of the Gambia PO. Francis Field authentication hs verso.

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Gambia, 1934, Nov 10
Gambia to Ireland, first official acceptance of mail from Gambia for carriage to England via the German air service, Bathurst to County Wicklow, no arrival ds, carried on the German trans Atlantic catapult service flight L 34 from Brazil to Germany, plain cover franked KGV 1/-, 3d, canc Bathurst cds, ms 'D.L/H.', red Par Avion hs, and strikes front and verso special purple framed "First Airmail/Gambia-England" wth plane overhead hand stamp cut out of linoleum by an offical of the Gambia PO. Missing top left hand edge and corner, and eqivalent verso.

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Gambia, 1935, Jan 5
Gambia to Great Britain, carried on the German air service, Bathurst to London, no arrival ds, carried on the German trans Atlantic catapult service flight L 48 from Brazil to Germany, grey blue cover, 20x10cm, franked KGV 1/3d to pay the 1/2 oz rate, purple framed "Airmail/Gambia-England" cachet, tytped 'Via D.L.H.', red Par Avion hs.

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(Gambia) Gambia to Great Britain, carried on the German air service, Bathurst to London, no arrival ds, imprint airmail etiquette cover, franked Silver Jubilee set of 4,  canc Bathurst cds, purple framed "Airmail/Gambia-England" cachet, very fine.

Gambia, 1935, Nov 8
Gambia to Great Britain, carried on the German air service, Bathurst to London, no arrival ds, imprint airmail etiquette cover, franked Silver Jubilee set of 4, canc Bathurst cds, purple framed "Airmail/Gambia-England" cachet, very fine.

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Gambia, 1935, Nov 21
Cover carried on the second and third Graf Zeppelin 'Pendulum' flights from Brazil to the Gambia, bs 29/11, and return from the Gambia to Brazil, bs Recife 2/12, pale grey airmail cover franked Brazil 4200R, canc Pernambuco 21/11 cds, and Gambia SJ 6d x2 canc Bathurst 30/11 cds, fine strike red circular " Deutsche Luftpost/Europa-Sud Amerika" cachet and scarce dark blue/white "Favor contestar/Favor responder/Via/Graf Zeppelin" promotion label on front, and black circular "Stuttgart 9/Duetsche Luftpost Sudameika-Europa/ 25 11 35" date stamp verso. Between May 8, 1935 and December 9, 1935 the Graf Zeppelin undertook a total of 33 trans-Atlantic flights. Two were between Pernambuco and Seville, Spain. Three other (six trans-Atlantic) mail only flights occurred between Pernambuco and Bathurst in Gambia. These were known as pendulum flights as the Graf Zeppelin either dropped or hauled up mail in Bathurst without actually landing. A superb item with great routing.

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(Gambia) Gambia to Great Britain, carried on the German air service, Bathurst to London, no arrival ds, imprint airmail etiquette cover, franked Silver Jubilee set of 4,  canc Bathurst cds, purple framed "Airmail/Gambia-England" cachet, ms 'D.L.H.'. Very fine.

Gambia, 1935, Nov 23
Gambia to Great Britain, carried on the German air service, Bathurst to London, no arrival ds, imprint airmail etiquette cover, franked Silver Jubilee set of 4, canc Bathurst cds, purple framed "Airmail/Gambia-England" cachet, ms 'D.L.H.'. Very fine.

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Gambia, 1935, Dec 15
First Graf Zeppelin 'Pendulum' flight from Brazil to the Gambia, Pernambuco to Bathurst, 16/No/35 arrival ds on front and verso, pale grey airmail cover franked Brazil 3S500 + 700R, canc Pernambuco cds, scarce pale blue/white "Por Zeppelin/Recife-Bathurst" etiquette. Between May 8, 1935 and December 9, 1935 the Graf Zeppelin undertook a total of 33 trans-Atlantic f lights. Two were between Pernambuco and Seville, Spain. Three other (six trans-Atlantic) mail only flights occurred between Pernambuco and Bathurst in Gambia. These were known as pendulum flights as the Graf Zeppelin either dropped or hauled up mail in Bathurst without actually landing.

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Gambia, 1936, Feb 4
Gambia to Great Britain, carried on the German air service, Bathurst to London, no arrival ds, carried on the German trans Atlantic catapult service flight L 138 from Brazil to Germany airmail etiquette cover, franked KGV 1/1d, canc Bathurst cds. The 1/- is said to be SG 134a (a good shade, cat £40+ used). The sheet number (146) is on the back of the cover.

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Gambia, 1936, Mar 11
German airmail service, inward air cover to Gambia from Great Britain, London to Bathurst, bs 14/3, carried on the German trans Atlantic catapult service, flight L 149, from Stuttgart to Brazil via Gambia, plain etiquette cover franked GB GV 6d, canc Sidcup cds, special red circular "Deutsche Luftpost/Europa-Sudamerika" cachet enclosing a representation of a Zeppelin and a flying boat over water. One of the last covers to be routed via Stuttgart before the terminus was altered to Frankfurt in April 1936. See McCaig's article on West African Airmails, pp 25-34, Postal History Journal, June 1981, which includes illustrations of several covers flown on this service, and one very similar to this present item.

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(Gambia) German airmail service, inward air cover to Gambia from Great Britain, London to Bathurst, bs 14/3, carried on the German trans Atlantic catapult service, flight L 149, from Stuttgart to Brazil via Gambia, plain etiquette cover franked GB GV 6d, canc Sidcup cds, special red circular "Deutsche Luftpost/Europa-Sudamerika" cachet enclosing a representation of a Zeppelin and a flying boat over water. One of the last covers to be routed via Stuttgart before the terminus was altered to Frankfurt in April 1936. See McCaig's article on West African Airmails, pp 25-34, Postal History Journal, June 1981, which includes illustrations of several covers flown on this service, and one very similar to this present item.

Gambia, 1936, Mar 11
German airmail service, inward air cover to Gambia from Great Britain, London to Bathurst, bs 14/3, carried on the German trans Atlantic catapult service, flight L 149, from Stuttgart to Brazil via Gambia, plain etiquette cover franked GB GV 6d, canc Sidcup cds, special red circular "Deutsche Luftpost/Europa-Sudamerika" cachet enclosing a representation of a Zeppelin and a flying boat over water. One of the last covers to be routed via Stuttgart before the terminus was altered to Frankfurt in April 1936. See McCaig's article on West African Airmails, pp 25-34, Postal History Journal, June 1981, which includes illustrations of several covers flown on this service, and one very similar to this present item.

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(Gambia) Gambia to Great Britain, carried on the German air service, Bathurst to London, bs 17/11, registered (label) cover, franked KGV 1/2d,1d,1 1/2d,2d,3d,6d and 1/-, canc Gambia oval Registered ds, vioet 'Per Air Mail' hs.  Carried on the Hindenburg flight G52, mail dropped to DLH at Las Palmas, arriving Frankfurt 16/11. Addressee details have bee scratched out neatly, otherwise very fine. See image.

Gambia, 1936, Nov 10
Gambia to Great Britain, carried on the German air service, Bathurst to London, bs 17/11, registered (label) cover, franked KGV 1/2d,1d,1 1/2d,2d,3d,6d and 1/-, canc Gambia oval Registered ds, vioet 'Per Air Mail' hs. Carried on the Hindenburg flight G52, mail dropped to DLH at Las Palmas, arriving Frankfurt 16/11. Addressee details have bee scratched out neatly, otherwise very fine. See image.

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(Gambia) Gambia to Great Britain, carried on the German air service, Bathurst to London, no arrival ds, registered (label) imprint etiquette airmail cover, addressed to the Dolcis Shoe Company, franked KGV 1/1d + 3d registration, canc Bathurst cds, ms 'D.L.H.'  Likely carried on the Graf Zeppelin shuttle flight G575, when mail was hauled up at Bathurst.

Gambia, 1936, Nov 27
Gambia to Great Britain, carried on the German air service, Bathurst to London, no arrival ds, registered (label) imprint etiquette airmail cover, addressed to the Dolcis Shoe Company, franked KGV 1/1d + 3d registration, canc Bathurst cds, ms 'D.L.H.' Likely carried on the Graf Zeppelin shuttle flight G575, when mail was hauled up at Bathurst.

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Gambia, 1937, Jan 14
Gambia to Germany, carried on the German air service, Bathurst to Frankfurt, bs Bayreuth 19/1. A registered (label) cover from the Captain of the catapult vessel 'Ostmark' whilst likely moored in the Gambia River, franked KGV 2/-, canc Bathurst cds, typed "Kapitan K. Muller, Katapultschiff, M.S. Ostmark/Bathurst, Br. Gambia" and "By German Air Mail/from Bathurst (Gambia)/to Frankfurt a. Main", also ms '1/2', nice strike violet "M.S.Ostmark" hs verso. Over franked for the i/2oz rate of 1/2 1/2 + 3d registration. A nice one for the exhibit.

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(Gambia) Gambia to Great Britain, carried on the German air service, Bathurst to London, no arrival ds, carried on the German trans Atlantic catapult service flight L 222 from Brazil to Germany, plain airmail etiquette cover, franked KGV 6d x2, 1d, canc Bathurst cds, ms 'D.L.H.'

Gambia, 1937, Mar 5
Gambia to Great Britain, carried on the German air service, Bathurst to London, no arrival ds, carried on the German trans Atlantic catapult service flight L 222 from Brazil to Germany, plain airmail etiquette cover, franked KGV 6d x2, 1d, canc Bathurst cds, ms 'D.L.H.'

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Gambia, 1937, Aug 20
Gambia to Great Britain, carried on the German air service, Bathurst to London, no arrival ds, carried on the German trans Atlantic catapult service flight L 270 from Brazil to Germany, plain commercial cover, franked KGV 1/-, 1/2d x2 to pay the 1/2 oz rate, canc Bathurst cds, ms 'D.L.H.'

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(Gambia) First return flight, Bathurst to Freetown (Sierra Leone), bs 27/6, violet  boxed "First Airmail Gambia -Sierra Leone" cachet,  printed "par avion" air letter.

Gambia, 1938, Jul 24
First return flight, Bathurst to Freetown (Sierra Leone), bs 27/6, violet boxed "First Airmail Gambia -Sierra Leone" cachet, printed "par avion" air letter.

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Gambia, 1941, Dec 9
First internal flight carried on FAM 22 first eastbound service USA-Africa, Gambia to Lagos, censored registered cover, correctly rated 1/9d (1/6d + 3d registration), canc reg Bathurst oval ds, ms "First Flight Pan American Airways Service/Bathurst-Lagos", verso fancy framed purple Bathurst censor mark, boxed Bathurst F/F cachet, and circular Lagos eastbound F/F cachet, ex McCaig.

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Gambia, 1941, Dec 10
F/F FAM 22 Bathurst to Leopoldville," 60% strike America-Africa Ferry "cachet, b/s, Pan Am

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Gambia, 1941, Dec 10
Pan Am clipper service to Africa F/F FAM 22 Bathurst to Leopoldville, plain cover franked GB VI 3d,6d,1/-, 'America-Africa Ferry' cachet, b/s. Opened just at the critical time when Japan attacked Pearl Harbour and the USA went to war.

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(Gambia) F/F FAM 22  Bathurst to Leopoldville," America-Africa Ferry "cachet, b/s, Pan Am

Gambia, 1941, Dec 10
F/F FAM 22 Bathurst to Leopoldville," America-Africa Ferry "cachet, b/s, Pan Am

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Gambia, 1941, Dec 19
Flown twice acoss the North Atlantic, F/F Gambia to England, via Miami 8/1/42 and New York 13/1/42, registered cover franked KG VI 4/-.1/-, 6d &3d, canc oval Gambia Registered ds, ms "First Flight Pan Americn Airways Service/Bathurst-London via United Staes of America", violet boxed FAM 22 F/F cachet. Carried from Bathurst-Miami by FAM 22, from Miami-New York by US internal air service, and from New York-Lisbon by FAM 18. The first flight from Bathurst left on Dec 30th 1941, the earlier flight having missed the call there. Hence the Miami 8/1/42 arrival. This cover is ex McCaig #815 and is illustrated in West African Airmails, The McCaig and Porter Collections, Priddy, B., West Africa Study Circle, 2002, p134. Uncommon.

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Gambia, 1941, Dec 30
First dispatch FAM 22 South Atlantic Service, Bathurst-Miami, bs 8/1/42, franked 3/6d, purple boxed 1st flight cachet, fancy framed purple Bathurst censor mark. The first Leopoldville-Miami flight left on Dec 13th, but omitted to call at Bathurst, so the first Gambia dispatch was on Dec 30th. This cover is ex McCaig #814 and is illustrated in West African Airmails, The McCaig and Porter Collections, Priddy, B., West Africa Study Circle, 2002, p133.

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(Gambia) F/F FAM 22  Bathurst to San Juan, franked 1938 1/- and 2/6d, purple rectangular "American African Air Ferry "cachet, b/s, Pan Am

Gambia, 1941, Dec 30
F/F FAM 22 Bathurst to San Juan, franked 1938 1/- and 2/6d, purple rectangular "American African Air Ferry "cachet, b/s, Pan Am

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