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Malta, 1927, Apr 11
Inward airmail cover to Malta from America, black oval "Registered" arrival ds 25/4, long registered (hs) official "Via Air Mail" cover "approved by POD", 24 x 11cm, franked 38c canc Chicago double ringed oval ds, flown to Chicago to New York 13/4 arrival ds, straight line magenta "Via Air Mail" hs, verso black "34" in small oval (? Malta postman's mark).The 38c rate covers internal airmail, registration, and the boat fee to Malta. Faint ironed vertical crease but overall condition fine. Interesting early item

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(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.

Malta, 1928, May 23
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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(Malta) Valleta to Baghdad, bs 19/10, via Alexandria 15/10, carried on the 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. Carried by sea from Malta-Egypt, then  IAW Cairo to Baghdad.

Malta, 1928, Oct 11
Valleta to Baghdad, bs 19/10, via Alexandria 15/10, carried on the 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. Carried by sea from Malta-Egypt, then IAW Cairo to Baghdad.

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(Malta) Early acceptance of airmail from Malta to Iraq, registered (label) cover, franked Malta 6d air mail opts and 1d,2d,2 1/2d Postage and Revenue opts, postmarked Valetta, bs Alexandria 15/10, dark blue/white etiquette. Carried by sea from Malta-Egypt, then  IAW Egypt-Iraq air mail service to  Baghdad.

Malta, 1928, Oct 11
Early acceptance of airmail from Malta to Iraq, registered (label) cover, franked Malta 6d air mail opts and 1d,2d,2 1/2d Postage and Revenue opts, postmarked Valetta, bs Alexandria 15/10, dark blue/white etiquette. Carried by sea from Malta-Egypt, then IAW Egypt-Iraq air mail service to Baghdad.

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(Malta) Possibly the earliest recorded acceptance of airmail from Malta to Syria. Forbes Bentley corner cover, franked Malta 6d air mail opts x2 + 1dx2 and 1/4d x2 Postage and Revenue opts, postmarked Valetta, bs Beyrouth 19/11 and Alexandria 17/11, pale blue/white etiquette. 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 RAF Egypt-Iraq air mail service". Acceptances for carriage by this route have been recorded for Baghdad (24/4/1928) and Allahabad (23/5/1928). The earliest acceptance for Syria known to us, so far, is via Aero Espresso Italiano/Air Orient on 12/03/1931. A minor ironed vertical fold, otherwise fine. A superb item.

Malta, 1928, Nov 12
Possibly the earliest recorded acceptance of airmail from Malta to Syria. Forbes Bentley corner cover, franked Malta 6d air mail opts x2 + 1dx2 and 1/4d x2 Postage and Revenue opts, postmarked Valetta, bs Beyrouth 19/11 and Alexandria 17/11, pale blue/white etiquette. 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 RAF Egypt-Iraq air mail service". Acceptances for carriage by this route have been recorded for Baghdad (24/4/1928) and Allahabad (23/5/1928). The earliest acceptance for Syria known to us, so far, is via Aero Espresso Italiano/Air Orient on 12/03/1931. A minor ironed vertical fold, otherwise fine. A superb item.

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(Malta) Aero Espresso Italiano/Air Orient, likely first acceptance of airmail from Malta to Syria, bs Beyrouth 18/3, Forbes Bentley corner cover franked Malta KGV 6d air mail + KGV 2 1/2d, pmk Valetta/MR 12 31/Malta, pale blue/white and blue/red 'Ukak Ile' airmail etiquettes. The latter is similar in design to one of the early Aero Espresso Italiano etiquettes. An air mail cover "from Malta to Beirut dated 12 MR 31 and 18 MR 31" was described, in 1969, on page 9 of the Malta Study Circle Paper #29 as a cover "which raises the question of the route by which it could be flown between Malta and Beirut....since flights from Malta to Italy did not begin until 19th June, 1931". It was suggested that "it went by sea to Italy then connected with a flight from Brindisi to Beirut". Further research now indicates carriage by an Italian and then a French flight - Brindisi-Athens by Aero Espresso Italiano, then Athens-Beirut by Air Orient. A rare item.

Malta, 1931, Mar 12
Aero Espresso Italiano/Air Orient, likely first acceptance of airmail from Malta to Syria, bs Beyrouth 18/3, Forbes Bentley corner cover franked Malta KGV 6d air mail + KGV 2 1/2d, pmk Valetta/MR 12 31/Malta, pale blue/white and blue/red 'Ukak Ile' airmail etiquettes. The latter is similar in design to one of the early Aero Espresso Italiano etiquettes. An air mail cover "from Malta to Beirut dated 12 MR 31 and 18 MR 31" was described, in 1969, on page 9 of the Malta Study Circle Paper #29 as a cover "which raises the question of the route by which it could be flown between Malta and Beirut....since flights from Malta to Italy did not begin until 19th June, 1931". It was suggested that "it went by sea to Italy then connected with a flight from Brindisi to Beirut". Further research now indicates carriage by an Italian and then a French flight - Brindisi-Athens by Aero Espresso Italiano, then Athens-Beirut by Air Orient. A rare item.

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(Malta) SANA flying boat, F/F Malta to Tripoli, bs 18/6, franked 2 1/2d canc violet 'Air Mail/Malta' cds, violet "1st Air Mail" cachet. Only short notice of this flight was given, so only small numbers were flown.

Malta, 1931, Jun 18
SANA flying boat, F/F Malta to Tripoli, bs 18/6, franked 2 1/2d canc violet 'Air Mail/Malta' cds, violet "1st Air Mail" cachet. Only short notice of this flight was given, so only small numbers were flown.

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(Malta) SANA flying boat, F/F Malta to Tripoli, bs 18/6, franked 2 1/2d canc violet 'Air Mail/Malta' cds, violet "1st Air Mail" cachet. Only short notice of this flight was given, so only small numbers were flown.

Malta, 1931, Jun 18
SANA flying boat, F/F Malta to Tripoli, bs 18/6, franked 2 1/2d canc violet 'Air Mail/Malta' cds, violet "1st Air Mail" cachet. Only short notice of this flight was given, so only small numbers were flown.

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(Malta) SANA flying boat, F/F Malta to Tripoli, bs 18/6, buff 'Printed Matter' commercial cover, franked 2 1/2d,canc violet 'Air Mail/Malta' cds, also Valletta JU 18 31 cds. Only short notice of this flight was given, so only small numbers were flown.

Malta, 1931, Jun 18
SANA flying boat, F/F Malta to Tripoli, bs 18/6, buff 'Printed Matter' commercial cover, franked 2 1/2d,canc violet 'Air Mail/Malta' cds, also Valletta JU 18 31 cds. Only short notice of this flight was given, so only small numbers were flown.

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(Malta) F/F Valetta to Naples, b/s Napoli/Posta Aerea/19/6 cds, plain cover franked 4 1/2d, canc double lined violet circular cds "Air Mail Malta 19Jun 31", violet straight line "1st Air Mail" hs, white on blue etiquette.

Malta, 1931, Jun 18
F/F Valetta to Naples, b/s Napoli/Posta Aerea/19/6 cds, plain cover franked 4 1/2d, canc double lined violet circular cds "Air Mail Malta 19Jun 31", violet straight line "1st Air Mail" hs, white on blue etiquette.

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(Malta) Soceta Anonuma navigazione Aerea (SANA) flying boat, F/F Malta to Naples, bs 19/6, franked 2 1/2d canc violet 'Air Mail/Malta' cds, also violet 'Valetta/Malta/Ju 18 31' postmark and violet st. line "1st Air Mail" flight cachet. Short notice of this flight was given, so only small numbers were flown.

Malta, 1931, Jun 18
Soceta Anonuma navigazione Aerea (SANA) flying boat, F/F Malta to Naples, bs 19/6, franked 2 1/2d canc violet 'Air Mail/Malta' cds, also violet 'Valetta/Malta/Ju 18 31' postmark and violet st. line "1st Air Mail" flight cachet. Short notice of this flight was given, so only small numbers were flown.

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(Malta) SANA/IAW, F/F Valetta-Genoa-London, b/s, violet "1st Air Mail" and boxed "By Air/To Genoa Only" cachets, franked 3 1/2d canc violet Air Mail/Malta cds. Only short notice of this flight was given, so only small numbers were flown.

Malta, 1931, Jun 19
SANA/IAW, F/F Valetta-Genoa-London, b/s, violet "1st Air Mail" and boxed "By Air/To Genoa Only" cachets, franked 3 1/2d canc violet Air Mail/Malta cds. Only short notice of this flight was given, so only small numbers were flown.

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(Malta) SANA/IAW, F/F Valetta to Genoa and on to New York, airmail cover franked 3 1/2d, canc violet 'Air Mail/Malta' cds, also Valetta cds, violet straight line "1st Air Mail" hs,  partial strike boxed violet jusqu'a cachet " By Air To Genoa Only", white on pale blue etiquette, Lloyd Air-Sea Mail cachet verso. Only short notice of this flight was given, so only small numbers were flown. Some gum suffusion verso.

Malta, 1931, Jun 19
SANA/IAW, F/F Valetta to Genoa and on to New York, airmail cover franked 3 1/2d, canc violet 'Air Mail/Malta' cds, also Valetta cds, violet straight line "1st Air Mail" hs, partial strike boxed violet jusqu'a cachet " By Air To Genoa Only", white on pale blue etiquette, Lloyd Air-Sea Mail cachet verso. Only short notice of this flight was given, so only small numbers were flown. Some gum suffusion verso.

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(Malta) SANA/IAW, F/F Valetta-Genoa-London, violet "1st Air Mail" and boxed "By Air/To Genoa Only" cachets, franked 3 1/2d canc violet Air Mail/Malta cds. Only short notice of this flight was given, so only small numbers were flown.

Malta, 1931, Jun 19
SANA/IAW, F/F Valetta-Genoa-London, violet "1st Air Mail" and boxed "By Air/To Genoa Only" cachets, franked 3 1/2d canc violet Air Mail/Malta cds. Only short notice of this flight was given, so only small numbers were flown.

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(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.

Malta, 1931, Jul 3
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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(Malta) F/F Malta to Uganda, bs Kampala 11/7 for carriage over the Imperial Airways London-Mwanza route, registered (label) Forbes Bently corner cover correctly rated 6d Air Mail stamp + additional postage, canc violet circular Air Mail/3 JUl 1931/ Malta cds, white on pale blue etiquette. Scarce item, only 10 flown. The accepted definition of a first flight is the first mail carried by air after the publication of an official notice. The Malta PMG's report for 1931/32 notes the first regular acceptance for the Mwanza stage was 3 July 1931, see 'The Air Mails of Malta', Malta Study Circle Paper No 29, 2000.

Malta, 1931, Jul 3
F/F Malta to Uganda, bs Kampala 11/7 for carriage over the Imperial Airways London-Mwanza route, registered (label) Forbes Bently corner cover correctly rated 6d Air Mail stamp + additional postage, canc violet circular Air Mail/3 JUl 1931/ Malta cds, white on pale blue etiquette. Scarce item, only 10 flown. The accepted definition of a first flight is the first mail carried by air after the publication of an official notice. The Malta PMG's report for 1931/32 notes the first regular acceptance for the Mwanza stage was 3 July 1931, see 'The Air Mails of Malta', Malta Study Circle Paper No 29, 2000.

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(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.

Malta, 1931, Jul 3
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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(Malta) Flown cover from Valetta to New Jersey, USA, inscribed "F/F  Air Mail flight from Malta to London", with violet circular cachet "Air Mail Malta/25 Aug 1931" and Valetta cds, boxed violet Jusqu'a cachet " By Air To Genoa Only", cachet verso

Malta, 1931, Aug 20
Flown cover from Valetta to New Jersey, USA, inscribed "F/F Air Mail flight from Malta to London", with violet circular cachet "Air Mail Malta/25 Aug 1931" and Valetta cds, boxed violet Jusqu'a cachet " By Air To Genoa Only", cachet verso

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(Malta) Valletta to Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA, bs 2/7, first acceptance mail for USA for carriage on the F/F Soceta Anonuma Navigazione Aerea (SANA) flying boat  from Malta to Genoa, airmail etiquette cover franked 3 1/2d canc violet circular cachet "Air Mail Malta/19 Jun1931" cds and Valetta cds, boxed violet Jusqu'a cachet " By Air To Genoa Only" and st line '1st Air Mail' hs. Verso uncommon black "Air-Sea Mail/Lloyd Saubado" hs. The Lloyd Sabaudo line was formed in 1906, and provided passenger and mail services linking Italy to ports in Asia as well as North and South America. In 1932 it merged with several other Italian shipping lines to form the Italian Line.

Malta, 1931, Aug 20
Valletta to Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA, bs 2/7, first acceptance mail for USA for carriage on the F/F Soceta Anonuma Navigazione Aerea (SANA) flying boat from Malta to Genoa, airmail etiquette cover franked 3 1/2d canc violet circular cachet "Air Mail Malta/19 Jun1931" cds and Valetta cds, boxed violet Jusqu'a cachet " By Air To Genoa Only" and st line '1st Air Mail' hs. Verso uncommon black "Air-Sea Mail/Lloyd Saubado" hs. The Lloyd Sabaudo line was formed in 1906, and provided passenger and mail services linking Italy to ports in Asia as well as North and South America. In 1932 it merged with several other Italian shipping lines to form the Italian Line.

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(Malta) Flown cover from Valetta to Los Angeles, USA, inscribed "Ursula, Malta - London", plain airmail etiquette cover franked 3 1/2d canc violet circular  "Air Mail Malta/25 Aug 1931" cds and Valetta/Au 25/31/Malta" cds, very fine strike boxed violet Jusqu'a cachet " By Air To Genoa Only".

Malta, 1931, Aug 25
Flown cover from Valetta to Los Angeles, USA, inscribed "Ursula, Malta - London", plain airmail etiquette cover franked 3 1/2d canc violet circular "Air Mail Malta/25 Aug 1931" cds and Valetta/Au 25/31/Malta" cds, very fine strike boxed violet Jusqu'a cachet " By Air To Genoa Only".

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(Malta) Valetta to England, no arrival ds, via Rome 19/9 transit cds, plain cover franked SG 175, 179, canc violet Air Mail/malta cds, violet boxed rectangular "By Air/To Rome Only" Jusqu'a. June 25th, 1931 was the latest known date of use of this Jusqu'a recorded by Malta Study Circle Paper #29.

Malta, 1931, Sep 18
Valetta to England, no arrival ds, via Rome 19/9 transit cds, plain cover franked SG 175, 179, canc violet Air Mail/malta cds, violet boxed rectangular "By Air/To Rome Only" Jusqu'a. June 25th, 1931 was the latest known date of use of this Jusqu'a recorded by Malta Study Circle Paper #29.

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(Malta) Malta to Fiume, bs 11/10, airmail etiquette cover franked 10d canc Airmail/Malta cds and Valletta/Malta cds, "By Air.To Rome Only,purple 'By i/To Rome \only' Jusqua. In January 1924, the Kingdom of Italy and the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes signed the Treaty of Rome (27 January 1924), agreeing to the annexation of Fiume by Italy.   With the Paris Peace Treaty of 1947, After WWII, Fiume was absorbed into Yugoslavia as Rijeka (now part of Croatia). Interesting.

Malta, 1933, Oct 9
Malta to Fiume, bs 11/10, airmail etiquette cover franked 10d canc Airmail/Malta cds and Valletta/Malta cds, "By Air.To Rome Only,purple 'By i/To Rome \only' Jusqua. In January 1924, the Kingdom of Italy and the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes signed the Treaty of Rome (27 January 1924), agreeing to the annexation of Fiume by Italy. With the Paris Peace Treaty of 1947, After WWII, Fiume was absorbed into Yugoslavia as Rijeka (now part of Croatia). Interesting.

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(Malta) Malta to England, no arrival ds OHMS buff cover, 10x20cm, franked 2 1/2d x2, stamps uncancelled, but Valleta MY 29 34 cds below, also black oval Commanding Officer/29 May 1934/HMS Enterprise hs. HMS Enterprise was one of two Emerald-class light cruisers of the Royal Navy. She served with British 4th Cruiser Squadron, mostly on commissions in the East Indies.

Malta, 1934, May 29
Malta to England, no arrival ds OHMS buff cover, 10x20cm, franked 2 1/2d x2, stamps uncancelled, but Valleta MY 29 34 cds below, also black oval Commanding Officer/29 May 1934/HMS Enterprise hs. HMS Enterprise was one of two Emerald-class light cruisers of the Royal Navy. She served with British 4th Cruiser Squadron, mostly on commissions in the East Indies.

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(Malta) Italian fascist censored airmail from Malta to Switzerland, Valletta to Bellinzona, bs 2/8, via Genova Ferrovia 1/8, Amb Genova-Milano 2/8, and Amb Milano Chiasso 2/8, registered (label) cover franked Malta 3d and 4d Postage and Revenue opt., canc violet Valletta/Malta/31.Jul.34 cds, violet framed "Par Avion Jusqua Genes" hand stamp applied in Valletta, and sealed with Italian (Fascist) censor tape. This item is of particular interest on two counts. First as an example of fascist censorship introduced by Mussolini in 1934 to impose strict control of the political, economic and political social life of the Italian people, and a second the ongoing debate concerning the "Par Avion Genes" Jusqu'a' mark, see McQueen, pp 17, 21 and 129.

Malta, 1934, Jul 31
Italian fascist censored airmail from Malta to Switzerland, Valletta to Bellinzona, bs 2/8, via Genova Ferrovia 1/8, Amb Genova-Milano 2/8, and Amb Milano Chiasso 2/8, registered (label) cover franked Malta 3d and 4d Postage and Revenue opt., canc violet Valletta/Malta/31.Jul.34 cds, violet framed "Par Avion Jusqua Genes" hand stamp applied in Valletta, and sealed with Italian (Fascist) censor tape. This item is of particular interest on two counts. First as an example of fascist censorship introduced by Mussolini in 1934 to impose strict control of the political, economic and political social life of the Italian people, and a second the ongoing debate concerning the "Par Avion Genes" Jusqu'a' mark, see McQueen, pp 17, 21 and 129.

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(Malta) Imperial Airways first duplicate eastbound service from London to Calcutta, flight # IE 302, see Wingent p131. Inward airmail cover from London to Malta, bs Valletta 5/1, via Rome, Posta Aerea/Roma Ferro via transit cds, addressed to a crew member of HMS 'Ramillies'. HMS Ramillies was a Revenge-class battleship, launched in 1916. She was sent to support the British presence in Palestine in 1929, was on convoy escort duty from Alexandria to Malta during October/November 1940 and, in late November 1940, joined the Mediterranean fleet to form part of the escort for four merchant ships bound for Malta with much needed supplies. She later saw active service in the Indian Ocean, the Far East and the North Atlantic and, on 6 June 1944, she provided fire support for the Normandy Landings. A super exhibit item.

Malta, 1935, Jan 1
Imperial Airways first duplicate eastbound service from London to Calcutta, flight # IE 302, see Wingent p131. Inward airmail cover from London to Malta, bs Valletta 5/1, via Rome, Posta Aerea/Roma Ferro via transit cds, addressed to a crew member of HMS 'Ramillies'. HMS Ramillies was a Revenge-class battleship, launched in 1916. She was sent to support the British presence in Palestine in 1929, was on convoy escort duty from Alexandria to Malta during October/November 1940 and, in late November 1940, joined the Mediterranean fleet to form part of the escort for four merchant ships bound for Malta with much needed supplies. She later saw active service in the Indian Ocean, the Far East and the North Atlantic and, on 6 June 1944, she provided fire support for the Normandy Landings. A super exhibit item.

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Malta, 1935, Mar 8
Diversion to Malta during the Greek rebellion, inward airmail cover to Valletta, 14/3, plain etiquette cover correctly rated 4d, canc Aberystwyth 8/3 and London Finsbury cds's, ms "Per Imperial Airways". Carried on the second eastbound service diverted to Malta during the Greek rebellion, flight # IE321, see Wingent p 139. Nice item for the specialist.

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Malta, 1935, Mar 14
Diversion to Malta during the Greek rebellion, inward airmail cover to Valletta, 16/3, via Brindisi/Posta Aerea 15/3, plain etiquette cover correctly rated 4d, canc Herts. 14/3, typed "By Air Mail London to Malta". The short two day transit from London suggests a direct flight from Brindisi to Malta, rather than the more usual carriage by sea from Athens. Therefore most likely carried on the third and last eastbound service diverted to Malta during the Greek rebellion. Nice item for the specialist.

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(Malta) Malta to Zurich, bs 15/9, via Roma Ferrovia 14/9 and Amb Roma-Pisa-Milano 151 14/9, registered (label) cover franked S.J 2 1/d x2 and 1/2d x4, canc  Valetta/Air Mail/13 Sep 1935, fine strike violet framed "Par Avion/Jusqu'a/ Rome, carried airmail only as far as Rome. Correctly rated 4d air to Rome and 3d registration fee. A particularly attractive item, with great routing and in fine condition.

Malta, 1935, Sep 13
Malta to Zurich, bs 15/9, via Roma Ferrovia 14/9 and Amb Roma-Pisa-Milano 151 14/9, registered (label) cover franked S.J 2 1/d x2 and 1/2d x4, canc Valetta/Air Mail/13 Sep 1935, fine strike violet framed "Par Avion/Jusqu'a/ Rome, carried airmail only as far as Rome. Correctly rated 4d air to Rome and 3d registration fee. A particularly attractive item, with great routing and in fine condition.

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Malta, 1936, Sep 25
Malta to Australia, bs 'Air Mail/10 Oct 36/Canberra FCT', via Cootamundra 9/10 transit cds, plain airmail etiquette cover addressed to The Lady Gowrie, franked 1930 1/- x2 & 4 1/2d, canc 'Air Mail/Malta' cds, closed flap tear. Lady Gowrie was the wife of the 1st Earl of Gowrie, Governor of South Australia 1928-34, Governor of New South Wales 1935-36 and the longest-serving Governor-General of Australia 1936-44. She was renowned for her work in promoting the welfare of children in Australia, and the Lady Gowrie Child Centres were named in her honour. She also fostered the career of Joan Hammond, the opera singer.

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(Malta) Valletta to Budapest, bs17/7, via Amb Bologna ….16/7 TPO, registered (label) printed red/white/blue Kirpo & Sons cover with company dark blue/white label on the flap, franked KGV 6d & KGVI 1d, both canc 'Air Mail/Malta' cds, black framed jusqu'a "Par Avion/Jusqu'a ROMA". Scarce routing.

Malta, 1938, Jul 14
Valletta to Budapest, bs17/7, via Amb Bologna ….16/7 TPO, registered (label) printed red/white/blue Kirpo & Sons cover with company dark blue/white label on the flap, franked KGV 6d & KGVI 1d, both canc 'Air Mail/Malta' cds, black framed jusqu'a "Par Avion/Jusqu'a ROMA". Scarce routing.

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(Malta) F/F Malta to Naples, bs 7/6, franked 4d canc Air mail/Malta cds, violet two line "Primo Volo Ala Littoia/Malta-Catania-Palermo-Napoli-Roma" flight cachet, par Avion etiquette, Ala Littoria, only 14 flown, se Corsari&Simoni p221. A scarce item in superb condition.

Malta, 1939, Jun 05
F/F Malta to Naples, bs 7/6, franked 4d canc Air mail/Malta cds, violet two line "Primo Volo Ala Littoia/Malta-Catania-Palermo-Napoli-Roma" flight cachet, par Avion etiquette, Ala Littoria, only 14 flown, se Corsari&Simoni p221. A scarce item in superb condition.

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(Malta) World War II, forces censored concessionary mail to England, no arrival ds, unfranked imprint etiquette air cover, canc Valetta/Malta dr cds, ms "On Active Service", violet Malta triangle with crown "Passed By Censor/No 119" censor mark.

Malta, 1943, Apr 8
World War II, forces censored concessionary mail to England, no arrival ds, unfranked imprint etiquette air cover, canc Valetta/Malta dr cds, ms "On Active Service", violet Malta triangle with crown "Passed By Censor/No 119" censor mark.

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Malta, 1947, Jan 1
Censored commercial air cover, Valetta to Vienna, franked KGVI 6d, circular Austrian censor mark. Please note Malta postmark is illegible.

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(Malta) Registered airmail cover, Valetta to England, no arrival ds, printed 'Malta Souvenir'First day Cover' with elaborated Ptd Cordina's 'Emporium' crested logo on flap, franked FDI New Constitution set of 6 values issued 8/1/53, canc Valette/Malta Ja 8 53 cds.

Malta, 1953, Jan 08
Registered airmail cover, Valetta to England, no arrival ds, printed 'Malta Souvenir'First day Cover' with elaborated Ptd Cordina's 'Emporium' crested logo on flap, franked FDI New Constitution set of 6 values issued 8/1/53, canc Valette/Malta Ja 8 53 cds.

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Malta, 1953, Nov 1
Reg (Birkirkara label) commercial air cover, Birkirkara to Vienna, via Geneva 32/11, franked 5 1/2d front and 8 1/2d verso. Uncommon origin. Some top lh corner flap damage verso. Please note day of Malta posting is illegible.

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Malta, 1954, Nov 30
Commercial air cover, Birkirkara to Vienna, bs 6/12, via Geneva 3/10, franked 9 1/2d, canc Birkirkara cds. Uncommon origin.

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Malta, 1956, Aug 3
Commercial air cover, Birkirkara to Vienna, no arrival ds, franked 8 3/4d, canc Birkirkara cds. Uncommon origin.

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Malta, 1956, Oct 26
Reg (Birkirkara label) commercial air cover, Birkirkara to Vienna, bs 30/10, via Geneva 28/10, franked 7d front and 7d verso. Uncommon origin.

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(Malta) F/F twice weekly Viscount service, Malta to London, b/s Valetta, BEA

Malta, 1957, Oct 8
F/F twice weekly Viscount service, Malta to London, b/s Valetta, BEA

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(Malta) Airmail envelope England, no arrival ds, franked 4d, canc Gzira cds, containg ten unused application forms for the 78th Malta Government Lottery, and an explanatory leaflet.

Malta, 1968, Sep 01
Airmail envelope England, no arrival ds, franked 4d, canc Gzira cds, containg ten unused application forms for the 78th Malta Government Lottery, and an explanatory leaflet.

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Malta, 1994, Jul 2
Air Anniversaries, official souvenir FDC franked FDI 1994 commemorative set of 4 values.

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