By Category: Scarce and Unusual Routings

Lot Number: 477
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.
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Lot Number: 480
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.
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Lot Number: 482
Date: 1936, Feb 16
Est. price: £100.00 £85.00
Category: Scarce and Unusual Routings

Description: NIGERIA TO SCOTLAND, MAIDUGURI TO KIRKWALL, Delayed F/F, Elders Colonial AW/Imperial AW West Africa Feeder Service to Khartoum WAN2 by Daedalus (the first northbound feeder service to carry mail, see Wingent p179,80) then transferred to IAW South Africa - GB service AS319 carried to Cairo/Athens one day late by Hannibal, to London 25/2 by Scipio, and on by air to Kirkwall 26/2. Plain etiquette cover, franked 6d canc Maiduguri cds, "First Flight/Airmail" hs. Only small mail from Maiduguri, see West African Airmails, The McCaig and Porter Collections, Priddy, B., West Africa Study Circle, 2012. Few hinge marks on flap, see image.
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