Lot Number: 130

(France) Paris 'Prisoner' Philatelic Expo, parachute mail souvenir card with imprint cachet, franked 1F50 canc special 'Stalag' Expo cachet, also red 'parachute' cachet and 'Essai de Parachutage' hs.

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Date: 1946, Feb 14
Est. price: £8.00
Category: France

Description: Paris 'Prisoner' Philatelic Expo, parachute mail souvenir card with imprint cachet, franked 1F50 canc special 'Stalag' Expo cachet, also red 'parachute' cachet and 'Essai de Parachutage' hs.
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Lot Number: 131

(France) Early post WWII F/F Bron to Le Bourget, attractive souvenir Stamp Day card franked 1F30 special Expo postmark, pale blue/grey Expo vignette tied by fine strike red framed 'Vol Bron-Le Bourget/Lyon 30 Juin 1946'. Image.

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Date: 1946, Jun 30
Est. price: £10.00
Category: France

Description: Early post WWII F/F Bron to Le Bourget, attractive souvenir Stamp Day card franked 1F30 special Expo postmark, pale blue/grey Expo vignette tied by fine strike red framed 'Vol Bron-Le Bourget/Lyon 30 Juin 1946'. Image.
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Lot Number: 213

(GB External) Very scarce first direct airmail with a fascinating history. London to Dublin, airmail etiquette cover franked 5 1/2d, typed 'First Airmail/London-Dublin'. Recorded in Stroud  "15 January (1946) West Coast Air Services began carrying mail on its Liverpool-Dublin services". The press announced that the service was starting on January 9th but there was no official announcement because GPO claimed it was only a temporary replacement of a similar service withdrawn at short notice (a 200 word explanatory article accompanies this item). No covers are known posted on 9/1, hence Stroud's entry of 15/1 for the start of the service.  Also see Hansard 24 July 1946 vol 426 c19, "West Coast Air Services Ltd (WCAS) is one of several companies which are operating certain services under an agreement with the Minister of Civil Aviation, the Associated Airways Joint Committee (AAJC) acting as agents. It was arranged with AAJC that WCAS Ltd, should cease to operate the Liverpool?Dublin and London?Dublin services on 1st July, 1946.

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Date: 1946, Jan 15
Est. price: £150.00
Category: GB External

Description: Very scarce first direct airmail with a fascinating history. London to Dublin, airmail etiquette cover franked 5 1/2d, typed 'First Airmail/London-Dublin'. Recorded in Stroud "15 January (1946) West Coast Air Services began carrying mail on its Liverpool-Dublin services". The press announced that the service was starting on January 9th but there was no official announcement because GPO claimed it was only a temporary replacement of a similar service withdrawn at short notice (a 200 word explanatory article accompanies this item). No covers are known posted on 9/1, hence Stroud's entry of 15/1 for the start of the service. Also see Hansard 24 July 1946 vol 426 c19, "West Coast Air Services Ltd (WCAS) is one of several companies which are operating certain services under an agreement with the Minister of Civil Aviation, the Associated Airways Joint Committee (AAJC) acting as agents. It was arranged with AAJC that WCAS Ltd, should cease to operate the Liverpool?Dublin and London?Dublin services on 1st July, 1946.
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Lot Number: 488

(Sweden) ABA F/F passenger and mail service, Stockholm to Dublin, bs 4/3, 20 ore PSC with additional 10 ore with very fine strike red triangular 'First Flight/Premier Vol/Forsta Flyg' cachet. Uncommon.

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Date: 1946, Mar 1
Est. price: £30.00
Category: Sweden

Description: ABA F/F passenger and mail service, Stockholm to Dublin, bs 4/3, 20 ore PSC with additional 10 ore with very fine strike red triangular 'First Flight/Premier Vol/Forsta Flyg' cachet. Uncommon.
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