Lot Number: 405

(Ephemera) Air France Christmas/New Year reduced rate 'Air France/dans tous les ciels' greetings postcard franked 8c and flown Hanoi to Paris, bs 11/1, via Marseille 10/1, and bearing the text (in French) " to benefit from the reduced rate this postcard must consist only of wishes, congratulations, thanks, compliments or condolences expressed in five words or less".

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Date: Picture postcards
Est. price: £30.00
Category: Ephemera

Description: Air France Christmas/New Year reduced rate 'Air France/dans tous les ciels' greetings postcard franked 8c and flown Hanoi to Paris, bs 11/1, via Marseille 10/1, and bearing the text (in French) " to benefit from the reduced rate this postcard must consist only of wishes, congratulations, thanks, compliments or condolences expressed in five words or less".
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Lot Number: 335

(Switzerland) Switzerland acceptance for First Regular North Atlantic Service, Marseilles to Horta, bs 29/5, via Marseille-Gare 24/5, imprint 'Luftpost' etiquette cover franked  55c canc Geneva cds, typed 'Premier courrier aerien Transatalntique.Marseiile-Acores', fine strike official red cachet on front, black Horta cachet verso, violet straight line 'Par Avion Jusqu'a New York', nice item. Image.

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Date: 1939, May 24
Est. price: £30.00
Category: Switzerland

Description: Switzerland acceptance for First Regular North Atlantic Service, Marseilles to Horta, bs 29/5, via Marseille-Gare 24/5, imprint 'Luftpost' etiquette cover franked 55c canc Geneva cds, typed 'Premier courrier aerien Transatalntique.Marseiile-Acores', fine strike official red cachet on front, black Horta cachet verso, violet straight line 'Par Avion Jusqu'a New York', nice item. Image.
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Lot Number: 334

(Switzerland) Switzerland acceptance for First Regular North Atlantic Service, Marseilles to New York, bs 27/5, viaMarseille-Gare 24/5, imprint 'Mit Luftpost' etiquette cover franked 100c, ms 'First Flight of /the Yankee Clipper/Marseilles-New York/via Lisbon', fine strike official red cachet, uncommon. Image.

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Date: 1939, May 22
Est. price: £30.00
Category: Switzerland

Description: Switzerland acceptance for First Regular North Atlantic Service, Marseilles to New York, bs 27/5, viaMarseille-Gare 24/5, imprint 'Mit Luftpost' etiquette cover franked 100c, ms 'First Flight of /the Yankee Clipper/Marseilles-New York/via Lisbon', fine strike official red cachet, uncommon. Image.
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Lot Number: 308

(South Africa) Airmail cover Durban to Argentina, bs Buenos Aires 4/4, via Marseilles Gare 25/3, franked DOUBLE RATE 10/-, typed 'By Airmail Via Dakar Paris Pernambuco to Buenos Aires', IAW AN326/Air France 41R.

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Date: 1936, Mar 17
Est. price: £55.00
Category: South Africa

Description: Airmail cover Durban to Argentina, bs Buenos Aires 4/4, via Marseilles Gare 25/3, franked DOUBLE RATE 10/-, typed 'By Airmail Via Dakar Paris Pernambuco to Buenos Aires', IAW AN326/Air France 41R.
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Lot Number: 276

(Scarce and Unusual Routings) Algeria to Switzerland, ALGER to ZURICH, via Marseille-Gare, bs 19/4 ,attractive 'Hotel Restaurant de L'Oasis cover franked 3F25, airmail etiquette annulled with black cross Marseille Jusqua, onward by surface. Ironed vertical crease and closed flap tear, see scan.

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Date: 1933, Apr 18
Est. price: £20.00
Category: Scarce and Unusual Routings

Description: Algeria to Switzerland, ALGER to ZURICH, via Marseille-Gare, bs 19/4 ,attractive 'Hotel Restaurant de L'Oasis cover franked 3F25, airmail etiquette annulled with black cross Marseille Jusqua, onward by surface. Ironed vertical crease and closed flap tear, see scan.
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Lot Number: 292

(Scarce and Unusual Routings) France to Afghanistan, VERSAILLES to KABUL, bs 8/5, carried on Air France Far East service weekly which left Paris on 12/4 arriving to Karachi 15/4 boxed 'Karachi/Cancelled' hs, via Marseille-Gare 11/4, and on by surface to Kabul b/s 5/5. Franked 6F50 for F1.50 UPU and F5 air fee.

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Date: 1939, Apr 11
Est. price: £60.00
Category: Scarce and Unusual Routings

Description: France to Afghanistan, VERSAILLES to KABUL, bs 8/5, carried on Air France Far East service weekly which left Paris on 12/4 arriving to Karachi 15/4 boxed 'Karachi/Cancelled' hs, via Marseille-Gare 11/4, and on by surface to Kabul b/s 5/5. Franked 6F50 for F1.50 UPU and F5 air fee.
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Lot Number: 287

(Scarce and Unusual Routings) France to Afghanistan, PARIS to KABUL, bs 8/5, carried on Air France Far East service weekly service to Karachi , 'Cancelled 'hs 2/5, via Marseille-Gare 27/4, and on by surface to Kabul b/s 5/5 via PESHAWAR b/s 4/5. Franked 6F50 for F1.50 UPU and F5 air fee.

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Date: 1937, Apr 26
Est. price: £60.00
Category: Scarce and Unusual Routings

Description: France to Afghanistan, PARIS to KABUL, bs 8/5, carried on Air France Far East service weekly service to Karachi , 'Cancelled 'hs 2/5, via Marseille-Gare 27/4, and on by surface to Kabul b/s 5/5 via PESHAWAR b/s 4/5. Franked 6F50 for F1.50 UPU and F5 air fee.
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Lot Number: 136

(France) POITIERS TO ORAN, carried by Air France to Alger via Paris and Marseille, and by F/F AIR AFRIQUE to Oran, bs 16/4. Airmail etiquette cover franked 1F50, large triangular F/F cachet.

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Date: 1937, Apr 13
Est. price: £20.00
Category: France

Description: POITIERS TO ORAN, carried by Air France to Alger via Paris and Marseille, and by F/F AIR AFRIQUE to Oran, bs 16/4. Airmail etiquette cover franked 1F50, large triangular F/F cachet.
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Lot Number: 133

(France) Air Union, Marseille to Tunis, bs 13/3, via Corsica, plain cover franked 50c for surface mail, but carried by air with fine strike "Transporte Exceptionellement Par Avion".

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Date: 1930, Mar 11
Est. price: £10.00
Category: France

Description: Air Union, Marseille to Tunis, bs 13/3, via Corsica, plain cover franked 50c for surface mail, but carried by air with fine strike "Transporte Exceptionellement Par Avion".
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Lot Number: 119

(Flying Boats) First airmail by flying boat, GB to Egypt, SOUTHAMPTON-ALEXANDRIA, bs 15/12, carried all the way by 'Centaurus' via Marseilles and Athens on IMPERIAL AIRWAYS eastbound service IE505 and SIGNED BY JOINT COMMANDERS  CAPTAINS  I.A.EGGLESFIELD AND E.S.ALCOCK. Tied airmail etiquette cover, typed  franked 3d with large 'Flying Boat' hs addressed to Tanta 130km SE Alexandria, bs 16/12. Also fine unused B&W photocard showing Centaurus G-ADUT on water, and six press cuttings (C300 words total) including 3x3cm head and shoulders pictures of both captains. Superb lot in fine condition.

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Date: 1936, Dec 11
Est. price: £300.00
Category: Flying Boats

Description: First airmail by flying boat, GB to Egypt, SOUTHAMPTON-ALEXANDRIA, bs 15/12, carried all the way by 'Centaurus' via Marseilles and Athens on IMPERIAL AIRWAYS eastbound service IE505 and SIGNED BY JOINT COMMANDERS CAPTAINS I.A.EGGLESFIELD AND E.S.ALCOCK. Tied airmail etiquette cover, typed franked 3d with large 'Flying Boat' hs addressed to Tanta 130km SE Alexandria, bs 16/12. Also fine unused B&W photocard showing Centaurus G-ADUT on water, and six press cuttings (C300 words total) including 3x3cm head and shoulders pictures of both captains. Superb lot in fine condition.
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Lot Number: 71

(Belgium) Belgium to Mozambique, ANTWERP to LOURENCO MARQUES, By train from Antwerp to Marseille, transferred to Imperial Airways Africa southbound service DS31 carried all the way by 'Cordelia' to Lourenco Marques b/s 18/10. Maiden service flight by 'Cordelia'', Wingent p132.

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Date: 1937, Oct 7
Est. price: £18.00
Category: Belgium

Description: Belgium to Mozambique, ANTWERP to LOURENCO MARQUES, By train from Antwerp to Marseille, transferred to Imperial Airways Africa southbound service DS31 carried all the way by 'Cordelia' to Lourenco Marques b/s 18/10. Maiden service flight by 'Cordelia'', Wingent p132.
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Lot Number: 73

(Belgium) Belgium acceptance for Pan American F/F Marseille, bs 24/5 to New York, bs 27/5, plain cover franked 75c postage and 5F air surcharge, fine strike red flight cachet .

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Date: 1939, May 23
Est. price: £20.00
Category: Belgium

Description: Belgium acceptance for Pan American F/F Marseille, bs 24/5 to New York, bs 27/5, plain cover franked 75c postage and 5F air surcharge, fine strike red flight cachet .
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Lot Number: 115

(Flying Boats) LAOS to France, VIENTIAN TO BORDEAUX by weekly Air Orient flight which left Saigon 5/11 and arrived Marseilles 14/11 (b/s) and delivered 16/11 (b/s). Fokker F VIIb planes between Saigon and Karachi, Farman 303 planes between Karachi and Damascus, bus/car to Beyrouth, and CAMS FLYING BOATS Beyrouth to Marseille. The CAMS 53 was a transport flying boat built in France in the late 1920s, operated by Aeropostale, Air Orient and Air Union. Blue border imprint etiquette cover franked 36c for 6c colonial rate and 30c air fee.

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Date: 1933, Oct 27
Est. price: £40.00
Category: Flying Boats

Description: LAOS to France, VIENTIAN TO BORDEAUX by weekly Air Orient flight which left Saigon 5/11 and arrived Marseilles 14/11 (b/s) and delivered 16/11 (b/s). Fokker F VIIb planes between Saigon and Karachi, Farman 303 planes between Karachi and Damascus, bus/car to Beyrouth, and CAMS FLYING BOATS Beyrouth to Marseille. The CAMS 53 was a transport flying boat built in France in the late 1920s, operated by Aeropostale, Air Orient and Air Union. Blue border imprint etiquette cover franked 36c for 6c colonial rate and 30c air fee.
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Lot Number: 141

(French Indochina) Indo-China to France, TOURAN (VIETNAM) TO LE VESINET, carried on the weekly Air Orient service flight, posted 3/5, leaving Saigon bs 9/5, arriving Marseilles bs 22/5 and delivered Le Vesinet bs 23/5. Carried by  landplane to Damascus, bus/car to Beirut and  CAMS 53 flying boat to Marseille. The CAMS 53 was a transport flying boat built in France in the late 1920s, operated by Aeropostale, Air Orient and Air Union. Plain cover, ms 'Saigon-Marseille', a red/black etiquette, and a black framed 'Saigon-Marseille' directional hs affixed by Le Bureau Central de Saigon. Franked F1.26 for DOUBLE RATE 60c/10g x2 air fee + 6c/0-20g colonial. Good routing.

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Date: 1932, May 3
Est. price: £30.00
Category: French Indochina

Description: Indo-China to France, TOURAN (VIETNAM) TO LE VESINET, carried on the weekly Air Orient service flight, posted 3/5, leaving Saigon bs 9/5, arriving Marseilles bs 22/5 and delivered Le Vesinet bs 23/5. Carried by landplane to Damascus, bus/car to Beirut and CAMS 53 flying boat to Marseille. The CAMS 53 was a transport flying boat built in France in the late 1920s, operated by Aeropostale, Air Orient and Air Union. Plain cover, ms 'Saigon-Marseille', a red/black etiquette, and a black framed 'Saigon-Marseille' directional hs affixed by Le Bureau Central de Saigon. Franked F1.26 for DOUBLE RATE 60c/10g x2 air fee + 6c/0-20g colonial. Good routing.
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Lot Number: 143

(French Indochina) Indo-China to France, SAIGON TO PARIS, carried on the weekly Air Orient service flight posted 10/6 leaving Saigon 10/6 arriving Marseilles bs 19/6 and delivered Paris bs 20/6. Carried by landplane to Damascus, bus/car to Beirut, and CAMS 53 flying boat to Marseille. The CAMS 53 was a transport flying boat built in France in the late 1920s, operated by Aeropostale, Air Orient and Air Union. Printed 'Parfumiere Paul Prat' commercial cover, grey/black etiquette, ms 'Saigon-Marseille-Paris', round red 'Controle/Avion' handstamp (used by the Bureau de Saigon between 1931-34, to testify correct franking for airmail letters (see 'Ligne Nogues', Collot & Cornu, p255). Franked 70c = 60c /10g air fee  + 6c/0-20g colonial + 4c overpaid.

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Date: 1932, Jun 10
Est. price: £30.00
Category: French Indochina

Description: Indo-China to France, SAIGON TO PARIS, carried on the weekly Air Orient service flight posted 10/6 leaving Saigon 10/6 arriving Marseilles bs 19/6 and delivered Paris bs 20/6. Carried by landplane to Damascus, bus/car to Beirut, and CAMS 53 flying boat to Marseille. The CAMS 53 was a transport flying boat built in France in the late 1920s, operated by Aeropostale, Air Orient and Air Union. Printed 'Parfumiere Paul Prat' commercial cover, grey/black etiquette, ms 'Saigon-Marseille-Paris', round red 'Controle/Avion' handstamp (used by the Bureau de Saigon between 1931-34, to testify correct franking for airmail letters (see 'Ligne Nogues', Collot & Cornu, p255). Franked 70c = 60c /10g air fee + 6c/0-20g colonial + 4c overpaid.
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Lot Number: 144

(French Indochina) Central Indo-China to France, DALAT/ANNAM TO PARIS, carried on the weekly Air Orient service flight posted 22/6, via Saigon bs 24/6 arriving Marseilles bs 6/7. Carried by landplane to Damascus, bus/car to Beirut, and CAMS 53 flying boat to Marseille. The CAMS 53 was a transport flying boat built in France in the late 1920s, operated by Aeropostale, Air Orient and Air Union. Plain cover, grey/black etiquette, correctly franked F1.26 for DOUBLE RATE 2x 60c/10g air fee  + 6c/0-20g colonial.

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Date: 1932, Jun 22
Est. price: £25.00
Category: French Indochina

Description: Central Indo-China to France, DALAT/ANNAM TO PARIS, carried on the weekly Air Orient service flight posted 22/6, via Saigon bs 24/6 arriving Marseilles bs 6/7. Carried by landplane to Damascus, bus/car to Beirut, and CAMS 53 flying boat to Marseille. The CAMS 53 was a transport flying boat built in France in the late 1920s, operated by Aeropostale, Air Orient and Air Union. Plain cover, grey/black etiquette, correctly franked F1.26 for DOUBLE RATE 2x 60c/10g air fee + 6c/0-20g colonial.
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Lot Number: 142

(French Indochina) South East Indo-China to France, TRANGBANG/COCHINCHINA TO PARIS, carried on the weekly Air Orient service flight posted 4/5 via Saigon 6/5 cds, arriving Marseilles bs 15/5, and delivered Paris bs 17/5. Carried by landplane to Damascus, bus/car to Beirut, and CAMS 53 flying boat to Marseille. The CAMS 53 was a transport flying boat built in France in the late 1920s, operated by Aeropostale, Air Orient and Air Union. Attractive printed cream/yellow  'Cochinchine-France-Via Air-Orient company cover with black framed 'Saigon-Marseille' directional hs affixed by Le Bureau Central de Saigon, red/black and  pale green/black airmail labels, and ms 'Saigon-Paris',  Correctly franked F1.30 for DOUBLE RATE 2x60c/10g air fee  + 10c/20-50g colonial.

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Date: 1932, May 6
Est. price: £45.00
Category: French Indochina

Description: South East Indo-China to France, TRANGBANG/COCHINCHINA TO PARIS, carried on the weekly Air Orient service flight posted 4/5 via Saigon 6/5 cds, arriving Marseilles bs 15/5, and delivered Paris bs 17/5. Carried by landplane to Damascus, bus/car to Beirut, and CAMS 53 flying boat to Marseille. The CAMS 53 was a transport flying boat built in France in the late 1920s, operated by Aeropostale, Air Orient and Air Union. Attractive printed cream/yellow 'Cochinchine-France-Via Air-Orient company cover with black framed 'Saigon-Marseille' directional hs affixed by Le Bureau Central de Saigon, red/black and pale green/black airmail labels, and ms 'Saigon-Paris', Correctly franked F1.30 for DOUBLE RATE 2x60c/10g air fee + 10c/20-50g colonial.
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Lot Number: 140

(French Indochina) Indo-China to France, SAIGON TO HOUILLES, carried on the fortnightly Air Orient flight leaving Saigon bs 17/7, arriving Marseilles 26/7, and delivered Houilles bs 28/7. Carried by landplane to Damascus, bus/car to Beirut, and CAMS 53 flying boat to Marseille. The CAMS 53 was a transport flying boat built in France in the late 1920s, operated by Aeropostale, Air Orient and Air Union.  Plain commercial cover with a round red 'Controle/Avion' handstamp (used by the Bureau de Saigon between 1931-34) to testify correct franking for airmail letters, also a red/black 'Par Avion/Saigon-Marseille/Via Air Orient' etiquette which, on arrival at Marseilles, was struck over with a black crossed bars hand stamp to mark the end of air transport.  Franked 66c, correctly RATED for 60c air fee + 6c colonial. A super cover with great routing. Small non invasive lower rh corner nibble, does not detract

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Date: 1931, Jul 16
Est. price: £45.00
Category: French Indochina

Description: Indo-China to France, SAIGON TO HOUILLES, carried on the fortnightly Air Orient flight leaving Saigon bs 17/7, arriving Marseilles 26/7, and delivered Houilles bs 28/7. Carried by landplane to Damascus, bus/car to Beirut, and CAMS 53 flying boat to Marseille. The CAMS 53 was a transport flying boat built in France in the late 1920s, operated by Aeropostale, Air Orient and Air Union. Plain commercial cover with a round red 'Controle/Avion' handstamp (used by the Bureau de Saigon between 1931-34) to testify correct franking for airmail letters, also a red/black 'Par Avion/Saigon-Marseille/Via Air Orient' etiquette which, on arrival at Marseilles, was struck over with a black crossed bars hand stamp to mark the end of air transport. Franked 66c, correctly RATED for 60c air fee + 6c colonial. A super cover with great routing. Small non invasive lower rh corner nibble, does not detract
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Lot Number: 139

(French Indochina) Indo-China to France, SAIGON TO MACON  LOIRE, carried on the fortnightly Air Orient service flight posted 18/1, left Saigon 19/1, arrived Marseilles 30/6 and delivered Macon bs 1/7. Carried by landplane to Damascus, bus/car to Beirut, and CAMS 53 flying boat to Marseille. The CAMS 53 was a transport flying boat built in France in the late 1920s, operated by Aeropostale, Air Orient and Air Union. Grey/orange 'Via Air Orient', grey green/black airmail etiquette, ms 'Saigon-Marseille'. Franked 66c, correctly RATED for 60c air charge + 6c ordinary.

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Date: 1931, Jun 18
Est. price: £25.00
Category: French Indochina

Description: Indo-China to France, SAIGON TO MACON LOIRE, carried on the fortnightly Air Orient service flight posted 18/1, left Saigon 19/1, arrived Marseilles 30/6 and delivered Macon bs 1/7. Carried by landplane to Damascus, bus/car to Beirut, and CAMS 53 flying boat to Marseille. The CAMS 53 was a transport flying boat built in France in the late 1920s, operated by Aeropostale, Air Orient and Air Union. Grey/orange 'Via Air Orient', grey green/black airmail etiquette, ms 'Saigon-Marseille'. Franked 66c, correctly RATED for 60c air charge + 6c ordinary.
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Lot Number: 111

(Flying Boats) France to Indo-China, LYON TO SAIGON carried on the weekly Air Orient service flight originating Lyon 26/5, leaving Marseille 2/6 and arriving Saigon bs 12/6. CAMS 53 flying boats were used between Marseille and Bayreuth, Farman 303 planes between Damascus and Karachi, and Fokker F VIIB planes between Karachi and Saigon. The CAMS 53 was a transport flying boat built in France in the late 1920s, operated by Aeropostale, Air Orient and Air Union.  A Hong Kong & Shanghai Banking Corporation printed cover with embossed logo on flap, also ms 'Par Avion' and grey blue/black airmail etiquette. DOUBLE RATED F12.50 (2x 60c air fee + 50c colonial). Attractive item.

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Date: 1932, May 25
Est. price: £40.00
Category: Flying Boats

Description: France to Indo-China, LYON TO SAIGON carried on the weekly Air Orient service flight originating Lyon 26/5, leaving Marseille 2/6 and arriving Saigon bs 12/6. CAMS 53 flying boats were used between Marseille and Bayreuth, Farman 303 planes between Damascus and Karachi, and Fokker F VIIB planes between Karachi and Saigon. The CAMS 53 was a transport flying boat built in France in the late 1920s, operated by Aeropostale, Air Orient and Air Union. A Hong Kong & Shanghai Banking Corporation printed cover with embossed logo on flap, also ms 'Par Avion' and grey blue/black airmail etiquette. DOUBLE RATED F12.50 (2x 60c air fee + 50c colonial). Attractive item.
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Lot Number: 113

(Flying Boats) France to Syria, COLMAR TO BEIRUT, carried on the weekly Air Orient service flight posted 24/6, leaving Marseille 29/6, arriving Beirut 30/5 and delivered bs 1.7. Carried by CAMS 53 FLYING BOAT  to Beirut. The CAMS 53 was a transport flying boat built in France in the late 1920s, operated by Aeropostale, Air Orient and Air Union. Plain cover, red/black etiquette, ms 'Via Marseille-Athens-Beyrouth'. Correctly franked F2.50/10g for air fee + 50c/0-20g colonial.

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Date: 1932, Jun 24
Est. price: £25.00
Category: Flying Boats

Description: France to Syria, COLMAR TO BEIRUT, carried on the weekly Air Orient service flight posted 24/6, leaving Marseille 29/6, arriving Beirut 30/5 and delivered bs 1.7. Carried by CAMS 53 FLYING BOAT to Beirut. The CAMS 53 was a transport flying boat built in France in the late 1920s, operated by Aeropostale, Air Orient and Air Union. Plain cover, red/black etiquette, ms 'Via Marseille-Athens-Beyrouth'. Correctly franked F2.50/10g for air fee + 50c/0-20g colonial.
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Lot Number: 112

(Flying Boats) TRIPLE RATED France to Indo-China to France, LYON TO SAIGON, carried on the weekly Air Orient service flight leaving Marseille on 23/6 and arriving Saigon (arrival cds but date unclear). Carried by FLYING BOAT  to Beirut, car/bus to Damascus, and landplane to Saigon. The CAMS 53 was a transport flying boat built in France in the late 1920s, operated by Aeropostale, Air Orient and Air Union. A Hong Kong & Shanghai Banking Corporation printed cover with embossed logo on flap, ms 'Par Avion', and grey blue/black airmail etiquette. Franked F18.75, correctly TRIPLE RATED for 3x 6F/10g air fee + 75c/20-50g. Nice item.

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Date: 1932, Jun 22
Est. price: £50.00
Category: Flying Boats

Description: TRIPLE RATED France to Indo-China to France, LYON TO SAIGON, carried on the weekly Air Orient service flight leaving Marseille on 23/6 and arriving Saigon (arrival cds but date unclear). Carried by FLYING BOAT to Beirut, car/bus to Damascus, and landplane to Saigon. The CAMS 53 was a transport flying boat built in France in the late 1920s, operated by Aeropostale, Air Orient and Air Union. A Hong Kong & Shanghai Banking Corporation printed cover with embossed logo on flap, ms 'Par Avion', and grey blue/black airmail etiquette. Franked F18.75, correctly TRIPLE RATED for 3x 6F/10g air fee + 75c/20-50g. Nice item.
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Lot Number: 114

(Flying Boats) Indo-China to France, SAIGON TO SAONE ET LOIRE, on the weekly Air Orient flight leaving Saigon 5/8 arriving Marseilles bs 16/8 and delivered 17/8. Carried by landplane to Damascus, bus/car to Beirut, and  flying boat to Marseille. The CAMS 53 was a transport flying boat built in France in the late 1920s, operated by Aeropostale, Air Orient and Air Union. Attractive blue/grey ' Via Saigon/Marseille' imprint etiquette cover, black framed 'Saigon - Marseille' directional hs applied by the Le Bureau de Saigon, and a round red 'Controle/Avion' handstamp (used by the Bureau de Saigon between 1931-34) to testify correct franking for airmail letters. Correctly RATED 36c for 30c/5g air fee (introduced 1/7/32) + 5c/0-20g colonial.

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Date: 1932, Aug 9
Est. price: £25.00
Category: Flying Boats

Description: Indo-China to France, SAIGON TO SAONE ET LOIRE, on the weekly Air Orient flight leaving Saigon 5/8 arriving Marseilles bs 16/8 and delivered 17/8. Carried by landplane to Damascus, bus/car to Beirut, and flying boat to Marseille. The CAMS 53 was a transport flying boat built in France in the late 1920s, operated by Aeropostale, Air Orient and Air Union. Attractive blue/grey ' Via Saigon/Marseille' imprint etiquette cover, black framed 'Saigon - Marseille' directional hs applied by the Le Bureau de Saigon, and a round red 'Controle/Avion' handstamp (used by the Bureau de Saigon between 1931-34) to testify correct franking for airmail letters. Correctly RATED 36c for 30c/5g air fee (introduced 1/7/32) + 5c/0-20g colonial.
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Lot Number: 110

(Flying Boats) Indo-China to France, VIETNAM TO MARSEILLE via SAIGON, originating Hai- Phong/Tonkin 26/3/31 cds and carried to Saigon bs 30/3 on the partly constructed  Trans-Indochina railway, hence the option of acceleration and the 'Service Accelere' label (see below). Then flown on the fortnightly Air Orient service leaving Saigon bs 3/4 and arriving Marseilles bs 12/4. CAMS FLYING BOATS were used between Marseille and Bayreuth, Farman 303 planes between Damascus and Karachi, and Fokker F VIIb planes between Karachi and Saigon. The CAMS 53 was a transport flying boat built in France in the late 1920s, operated by Aeropostale, Air Orient and Air Union. Plain cover having a red/black airmail etiquette with black cross control mark applied by the Bureau de Saigon (used until 30/6/31) testifying the franking was correct. Also a red/black 'Service Accelere' label used from 1929 to April 1936 to permit acceleration of letters between Saigon and Hanoi over, as yet, un built sections of the Transindochinese railway. The duration of the journey was less than 3 days and the postal surcharge was 5 cents, but this was not always applied, see Picirilli p80. A Correctly RATED 66c (60c air charge + 6c colonial). A super cover with great routing.

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Date: 1931, Jan 26
Est. price: £65.00
Category: Flying Boats

Description: Indo-China to France, VIETNAM TO MARSEILLE via SAIGON, originating Hai- Phong/Tonkin 26/3/31 cds and carried to Saigon bs 30/3 on the partly constructed Trans-Indochina railway, hence the option of acceleration and the 'Service Accelere' label (see below). Then flown on the fortnightly Air Orient service leaving Saigon bs 3/4 and arriving Marseilles bs 12/4. CAMS FLYING BOATS were used between Marseille and Bayreuth, Farman 303 planes between Damascus and Karachi, and Fokker F VIIb planes between Karachi and Saigon. The CAMS 53 was a transport flying boat built in France in the late 1920s, operated by Aeropostale, Air Orient and Air Union. Plain cover having a red/black airmail etiquette with black cross control mark applied by the Bureau de Saigon (used until 30/6/31) testifying the franking was correct. Also a red/black 'Service Accelere' label used from 1929 to April 1936 to permit acceleration of letters between Saigon and Hanoi over, as yet, un built sections of the Transindochinese railway. The duration of the journey was less than 3 days and the postal surcharge was 5 cents, but this was not always applied, see Picirilli p80. A Correctly RATED 66c (60c air charge + 6c colonial). A super cover with great routing.
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Lot Number: 267

(Recovered/Salvaged Mail) A crash at Beirut of the weekly Air Orient service flying boat 'Liban' on a France to Indonesia flight, VOSEGES to SAIGON, which left Marseille 10/8 cds. The salvaged mail was forwarded by KLM arriving Saigon 19/8 cds. Plain cover, stamps washed off, residual Voseges postmarks, date unclear, verso good strike black two line 'Lettre Parvenue Deteriore/Suite Accidente Courrier Avion' applied in Saigon. Ni 320813a.

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Date: 1932, Aug 8
Est. price: £100.00
Category: Recovered/Salvaged Mail

Description: A crash at Beirut of the weekly Air Orient service flying boat 'Liban' on a France to Indonesia flight, VOSEGES to SAIGON, which left Marseille 10/8 cds. The salvaged mail was forwarded by KLM arriving Saigon 19/8 cds. Plain cover, stamps washed off, residual Voseges postmarks, date unclear, verso good strike black two line 'Lettre Parvenue Deteriore/Suite Accidente Courrier Avion' applied in Saigon. Ni 320813a.
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