Lot Number: 688

(Ephemera) Clipper landing at Horta, original sepia PPC, and fine F/F Marseille to Horta with great strike official red  flight cachet, displayed together on album leaf.

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Date: Other collateral items
Est. price: £25.00
Category: Ephemera

Description: Clipper landing at Horta, original sepia PPC, and fine F/F Marseille to Horta with great strike official red flight cachet, displayed together on album leaf.
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Lot Number: 741

(Ephemera) Sabena, Belgian Congo timetable, October 1936, 12pp, 18x9 cm, showing flight dates and tariffs for the Belgium-France- Congo- Madagascar; Libenge-Coquilhatville-Leopoldville; Tananarive-Tete; and Elisabethville-Marseilles.Brussels services,  covering some twenty or so destinations on routes serviced by Sabena, Air Afrique, and Regie Air Afrique, file holes. A scarce item with a wealth of information. Image.

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Date: Timetables, brochures
Est. price: £50.00
Category: Ephemera

Description: Sabena, Belgian Congo timetable, October 1936, 12pp, 18x9 cm, showing flight dates and tariffs for the Belgium-France- Congo- Madagascar; Libenge-Coquilhatville-Leopoldville; Tananarive-Tete; and Elisabethville-Marseilles.Brussels services, covering some twenty or so destinations on routes serviced by Sabena, Air Afrique, and Regie Air Afrique, file holes. A scarce item with a wealth of information. Image.
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Lot Number: 649

(United States) First Pan Am and Imperial AW, Westerly 'All the Way by Air' around the world dispatch, New York to New York, via  San Francisco, Hong Kong, bs Kowloon 28/6, Bangkok, Alexandria and Marseilles bs 5/7, registered (label) souvenir cover franked US 85c air canc 20/6, Hong Kong $1.20 canc 29/6 cds, and France 14F50 canc Marseilles canc 7/7 cds. Superb item in pristine condition. Displayed on album page with a detailed explanation of route,

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Date: 1939, Jun 20
Est. price: £125.00
Category: United States

Description: First Pan Am and Imperial AW, Westerly 'All the Way by Air' around the world dispatch, New York to New York, via San Francisco, Hong Kong, bs Kowloon 28/6, Bangkok, Alexandria and Marseilles bs 5/7, registered (label) souvenir cover franked US 85c air canc 20/6, Hong Kong $1.20 canc 29/6 cds, and France 14F50 canc Marseilles canc 7/7 cds. Superb item in pristine condition. Displayed on album page with a detailed explanation of route,
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Lot Number: 652

(United States) First Pan Am/Imperial Airways Easterly Round the World Flight, New York to New York via Hong Kong, Alexandria and Marseilles, bs 30/6/39, also the first acceptance of US mail for Hong Kong for carriage on the first passenger flight of the 'Dixie Clipper', four page souvenir red/white/blue 'flying boat' cover franked US 30c canc Jun 28, France 6F45 canc Paris cds, and Hong Kong canc  Jul 13,  Displayed on two album pages including detailed account of route.

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Date: 1939, Jun 28
Est. price: £125.00
Category: United States

Description: First Pan Am/Imperial Airways Easterly Round the World Flight, New York to New York via Hong Kong, Alexandria and Marseilles, bs 30/6/39, also the first acceptance of US mail for Hong Kong for carriage on the first passenger flight of the 'Dixie Clipper', four page souvenir red/white/blue 'flying boat' cover franked US 30c canc Jun 28, France 6F45 canc Paris cds, and Hong Kong canc Jul 13, Displayed on two album pages including detailed account of route.
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Lot Number: 641

(Tunisia) Tunis to London, grey blue/black etiquette tied by Tunis cds, franked  three different 1928 1F50 'Poste Azerienne' surcharges, ms Par Avion-Tunis -Marseille-Paris-Londres, bs Marseiile-Gare 1/1/31, frame 'Avion Parti' hs cancelling airmail etiquette. Interesting - has Francis Field authentication hs verso. See scan.

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Date: 1930, Dec 29
Est. price: £16.00
Category: Tunisia

Description: Tunis to London, grey blue/black etiquette tied by Tunis cds, franked three different 1928 1F50 'Poste Azerienne' surcharges, ms Par Avion-Tunis -Marseille-Paris-Londres, bs Marseiile-Gare 1/1/31, frame 'Avion Parti' hs cancelling airmail etiquette. Interesting - has Francis Field authentication hs verso. See scan.
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Lot Number: 627

(Syria) France to Syria, MARSEILLE TO ALEXANDRETTE, leaving Marseille Gare 14/11 and flown by A.U.L.O. (Air Union-Lignes D'Orient) to Beirut bs 17/11, by car to Damascus, and delivered Alexandrette bs 19/11. Plain cover, franked F20 Merson x2 and 25c Sower x2, typed 'Par Avion', ms '20gm', ms '20gm, typed 'Par Avion', RATED F4.50 (2x F2.00 air fee + 50c colonial).  An early airmail to an uncommon destination.

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Date: 1930, Nov 14
Est. price: £40.00
Category: Syria

Description: France to Syria, MARSEILLE TO ALEXANDRETTE, leaving Marseille Gare 14/11 and flown by A.U.L.O. (Air Union-Lignes D'Orient) to Beirut bs 17/11, by car to Damascus, and delivered Alexandrette bs 19/11. Plain cover, franked F20 Merson x2 and 25c Sower x2, typed 'Par Avion', ms '20gm', ms '20gm, typed 'Par Avion', RATED F4.50 (2x F2.00 air fee + 50c colonial). An early airmail to an uncommon destination.
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Lot Number: 625

(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: £45.00
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: 624

(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: £35.00
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: 507

(Scarce and Unusual Routings) France to Egypt, PARIS TO CAIRO on the weekly Air Orient flight, posted Paris 13/7 cds,  leaving Marseilles 14/7, carried by flying boat to Beirut 15/7, and (likely) on by air to Cairo bs 16/7. Plain cover, red/black etiquette, franked F5.50 for likely carriage 'all the way' by air to include Lebanon to Marseille F3/10g air fee + 50c/0-20/g colonial. Good routing.

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Date: 1932, Jul 13
Est. price: £40.00
Category: Scarce and Unusual Routings

Description: France to Egypt, PARIS TO CAIRO on the weekly Air Orient flight, posted Paris 13/7 cds, leaving Marseilles 14/7, carried by flying boat to Beirut 15/7, and (likely) on by air to Cairo bs 16/7. Plain cover, red/black etiquette, franked F5.50 for likely carriage 'all the way' by air to include Lebanon to Marseille F3/10g air fee + 50c/0-20/g colonial. Good routing.
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Lot Number: 505

(Scarce and Unusual Routings) Lebanon to Austria, BEIRUT TO VIENNA VIA PARIS, carried on the weekly Air Orient service flight, leaving 8/7 cds, arriving Marseille Avion bs 11/7, then sent on the ordinary airmail route via Paris Avion bs 11/7 to Vienna Flugpost 12/7. Carried by flying boat to Marseille. Printed commercial cover, tied grey blue/black etiquette, ms 'Beyrouth-Autriche', franked 20P for carriage 'all the way' by air. Lebanon to Marseille would have been 10P/10g air fee + 4P colonial. Great routing.

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Date: 1932, Jul 8
Est. price: £60.00
Category: Scarce and Unusual Routings

Description: Lebanon to Austria, BEIRUT TO VIENNA VIA PARIS, carried on the weekly Air Orient service flight, leaving 8/7 cds, arriving Marseille Avion bs 11/7, then sent on the ordinary airmail route via Paris Avion bs 11/7 to Vienna Flugpost 12/7. Carried by flying boat to Marseille. Printed commercial cover, tied grey blue/black etiquette, ms 'Beyrouth-Autriche', franked 20P for carriage 'all the way' by air. Lebanon to Marseille would have been 10P/10g air fee + 4P colonial. Great routing.
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Lot Number: 555

(Scarce and Unusual Routings) Tanganyika to Algeria, TANGA to MAISON CARREE. 750 miles by road/rail to Kisumu, transferred to Imperial Airways Imperial Airways Durban northbound all-flying boat service DN205 which departed (Circe) bs 16/5 arriving Marseilles 19/6. Transferred to Air France and carried to Algeria bs 21/6, delivered Maison Carre bs 22/6.  A neatly presented registered (label) cover, black/dark blue etiquette, typed 'North Africa/via Marseille', FRANKED 150cts for 30cts registration plus two 60cts air rates. Will look nice in the exhibit, see scan.

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Date: 1939, Jun 13
Est. price: £45.00
Category: Scarce and Unusual Routings

Description: Tanganyika to Algeria, TANGA to MAISON CARREE. 750 miles by road/rail to Kisumu, transferred to Imperial Airways Imperial Airways Durban northbound all-flying boat service DN205 which departed (Circe) bs 16/5 arriving Marseilles 19/6. Transferred to Air France and carried to Algeria bs 21/6, delivered Maison Carre bs 22/6. A neatly presented registered (label) cover, black/dark blue etiquette, typed 'North Africa/via Marseille', FRANKED 150cts for 30cts registration plus two 60cts air rates. Will look nice in the exhibit, see scan.
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Lot Number: 537

(Scarce and Unusual Routings) France to Madagascar, AGEN to TAMATAVE, by the Imperial Airways Africa southbound service AS174 which left Paris 27/7 and was carried by train to Brindisi 29/7 via Marseille Gare Avion bs 27/6 then flown by Hadrian and then Amalthea to Broken Hill bs 4/7 where it was offloaded. But the local link to Madagascar had not started, so it was carried by surface to Salisbury bs 8/78 July and on to Durban bs 14/7. Finally on by sea, arriving Tamatave bs 26/7. Imprint etiquette cover, also green blue/black etiquette tied by Salisbury cds, FRANKED F2.50 for 50c Colonial and a F2 air fee. (by air to Egypt only!). An exceptionally scarce item with superb routing marks. An absolute gem, ex the Ted Proud collection.

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Date: 1934, Jun 27
Est. price: £100.00
Category: Scarce and Unusual Routings

Description: France to Madagascar, AGEN to TAMATAVE, by the Imperial Airways Africa southbound service AS174 which left Paris 27/7 and was carried by train to Brindisi 29/7 via Marseille Gare Avion bs 27/6 then flown by Hadrian and then Amalthea to Broken Hill bs 4/7 where it was offloaded. But the local link to Madagascar had not started, so it was carried by surface to Salisbury bs 8/78 July and on to Durban bs 14/7. Finally on by sea, arriving Tamatave bs 26/7. Imprint etiquette cover, also green blue/black etiquette tied by Salisbury cds, FRANKED F2.50 for 50c Colonial and a F2 air fee. (by air to Egypt only!). An exceptionally scarce item with superb routing marks. An absolute gem, ex the Ted Proud collection.
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Lot Number: 532

(Scarce and Unusual Routings) Madagascar to France, sent from TAMATIVE to ISTRES via MOZAMBIQUE AND S. AFRICA.  Carried by sea by SS 'Barentz' (Dutch passenger/cargo ship) from Tamative (Madagascar) 16/5 to Lourenco Marques (Mozambique) 21/5 postmark, and on to Joburg 23/35. Transferred to Imperial Airways Africa northbound service AN168 departed Joburg 23/5 (Andromeda) arriving Brindisi 29/5 (Satyrus). Offloaded to train Nice Marseille TPO 30/5 cds, arriving Istres bs 2/6 via Marseille 1/6 cds and Thonon les Bains 4/6 cds. Plain cover, typed 'per SS Barentz' and 'Via Lourenco Marques', grey/black 'PTT Madagascar E 131' etiquette, FRANKED E1.70 Mozambique stamps canc Lourenco Marques 21/5 hexagonal Lourenco Marques ds. Sent by the harbourmaster at Tamative to his wife in France. A super item - an aerophilatelist's dream. Ex Ted Proud collection.

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Date: 1934, May 21
Est. price: £100.00
Category: Scarce and Unusual Routings

Description: Madagascar to France, sent from TAMATIVE to ISTRES via MOZAMBIQUE AND S. AFRICA. Carried by sea by SS 'Barentz' (Dutch passenger/cargo ship) from Tamative (Madagascar) 16/5 to Lourenco Marques (Mozambique) 21/5 postmark, and on to Joburg 23/35. Transferred to Imperial Airways Africa northbound service AN168 departed Joburg 23/5 (Andromeda) arriving Brindisi 29/5 (Satyrus). Offloaded to train Nice Marseille TPO 30/5 cds, arriving Istres bs 2/6 via Marseille 1/6 cds and Thonon les Bains 4/6 cds. Plain cover, typed 'per SS Barentz' and 'Via Lourenco Marques', grey/black 'PTT Madagascar E 131' etiquette, FRANKED E1.70 Mozambique stamps canc Lourenco Marques 21/5 hexagonal Lourenco Marques ds. Sent by the harbourmaster at Tamative to his wife in France. A super item - an aerophilatelist's dream. Ex Ted Proud collection.
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Lot Number: 489

(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: £125.00
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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Lot Number: 488

(Recovered/Salvaged Mail) Crash at Sandoway River, Burma 7/6/31 of Air Orient plane, Fokker FVIIb, PH-AEO, of the Saigon-Marseilles service, which departed Saigon 5/6/31 and crashed into the Sandoway River, near Akyab, on 7/6. Plane destroyed but  portion of mail survived and was sent to Marseilles arriving 2/7. Blue/red imprint 'Par Avion' registered cover from this flight addressed to Paris, originating Vietnam Hai- Phong/Tonkin 1/6/31 cds and carried to Saigon bs 4/6 on the (under construction) Trans-Indochina railway hence the option of acceleration and the 'Service Accelere' imprint (see Picirilli p80), also the cachet 'COURRIER ACCIDENTE LE 7 JUIN 1931' on the front applied by the French postal authorities in Paris. The cover is franked F1.41 which is the correct RATE for a 2x 60c/10g air fee  plus 6c colonial plus 15c registration. A superb exhibit ready item in fine condition, ex Proud.

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Date: 1931, Jun 7
Est. price: £250.00
Category: Recovered/Salvaged Mail

Description: Crash at Sandoway River, Burma 7/6/31 of Air Orient plane, Fokker FVIIb, PH-AEO, of the Saigon-Marseilles service, which departed Saigon 5/6/31 and crashed into the Sandoway River, near Akyab, on 7/6. Plane destroyed but portion of mail survived and was sent to Marseilles arriving 2/7. Blue/red imprint 'Par Avion' registered cover from this flight addressed to Paris, originating Vietnam Hai- Phong/Tonkin 1/6/31 cds and carried to Saigon bs 4/6 on the (under construction) Trans-Indochina railway hence the option of acceleration and the 'Service Accelere' imprint (see Picirilli p80), also the cachet 'COURRIER ACCIDENTE LE 7 JUIN 1931' on the front applied by the French postal authorities in Paris. The cover is franked F1.41 which is the correct RATE for a 2x 60c/10g air fee plus 6c colonial plus 15c registration. A superb exhibit ready item in fine condition, ex Proud.
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Lot Number: 441

(Netherlands) Netherlands acceptance for Pan American F/F Marseille to New York, bs 27/5, Marseilles 25/5, red flight cachet, dark blue/white etiquette, plain cover. Small mail.

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Date: 1939, May 23
Est. price: £30.00
Category: Netherlands

Description: Netherlands acceptance for Pan American F/F Marseille to New York, bs 27/5, Marseilles 25/5, red flight cachet, dark blue/white etiquette, plain cover. Small mail.
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Lot Number: 440

(Netherlands) Netherlands acceptance for Curacao for carriage on the Pan Am F/F FAM 18 Northern Route, Marseilles to New York, bs 27/5, Amsterdam to Curacao, bs 6/6, via Marseille Gare Avion 24/5 and New York 27/5, airmail etiquette cover franked 55c, large red framed flight cachet, typed "Par Premier Service Aerien France-Etats-Unis". Scarce.

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Date: 1939, May 23
Est. price: £35.00
Category: Netherlands

Description: Netherlands acceptance for Curacao for carriage on the Pan Am F/F FAM 18 Northern Route, Marseilles to New York, bs 27/5, Amsterdam to Curacao, bs 6/6, via Marseille Gare Avion 24/5 and New York 27/5, airmail etiquette cover franked 55c, large red framed flight cachet, typed "Par Premier Service Aerien France-Etats-Unis". Scarce.
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Lot Number: 423

(Lebanon) Lebanon to Holland, BEYROUTH TO GRONINGUE, on the weekly Air Orient service  light leaving Beirut 31/12 arriving Marseilles 2/1/33 arrival cds, attractive PO Box corner cover, ms 'Beyrouth-Marseille' grey blue/black etiquette  cover with black cross control mark applied by the Bureau de Saigon (used until 30/6/31). This control mark testified the correct franking for airmail letters. Franked 14pt.

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Date: 1932, Dec 30
Est. price: £45.00
Category: Lebanon

Description: Lebanon to Holland, BEYROUTH TO GRONINGUE, on the weekly Air Orient service light leaving Beirut 31/12 arriving Marseilles 2/1/33 arrival cds, attractive PO Box corner cover, ms 'Beyrouth-Marseille' grey blue/black etiquette cover with black cross control mark applied by the Bureau de Saigon (used until 30/6/31). This control mark testified the correct franking for airmail letters. Franked 14pt.
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Lot Number: 422

(Lebanon) LEBANON TO MARSEILLE by Air Orient weekly flying boat leaving 9/12 arriving Marseilles 12/12 arrival cds. Plain etiquette cover, fine strike red 'Beyrouth-Marseille' hand stamp, franked P14.00. Flap tear verso, hardly detracts, see scan.

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Date: 1932, Dec 9
Est. price: £15.00
Category: Lebanon

Description: LEBANON TO MARSEILLE by Air Orient weekly flying boat leaving 9/12 arriving Marseilles 12/12 arrival cds. Plain etiquette cover, fine strike red 'Beyrouth-Marseille' hand stamp, franked P14.00. Flap tear verso, hardly detracts, see scan.
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Lot Number: 421

(Lebanon) LEBANON TO DANZIG, by the weekly Air Orient service flight leaving 2/12 arriving Marseilles 4/12 December. Carried by flying boat  to Marseille, then OAT to Danzig via Berlin 5/12 arrival cds. Plain etiquette cover, typed 'Beyrouth-Danzig, very fine strike red two line 'Mit Luftpost befordert/flugpostampt Danzig 5' receiver. Franked 20P for 7.50P ordinary and 9x P1.50 air fee.

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Date: 1932, Dec 2
Est. price: £50.00
Category: Lebanon

Description: LEBANON TO DANZIG, by the weekly Air Orient service flight leaving 2/12 arriving Marseilles 4/12 December. Carried by flying boat to Marseille, then OAT to Danzig via Berlin 5/12 arrival cds. Plain etiquette cover, typed 'Beyrouth-Danzig, very fine strike red two line 'Mit Luftpost befordert/flugpostampt Danzig 5' receiver. Franked 20P for 7.50P ordinary and 9x P1.50 air fee.
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Lot Number: 420

(Laos) 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), 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: Laos

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), blue border imprint etiquette cover franked 36c for 6c colonial rate and 30c air fee.
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Lot Number: 368

(India) First combined Basra-Cairo and Marseilles-London airmail service, Bombay to London, buff envelope with 'Marseilles-London Air Service' printed in red in top lh corner, franked 5 annas canc Bombay cds, black double ring 'By Air' hs, pair tied dark blue/white airmail etiquettes. Scarce item in very fine condition.

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Date: 1928, May 4
Est. price: £125.00
Category: India

Description: First combined Basra-Cairo and Marseilles-London airmail service, Bombay to London, buff envelope with 'Marseilles-London Air Service' printed in red in top lh corner, franked 5 annas canc Bombay cds, black double ring 'By Air' hs, pair tied dark blue/white airmail etiquettes. Scarce item in very fine condition.
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Lot Number: 348

(Germany) Germany to Paraguay, Aeropostale cover pre-printed in Germany (this one with C.G.A. printed in red) postmarked Hamburg December 1st, 1931 with transit b/s Strasbourg December 2nd and Marseille December 3 with Paraguay arrival b/s December 19th (town illegible but addressed to Concepcion).

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Date: 1931, Dec 1
Est. price: £13.00
Category: Germany

Description: Germany to Paraguay, Aeropostale cover pre-printed in Germany (this one with C.G.A. printed in red) postmarked Hamburg December 1st, 1931 with transit b/s Strasbourg December 2nd and Marseille December 3 with Paraguay arrival b/s December 19th (town illegible but addressed to Concepcion).
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Lot Number: 186

(French Levant) French Levant to France, APO610 TO PARIS, carried on the  weekly Air Orient service flight leaving Beirut (APO 600 6/5 cds verso) and arriving Marseilles 8/5 arrival cds on front. Carried by car to Beirut then flying boat to Marseille. Attractive orange/grey 'France/Syrie/Indochine' cover with black 'winged horse' logo, ms 'Via Beyrouth and Marseille, and dark blue/black etiquette, correctly RATED free basic (military) + 2F/10g air fee.

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Date: 1932, May 6
Est. price: £30.00
Category: French Levant

Description: French Levant to France, APO610 TO PARIS, carried on the weekly Air Orient service flight leaving Beirut (APO 600 6/5 cds verso) and arriving Marseilles 8/5 arrival cds on front. Carried by car to Beirut then flying boat to Marseille. Attractive orange/grey 'France/Syrie/Indochine' cover with black 'winged horse' logo, ms 'Via Beyrouth and Marseille, and dark blue/black etiquette, correctly RATED free basic (military) + 2F/10g air fee.
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Lot Number: 185

(French Indochina) SAIGON TO PANTIN (PARIS) by weekly Air Orient flight leaving 26/11,  scheduled to arrive at Marseilles 3/12 but delayed until 8/12, and delivered Pantin 9/12. Blue/light blue 'Saigon-Marseille' and 'Via Air Orient' envelope, black framed 'Saigon-Marseille' directional hs affixed by Le Bureau Central de Saigon, franked 36c for 6c Colonial and 30c air fee.

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Date: 1933, Nov 25
Est. price: £25.00
Category: French Indochina

Description: SAIGON TO PANTIN (PARIS) by weekly Air Orient flight leaving 26/11, scheduled to arrive at Marseilles 3/12 but delayed until 8/12, and delivered Pantin 9/12. Blue/light blue 'Saigon-Marseille' and 'Via Air Orient' envelope, black framed 'Saigon-Marseille' directional hs affixed by Le Bureau Central de Saigon, franked 36c for 6c Colonial and 30c air fee.
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Lot Number: 183

(French Indochina) Indo-China to the SAAR, SAIGON TO SAARBRUCKEN by weekly Air Orient flight which left 15/10 and arrived Marseilles 23 /10 (b/s) and on by surface to destination. Attractive grey/blue yellow 'Indochine-France-Par Baghdad-Marseille-Via Air Orient' bordered imprint etiquette cover, framed 'Saigon-Marseille' directional hs affixed by Le Bureau Central de Saigon, framed black cross Jusqu'a applied Marseilles to annul 'Par Avion' etiquette, franked 75c for 15c UPU plus double 30c air fee (To France only). Saar was a region of Germany occupied and governed by the United Kingdom and France from 1920 to 1935 under a League of Nations mandate. Scarce item in fine condition

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Date: 1933, Oct 14
Est. price: £85.00
Category: French Indochina

Description: Indo-China to the SAAR, SAIGON TO SAARBRUCKEN by weekly Air Orient flight which left 15/10 and arrived Marseilles 23 /10 (b/s) and on by surface to destination. Attractive grey/blue yellow 'Indochine-France-Par Baghdad-Marseille-Via Air Orient' bordered imprint etiquette cover, framed 'Saigon-Marseille' directional hs affixed by Le Bureau Central de Saigon, framed black cross Jusqu'a applied Marseilles to annul 'Par Avion' etiquette, franked 75c for 15c UPU plus double 30c air fee (To France only). Saar was a region of Germany occupied and governed by the United Kingdom and France from 1920 to 1935 under a League of Nations mandate. Scarce item in fine condition
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Lot Number: 184

(French Indochina) Indo-China to France, SAIGON TO LYON by weekly Air Orient flight which left 19/11, arriving Marseille 27/11 (b/s 28/11), delivered 29/11 (b/s). red/blue/grey 'Via Air Orient' cover, with black framed 'Saigon-Marseille' directional hs affixed by Le Bureau Central de Saigon, franked 36cts for 6c Colonial and 30c air fee.

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Date: 1933, Nov 18
Est. price: £25.00
Category: French Indochina

Description: Indo-China to France, SAIGON TO LYON by weekly Air Orient flight which left 19/11, arriving Marseille 27/11 (b/s 28/11), delivered 29/11 (b/s). red/blue/grey 'Via Air Orient' cover, with black framed 'Saigon-Marseille' directional hs affixed by Le Bureau Central de Saigon, franked 36cts for 6c Colonial and 30c air fee.
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Lot Number: 182

(French Indochina) ANNAM (VIETNAM) TO PARIS by weekly Air Orient flight arriving Marseille 11/7 (bs), via SAIGON 1/7, grey/dark blue edged 'Via Air Orient' cover, black framed 'Saigon-Marseille' directional hs affixed by Le Bureau Central de Saigon. Annam was a French protectorate encompassing the central region of Vietnam. Franked 75c.

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Date: 1933, Jun 30
Est. price: £15.00
Category: French Indochina

Description: ANNAM (VIETNAM) TO PARIS by weekly Air Orient flight arriving Marseille 11/7 (bs), via SAIGON 1/7, grey/dark blue edged 'Via Air Orient' cover, black framed 'Saigon-Marseille' directional hs affixed by Le Bureau Central de Saigon. Annam was a French protectorate encompassing the central region of Vietnam. Franked 75c.
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Lot Number: 181

(French Indochina) SAIGON TO PARIS by weekly Air Orient flight arriving Marseille 30/4 (bs), grey/blue edged 'Via Air Orient' cover, black framed 'Saigon-Marseille' directional hs affixed by Le Bureau Central de Saigon, also a round red 'Controle/Avion' handstamp applied by the Bureau de Saigon between 1931-34. Control marks affixed on the Indochinese mail testified the correct franking for airmail letters. DOUBLE RATED 66c for 2x 30c air fee and 6c ordinary. .

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Date: 1933, Apr 22
Est. price: £25.00
Category: French Indochina

Description: SAIGON TO PARIS by weekly Air Orient flight arriving Marseille 30/4 (bs), grey/blue edged 'Via Air Orient' cover, black framed 'Saigon-Marseille' directional hs affixed by Le Bureau Central de Saigon, also a round red 'Controle/Avion' handstamp applied by the Bureau de Saigon between 1931-34. Control marks affixed on the Indochinese mail testified the correct franking for airmail letters. DOUBLE RATED 66c for 2x 30c air fee and 6c ordinary. .
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Lot Number: 180

(French Indochina) Indo-China to Switzerland, SAIGON TO RORSCHACH by the weekly Air Orient service leaving 19/2 arriving Marseille 27/2, delivered 28/2 (b/s). Registered (label) blue/grey 'Via Air Orient cover, black framed 'Saigon-Marseille' directional hs affixed by Le Bureau Central de Saigon. Franked 60c for 15c UPU, 15c registration and 30c air fee.

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Date: 1933, Feb 18
Est. price: £40.00
Category: French Indochina

Description: Indo-China to Switzerland, SAIGON TO RORSCHACH by the weekly Air Orient service leaving 19/2 arriving Marseille 27/2, delivered 28/2 (b/s). Registered (label) blue/grey 'Via Air Orient cover, black framed 'Saigon-Marseille' directional hs affixed by Le Bureau Central de Saigon. Franked 60c for 15c UPU, 15c registration and 30c air fee.
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Lot Number: 179

(French Indochina) Indo-China to France, SAIGON TO NANTES by the weekly Air Orient service leaving 19/2 arriving Marseille 27/2, delivered Nantes 28/2 (b/s). Registered (label) grey/orange border 'Via Air Orient' cover, black framed 'Saigon-Marseille' directional hs affixed by Le Bureau Central de Saigon. DOUBLE RATE, franked 81c for 6c ordinary, 15c registration ,and 2x air fee at 30c.

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Date: 1933, Feb 18
Est. price: £25.00
Category: French Indochina

Description: Indo-China to France, SAIGON TO NANTES by the weekly Air Orient service leaving 19/2 arriving Marseille 27/2, delivered Nantes 28/2 (b/s). Registered (label) grey/orange border 'Via Air Orient' cover, black framed 'Saigon-Marseille' directional hs affixed by Le Bureau Central de Saigon. DOUBLE RATE, franked 81c for 6c ordinary, 15c registration ,and 2x air fee at 30c.
Bid:

Lot Number: 175

(French Indochina) Indo-China to France, SAIGON TO PARIS by the weekly Air Orient service leaving 7/1 arrived Marseille 18/1 (b/s). Blue/grey 'Via Air Orient cover, ms 'Saigon-Marseille' and round red 'Controle/Avion' handstamp applied by the Bureau de Saigon between 1931-34. Control marks affixed on the Indochinese mail testified the correct franking for airmail letters  (see 'Ligne Nogues', Collot & Cornu, p255). Franked 36cts.

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Date: 1933, Jan 7
Est. price: £15.00
Category: French Indochina

Description: Indo-China to France, SAIGON TO PARIS by the weekly Air Orient service leaving 7/1 arrived Marseille 18/1 (b/s). Blue/grey 'Via Air Orient cover, ms 'Saigon-Marseille' and round red 'Controle/Avion' handstamp applied by the Bureau de Saigon between 1931-34. Control marks affixed on the Indochinese mail testified the correct franking for airmail letters (see 'Ligne Nogues', Collot & Cornu, p255). Franked 36cts.
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Lot Number: 178

(French Indochina) HANOI/TONKIN to VOSEGES (France), by the weekly Air Orient service leaving Saigon 5/2 arriving Marseille 13/1 (b/s) and delivered Voseges 14/2 (b/s). Plain etiquette cover, black framed 'Saigon - Marseille' with dotted line below directional hs applied by the Le Bureau de Hanoi to all Tonkin letters transiting through Saigon, used from early 1931 to early 1934. RATED 36c for 6c ordinary plus 30c air fee. Rear flap has been removed neatly.

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Date: 1933, Jan 31
Est. price: £18.00
Category: French Indochina

Description: HANOI/TONKIN to VOSEGES (France), by the weekly Air Orient service leaving Saigon 5/2 arriving Marseille 13/1 (b/s) and delivered Voseges 14/2 (b/s). Plain etiquette cover, black framed 'Saigon - Marseille' with dotted line below directional hs applied by the Le Bureau de Hanoi to all Tonkin letters transiting through Saigon, used from early 1931 to early 1934. RATED 36c for 6c ordinary plus 30c air fee. Rear flap has been removed neatly.
Bid:

Lot Number: 177

(French Indochina) HANOI /TONKIN (Vietnam) to PARIS, by the weekly Air Orient service flight leaving 27/1 arriving Marseille 6/2, delivered 7/2 (b/s). Registered (label) blue border cover RATED $1.11 for 6c ordinary, 15c registration, and triple air fee at 30c.

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Date: 1933, Jan 26
Est. price: £20.00
Category: French Indochina

Description: HANOI /TONKIN (Vietnam) to PARIS, by the weekly Air Orient service flight leaving 27/1 arriving Marseille 6/2, delivered 7/2 (b/s). Registered (label) blue border cover RATED $1.11 for 6c ordinary, 15c registration, and triple air fee at 30c.
Bid:

Lot Number: 176

(French Indochina) Indo-China to France, HANOI (Vietnam) to PARIS by the weekly Air Orient service flight leaving 20 /1 arriving 29/1, delivered 29 January (b/s). Plain etiquette cover, black framed 'Saigon - Marseille' with dotted line below directional hs applied by the Le Bureau de Hanoi to all letters transiting through Saigon, used from early 1931 to early 1934. Franked 36c for 6c colonial rate plus 30c air fee.

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Date: 1933, Jan 15
Est. price: £18.00
Category: French Indochina

Description: Indo-China to France, HANOI (Vietnam) to PARIS by the weekly Air Orient service flight leaving 20 /1 arriving 29/1, delivered 29 January (b/s). Plain etiquette cover, black framed 'Saigon - Marseille' with dotted line below directional hs applied by the Le Bureau de Hanoi to all letters transiting through Saigon, used from early 1931 to early 1934. Franked 36c for 6c colonial rate plus 30c air fee.
Bid:

Lot Number: 174

(French Indochina) TONKIN (Vietnam) to TOULON, left Saigon 24/12 December on the weekly Air Orient service flight arriving Marseilles 2/1/33 arrival ds, , black framed 'Saigon - Marseille' with dotted line below directional hs applied by the Le Bureau de Hanoi to all Tonkin letters transiting through Saigon, used from early 1931 to early 1934 January 1933. Imprint red etiquette cover DOUBLE RATED 66cts for 2x air fee of 30cts + 6c postage. Non invasive rear flap damage, see scan.

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Date: 1932, Dec 23
Est. price: £15.00
Category: French Indochina

Description: TONKIN (Vietnam) to TOULON, left Saigon 24/12 December on the weekly Air Orient service flight arriving Marseilles 2/1/33 arrival ds, , black framed 'Saigon - Marseille' with dotted line below directional hs applied by the Le Bureau de Hanoi to all Tonkin letters transiting through Saigon, used from early 1931 to early 1934 January 1933. Imprint red etiquette cover DOUBLE RATED 66cts for 2x air fee of 30cts + 6c postage. Non invasive rear flap damage, see scan.
Bid:

Lot Number: 173

(French Indochina) 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. 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: £30.00
Category: French Indochina

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. 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.
Bid:

Lot Number: 170

(French Indochina) Indo-China to France, HANOI to DORDOGNE, carried on the weekly Air Orient flight, posted 9/6, left Saigon bs 10/6 and arrived Marseilles bs 19/6. By Indochina Railway to Saigon, landplane to Damascus, bus/car to Beirut, and  flying boat to Marseille. Plain cover, blue grey/black etiquette, ms 'Par Avion', black framed 'Saigon - Marseille' with dotted line below directional hs applied by the Le Bureau de Hanoi to all Tonkin letters transiting through Saigon, used from early 1931 to early 1934. Franked F1.26 for DOUBLE RATE 2x 60c/10g air fee + 5c/0-20g ordinary. Great routing.

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Date: 1932, Jun 9
Est. price: £40.00
Category: French Indochina

Description: Indo-China to France, HANOI to DORDOGNE, carried on the weekly Air Orient flight, posted 9/6, left Saigon bs 10/6 and arrived Marseilles bs 19/6. By Indochina Railway to Saigon, landplane to Damascus, bus/car to Beirut, and flying boat to Marseille. Plain cover, blue grey/black etiquette, ms 'Par Avion', black framed 'Saigon - Marseille' with dotted line below directional hs applied by the Le Bureau de Hanoi to all Tonkin letters transiting through Saigon, used from early 1931 to early 1934. Franked F1.26 for DOUBLE RATE 2x 60c/10g air fee + 5c/0-20g ordinary. Great routing.
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Lot Number: 168

(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   flying boat to Marseille. 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 flying boat to Marseille. 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: 171

(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  flying boat to Marseille. 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 flying boat to Marseille. 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: 172

(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 flying boat to Marseille. 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 flying boat to Marseille. 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: 169

(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 flying boat to Marseille. 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 flying boat to Marseille. 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.
Bid:

Lot Number: 167

(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 flying boat to Marseille. 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: £50.00
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 flying boat to Marseille. 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
Bid:

Lot Number: 166

(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 flying boat to Marseille. 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 flying boat to Marseille. 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: 165

(French Indochina) 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 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. 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: £75.00
Category: French Indochina

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 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. 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: 150

(France) MARSEILLE TO SINGAPORE VIA STRASBOURG, MESSAGERIES MARITIMES miss-sent to Strasburg 25/8 (b/s), then OAT by Air Orient flight leaving 29 August which arriving Bangkok 7/9 and on by surface to Singapore bs 15/9 and fine strike 'Messageries Maritimes' company arrival ds, where readdressed for SAIGON. Orange border 'Via Air-Orient' cover with flap logo franked F5 for F1.50 plus F3 air fee, 50c excess.

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Date: 1933, Aug 23
Est. price: £35.00
Category: France

Description: MARSEILLE TO SINGAPORE VIA STRASBOURG, MESSAGERIES MARITIMES miss-sent to Strasburg 25/8 (b/s), then OAT by Air Orient flight leaving 29 August which arriving Bangkok 7/9 and on by surface to Singapore bs 15/9 and fine strike 'Messageries Maritimes' company arrival ds, where readdressed for SAIGON. Orange border 'Via Air-Orient' cover with flap logo franked F5 for F1.50 plus F3 air fee, 50c excess.
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Lot Number: 148

(France) France to Indo-China, PARIS TO HANOI, by Air Orient flight leaving Marseille 18/1 arriving Saigon 27/1, delivered Hanoi 30/1 (b/s). Imprint red etiquette cover franked F3.50 for 50c ordinary plus F3 air fee.

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Date: 1933, Jan 16
Est. price: £20.00
Category: France

Description: France to Indo-China, PARIS TO HANOI, by Air Orient flight leaving Marseille 18/1 arriving Saigon 27/1, delivered Hanoi 30/1 (b/s). Imprint red etiquette cover franked F3.50 for 50c ordinary plus F3 air fee.
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Lot Number: 147

(France) France to Indo-China, BORDEAUX TO SAIGON. Carried on the weekly Air Orient service flight leaving Marseille 29/12 arriving Saigon 6/1/33 cds. Cercle Philharmonique corner cover franked 50c for surface rate but carried by air with 'Lettre Transporte/Exceptionellement Par Avio/A Titre De Propagande' hand stamp. This is a cover with insufficient postage to benefit from air transport but which the postal administration agreed to add to its mail bags by air.

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Date: 1932, Dec 26
Est. price: £25.00
Category: France

Description: France to Indo-China, BORDEAUX TO SAIGON. Carried on the weekly Air Orient service flight leaving Marseille 29/12 arriving Saigon 6/1/33 cds. Cercle Philharmonique corner cover franked 50c for surface rate but carried by air with 'Lettre Transporte/Exceptionellement Par Avio/A Titre De Propagande' hand stamp. This is a cover with insufficient postage to benefit from air transport but which the postal administration agreed to add to its mail bags by air.
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Lot Number: 145

(France) 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 flying boat  to Beirut. 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: France

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 flying boat to Beirut. 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: 144

(France) 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. 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: £60.00
Category: France

Description: 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. 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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