Lot Number: 429

(Ephemera) Post Office Christmas Greetings Airgraph form 1944 from Allied Forces, Land, Sea and Air, Middle East. An original and unused item showing signs of wear, see image. Such private forms were rare, as paper and printing ink were scarce. Troops overseas were issued forms free, how many depending on the command in which they served, and conditions at the time.

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Date: Various other
Est. price: £15.00
Category: Ephemera

Description: Post Office Christmas Greetings Airgraph form 1944 from Allied Forces, Land, Sea and Air, Middle East. An original and unused item showing signs of wear, see image. Such private forms were rare, as paper and printing ink were scarce. Troops overseas were issued forms free, how many depending on the command in which they served, and conditions at the time.
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Lot Number: 423

(Ephemera) GB WWII, an original Illustrated airgraph form Christmas Greetings Royal Ar Force Middle East 1943. The forms were free of charge from Post Offices. Indeed, anyone could produce their own forms, if they complied with the size and layout of the official issues. Such private forms were rare, as paper and printing ink were scarce. Troops overseas were issued forms free, how many depending on the command in which they served, and conditions at the time. has middle halfway horizontal crease, see image.

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Date: Various other
Est. price: £15.00
Category: Ephemera

Description: GB WWII, an original Illustrated airgraph form Christmas Greetings Royal Ar Force Middle East 1943. The forms were free of charge from Post Offices. Indeed, anyone could produce their own forms, if they complied with the size and layout of the official issues. Such private forms were rare, as paper and printing ink were scarce. Troops overseas were issued forms free, how many depending on the command in which they served, and conditions at the time. has middle halfway horizontal crease, see image.
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Lot Number: 380

(Ephemera) Belgium, attractive unused blue/white souvenir cover of the first regular flight from Brussels to Leopoldville,  24x11 cm, listing P. Cocquyt, Chief Pilot;  J. Schoonbroodt, 2nd pilot; and F. Maupertuis, Radio Mechanic. A rare item in fine condition

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Date: Other collateral items
Est. price: £20.00
Category: Ephemera

Description: Belgium, attractive unused blue/white souvenir cover of the first regular flight from Brussels to Leopoldville, 24x11 cm, listing P. Cocquyt, Chief Pilot; J. Schoonbroodt, 2nd pilot; and F. Maupertuis, Radio Mechanic. A rare item in fine condition
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Lot Number: 394

(Ephemera) WWII airmail cards isued to troops serving in the Middle East for returning 'All The Way By Air'. Ten unused cards in the original wrapper. Cards are scarce individually, but rare in this fomat.

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Date: Other collateral items
Est. price: £30.00
Category: Ephemera

Description: WWII airmail cards isued to troops serving in the Middle East for returning 'All The Way By Air'. Ten unused cards in the original wrapper. Cards are scarce individually, but rare in this fomat.
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Lot Number: 327

(St Vincent) Rare St Vincent "Hummingbird" flight to Barbados, bs 30/7, the first and only official air mail. Plain cover franked 1 1/2d canc St Vincent/30 JY 32 cds, typed "First Air Mail/Special First Flight St Vincent to Barbados/by Humming Bird". A letter of expertisation from Francis Field accompanies this item.

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Date: 1932, Jul 29
Est. price: £45.00
Category: St Vincent

Description: Rare St Vincent "Hummingbird" flight to Barbados, bs 30/7, the first and only official air mail. Plain cover franked 1 1/2d canc St Vincent/30 JY 32 cds, typed "First Air Mail/Special First Flight St Vincent to Barbados/by Humming Bird". A letter of expertisation from Francis Field accompanies this item.
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Lot Number: 288

(Scarce and Unusual Routings) RARE pre WWII airmail, St Helena to England, via South Africa, carried all the way by Cassiopia from Durban to Southampton 3/7 on Imperial Airways Africa northbound service AN 459, oval registered Barnes 5/7 arrival ds, registered (label) cover franked 1/- for 2d Imperial, 3d registration, 6d air fee, and 1d excess?. This service carried the last surcharged mail from East Africa, N&S Rhodesia and Nyasaland, before introduction of Empire Airmail Scheme, see Wingent p123. Super item in fine condition, see scan.

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Date: 1937, May 19
Est. price: £250.00
Category: Scarce and Unusual Routings

Description: RARE pre WWII airmail, St Helena to England, via South Africa, carried all the way by Cassiopia from Durban to Southampton 3/7 on Imperial Airways Africa northbound service AN 459, oval registered Barnes 5/7 arrival ds, registered (label) cover franked 1/- for 2d Imperial, 3d registration, 6d air fee, and 1d excess?. This service carried the last surcharged mail from East Africa, N&S Rhodesia and Nyasaland, before introduction of Empire Airmail Scheme, see Wingent p123. Super item in fine condition, see scan.
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Lot Number: 258

(Peru) Rare violet "Correo Aereo/P.A.G.A.I." hand stamp, Lima to Buenos Aires, bs and also BA 98/21 in small circle postman's mark, Gran Hotel Bolivia, Lima corner cover with detailed route map of Grace Line South America to New York service, franked 170c Peruvian stamps, canc Lima cds, fine strike of rare violet "Correo Aereo/P.A.G.A.I." hand stamp. Some top lh corner damage, see scan. Early Panagra commercial mail flown out of Peru is hard to find. The name "Pan American Grace Airways Incorporated" lasted but a short time and the PAGAI cachet is therefore very scarce

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Date: 1931, Jun 15
Est. price: £50.00
Category: Peru

Description: Rare violet "Correo Aereo/P.A.G.A.I." hand stamp, Lima to Buenos Aires, bs and also BA 98/21 in small circle postman's mark, Gran Hotel Bolivia, Lima corner cover with detailed route map of Grace Line South America to New York service, franked 170c Peruvian stamps, canc Lima cds, fine strike of rare violet "Correo Aereo/P.A.G.A.I." hand stamp. Some top lh corner damage, see scan. Early Panagra commercial mail flown out of Peru is hard to find. The name "Pan American Grace Airways Incorporated" lasted but a short time and the PAGAI cachet is therefore very scarce
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Lot Number: 238

(Madagascar) Madagascar to France, TANANARIVE to LIGINIAC b/s 19/10. Posted Tananarive  21/9 then by postal van and river barge to the port of Majunga, then by the Messageries Maritimes paquebot to Dar es Salaam bs 27/9, then by Wilson Airways to Nairobi where transferred to Imperial Airways Africa northbound service AN 136, departed Juba 15/10 on Hadrian, arrived Bindisi on Scipio 18/10 (bs). At Brindisi carriage by air was cancelled with  Brindisi violet framed 'By Air to/Brindisi' Jusqu'a, also etiquette cancelled by a Brindisi black cross Jusqu'a. On by train to Paris  and delivered to Liginiac  bs 19/10. Plain cover, grey/black 'PTT Madagascar Serie E no 131/Par Avion' label graded rare by Mair,  Franked 5F50.  Super item, a scarce and complex itinerary, and  detailed route marks. Ex the Ted Proud collection.

n Scipio on Scipio 21 September 1933: Madagascar to France by sea to Dar es Salaam  27 September (b/s). By AN136 which left 14 October on Andromeda(missed AN135, 7 October for unknown reasons), which arrived Brinidisi 18 October (b/s). Franked F2.50

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Date: 1933, Sep 21
Est. price: £125.00
Category: Madagascar

Description: Madagascar to France, TANANARIVE to LIGINIAC b/s 19/10. Posted Tananarive 21/9 then by postal van and river barge to the port of Majunga, then by the Messageries Maritimes paquebot to Dar es Salaam bs 27/9, then by Wilson Airways to Nairobi where transferred to Imperial Airways Africa northbound service AN 136, departed Juba 15/10 on Hadrian, arrived Bindisi on Scipio 18/10 (bs). At Brindisi carriage by air was cancelled with Brindisi violet framed 'By Air to/Brindisi' Jusqu'a, also etiquette cancelled by a Brindisi black cross Jusqu'a. On by train to Paris and delivered to Liginiac bs 19/10. Plain cover, grey/black 'PTT Madagascar Serie E no 131/Par Avion' label graded rare by Mair, Franked 5F50. Super item, a scarce and complex itinerary, and detailed route marks. Ex the Ted Proud collection. n Scipio on Scipio 21 September 1933: Madagascar to France by sea to Dar es Salaam 27 September (b/s). By AN136 which left 14 October on Andromeda(missed AN135, 7 October for unknown reasons), which arrived Brinidisi 18 October (b/s). Franked F2.50
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Lot Number: 235

(Jamaica) Rare pilot signed F/F BOAC non stop Stratocruiser service, Montego Bay to New York, attractive red/white/blue embossed souvenir cover franked 8d Jamaica stamps canc Montego Bay cds, and US 10c tied by New York cds to confirm arrival. Scarce item in superb condition.

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Date: 1954, Jan 23
Est. price: £60.00
Category: Jamaica

Description: Rare pilot signed F/F BOAC non stop Stratocruiser service, Montego Bay to New York, attractive red/white/blue embossed souvenir cover franked 8d Jamaica stamps canc Montego Bay cds, and US 10c tied by New York cds to confirm arrival. Scarce item in superb condition.
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Lot Number: 225

(Interruptions and Accidents) Interrupted flight, Kenya To France, NAIROBI TO SAINT MARS DE CUTAIS by Imperial Airways Africa northbound service AN20 which left Kisumu 22 July, arriving Athens 26 July (b/s), then on by surface, delivered 31 July Saint Mars de Cutais (b/s). Plain etiquette cover RATED 75c (5c, 10c,20c x3),  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). Flight interrupted because the mail for Europe had to be sorted again in Athens as well as Alexandria. Thereafter, for all future flights, it was arranged that all correspondence for Europe would be in a direct mail for 
Athens. One other cover is known.

 


Athens.  A copy of an explanatory letter from PO included with this item. No
other mail is known.

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Date: 1931, Jul 20
Est. price: £65.00
Category: Interruptions and Accidents

Description: Interrupted flight, Kenya To France, NAIROBI TO SAINT MARS DE CUTAIS by Imperial Airways Africa northbound service AN20 which left Kisumu 22 July, arriving Athens 26 July (b/s), then on by surface, delivered 31 July Saint Mars de Cutais (b/s). Plain etiquette cover RATED 75c (5c, 10c,20c x3), 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). Flight interrupted because the mail for Europe had to be sorted again in Athens as well as Alexandria. Thereafter, for all future flights, it was arranged that all correspondence for Europe would be in a direct mail for Athens. One other cover is known. Athens. A copy of an explanatory letter from PO included with this item. No other mail is known.
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Lot Number: 186

(GB Internal) Railway Air Service, an exceedingly rare first flight cover to Cowes Isle of Wight cancelled with the Douglas Isle of Man 10am postmark, Flown on the first stage to Manchester where the flight was terminated due to weather conditions, then forwarded by surface receiving theCowes 21 Aug backstamp. Franked with a KG V 1½d photogravure on its day of issue. Making it a double first (See Redgrove p61).

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Date: 1934, Aug 20
Est. price: £175.00
Category: GB Internal

Description: Railway Air Service, an exceedingly rare first flight cover to Cowes Isle of Wight cancelled with the Douglas Isle of Man 10am postmark, Flown on the first stage to Manchester where the flight was terminated due to weather conditions, then forwarded by surface receiving theCowes 21 Aug backstamp. Franked with a KG V 1½d photogravure on its day of issue. Making it a double first (See Redgrove p61).
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Lot Number: 194

(GB Internal) A rare first BEA 'All Up' service, Renfrew Airport, Glasgow to the Isle of Tiree, the most westerly island in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland, plain cover franked 2 2/2d canc Glasgow 14 Jne 1948, large red "BEA/First 'All Up' Mail/Renfrew-Tiree/14 June 1948 with map of the islands. Beith states"little mail is known from the first day as the service was not well publicised". He reports having seen only ONE item of mail from this service. This was from this the outgoing flight , and it bore a red commemorative cachet (see Beith R, Scottish Air Mails 1919-1979, p22 and the illustration of the red cachet on the same page).

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Date: 1948, Jun 14
Est. price: £50.00
Category: GB Internal

Description: A rare first BEA 'All Up' service, Renfrew Airport, Glasgow to the Isle of Tiree, the most westerly island in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland, plain cover franked 2 2/2d canc Glasgow 14 Jne 1948, large red "BEA/First 'All Up' Mail/Renfrew-Tiree/14 June 1948 with map of the islands. Beith states"little mail is known from the first day as the service was not well publicised". He reports having seen only ONE item of mail from this service. This was from this the outgoing flight , and it bore a red commemorative cachet (see Beith R, Scottish Air Mails 1919-1979, p22 and the illustration of the red cachet on the same page).
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Lot Number: 147

(GB External) Handley Page, first flight London to Amsterdam, b/s 6/7, envelope with KG V franking to pay 3d air fee plus 2 1/2d postage, all tied by London Chief Office 5 JY 20 cachets. Service suspended 30/10, ref 20.19 Newall. Fine and rare, cat 600u Newall.

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Date: 1920, Jul 6
Est. price: £275.00
Category: GB External

Description: Handley Page, first flight London to Amsterdam, b/s 6/7, envelope with KG V franking to pay 3d air fee plus 2 1/2d postage, all tied by London Chief Office 5 JY 20 cachets. Service suspended 30/10, ref 20.19 Newall. Fine and rare, cat 600u Newall.
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Lot Number: 69

(Belgium) Count De Looz-Corswarem, Mahieu and D'Hoore official flight to the Congo via the shortest route over the Libyan desert via Tunis-Sebha-Fort Lamy, Brussels to Leopoldville 17/10, carried by air to Leopoldville, then returned by surface mail to Belgium, Van Reet pictorial card franked Belgium 1F and Belgium 1c to obtain ultimate arrival mark (1/12) and Congo 75c canc Lepoldville 17/10, black "Raid Mahieu" cachets front and verso, signed by Count De Looz-Corswarem under a handwritten comment on the deferred departure from Brussels. Rare, only ten such items were carried. Ex Clowes.

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Date: 1935, Oct 1
Est. price: £75.00
Category: Belgium

Description: Count De Looz-Corswarem, Mahieu and D'Hoore official flight to the Congo via the shortest route over the Libyan desert via Tunis-Sebha-Fort Lamy, Brussels to Leopoldville 17/10, carried by air to Leopoldville, then returned by surface mail to Belgium, Van Reet pictorial card franked Belgium 1F and Belgium 1c to obtain ultimate arrival mark (1/12) and Congo 75c canc Lepoldville 17/10, black "Raid Mahieu" cachets front and verso, signed by Count De Looz-Corswarem under a handwritten comment on the deferred departure from Brussels. Rare, only ten such items were carried. Ex Clowes.
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Lot Number: 61

(Basutoland) The Visit of HRH Prince George to Southern Africa, first acceptance of mail from Basutoland for carriage on the F/F R.A.N.A. Southern Rhodesia-Nyasaland service, Maseru to Limbe, bs 9/3, via Blantyre 9/3, airmail cover franked 9d Basutoland stamps canc with special postmark of the PO attached to the Royal Train used by HRH Prince George during his visit to Southern Africa, also Maseru cds, black two line 'S.Rhodesia/Nyasaland' and violet st. line 'First Official Air Mail' hand stamps. "F/F mail from countries other than S. Rhodesia and the Union was very small because the flight was not announced outside Nyasaland and S. Rhodesia and even then only seven days notice was given"....."The most desirable covers are those posted on the Royal Train while it was in Basutoland and in the Union. The train was only in Basutoland one day and even the ordinary mail there from is scarce. See South African Air Mails, Morton D.G., 2005, p25. A rare cover in fine condition.

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Date: 1934, Mar 1
Est. price: £260.00
Category: Basutoland

Description: The Visit of HRH Prince George to Southern Africa, first acceptance of mail from Basutoland for carriage on the F/F R.A.N.A. Southern Rhodesia-Nyasaland service, Maseru to Limbe, bs 9/3, via Blantyre 9/3, airmail cover franked 9d Basutoland stamps canc with special postmark of the PO attached to the Royal Train used by HRH Prince George during his visit to Southern Africa, also Maseru cds, black two line 'S.Rhodesia/Nyasaland' and violet st. line 'First Official Air Mail' hand stamps. "F/F mail from countries other than S. Rhodesia and the Union was very small because the flight was not announced outside Nyasaland and S. Rhodesia and even then only seven days notice was given"....."The most desirable covers are those posted on the Royal Train while it was in Basutoland and in the Union. The train was only in Basutoland one day and even the ordinary mail there from is scarce. See South African Air Mails, Morton D.G., 2005, p25. A rare cover in fine condition.
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Lot Number: 47

(Australia) Rare first acceptance of mail for Aswan, Egypt  from Australia, for carriage on the first regular Imperial Airways/Qantas Australia-England service, Kew to Alexandria bs 26/12, via Cairo 22/12 and Luxor 23/12, blue/grey printed souvenir cover franked 1/7d, flown Brisbane-Darwin by Qantas, then Darwin-Alexandria by IAW IW 298. Only 463 items were flown from Australia to all points other than London, viz to the Far East, Middle East, the Med, Europe and Africa. Thus some sections are likely to be great rarities. This item is likely to be one such.

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Date: 1934, Dec 7
Est. price: £75.00
Category: Australia

Description: Rare first acceptance of mail for Aswan, Egypt from Australia, for carriage on the first regular Imperial Airways/Qantas Australia-England service, Kew to Alexandria bs 26/12, via Cairo 22/12 and Luxor 23/12, blue/grey printed souvenir cover franked 1/7d, flown Brisbane-Darwin by Qantas, then Darwin-Alexandria by IAW IW 298. Only 463 items were flown from Australia to all points other than London, viz to the Far East, Middle East, the Med, Europe and Africa. Thus some sections are likely to be great rarities. This item is likely to be one such.
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Lot Number: 17

(Alex Newall personal collection) Imperial Airways/ITCA, European feeder mail, route extension to Calcutta, IRELAND - DELHI, bs 8 Jul 33. Routed by LONDON - KARACHI - JODHPUR - ALLAHABAD - ASANSOL - (CALCUTTA) service. Souvenir cover franked 11 Pi canc Baile Claith cds,. Reference # 33.13d7 assigned retrospectively, not listed in  Alexander Newall, 'British External Airmails Until 1934', 2nd edition 1996. RARE.

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Date: 1933, Jun 29
Est. price: £275.00
Category: Alex Newall personal collection

Description: Imperial Airways/ITCA, European feeder mail, route extension to Calcutta, IRELAND - DELHI, bs 8 Jul 33. Routed by LONDON - KARACHI - JODHPUR - ALLAHABAD - ASANSOL - (CALCUTTA) service. Souvenir cover franked 11 Pi canc Baile Claith cds,. Reference # 33.13d7 assigned retrospectively, not listed in Alexander Newall, 'British External Airmails Until 1934', 2nd edition 1996. RARE.
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Lot Number: 18

(Alex Newall personal collection) Imperial Airways/ITCA, European feeder mail, route extension to Calcutta, BUDAPEST - ASANSOL, bs 8 Jul 33. Routed by the LONDON - KARACH - JODHPUR - ALLAHABAD - ASANSOL - (CALCUTTA) service. Souvenir cover franked 1P 30f canc Budapest cds, also Matyasfold cds verso. Reference # 33.13d6 assigned retrospectively, not listed in  Alexander Newall, 'British External Airmails Until 1934', 2nd edition 1996. RARE.

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Date: 1933, Jun 30
Est. price: £275.00
Category: Alex Newall personal collection

Description: Imperial Airways/ITCA, European feeder mail, route extension to Calcutta, BUDAPEST - ASANSOL, bs 8 Jul 33. Routed by the LONDON - KARACH - JODHPUR - ALLAHABAD - ASANSOL - (CALCUTTA) service. Souvenir cover franked 1P 30f canc Budapest cds, also Matyasfold cds verso. Reference # 33.13d6 assigned retrospectively, not listed in Alexander Newall, 'British External Airmails Until 1934', 2nd edition 1996. RARE.
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Lot Number: 212

(India) GERMAN WORLD FLIGHT - CALCUTTA TO AKYAB; Feb. 1929 ?BARON VON KOENIG/BOY PILOT? PC to Calcutta franked India KGV ½a tied by Calcutta d.s., straight line 'Akyab, 5-2-29 confirmatory arrival hs, framed ?DELAYED BY/UNFAVOURABLE/WEATHER. LEFT/?5th? FEBRUARY? with a total of 41 covers flown. Rare. Signed (not facsimile) Stephen Smith 11/2/29.

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Date: 1929, Jan 15
Est. price: £285.00
Category: India

Description: GERMAN WORLD FLIGHT - CALCUTTA TO AKYAB; Feb. 1929 ?BARON VON KOENIG/BOY PILOT? PC to Calcutta franked India KGV ½a tied by Calcutta d.s., straight line 'Akyab, 5-2-29 confirmatory arrival hs, framed ?DELAYED BY/UNFAVOURABLE/WEATHER. LEFT/?5th? FEBRUARY? with a total of 41 covers flown. Rare. Signed (not facsimile) Stephen Smith 11/2/29.
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