Lot Number: 642

(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: £18.00
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: 634

(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: £18.00
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: 400

(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: £350.00
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: 308

(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: £150.00
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: 292

(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: 291

(Italy) Rare Italy to New York, double rate cover carried by LATI to Recife, then by ship to New York, censored airmail etiquette cover franked 8L on front, canc Salerno cds, with additional 9.5L verso, canc small remnants of rare three black "Par Avion Jusqu'a Recife" hs's, ms "Via Lati/Via Rio de Janeiro", ms '6g', sealed black/white Italian censor tape tied by violet circular Salerno censor marks. The "Par Avion Jusqu'a Recife" hs was used on Italian mail to indicate airmail to Recife, then ship to USA. An extremely scarce LATI item, and definitely one for the exhibit.

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Date: 1941, Feb 24
Est. price: £25.00
Category: Italy

Description: Rare Italy to New York, double rate cover carried by LATI to Recife, then by ship to New York, censored airmail etiquette cover franked 8L on front, canc Salerno cds, with additional 9.5L verso, canc small remnants of rare three black "Par Avion Jusqu'a Recife" hs's, ms "Via Lati/Via Rio de Janeiro", ms '6g', sealed black/white Italian censor tape tied by violet circular Salerno censor marks. The "Par Avion Jusqu'a Recife" hs was used on Italian mail to indicate airmail to Recife, then ship to USA. An extremely scarce LATI item, and definitely one for the exhibit.
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Lot Number: 278

(Interruptions and Accidents) FORCED LANDING on the Australia to Singapore leg of the F/F Australia-UK, FRONT only, etiquette cover franked 1/6, posted Albion 6/12, addressed to Pilot Officer J.F.Hobbs, 100 Squadron, RAF Base, Singapore. Mounted on card with a handwritten note "First Australia-England air mail of Qantas service. Australia-Singapore Dec 15, then to India Imperial Airways Dec 17th. First aeroplane left Singapore 16/12/34. The above envelope was in my pocket during forced landing near Pulo Brakit (reef in the Singapore Strait) in the China Sea at 08.25 16/12/34. Picked up 10.00 by HMS Wren". She was commissioned at Hong Kong on 2 April, 1934 for service with the Eighth Destroyer Flotilla on the China Station). Walker p207 refers to Qantas's new fleet of DH-68A aircraft acquired to inaugurate the Brisbane-Singapore extension of the Australia-UK  service 'being grounded owing to an (unspecified) series of accidents' on this leg. Everything points to this cover having been involved. A RARE and unrecorded crash cover with unique provenance. A photoscan of HMS 'Wren' is included.

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Date: 1934, Dec 6
Est. price: £175.00
Category: Interruptions and Accidents

Description: FORCED LANDING on the Australia to Singapore leg of the F/F Australia-UK, FRONT only, etiquette cover franked 1/6, posted Albion 6/12, addressed to Pilot Officer J.F.Hobbs, 100 Squadron, RAF Base, Singapore. Mounted on card with a handwritten note "First Australia-England air mail of Qantas service. Australia-Singapore Dec 15, then to India Imperial Airways Dec 17th. First aeroplane left Singapore 16/12/34. The above envelope was in my pocket during forced landing near Pulo Brakit (reef in the Singapore Strait) in the China Sea at 08.25 16/12/34. Picked up 10.00 by HMS Wren". She was commissioned at Hong Kong on 2 April, 1934 for service with the Eighth Destroyer Flotilla on the China Station). Walker p207 refers to Qantas's new fleet of DH-68A aircraft acquired to inaugurate the Brisbane-Singapore extension of the Australia-UK service 'being grounded owing to an (unspecified) series of accidents' on this leg. Everything points to this cover having been involved. A RARE and unrecorded crash cover with unique provenance. A photoscan of HMS 'Wren' is included.
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Lot Number: 269

(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: 234

(Germany) Germany to USA, flown by LATI, rare double rate censored WWII imprint etiquette airmail cover, Berlin to New York, uncommon red Berlin 8 1 41 455rpf machine cancel, typed "Mit Luftpost uber Sudamerika", ms "8g", sealed black/white German OKW censor tape, code e Frankfurt, also small German framed number censor marks. Correctly rated 450rpf for double rate Germany to USA via LATI (2x 215rpf air fee + 25rpf basic, see Beith p38). Flown Rome to Brazil by LATI, FAM 6 to Buenos Aires, then Panagra Pacific coast route to USA (see ?Pacific route endorsement below etiquette) and on to Cristobal for exchange of airlines, FAM 8 to Brownsville, then CAM 22 and internal airline to final destination. An expensive, but effective, method of sending Axis airmail to USA to avoid British censorship in Bermuda (FAM 18) and Jamaica (FAM 5).  A superb exhibit item in particularly fine condition.

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Date: 1941, Jan 8
Est. price: £55.00
Category: Germany

Description: Germany to USA, flown by LATI, rare double rate censored WWII imprint etiquette airmail cover, Berlin to New York, uncommon red Berlin 8 1 41 455rpf machine cancel, typed "Mit Luftpost uber Sudamerika", ms "8g", sealed black/white German OKW censor tape, code e Frankfurt, also small German framed number censor marks. Correctly rated 450rpf for double rate Germany to USA via LATI (2x 215rpf air fee + 25rpf basic, see Beith p38). Flown Rome to Brazil by LATI, FAM 6 to Buenos Aires, then Panagra Pacific coast route to USA (see ?Pacific route endorsement below etiquette) and on to Cristobal for exchange of airlines, FAM 8 to Brownsville, then CAM 22 and internal airline to final destination. An expensive, but effective, method of sending Axis airmail to USA to avoid British censorship in Bermuda (FAM 18) and Jamaica (FAM 5). A superb exhibit item in particularly fine condition.
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Lot Number: 225

(GB Internal) Railway Strike Mail, cover fown fom Linton on Ouse to Northolt to Honiley, no arrival ds, plain cover franked 2 1/2d canc Ilkley/9 Jne 1955/ Yorkshire'.Rarely seen, ex Stratton.

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Date: 1955, Jun 9
Est. price: £30.00
Category: GB Internal

Description: Railway Strike Mail, cover fown fom Linton on Ouse to Northolt to Honiley, no arrival ds, plain cover franked 2 1/2d canc Ilkley/9 Jne 1955/ Yorkshire'.Rarely seen, ex Stratton.
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Lot Number: 157

(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: £300.00
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: 143

(France) Airmail to ship, PARIS TO MOMBASSA. arrived Marseilles Gare Avion bs 6/3, then train back to Paris, bs Paris Avion bs 7/3 to joined  the Imperial Airways Africa southbound service AS158 which left Croydon 7/3, arriving Brindisi 9/3 on Satyrus, Khartoum 12/3 on Hannibal, arriving Nairobi 13/3 where it was transferred to the WILSON AIRWAYS NAIROBI-MOMBASA-TANGA-ZANZIBAR service arriving 14/3 arrival cds, RATED F5.50 for F1.50 UPU plus F4 air fare. Cover addressed to passenger aboard 'Marechal Joffre' which arrived Mombasa 17/3. Built 1931 for the 'Messageries Maritimes' shipping company. It was manned by Vichy 
French Forces after the fall of France in 1940 and was in the Philippines 
when the United States entered World War II where she was taken over by a crew of downed US Navy fliers, who with the help of some French sailors 
who were  not supportive of the Vichy government ,was sailed on to Australia, New Zealand, and the United States. Great routing, great research documentation, impeccable provenance, and in fine condition, ex Ted Proud archives. If this isn't postal history, what is?. A rare exhibit item.

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Date: 1934, Mar 6
Est. price: £85.00
Category: France

Description: Airmail to ship, PARIS TO MOMBASSA. arrived Marseilles Gare Avion bs 6/3, then train back to Paris, bs Paris Avion bs 7/3 to joined the Imperial Airways Africa southbound service AS158 which left Croydon 7/3, arriving Brindisi 9/3 on Satyrus, Khartoum 12/3 on Hannibal, arriving Nairobi 13/3 where it was transferred to the WILSON AIRWAYS NAIROBI-MOMBASA-TANGA-ZANZIBAR service arriving 14/3 arrival cds, RATED F5.50 for F1.50 UPU plus F4 air fare. Cover addressed to passenger aboard 'Marechal Joffre' which arrived Mombasa 17/3. Built 1931 for the 'Messageries Maritimes' shipping company. It was manned by Vichy French Forces after the fall of France in 1940 and was in the Philippines when the United States entered World War II where she was taken over by a crew of downed US Navy fliers, who with the help of some French sailors who were not supportive of the Vichy government ,was sailed on to Australia, New Zealand, and the United States. Great routing, great research documentation, impeccable provenance, and in fine condition, ex Ted Proud archives. If this isn't postal history, what is?. A rare exhibit item.
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Lot Number: 49

(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: 27

(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: £90.00
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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