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Paillard-Le Brix intended F/F from Hanoi to France, franked 1c, 40c and 50c. The 1c is tied by a Hanoi/Tonkin cds which also ties black/red 'Service Accelere and 'Par Avion' labels, and the 40c and 50c stamps are tied by Hanoi/Tonkin cds's and a black  ?PREMIER VOYAGE POSTAL PAR AVION INDOCHINE FRANCE? cachet, also the ms 'Par Avion' has bee crossed out., The cover is backstamped SAIGON CENTRAL COCHINCHINE cds dated (25 Feb). Because of the crashes of inbound flights, the planned return airmail service was aborted and the mail went by sea to Europe. The cover has an ironed vertical crease and the flap is missing. A scarce and interesting cover none the less. Muller #8, 1000ff/ Image.

French Indochina, 1929, Feb 22
Paillard-Le Brix intended F/F from Hanoi to France, franked 1c, 40c and 50c. The 1c is tied by a Hanoi/Tonkin cds which also ties black/red 'Service Accelere and 'Par Avion' labels, and the 40c and 50c stamps are tied by Hanoi/Tonkin cds's and a black ?PREMIER VOYAGE POSTAL PAR AVION INDOCHINE FRANCE? cachet, also the ms 'Par Avion' has bee crossed out., The cover is backstamped SAIGON CENTRAL COCHINCHINE cds dated (25 Feb). Because of the crashes of inbound flights, the planned return airmail service was aborted and the mail went by sea to Europe. The cover has an ironed vertical crease and the flap is missing. A scarce and interesting cover none the less. Muller #8, 1000ff/ Image.

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(French Indochina) Costes & Bellonte record attempt, Hanoi to Paris, b/s Paris Chargements and Paris Distribution arrival ds's, Goldschmidt registered (label) corner cover franked $1 21c canc Hanoi cds, Muller #29.

French Indochina, 1929, Nov 17
Costes & Bellonte record attempt, Hanoi to Paris, b/s Paris Chargements and Paris Distribution arrival ds's, Goldschmidt registered (label) corner cover franked $1 21c canc Hanoi cds, Muller #29.

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(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.

French Indochina, 1931, Jan 26
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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(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.

French Indochina, 1931, Jun 18
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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(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

French Indochina, 1931, Jul 16
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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(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.

French Indochina, 1932, May 3
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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(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.

French Indochina, 1932, May 6
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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(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.

French Indochina, 1932, Jun 9
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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(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.

French Indochina, 1932, Jun 10
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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(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.

French Indochina, 1932, Jun 22
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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(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.

French Indochina, 1932, Aug 9
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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(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.

French Indochina, 1932, Dec 23
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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(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.

French Indochina, 1933, Jan 7
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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(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.

French Indochina, 1933, Jan 15
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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(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.

French Indochina, 1933, Jan 26
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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(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.

French Indochina, 1933, Jan 31
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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(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.

French Indochina, 1933, Feb 18
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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(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.

French Indochina, 1933, Feb 18
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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(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. .

French Indochina, 1933, Apr 22
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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(French Indochina) Registered (label) printed airmail cover to Paris, no arrival ds, franked 36c, cancelled Hanoi (Tonkin) cds, black/grey blue etiquette, tied black boxed  "Saigon-Marseilles" Jusqu'a, see McQueen p 33.

French Indochina, 1933, May 20
Registered (label) printed airmail cover to Paris, no arrival ds, franked 36c, cancelled Hanoi (Tonkin) cds, black/grey blue etiquette, tied black boxed "Saigon-Marseilles" Jusqu'a, see McQueen p 33.

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(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.

French Indochina, 1933, Jun 30
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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French Indochina, 1933, Jul 15
Air Orient, Saigon to Rammaddut, South India, bs 20/7, via Calcutta 17/7, red/blue/white company airmail cover franked 40c, postmarked Saigon Central cds. Carried on the Air Orient Saigon-Marseille twice weekly service. Uncommon destination. 3mm non invasive opening trim rh edge.

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(French Indochina) Saigon to Nice, via Marseille-Gare-Avion 3/9, fine imprint etiquette grey/orange-black framed 'Indochine-France/Par Baghdad-Marseille/Via Air Orient' envelope, franked 36c canc Siagon Central cds and tied by black framed Saigon-Marseille J'usqua. Nice item.

French Indochina, 1933, Aug 26
Saigon to Nice, via Marseille-Gare-Avion 3/9, fine imprint etiquette grey/orange-black framed 'Indochine-France/Par Baghdad-Marseille/Via Air Orient' envelope, franked 36c canc Siagon Central cds and tied by black framed Saigon-Marseille J'usqua. Nice item.

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(French Indochina) Air Orient weekly service between Saigon and Marseille, Hanoן to Marseille, bs 2/10, via Saigon 25/9, orange border/pale grey pre Air Orient company envelope with printed 'Via Air Orient' and company logo on flap blue/green/black imprint airmail etiquette, franked 72c Scott 124 (2), 154 (2) , C4 (2), C8 on front and back of cover, black framed ?Saigon-Marseille? hand stamp used between 1931 and 1934, see McQueen p 33. One of the last flights of Air Orient before it was absorbed by Air France. Flights between Hanoן and Saןgon were irregular at this time and became weekly a few months later.

French Indochina, 1933, Sep 20
Air Orient weekly service between Saigon and Marseille, Hanoן to Marseille, bs 2/10, via Saigon 25/9, orange border/pale grey pre Air Orient company envelope with printed 'Via Air Orient' and company logo on flap blue/green/black imprint airmail etiquette, franked 72c Scott 124 (2), 154 (2) , C4 (2), C8 on front and back of cover, black framed ?Saigon-Marseille? hand stamp used between 1931 and 1934, see McQueen p 33. One of the last flights of Air Orient before it was absorbed by Air France. Flights between Hanoן and Saןgon were irregular at this time and became weekly a few months later.

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(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

French Indochina, 1933, Oct 14
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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(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.

French Indochina, 1933, Nov 18
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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(French Indochina) Air France weekly service between Saigon and Marseille, Saigon to Cotes du Nord, France, no arrival ds, via Marseilles 8/12, orange border/pale grey pre Air Orient company envelope with blue printed 'Via Air Orient' and blue company logo on flap, and black and pale blue/white imprint airmail etiquette, franked 66c Scott C12, canc Saigon Central cds, partial strike black ?Saigon-Marseille? hand stamp used from 1932 to 1939.

French Indochina, 1933, Nov 25
Air France weekly service between Saigon and Marseille, Saigon to Cotes du Nord, France, no arrival ds, via Marseilles 8/12, orange border/pale grey pre Air Orient company envelope with blue printed 'Via Air Orient' and blue company logo on flap, and black and pale blue/white imprint airmail etiquette, franked 66c Scott C12, canc Saigon Central cds, partial strike black ?Saigon-Marseille? hand stamp used from 1932 to 1939.

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(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.

French Indochina, 1933, Nov 25
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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(French Indochina) Air France weekly service between Saigon and Marseille,  Phnom Penh (Cambodia) to Antibes (France), bs 13/11, Marseille 12/11 transit cds, blue frame/pale grey cover franked 36c Scott no. C9, fine strike  ?Par avion jusqu?א Marseille? Jusqu'a used at Phnom Penh between 1931 and 1936, see 'Airmail Directional Hand stamps', McQueen I, p122. Nice item.

French Indochina, 1934, Nov 2
Air France weekly service between Saigon and Marseille, Phnom Penh (Cambodia) to Antibes (France), bs 13/11, Marseille 12/11 transit cds, blue frame/pale grey cover franked 36c Scott no. C9, fine strike ?Par avion jusqu?א Marseille? Jusqu'a used at Phnom Penh between 1931 and 1936, see 'Airmail Directional Hand stamps', McQueen I, p122. Nice item.

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(French Indochina) Air France weekly service between Hanoi and Marseille (diverted to avoid flying over Greece), Hanoi (Vietnam) to Epergne (France), bs 3/4, Marseille Gare transit cds, pale grey/dark blue framed envelope with imprint airmail etiquette, franked 36 Scott C9, canc Hanoi/Tonkin cds, scarce  boxed underlined "Hanoi-Marseille" Jusqu'a, used only from February to June 1935, see Collot et Cornu #A12. An early example of the new Hanoi-Bangkok-Marseille route which opened on 1/2/35. This cover experience a route diversion to avoid flying over Greece which was having political problems, and the two day delay in the flight time appears to confirm this. A cover with several interesting features.

French Indochina, 1935, Mar 23
Air France weekly service between Hanoi and Marseille (diverted to avoid flying over Greece), Hanoi (Vietnam) to Epergne (France), bs 3/4, Marseille Gare transit cds, pale grey/dark blue framed envelope with imprint airmail etiquette, franked 36 Scott C9, canc Hanoi/Tonkin cds, scarce boxed underlined "Hanoi-Marseille" Jusqu'a, used only from February to June 1935, see Collot et Cornu #A12. An early example of the new Hanoi-Bangkok-Marseille route which opened on 1/2/35. This cover experience a route diversion to avoid flying over Greece which was having political problems, and the two day delay in the flight time appears to confirm this. A cover with several interesting features.

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French Indochina, 1935, Sep 23
Air France weekly service between Saigon and Marseille, Indochina to Boulogne-Billancourt (France), bs 2/10, military free-franked cover postmarked "Poste aux Armיes S.P. 615", ms ?Franchise militaire?, fine strike black framed publicity hand stamp ?Utilisez la poste aיrienne via Air Orient?, which is strange since the company had been absorbed by Air France two years earlier.

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

French Indochina, 1937, Jan 2
Hanoi to Paris, bs 11/1, via Marseille 10/1, Air France Christmas/New Year reduced rate 'Air France/dans tous les ciels' greetings postcard franked 8c, and bearing the text (in French) " to benefit from the reduced rate this postcard must consist only of wishes, congratulations, thanks, compliments or condolences expressed in five words or less".

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(French Indochina) Saigon to Guadeloupe, bs 5/9, grey/orange border Via Air France envelope with company logo on flap, franked 66c canc Saigon Central cds, black framed 'Saigon a Marseille' Jusqu'a applied in Saigon, and black double bar Jusqu'a applied in Marseille, both cancelling imprint airmail etiquette. Air to Marseilles, then surface to destination.

French Indochina, 1937, Aug 13
Saigon to Guadeloupe, bs 5/9, grey/orange border Via Air France envelope with company logo on flap, franked 66c canc Saigon Central cds, black framed 'Saigon a Marseille' Jusqu'a applied in Saigon, and black double bar Jusqu'a applied in Marseille, both cancelling imprint airmail etiquette. Air to Marseilles, then surface to destination.

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French Indochina, 1937, Dec 3
Air Orient/Air France, concessionary military airmail, grey/blue 'Amerique du Sud Extreme-Orient/Via Air France' imprint etiquette cover franked 30c, canc Saigon-Central/Cochine 3/12/37 cds, addressed to Toulon, bs 10/12, black boxed "Saigon-Marseilles" directional hs, tied by black circular "Forces Navales/Extreme Orient/Francise Militaire" military mail concessionary cachet permitting the ordinary postage charge to be waived. Interesting item in superb condition.

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(French Indochina) Imprint etiquette blue hatched border air cover to Paris, no arrival ds, via Marseille 16/6, franked 37c canc Saigon Central (Cochin China) cds, Air France logo on flap.

French Indochina, 1938, Jun 10
Imprint etiquette blue hatched border air cover to Paris, no arrival ds, via Marseille 16/6, franked 37c canc Saigon Central (Cochin China) cds, Air France logo on flap.

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(French Indochina) Air France F/F Hanoi to Saigon, bs 30/7, blue/grey Air France company cover franked 11c, canc Hanoi cds, blue framed six line flight cachet.

French Indochina, 1938, Jul 30
Air France F/F Hanoi to Saigon, bs 30/7, blue/grey Air France company cover franked 11c, canc Hanoi cds, blue framed six line flight cachet.

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(French Indochina) KNILM F/F Saigon-Singapore-Batavia, red/cream/blue printed suvenir cover franked 23c, canc Saigon cds,  black boxed first flight cachet. Nice item, scarce.

French Indochina, 1938, Aug 31
KNILM F/F Saigon-Singapore-Batavia, red/cream/blue printed suvenir cover franked 23c, canc Saigon cds, black boxed first flight cachet. Nice item, scarce.

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French Indochina, 1938, Aug 31
KNILM F/F Saigon-Singapore-Batavia, bs 31/8, imprint etiquette airmail cover franked 28c, canc Saigon cds, typed "Opening KNILM Vlught Indo China-Java/31/8/38, verso black boxed 1st flight cachet. Nice item, scarce.

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(French Indochina) Air France F/F Vientiane to Hanoi, bs 22/5, blue/grey souvenir with printed "1st Vol D'Essai/Vientiane'22 Mai 1939" franked 2c air x3.

French Indochina, 1939, May 22
Air France F/F Vientiane to Hanoi, bs 22/5, blue/grey souvenir with printed "1st Vol D'Essai/Vientiane'22 Mai 1939" franked 2c air x3.

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