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(Scarce and Unusual Routings) Early airmail from Malta to Iraq, registered (label) cover, franked Malta 6d air mail opt and 1d,2d,2 1/2d Postage and Revenue opts, postmarked Valetta, bs Alexandria 15/10, dark blue/white etiquette. Carried by sea from Malta-Egypt, then  Imperial Airways eastward service E87 departing Cairo 18/10, arriving Baghdad bs 19/10.

Scarce and Unusual Routings, 1928, Oct 11
Early airmail from Malta to Iraq, registered (label) cover, franked Malta 6d air mail opt and 1d,2d,2 1/2d Postage and Revenue opts, postmarked Valetta, bs Alexandria 15/10, dark blue/white etiquette. Carried by sea from Malta-Egypt, then Imperial Airways eastward service E87 departing Cairo 18/10, arriving Baghdad bs 19/10.

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(Scarce and Unusual Routings) Rare commercial airmail  KENYA TO CZECHOSLOVAKIA, NAIROBI TO OBERSLAU, BOHEMIA, Imperial Airways Africa northbound service AN68 (City of Swanage) which left Nairobi 26/6, arrived Athens 1/7, sorted 7/7, delivered 11/7 (dated m/s confirmation). Flown, on schedule, by City of Swanage to Juba, City of Khartoum to Khartoum, and Ctiy of Glasgow to Athens. Cover 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), RATED 70c (20c, 50c) for air fee prepaid to Europe (likely Athens), then surface to Czechoslovakia.

Scarce and Unusual Routings, 1931, Jun 24
Rare commercial airmail KENYA TO CZECHOSLOVAKIA, NAIROBI TO OBERSLAU, BOHEMIA, Imperial Airways Africa northbound service AN68 (City of Swanage) which left Nairobi 26/6, arrived Athens 1/7, sorted 7/7, delivered 11/7 (dated m/s confirmation). Flown, on schedule, by City of Swanage to Juba, City of Khartoum to Khartoum, and Ctiy of Glasgow to Athens. Cover 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), RATED 70c (20c, 50c) for air fee prepaid to Europe (likely Athens), then surface to Czechoslovakia.

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(Scarce and Unusual Routings) Commercial airmail, UK to Tanganyika, LEICESTER TO KOROGWE by Imperial Airways Africa southbound service AS38 which left Croydon 18/11 and arrived Mwanza 26 November, delivered Korogwe 28/11 b/s    (uncommon destination), RATED 7d (1d,6d).  Flown, on schedule, by Satyrus flying boat to Alexandria, City of Baghdad to Khartoum, and City of Alexandria flying boat to Mwanza. Mild non invasive rough top edge opening, does not detract, see  scan.

Scarce and Unusual Routings, 1931, Nov 17
Commercial airmail, UK to Tanganyika, LEICESTER TO KOROGWE by Imperial Airways Africa southbound service AS38 which left Croydon 18/11 and arrived Mwanza 26 November, delivered Korogwe 28/11 b/s (uncommon destination), RATED 7d (1d,6d). Flown, on schedule, by Satyrus flying boat to Alexandria, City of Baghdad to Khartoum, and City of Alexandria flying boat to Mwanza. Mild non invasive rough top edge opening, does not detract, see scan.

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(Scarce and Unusual Routings) Delayed early airmail with great routing, FRANCE TO BELGIUM CONGO, PARIS TO STANLEYVILLE, ms 'Par Avion/Croydon-Juba', grey/black airmail etiquette, 1931 Portugal/Mocambique/Colonial Expo vignette verso, carried by Imperial Airways Africa southbound service AS40  via 'Paris Gare Avion'  b/s 1/12, leaving Brindisi 4/12 on Sylvanus, arriving Wadi Halfa 6/12 on City of Basra,  then Khartoum one day late on 8/12 (reason unknown), and on to Juba by City of Stonehenge (b/s Sudan Air Mail 8/12), and on by surface via Aba b/s 9/12 to Stanleyville b/s 12/12. Rated F5.50 (50F,5c).

Scarce and Unusual Routings, 1931, Nov 30
Delayed early airmail with great routing, FRANCE TO BELGIUM CONGO, PARIS TO STANLEYVILLE, ms 'Par Avion/Croydon-Juba', grey/black airmail etiquette, 1931 Portugal/Mocambique/Colonial Expo vignette verso, carried by Imperial Airways Africa southbound service AS40 via 'Paris Gare Avion' b/s 1/12, leaving Brindisi 4/12 on Sylvanus, arriving Wadi Halfa 6/12 on City of Basra, then Khartoum one day late on 8/12 (reason unknown), and on to Juba by City of Stonehenge (b/s Sudan Air Mail 8/12), and on by surface via Aba b/s 9/12 to Stanleyville b/s 12/12. Rated F5.50 (50F,5c).

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(Scarce and Unusual Routings) Commercial airmail, Egypt To France, CAIRO TO TOULOUSE, by Imperial Airways Africa northbound service AN60 which left Cairo 5/5 on City of Arundel, and arrived Brindisi bs 6/5 on Scipio flying boat, then on by surface to Toulouse, A Metropolitan Hotel, Cairo cover, airmail etiquette annulled with black cross Jusqu'a applied at Brindisi. RATED 33 mils ( 20 mils ordinary and 13 mils air fee, 2ml,4ml,27ml). This was the first Africa northbound service to carry passengers.

Scarce and Unusual Routings, 1932, May 2
Commercial airmail, Egypt To France, CAIRO TO TOULOUSE, by Imperial Airways Africa northbound service AN60 which left Cairo 5/5 on City of Arundel, and arrived Brindisi bs 6/5 on Scipio flying boat, then on by surface to Toulouse, A Metropolitan Hotel, Cairo cover, airmail etiquette annulled with black cross Jusqu'a applied at Brindisi. RATED 33 mils ( 20 mils ordinary and 13 mils air fee, 2ml,4ml,27ml). This was the first Africa northbound service to carry passengers.

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(Scarce and Unusual Routings) Delayed commercial airmail Tanganyika To Germany, MWANZA TPO TO FLENSBURG, by Imperial Airways Africa northbound service AN61 which left Mbeya 7/5 on City of Basra, and via Dodoma bs 7/5 arriving Brindisi on 'Sylvanus' one day late bs 14/5.  Delivered Flensburg bs 17/5. Registered cover, nice strike red framed 'Mit Luftpost befordert/Postampt Flensburg' receiver, RATED 105cts for 75ct air and 30c registration (5c,20c x5). Unusual routing and also a delayed flight.

Scarce and Unusual Routings, 1932, May 6
Delayed commercial airmail Tanganyika To Germany, MWANZA TPO TO FLENSBURG, by Imperial Airways Africa northbound service AN61 which left Mbeya 7/5 on City of Basra, and via Dodoma bs 7/5 arriving Brindisi on 'Sylvanus' one day late bs 14/5. Delivered Flensburg bs 17/5. Registered cover, nice strike red framed 'Mit Luftpost befordert/Postampt Flensburg' receiver, RATED 105cts for 75ct air and 30c registration (5c,20c x5). Unusual routing and also a delayed flight.

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(Scarce and Unusual Routings) MAURITANIA, Air France within Africa service, cover postmarked Atar (Mauritania) March 14, 1934 and addressed to an interpreter (for Air France ?) in Port-Etienne (Mauritania) with arrival b/s March 31st and transit b/s in Saint-Louis (Senיgal) of March 23rd. Atar is located in the interior of Mauritania just west of Port-Etienne and much closer to it than the southern city of Port-Louis. Instead of travelling by land from Atar to Port-Etienne this airmail cover travelled by land from Atar to Saint-Louis then, probably because of insufficient postage, went by land all the way up to Port-Etienne. This cover saw a lot of desert roads. Scott 27 (2) and 32 (2).

Scarce and Unusual Routings, 1934, Mar 14
MAURITANIA, Air France within Africa service, cover postmarked Atar (Mauritania) March 14, 1934 and addressed to an interpreter (for Air France ?) in Port-Etienne (Mauritania) with arrival b/s March 31st and transit b/s in Saint-Louis (Senיgal) of March 23rd. Atar is located in the interior of Mauritania just west of Port-Etienne and much closer to it than the southern city of Port-Louis. Instead of travelling by land from Atar to Port-Etienne this airmail cover travelled by land from Atar to Saint-Louis then, probably because of insufficient postage, went by land all the way up to Port-Etienne. This cover saw a lot of desert roads. Scott 27 (2) and 32 (2).

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(Scarce and Unusual Routings) NIGERIA TO SCOTLAND, MAIDUGURI TO KIRKWALL,  Delayed F/F, Elders Colonial AW/Imperial AW West Africa Feeder Service to Khartoum WAN2 by Daedalus (the first northbound feeder service to carry mail, see Wingent p179,80) then transferred to IAW South Africa - GB service AS319 carried to Cairo/Athens one day late by Hannibal, to London 25/2 by Scipio, and on by air to Kirkwall 26/2. Plain etiquette cover, franked  6d canc Maiduguri cds,  "First Flight/Airmail" hs. Only small mail from Maiduguri, see West African Airmails, The McCaig and Porter Collections, Priddy, B., West Africa Study Circle, 2012. Few hinge marks on flap, see image.

Scarce and Unusual Routings, 1936, Feb 16
NIGERIA TO SCOTLAND, MAIDUGURI TO KIRKWALL, Delayed F/F, Elders Colonial AW/Imperial AW West Africa Feeder Service to Khartoum WAN2 by Daedalus (the first northbound feeder service to carry mail, see Wingent p179,80) then transferred to IAW South Africa - GB service AS319 carried to Cairo/Athens one day late by Hannibal, to London 25/2 by Scipio, and on by air to Kirkwall 26/2. Plain etiquette cover, franked 6d canc Maiduguri cds, "First Flight/Airmail" hs. Only small mail from Maiduguri, see West African Airmails, The McCaig and Porter Collections, Priddy, B., West Africa Study Circle, 2012. Few hinge marks on flap, see image.

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(Scarce and Unusual Routings) Free French Africa in World War II, dual censored cover from Yaounde to London, bs 8/4/44, franked 4f ordinary + 12f airmail surcharge, sealed Cameroon ‘Controle Postal Militaire censor tape tied by pointed oval ‘Ouvert Par L’Autorite Militaire’ censor Mark, also sealed GB sensor Examiner 1299 (London) censor tape, also black ‘Controle/Territoire du Cameroun’ censor mark. Yaounde is 600 miles from Lagos, likely by Sabena from Leopoldville to Lagos, then BOAC or sea to UK. Between August 1940  and the summer of 1943 , the heart of Free France was located, not in London, but in Chad, Cameroon, or Oubangui-Chari (modern-day Central African Republic).

Scarce and Unusual Routings, 1944, Mar 10
Free French Africa in World War II, dual censored cover from Yaounde to London, bs 8/4/44, franked 4f ordinary + 12f airmail surcharge, sealed Cameroon ‘Controle Postal Militaire censor tape tied by pointed oval ‘Ouvert Par L’Autorite Militaire’ censor Mark, also sealed GB sensor Examiner 1299 (London) censor tape, also black ‘Controle/Territoire du Cameroun’ censor mark. Yaounde is 600 miles from Lagos, likely by Sabena from Leopoldville to Lagos, then BOAC or sea to UK. Between August 1940 and the summer of 1943 , the heart of Free France was located, not in London, but in Chad, Cameroon, or Oubangui-Chari (modern-day Central African Republic).

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(Scarce and Unusual Routings) Free French Africa in World War II, censored Pan American Transatlantic airmail, Douala to Cedar Rapids, USA, via Leopoldville 12/10, franked 4f ordinary + 19f airmail surcharge, sealed Miami 30323 censor tape, nice strike straight line ‘Jusqua Destination’ hs and framed printed Par Avion’ cachet. Between August 1940  and the summer of 1943 , the heart of Free France was located, not in London, but in Chad, Cameroon, or Oubangui-Chari (modern-day Central African Republic).

Scarce and Unusual Routings, 1945, Oct 5
Free French Africa in World War II, censored Pan American Transatlantic airmail, Douala to Cedar Rapids, USA, via Leopoldville 12/10, franked 4f ordinary + 19f airmail surcharge, sealed Miami 30323 censor tape, nice strike straight line ‘Jusqua Destination’ hs and framed printed Par Avion’ cachet. Between August 1940 and the summer of 1943 , the heart of Free France was located, not in London, but in Chad, Cameroon, or Oubangui-Chari (modern-day Central African Republic).

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