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Lot Number: 375
Date: 1928, Oct 1
Est. price: £40.00
Category: Scarce and Unusual Routings

Description: Commercial first flight, MEXICO CITY - PARIS', via Nuevo Laredo ( Mexican Border), 2/10, transferred to Laredo (Texas Border), 3/10. flown via Dallas - Atlanta - Washington to New York, Mexican airmail label cancelled by unframed violet double bar JUSQU'A applied at Varick Street Foreign Exchange Office New York 5/10, on by Mail Steamship Service to Europe (see Mc Queens book on "JUSQU'A MARKINGS " list's this type first seen from 1929 to 1932.), official F/F cachet verso. Full description of route with confirmatory transit cancellations.
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Lot Number: 376
Date: 1929, Apr 7
Est. price: £50.00
Category: Scarce and Unusual Routings

Description: India to Egypt, KARACHI TO ALEXANDRIA, carried on the first flight of the Imperial Airways India service IW1 from Karachi to Croydon. Arrived one day early at Baghdad 8/4 and then made an unscheduled call at Cairo on 9/4. Airmail etiquette cover posted Karachi 3/4, bs Alexandria 9/4, black double ring 'By/Air' hs, RATED 6 annas.
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Lot Number: 377
Date: 1929, Aug 11
Est. price: £60.00
Category: Scarce and Unusual Routings

Description: Commercial South American "P. A. G. A. I. " airmail Ecuador , Guayaquil, early commercial example of FAM 9 mail flown by Pan American Grace Airways lnc. demonstrated by the very scarce violet boxed ' P.A.G.A.1 cachet, used on genuine commercial mail, first introduced for use on air mail on the 5th of May 1929. Letter from Guayaquil to Cristobal Canal Zone ) by a " SIKORSKY. S. 383. - seaplane, transferred to Steam Ship service from Colon to Southampton, then by railway service to London. Airmail & surface postage, charged at 16 centavos per 10 grams from Ecuador to Cristobal [Canal Zone) to the United Kingdom.
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Lot Number: 378
Date: 1929, Aug 15
Est. price: £50.00
Category: Scarce and Unusual Routings

Description: HOLLAND VIA AUSTRIA TO TURKEY; Card sent from the CONFERENCE LA HAYE- 1929 to the Dutch Consul in Constantinople, flown on THE FIRST AUTUMN SCHEDULE OF THE C1DNA VIENNA- CONSTANTINOPLE SERVICE, via Vienna 16/8. also undated 'Consulat Des Pays-Bas/ Constantinople' verso. Pink oblong cachet in Dutch & French is a private handstamp used between 1929 - 1930 & not an official cachet of the Dutch Post Office but the private " JUSQU'A " handstamp of the Dutch Air Post Dealer, GAG Tollan. Often seen on Experimental flight Letters & PC's from Holland. Airmail PC rate charged at 7'A cents. Holland - Turkey.
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Lot Number: 379
Date: 1930, Aug 25
Est. price: £45.00
Category: Scarce and Unusual Routings

Description: First flight South American Panagra air mail Ecuador-Antgua 1930; Guayaquil - St John's 5/9, registered flight cover departed Guayaquil the 25th of August 1930, carried on FAM 9 air service via Port of Spain- Trinidad connecting with FAM 6. Air service via St John's to Miami. From Miami flown on to New York, journey time 25 days. Returned letter flown on FAM 8. Service to Cristobal in the Canal Zone, connecting with FAM 9. South American service from Cristobal to Guayaquil, return journey time of 17 days. Registered Air Mali & Surface Postage Rate, charged at 3Su 60c for the 5 gram letter. Beautifully presented cover with full documentation of route.
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Lot Number: 380
Date: 1931, Dec 16
Est. price: £35.00
Category: Scarce and Unusual Routings

Description: Commercial airmail, Kenya To South Africa. NAIROBI TO CAPE TOWN by Imperial Airways Africa Southbound special Christmas service to South Africa #41 which left Nairobi 17 December and arrived Cape Town b/s 22/12 via Johannesburg b/s 21/12. RATED 55c. This service was extended experimentally to Cape Town in order to position and test aircraft over the new southern part of the route in preparation for the opening of the regular service, which commenced in January 1932
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Lot Number: 381
Date: 1931, Dec 23
Est. price: £35.00
Category: Scarce and Unusual Routings

Description: Egypt to Sudan, ALEXANDRIA TO KHARTOUM, Imperial Airways African service AS95, departed Alexandria 24/12 on Sylvanus flying boat , arriving Khartoum bs 26/12 on C.Swanage flying boat. Airmail etiquette cover RATED 20mils.
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Lot Number: 382
Date: 1932, Jan 13
Est. price: £65.00
Category: Scarce and Unusual Routings

Description: Delayed flight, first regular service to be extended to Cape Town, UK TO NORTHERN RHODESIA, LONDON TO BROKEN HILL, carried by Imperial Airways Africa southbound service #47 leaving London 21/1, mail transferred to 'City of Baghdad' at Kisumu 28/1 which then became bogged down at Mpika 30/1. The mail was forwarded by a Rhodesian Aviation Puss Moth, which arrived at Broken Hill bs 30/1. RATED 9d. Flight DELAYED BY 2 DAYS. See Wingent 'Movements of Aircraft on Imperial Airways African Route 1931-1939'.
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Lot Number: 383
Date: 1932, Jun 9
Est. price: £30.00
Category: Scarce and Unusual Routings

Description: Commercial airmail, South Africa to Germany, PRETORIA TO HAMBURG, by Imperial Airways Africa northbound service #66 which left 9 June and arrived Athens 16 June, on by DLH air to Berlin 17 June (b/s), plain cover franked 1/3 d, ms 'Air Post', nice strike red 'Mit Luftpost Befordert./Luftposampt/Berlin C2' receiver. The RATE was 1/-, so over franked by 3d.
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Lot Number: 384
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: 385
Date: 1932, Jul 19
Est. price: £50.00
Category: Scarce and Unusual Routings

Description: Denmark To South West Africa, COPENHAGEN TO OMARURU, flown by DDL/DLH to Athens via Hamburg transit ds 19/7, then transferred to Imperial Airways Africa Southbound service AS73, which left Athens 23/7, then by C.Alex from Cairo to Kisumu, then C.Cape Town to Johannesburg arriving 31/7, then OAT by South West African Airways Windhoek arrival ds 1/8. Commercial cover, fine strike red 'Mit Luftpost/befordert/Hamburg' arrival hs, ms 'par avion via Cairo' 1 RATED K3.40.
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Lot Number: 386
Date: 1932, Aug 31
Est. price: £125.00
Category: Scarce and Unusual Routings

Description: Delayed flight, FRANCE, PARIS TO ZANZIBAR. Joined Imperial Airways Africa southbound service AS79 which left Brindisi 2/9 on Scipio flying boat, Wadi Halfa 5/9 on C.Coventry, Khartoum 6/9 on C. Alexandria flying boat after a delay of 24 hrs (reason unknown), and arrived Nairobi 8/9 via Malakal 7/9. Transferred to the Wilson Airways Nairobi-Mombasa-Tanga-Zanzibar service arriving the same day at Zanzibar 8/9 BS. Commercial corner cover ms 'Par Avion' RATED F13.50 canc Paris cds, tied grey blue/airmail etiquette and ms 'Par Avion'. A delayed/interrupted flight with scarce routing, good research documentation, great provenance, and in fine condition. A rare exhibit item.
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Lot Number: 387
Date: 1932, Oct 4
Est. price: £50.00
Category: Scarce and Unusual Routings

Description: South West Africa To Germany, OMARU TO GMUND. Posted Omaru 4/10 cds, then carried by South West African Airways (SWAA) via Windhoek ds 6/10 to Kimberley ds 11/10 where it transferred to the Imperial Airways Africa northbound service AN84 which left Kimberley 12/10 and arrived London 23/10, via Juba 17/10 on C.Delhi, Khartoum on C.Alexandria flying boat, Alexandria on C.Glasg, and Brindisi on Sylvanus flying boat, and OAT to Berlin 24/10, delivered 25 Gmund ds 25/. Plain cover RATED 1/-. SWAA was the first commercial air service in South West Africa. It operated from 1930 until 1935, when it was taken over by South African Airways (SAA).
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Lot Number: 388
Date: 1932, Oct 7
Est. price: £425.00
Category: Scarce and Unusual Routings

Description: POLAND TO ETHIOPIA, WARSAW TO ADDIS ABABA. Departed Warsaw Airport (Warszawa 19 Port Lotincz/7.X.32) for Paris where transferred to Imperial Airways Africa India eastbound service IE185 which left Paris 8/10 arriving Galilee 11/10, then transferring to rail ds 'T.P.O Haifa-Rafa12 Oct 1932', arriving Port Said ds 13/10, then by sea to Djibouti and on by rail to Addis Ababa, 23/10 arrival date stamp. Registered (hs) cover, black framed 'Par Avion/Jusqu'a (ms) Haifa' and a Polish 'Samolotem' (plane) hand stamp, and verso the remnants of a wax seal. RATED 7.50GR (ordinary postage was 50gr for the first 20 grams & 30gr for each additional, and registration was 60gr. We do not know the air fee. The service IE185 was also the first to carry mail to connect with Tata & Sons first Karachi-Madras feeder service, flown 15&16 October. A cover in fine condition with truly rare routing, good research documentation and great provenance, which might be almost impossible to find again.
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Lot Number: 389
Date: 1932, Nov 8
Est. price: £65.00
Category: Scarce and Unusual Routings

Description: SOUTH AFRICA TO LIECHTENSTEIN, CAPE TOWN TO SCHAN, by Imperial Airways Africa northbound Service AN88 which left Cape Town 9/11 on C.Baghdad arriving Brindisi 18/11 on Scipio flying boat, via Cairo on C.Coventry. From Brindisi by rail to Schaan, Liechtenstein 21/11 arrival ds. RATED 1/- (4d x3).
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Lot Number: 390
Date: 1932, Dec 12
Est. price: £35.00
Category: Scarce and Unusual Routings

Description: Accelerated service South West Africa to Germany, WINDHOEK TO BERLIN, carried on South West African Airways (SWAA) to KImberley, then by Imperial Airways African service AN93 which left Kimberley 14/12 on C.Delhi, arriving Kisumu 17/12, Khartoum 18/12 on C.Khartoum flying boat, Cairo 20/12 on C.Glasgow and Brindisi 22/12 on Scipio flying boat. Then on by surface to Berlin bs 24/12.The service operated one day early in order to arrive in UK in time for delivery of the Christmas mail. Airmail etiquette cover RATED 1/2d (1/- air +2d ordinary).
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Lot Number: 391
Date: 1933, Feb 21
Est. price: £50.00
Category: Scarce and Unusual Routings

Description: Interrupted flight, South West Africa to Germany,WINDHOEK TO HAMBURG, flown to Kimberley by SWAA, then by Imperial Airways Africa northbound service AN103 which left Kimberley on C.Basra which arrived at Nairobi on 27/2 2 days late, then made up one day in Horsa to Kampala, then on flying boat Satyrus to Alexandria 2/3, flying boat Sylvanus arriving one day late at Brindisi 4/3. Reason for 2 DAY DELAY at Nairobi unknown. Then by train to Hamburg bs 6/3. airmail etiquette cover RATED 1/- for air rate. SATYRUS returned to normal operation of Mediterranean section of route after flying north via this service, see Wingent p38.
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Lot Number: 392
Date: 1933, Jul 8
Est. price: £85.00
Category: Scarce and Unusual Routings

Description: A scarce double first flight commercial cover India to Kenya, CALCUTTA TO NAIROBI, on the Imperial Airways first westbound service after the extension of the route from Karachi to Calcutta (IW223). Carried on Arethusa to Karachi 12/7, then on Hanno to Cairo 14/7 (* Jul 33 cds). Transferred to IAW Africa southbound service AS124 for carriage, on Horsa, to Nairobi bs 18/7 . From Cairo service AS124 carried mail for Africa flown by the first Calcutta-Karachi extension of the Indian route. Plain cover postmarked Calcutta 8/7, bs's Cairo and Nairobi cds's, and black framed 'Calcutta-Karachi/First Airmail/11 Jly 33' cachet, RATED 1anna 3p x4 + 1/2anna.
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Lot Number: 393
Date: 1933, Aug 22
Est. price: £150.00
Category: Scarce and Unusual Routings

Description: Madagascar to France, TANANARIVE to LIGINIAC. Posted Tananarive 22/8 cds then carried by postal van and river barge to the port of Majunga bs 25/8 cds, then by the Messageries Maritmes paquebot 'Chantilly' to Dar es Salaam bs 29/8, then by Wilson Airways to Nairobi where transferred to Imperial Airways Africa northbound service AN130 plane 'Sylvanus' which left Nairobi 2/9 arriving Brindisi one day late bs 8/9. She should have arrived 7/9 but made an unscheduled overnight stop at Athens (reason unknown, see Wingent p47). At Brindisi carriage by air was cancelled with a violet framed 'By Air to/Brindisi' Jusqua. Then on by train to Paris 10/9, and delivered to Liginiac bs 13/9. Plain cover, red/black 'PTT Madagascar Serie E no 131/Par Avion' label graded rare by Mair, correctly RATED F4.50 for 50c domestic and 4F/5g air surtax. Small non invasive stain verso, does not detract, see scan. An aerophilatelist's dream - a delayed flight, a scarce and complex itinerary, and detailed route marks. Ex the Ted Proud collection.
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Lot Number: 394
Date: 1934, Jan 17
Est. price: £35.00
Category: Scarce and Unusual Routings

Description: Denmark to Tanganyika, COPENHAGEN to DAR es SALAAM. By DLH to Berlin bs 18/1, then train to Vienna, then DLH to Athens bs 19/1 where transferred to Imperial Airways Africa southbound service AS151 which left 19/1 (Helena) arriving Nairobi 24/1 (Amalthea) where transferred to Wilson Airways for same day delivery to Dar es Salaam bs 24/1. Etiquette cover franked 1K 16 ore. Minor non invasive top edge defect, see scan.Good routing.
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Lot Number: 395
Date: 1934, Mar 14
Est. price: £20.00
Category: Scarce and Unusual Routings

Description: 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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Lot Number: 396
Date: 1934, Mar 28
Est. price: £250.00
Category: Scarce and Unusual Routings

Description: Madagascar to French Congo, ANTSIRANA to BRAZZAVILLE. Posted Antsirana 28/3 cds then carried by 90 miles by train to Tananarive bs 28/3, then 380 miles by postal van and river barge to the port of Majunga bs 5/4 cds, then by the Messageries Maritimes paquebot 'General Netzinger' to Dar es Salaam bs 9/4, then by WILSON AIRWAYS to Nairobi where transferred to IMPERIAL AIRWAYS Africa southbound service AS 162 (Hadrian) which left Nairobi 10/4 for Broken Hill bs 12/4 via Dodoma bs 11/4. Then transferred to the AERO CLUB DU KATANGA service to Elizabethville bs 13/4, where offloaded and on by rail/river to Port Franqui, then likely SABENA internal service to Leopoldville bs 25/4, delivered Brazzaville bs 25/4. Plain cover, red/black 'PTT Madagascar Serie E no 131/Par Avion' label graded rare by Mair, ms 'Par Avion' correctly RATED F4.50 for 50c domestic and 4F/5g air surtax. An aerophilatelist's dream - an early airmail carried over land, sea and river, and by air involving three (possibly four) airlines; a scarce and complex itinerary; and detailed route marks. Ex the late Ted Proud collection.
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Lot Number: 397
Date: 1934, Jun 19
Est. price: £30.00
Category: Scarce and Unusual Routings

Description: BRUSSELS TO DAR ES SALAAM, carried by Imperial Airways southbound service AS173 via Paris bs 20/6, by 'Sylvanus' to Khartoum and 'Helena' to Nairobi arriving 25/6, then by Wilson Airways to Dar es Salaam bs 26/6, etiquette cover, typed 'Par Avion Imperial Airways/Via Nairobi', franked 10.75F. Nice routing.
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Lot Number: 398
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: 399
Date: 1934, Jul 9
Est. price: £30.00
Category: Scarce and Unusual Routings

Description: Airmail Switzerland to Uganda. ORIENZ TO FORT PORTAL (311 kilometres by road from Kampala), carried by Imperial Airways Africa southbound service AS176 which left Brindisi 13 July on Satyrus, arrived Kampala 16 July (b/s) on Horsa and was delivered at Port Portal on 19 July (b/s). Franked Fr1.00. Uncommon origin and destination and good routing. Non invasive closed flap tear verso, does not detract, see scan. Ex Ted Proud collection.
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Lot Number: 400
Date: 1934, Dec 12
Est. price: £75.00
Category: Scarce and Unusual Routings

Description: Czechoslovakia to Sudan, BRATISLAVA TO UM RUABA VIA KHARTOUM AND HASSA HEISA. Sent by train to Athens because there were no winter air services, arriving Athens Airport 15/12 cds. Missed the AS198 which had departed Athens on 14/121934, so caught AS199 which departed 22/12 arriving Khartoum 23/12 cds and sent on by train to Hassa Heissa, its original destination, where it arrived next day bs 24/12. There it was re-addressed and sent c400 miles by train to Um Ruaba where an **Dec 34 arrival ds was applied. Plain airmail etiquette cover, ms 'Flugpost', violet framed 'Lotecka posta' hs RATED 5k50. The ordinary surface postage was 2.50K for first 20 gr. and Proud gives an air mail rate to Sudan of 2.50K per 10 gr. So it may be 50c overpaid. A scarce journey with superb routing.
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Lot Number: 401
Date: 1938, Jan 18
Est. price: £35.00
Category: Scarce and Unusual Routings

Description: Belgian Congo to Hungary, BOMA to BUDAPEST. Sabena all the way, through service from Boma arriving Russell's 20/1 via Leopoldville bs 20/1, then transferred 25/1 to local Sabena Brussels-Budapest service arriving bs 25/1, Legiposta/Budapest 73 cds. Airmail etiquette cover F6 for F2.0 UPU plus F3.50 air fee.
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Lot Number: 402
Date: 1938, Mar 15
Est. price: £35.00
Category: Scarce and Unusual Routings

Description: AMSTERDAM to ZANZIBAR. By KLM to Alexandria bs 18/3, where transferred to Imperial Airways Durban southbound flying boat service DS75 (Castor) arriving Dar es Salaam/Mombasa 17/3. Transferred to Wilson Airways arriving Zanzibar 21/3. Bilingual etiquette cover, typed 'Via A'dam-Alexandrie/Alexandrie-Durban', franked G1.25.
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Lot Number: 403
Date: 1938, Apr 21
Est. price: £30.00
Category: Scarce and Unusual Routings

Description: Tanganyika to Czechoslovakia, USUNGU to BILINA. By road (600 miles) to Dar es Salam, transferred to Imperial Airways Durban northbound flying boat service DN86 (Ceres) which left Dar es Salaam 25/4 April, arrived Athens bs 28/4, and on by rail/air to destination. Plain cover, ms 'Air Mail', Greek currency mark, franked 150c. Uncommon origin/destination combination.
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Lot Number: 404
Date: 1938, Jun 6
Est. price: £25.00
Category: Scarce and Unusual Routings

Description: USA to Egypt, NEW YORK to CAIRO. By sea to UK, then by Imperial Airways Durban southbound flying boat service DS101 ?Corsair? leaving Southampton 15/6, arriving Alexandria 16/6, delivered Cairo 17/6 (ms). Airmail cover, Par Avion etiquette ms 'From London', franked 17cts for 5c UPU and double air fee of 12c.
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Lot Number: 405
Date: 1938, Dec 10
Est. price: £100.00
Category: Scarce and Unusual Routings

Description: Airmail Saudi Arabia to South Africa, MEDINA to DURBAN. Likely c800 miles (4 days) by sea from Yanbu to Port Taufiq bs 9.15am 13/12, then 200 miles by rail to Alexandria bs 7.30pm 13/12. Transferred to Imperial Airways Durban southbound all-flying boat service DS153 on 'Cameron' which departed one day late on 17/12 and arrived Durban one day late on 20/12. Imperial Airways imprint etiquette cover and winged logo cover, pink/black Arabic/French text rated RARE by Mair, sealed with narrow white strip along lh edge, franked 1934 5g x5, and 1/2g, and 1938 1/8g canc Medina cds, date illegible. Ex Ted Proud collection.
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Lot Number: 406
Date: 1939, Feb 5
Est. price: £35.00
Category: Scarce and Unusual Routings

Description: Uganda to Sweden, KAMPALA to GOTHENBURG. By Imperial Airways Durban northbound all-flying boat service DN168 Canopus which left Port Bell 7/2, arriving Brindisi Transito bs 9/2, and on by rail via Bologna Tranero TPO bs 10/2 to Gothenburg 13/2. (private ds). Registered (label) cover franked 1.05 for 30c registration and 75 air rate. Great routing.
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Lot Number: 407
Date: 1939, Feb 11
Est. price: £45.00
Category: Scarce and Unusual Routings

Description: South Africa to Poland, JOBURG to WARSAW. By Imperial Airways Durban northbound flying boat service DN170 which left Durban 12/2 (Caledonia) arriving Athens bs 16/2 where it transferred to Polish airline Polskie Linie Lotnicze LOT S.A. arriving Warsaw bs 18/2 Plain cover, Greek currency mark, franked 1/- per ½ oz. South Africa to Europe air mail rate. Nice item, good routing.
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Lot Number: 408
Date: 1939, Mar 29
Est. price: £80.00
Category: Scarce and Unusual Routings

Description: Madagascar to Netherlands East Indies, MAJUNGA to BATAVIA. Flown 29/3 cds on Madagascar weekly flight by service Service de l'Aeronautique Seville AC to Tananarive bs 4/4, then carried by Air Afrique to Elisabethville 9/4, arriving Paris 15/4. Transferred at Amsterdam to KLM ?Wielewaal? which left 3/5 and arrived Batavia 7/5 (8/5 b/s). Readdressed to Netherlands 13 May and flown by back ?Buizerd? which left Batavia 16/5 and arrived Amsterdam 21/5, delivered Leiden bs 22/5. Attractive grey/red bordered Registered (label) imprint etiquette cover franked 21.65F. Super origin/destination three airline cover with great routing.
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Lot Number: 409
Date: 1949, May 24
Est. price: £75.00
Category: Scarce and Unusual Routings

Description: MUNDA TO KIHILI, First flight New Britain Catalina Bouganville Catalina flying boat service, Raboul to Buin, bs 21/6, via Sydney 25/5, Raboul Money Order Office 1/6 (large oval dated handstamp), registered cover with boxed Munda/Brit Solomon Island' reg h/s, franked Silver Wedding 10/- and 2d BSI stamps. The Mundo PO. was closed at this time and the handstamp used at Gizo (as a relief) was been applied. Signed by the pilot Qantas VH-EBC Boeing PB2B-2 Catalina. Scarce route well illustrated by transit handstamps
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Lot Number: 410
Date: 1951, Sep 18
Est. price: £75.00
Category: Scarce and Unusual Routings

Description: Solomon Islands HONIARA to KIHILI (NEW GUINEA) carried on the Qantas Empire Airways "Bird of Paradise" plane from Honiara to Rabaul 19/9/51 then flown on First Flight to 6/19/51 on theBuin per the Amphibious Airways "Walrus" Rabal to Buin First Flight on 6th October and shows the initials of the A.D.0.- Postmaster A.K.Jackson. Finally the letter was taken, again as usual at the time, from Kangu Buin to Kihili by the motor vessel "Malakuna" (cachet/hs). Scarce and great routing.
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Lot Number: 411
Date: 1953, Aug 9
Est. price: £75.00
Category: Scarce and Unusual Routings

Description: Solomon Islands; VANIKORO (SANTA CRUZ) TO SYDNEY (1825 miles), from (ms) 'FL Jones /Vanikoro/BSIP' on flap, plain cover ms on front in same hand 'By Qantas plane from Vanikoro', franked 1/4 1/2d, canc on arrival Paquebot/Sydney/9 Aug, bs Sydney 10 Aug. Correctly rated for reg airmail so likely picked up by seaplane at Vanikoro en route to Sydney, dropped of at sea to Sydney Paquebot 9/8, arriving Sydney PO 10/8. Interesting item.
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Lot Number: 412
Date: 1959, Apr 18
Est. price: £100.00
Category: Scarce and Unusual Routings

Description: Solomon Islands: VELLA LAVELLA to NEW ZEALAND: Qantas Empire Airways Ltd set up a Lae, New Guinea - Honiara route of their "Bird of Paradise" service with DC3 Aircraft. On the inward flight, from Lae, the plane could land at the old [Seabees wartime construct edl airfield on Vella Lavella and pick up mail. This 'First Flight off Vella Lavella' cover inaugurated the internal airmail service from 'Barakoma' airfield, near Bilua, to Honiara. At Honiara the mail was postmarked and despatched on the return flight back to Lae. In this instance machine and handst amps on the reverse show arrival in Auckland on 8th May and repostings in Auckland on 9th and 10th May. Scarce with great routing.
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Lot Number: 413
Date: 1976, Sep 27
Est. price: £25.00
Category: Scarce and Unusual Routings

Description: Cocos (Keeling) Islands, the first RAAF Survey flight to Papua New Guinea and the Solomons was in 1926. A 50th Anniversary re-enactment flight departed from Melbourne on 27th September 1976, landed at Port Moresby on the 29th and on the return leg reached Guadalcanal on 2nd October.
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