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Displaying 18 Lots in Category - Airmail Stamps
C of A - Flight Covers
1917 (Oct) "Money is a Good Soldier" Liberty Loan leaflet with imprint of 'Albert J.Mullett, Govt.Printer, Melb' at lower-left, dropped from a balloon over Melbourne by the Australian Flying Corps AAMC #14e, Cat.$750. Unusually fine. Ex John Sussex.
1920 Melbourne-Traralgon with 'By/HERALD/AERIAL/DELIVERY' label tied to the reverse by Herald & Weekly Times cachet of 30JUL1920, KGV ½d green pair cancelled on arrival at Traralgon AAMC #47, Cat $2000.
1926 Pacific Islands Survey Flight per Group Captain Richard Williams return sector from Tulagi (Solomons) to Rabaul (New Guinea) AAMC #102var, printed 'THE RESIDENCY/TULAGI/...' in blue on the flap & endorsed "Aerial Mail" at upper-left, repaired opening fault at the top. A great rarity of Australian & Pacific Islands pioneer airmail covers . Sergio Sismondo Certificate (2006).
As stated in the AAMC, the majority of the 50 covers were "flown the entire route" from Melbourne & return, but several outward intermediates are recorded. However, this apparently official cover, from the Government Resident in Tulagi to the Australian judge in Rabaul, is the only one recorded from a return sector. [Nelson Eustis's outward illustrated covers sold at the Leski auction in March 2008 for $21,850 & $26,450 respectively]
No longer available
1928 (Oct 13) Blenheim-Sydney First Trans-Tasman Flight from New Zealand AAMC #126 stampless with 'BLENHEIM/12OC28 630AM/NZ' cds & poor tax h/s, endorsed "Per favour of/Squadron Leader Kingsford Smith/in the Southern Cross Sept 1928", 'DELIVERY ROOM/9A 24OC28/GPO SYDNEY' b/s & Postage Due 1d pair tied to the face by two further strikes two hours later, minor blemishes, endorsed "Garanteed [sic] flown/FJField" on reverse, Cat $NZ2000+ (1994), AAMC $4250 (2008). A remarkable cover. Ex Jim Stapleton: sold at the Prestige auction of 7/7/2007 for $2185. RPSofL Certificate (1973). [The AAMC states that only 16 covers were flown]
1932 (Dec) Bertram Atlantis Expedition cover with "propellor" cachet at lower-left, carried from Melbourne to Darwin where registered for return to Victoria, signed by the pilot "Hans Bertram". Ex John Sussex.
1933 (Mar 26) New Zealand-Sydney per "Southern Cross" #299 being an illustrated hotel cover with 'WAIPAPAKAURI' cds & Australian 2d cancelled on arrival at Sydney, signed by the pilot "CKingsford Smith", Cat $1000. A beautiful cover.
1934 (Nov 28-30) Royal Visit flight Sydney-Lismore [#190/200] and Sydney-Newcastle [#48/200] per "Faith in Australia" while carrying the Duke of Gloucester AAMC #465 & 467, both signed by the pilots "GU Alan", "B Sheil" & "RN Boulton". [Stated to be the first occasion any member of the British Royal Family piloted an aeroplane: the Duke was at the controls between Coffs Harbour & Newcastle. Ex John Sussex.
1934 MacRobertson Air Race official mail carried by Dutch KLM Douglas DC2 "Uiver" AAMC #444-6 with ten flown covers including Holland-Java, Holland-Australia, Holland-Batavia-Australia, also the red KLM publicity card for the flight, two later 1934 covers one from the crash in Iraq with enclosed British PO advice slip stating "contents may be missing", contemporary postcards x3, and related modern items.
1935 (Oct 23) GB-Italy-GB-Australia per "Lady Southern Cross" AAMC #545) flown by Charles Kingsford Smith and Tommy Pethybridge but the flight was aborted over Italy, and the plane returned to England from where the covers were subsequently re-sent to Australia, posthumous handstamped explanation on reverse signed by "BSheil", Cat $650. [No.10 of 49 flown]
1935 (Feb) England-Australia Flight per Ray Parer & G Hemsworth Arrival at Darwin R Rohrer real photo cards 1) the Plane in a Field (the Airport?); and 2) Five Men Inspecting the Plane while Ray Parer Effects Minor Repairs; unused. Ex Coo-ee Picture Library.
1936 (May) Melbourne-Sydney & Sydney-Melbourne per Holyman Airways #602b & 602bb) [NB: The dates for these flights are incorrect in the ACSC]
AIRMAIL LABELS: 1931 Qantas white/blue vignette 'By Air Mail/North Queensland/Australia's Winter Playground' full strip of 8 AAMC #202c together with the booklet front cover and a single example used on flown cover from Melbourne, endorsed "1st Flight Brisbane to Maryborough." with Maryborough b/s. Ex Maurice Williams.
(Qty 3 items)
1951 Abbaye Bridge die proof of the frame only in indigo & 1955 Ethiopian Airlines die proofs of the frame only in green (weak impression at right), maroon or red, all on thin wove paper with large margins. Very attractive. Ex De La Rue Archives.
1938 commercial airmail cover (230x150mm) with remarkable franking of "Banknote" 50fr x3 (one with rounded corner, the others are very fine, Cat €900+ as used stamps) + 75c 2fr x2 & 5fr x2 all tied by Paris cds, to Australia with 'MILSONS POINT/NSW' arrival b/s, the 75c & one 5fr affected by central vertical fold.
NEW GUINEA - Mandated Territory Issues
Selection with Huts 5/- 10/- & £1, Hut Airs to 5/-, Undated Birds 5/- pair 10/- & £1 plus Unissued ½d (unusually fine), Undated Airs 10/- & £1, 1935 Bulolo £2, 1939 Bulolo set plus extra 10/- & £1 x2, Dated 'OS' set & Undated 'OS' 5/-, etc, some minor oxidisation & gum aging but generally very fine, most of those mentioned are very lightly mounted or unmounted, Cat £3300+ (mounted).
1935 Bulolo Airmails £2 bright violet & £5 bright emerald, well centred, unmounted, Cat £1100 (mounted).
1935 Bulolo Airmails £5 emerald-green SG 205, well centred, Cat £750.
1932 International Disarmament Conference plus Airs SG 338-346 complete mint blocks of 4 plus blocks of 4 CTO with 'GENEVE/2.II.32/Conférence Génerale du Désarmement' First Day of Issue cds, lower units of both sets of blocks are unmounted, Cat £620++ (as mounted/used singles). [Presented to Major Fuhrman: see previous lot]