Prestige Philately Auction 237 CatalogueWORLDWIDE AIRMAILS TO AUSTRALIA
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Displaying 1 - 20 of 76 Lots in Category - WORLDWIDE AIRMAILS TO AUSTRALIA
ARGENTINA: 1933-40 group including 1933 to Sydney paid 15c surface rate plus 1p airmail surcharge for carriage to Panama only, 1937 endorsed "AIRMAIL ALL THE WAY TO AUSTRALIA" but underpaid with fine 'PAR AVOIN JUSQU'EN EUROPE' cachet on face, 1937 Panagra/Panair illustrated envelope endorsed "Via Panama + Mailboat" registered to Sydney (b/s), 1937 & 1938 'AIR FRANCE' envelopes via Paris (b/s) and Imperial Airways, 1939 to Adelaide with fine 'Par Avion de Buenos Aires a ("Londres")' cachet in red on face, 1940 registered to Sydney paid 32c surface plus 9.50p airmail surcharge with 2p Fruit x2 and 5p Palms, etc, condition mixed but mostly fine.
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AUSTRIA: 1935 to Sydney with Costumes 10g & 1s plus Cathedral 2s all tied by Vienna '27.XII.35' cds, 'TELEGRAPHENAMT WIEN 1' b/s of same date for pneumatic transmission to airport, carried by Imperial Airways flight IE405 during which the City of Khartoum ran out of fuel two kilometers from Alexandria harbour, plunging into the sea & killing the nine passengers and three crew members, with the GPO Sydney explanatory leaflet which accompanied recovered articles, envelope in surprisingly fine condition under the circumstances. Sanford #351231; covers from this disaster other than from Great Britain are rare.
AUSTRIA: 1938 to Victoria with "Vienna III, Germany" return address, Costumes 8g and Airmails 60g & 1s tied 'WIEN/23 IV 38/FLUGPOST' cds, Greek currency censor cachet on face, Melbourne '5MAY/1938' arrival b/s, light central fold & minor blemishes mostly on back. The German 'Anschluss' of Austria had taken place on 12.3.1938. Carried on Imperial Airways Flying Boat flight IE647 during which Castor landed at Corfu due to unspecified problems on 24.4.1938, the mail having to be transferred to Calpurnia which continued the same day.
BELGIUM: 1936 to Victoria with Albert 1fr50c, 1fr75c & 5fr tied 'VERVIERS/21/VIII/1936', Brussells transit & Melbourne '10SE36' arrival b/s, minor blemishes. Carried on Imperial Airways flight IE473 ('Horsa') which on 29.8.1936 overshot Bahrain Aerodrome by 100kms at night as a consequence of the airfield lights not having been switched on!: Sanford #360809. The pilots made a forced-landing in the desert at Salwa Wells, Qatar. The Horsa was found 40 hours later, and mail and passengers were flown out by RAF Squadron 84 to connect with Imperial Airways service IE474/75; Squadron 84 was presented by Miss Jane Newman, an Australian debutante & one of those rescued, with a pair of pink frilly knickers to this day known as 'Jane's Panties'! A previously unrecorded survivor from the famous 'Desert incident'.
BELGIUM: 1938 Fernand Lenain cover to Victoria with Leopold 1fr50c, 1fr75c & 5fr tied 'VERVIERS/21/1/1938' cds, Brussells transit & Melbourne '4FEB/1938' arrival b/s, a couple of blemishes. Carried on Imperial Airways Flying Boat flight IE621 during which Cordelia force-landed at sea 20km from St Nazaire (France) on 23.1.1938 due to engine problems, compounded by inclement weather; Cordelia was towed to shore by launch and continued on the following day, but spent two days in Rome, presumably for repairs. Sanford #380123; "No mail is known in collectors' hands". [See also Lot 1899]
BRAZIL: 1936-45 group including 1936-37 by Lufthansa to Europe with Stuttgart or Frankfurt b/s to join Imperial Airways service x4, 1937 via Paris (b/s) x2 one registered with 5600r meter cancel, 'Surtaxe acquittée/pour VOIE AERIENNE/JUSQU'EN FRANCE' cachet in violet, 'CARDED/18SEP1937/Spencer Street/GPO C1' h/s and 'TELEGRAPH OFFICE/18SE37/GPO-MELB' b/s, 1938 Usina Brazil Ltda long covers at high 27,000r & 33,700r rates and another registered with Tourist 10,000r Palms, 1939 Panair illustrated envelope to New Zealand censored on arrival, 1943 with 'VIA AFRICA' cachet, 1945 (Nov) with 'LAGOS NIGERIA' transit b/s, etc, condition mixed but mostly fine.
BURMA: 1935-36 group to same addressee in North Sydney from Rangoon or Taunggyi x4 with various KGV Definitives paying 2½a letter rate plus either single or double 8½a per ½oz airmail surcharge, all with Sydney or North Sydney arrival b/s, mostly fine.
CANADA: 1939-41 group comprising 1939 & 1940 covers to Melbourne at 30c rate for airmail to UK only and onwards by ship, 1941 to Rockhampton Qld with Airmail 6c x10 (some affixed over edge; one faulty) for double rate via UK, and 1941 covers carried via PanAm Trans-Pacific Clipper x2 one to Townsville Qld with Pictorials 10c & 20c x4 tied 'WINNIPEG/JAN27/41' carried on Honolulu Clipper flight 16 which was delayed at New Caledonia due to an outbreak of bubonic plague (!), the other to Melbourne at 90c rate plus 10c registration with San Francisco & arrival b/s, three censored on arrival, a few blemishes.
COLOMBIA: 1936-45 group comprising 1936 to Sydney endorsed "POR AVION HASTA/SAN FRANCISCO" paying 15c letter rate plus 27c airmail surcharge with 'CORREO AEREO/MAN--COMUN/AIR MAIL' boxed cachet on face, 1942 at 45c rate endorsed "Air Mail to San Francisco" (faults), 1944 at 2.15p rate for PanAm Trans-Pacific Clippper service, and 1945 (Feb) at 4.15p rate for double PanAm surcharge with 'PAR AVION/CORREO AEREO/TRANSOCEANICO' & 'BY AIR MAIL OVER U.S./...' cachets, the latter three all censored on arrival, a few blemishes.
CUBA: 1932-45 group including 1932 to Sydney endorsed "Via USA" at 18c rate, 1939 to Canberra x2 at 13c rate jusqua to USA one registered with additional 8c paid, 1941 to Sydney at $1.38 rate for PanAm Trans-Pacific Clipper service with 'MINISTERIO DE COMMUNICACIONES/CUBA' cachet and US censor tape, 1942 illustrated advertising envelope with 'PASSED/US/CENSOR' cachet and Sydney censor label, 1945 at 85c rate with Melbourne censor label & cachet, etc, condition mixed but mostly fine.
CZECHOSLOVAKIA: 1939 large cover 230x150mm to Sydney rated "65g" weight with Scenes 2.50K x2 and Airmails 5K & 20K x2 tied 'TOPOL'CANY/11 1 39' cds on face and Airmails 50c, 1Krc and 3Kc tied 'PRAHA 7/12 I 39/LETECKA POSTA/POSTE AIRIENNE' boxed d/s on back, 'Topol'cany' blue/red R label on face, Sydney '25JA39' arrival b/s, a few blemishes. Carried by KLM service via Naples to Netherlands East Indies with the aggregate 74.50Kc paying 7Kc letter (60-80g) rate plus 6.50Kc per 10g airmail surcharge (to NEI) x7 plus 1.50Kc per 5g airmail surcharge (NEI - Australia) x13 plus 2.50Kc registration fee. Scarce routing & rate combination.
DENMARK: 1935-40 group comprising 1935 to New Zealand at 2.40Kr rate with Sydney b/s and to Adelaide at 3.70Kr rate with 'BERLIN-WARNEMUNDE/BAHNPOST' oval German TPO b/s, 1937 registered to Melbourne at 6.40Kr rate with Warnemunde TPO & Darwin transits, 1938 Skodsborg Badesanatorium illustrated advertising cover to Sydney also via Warnemunde TPO, 1939 to Sydney at 2.30Kr rate with 'CB' perfins and to Melbourne with 'BERLIN-ZENTRALFLUGHAFEN/27.8.39' b/s censored on arrival (WWII having broken out while in transit) & 1940 to Fremantle WA with Airmails 20o & 1Kr pairs not censored, condition mixed but generally fine.
FINLAND: (Sep 5) cover (227x151mm) to the Finnish Consulate in Sydney with scarce franking of 3m 5m & 10m and black/pale blue airmail label, transit b/s of 'STOCKHOLM/AVG UTR A', German 'BERLIN-SASSNITZ' TPO & 'DHANUSHKODI' (India) transits, Sydney arrival b/s of 11NO32, minor folds/creasing & red ink blot on the face. Very early airmail from Scandinavia, by air Helsinki-Berlin, Imperial Airways Brindisi (?)-Karachi & Perth-Adelaide-Sydney.
FRANCE: 1920 to Lindfield NSW endorsed "Air mail by London" with 'GUYNEMER' pictorial airmail etiquette on face and Sower 25c & Merson 60c x5 affixed on back all tied by 'PARIS/25-8/20/R DE LA BOETIE' cds paying 1.25f foreign letter rate plus 2f airmail surcharge, Sydney machine cancel arrival (date indistinct), two stamps faulty, some aging marks & repaired tears. Carried by plane to London & by P&O steamer "Malwa" to Australia. This is the earliest confirmed commercial international airmail service item to Australia.
GERMANY: 1910 Bavarian Augsburger Verein fuer Luftschiffahrt/Aero Club of Augsburg postcard with Balloon illustration on reverse, sent to Melbourne with Arms 20pf tied 'BAEUMENHEIM/19/OCT/10' cds, a couple of corner creases. Lengthy message in English reads "Our first ascension in a ballon with Hylda was Frankfurt from 10am to 5pm. We landed on top of a tree. Then went up again to land balloon very smoothly in a field." The only recorded example to Australia, and surely the earliest aerial 'incident' en route to Australia.
GERMANY: 1912 'Flugpost am Rhein und Main' postcard to Launceston Tasmania with Airmail 10pf Dove and Germania 10pf both tied by 'Flugpost am Rhein u. am Main/Darmstadt/12.6.12/*' cds paying 10pf foreign postcard rate plus 10pf airmail surcharge, fine condition. Addressed to the Government Geologist, the lengthy message refers to German Bank concessions in Nyasaland. Mail was carried by both the pioneer Zeppelin airship 'Schwaben' and the airplane 'Gelber Hund', raising the tantalising possibility that - in addition to being the only recorded example to Australia - this is probably also the earliest Zeppelin-flown item sent to Australia.
GERMANY: 1930 Graf Zeppelin postcard to South Australia with Airmail 1Mark Eagle tied 'LUFTSCHIFF/22.6.1930/GRAF ZEPPELIN' cds, 'BERLIN C' transit d/s of same day alongside, couple of very minor corner bends. Posted on board Graf Zeppelin Airship on the Munich-Berlin sector of its Germany Round Trip with hilarious (tongue-in-cheek?) message "I am writing on board the Airship 'Graf Zeppelin'. We had booked for Berlin but have been several trips over Hamburg. Think we are going to land again as we left Captain & II Officer behind. Your loving Daddy". Wonderful personal use by passenger sent to an extremely rare destination for Zeppelin mail.
GERMANY: 1931 large cover 200x130mm to Sydney with 'MIT LUFTSCHIFF "GRAF ZEPPELIN" ZU BEFORDERN' cachet, South America Flight 2 Mark Zeppelin tied 'FRIEDRICHSHAFEN/12.5.31/(Bodensee)' cds, violet '[Castle]/ LUFTSCHIFF GRAF ZEPPELIN/OSTSEEJAHR-RUNDFAHRT 1931' & red 'MIT LUFTPOST BEFORDERT/ LUFTPOSTAMT/ BERLIN C2' cachets alongside, 'KOBENHAVN/14.5.31/LUFTPOST' & 'BERLIN C/15.5.31' transit b/s, Sydney '10JE31' arrival b/s, some aging marks. Carried on Baltic Sea Round Trip back to Berlin and onwards by surface. Extremely rare destination for Zeppelin mail.
GERMANY: 1934 Lufthansa Zeppelin illustrated cover to Sydney posted on board Norddeutscher Lloyd liner "Europa" with Eagle Airmails 10pf, 15pf & 50pf tied 'DEUTSCH-AMERIKANISCHE-SEEPOST/BREMEN-/NEW YORK/9.10.34/ NORDDEUTSCHER/LLOYD/D. EUROPA' ship cancel paying 25pf letter rate plus 50pf airmail surcharge, 'Mit Vorausflug nach Southampton' boxed cachet in pink & 'DEUTSCHER SCHLEUDERFLUG/ 10.OKT.34/[plane & ship]/DAMPFER "EUROPA" - SOUTHAMPTON' h/s in green alongside, sealed with Lufthansa 'REISE IM FLUGZEUG' label, 'KARACHI/CANCELLED' jusq'ua cachet applied to airmail etiquettes, minor edge faults & aging marks. Accelerated by catapult-launched aircraft to connect at Southampton with Imperial Airways service IE290 terminating at Karachi, India; extremely rare catapult service mail to Australia.
GERMANY: 1934-37 group with variety of frankings & rates including 1934 endorsed "BY AIRMAIL IN AUSTRALIA - PERTH/MELBOURNE' with Hindenburg 25pf for letter rate and 20pf added on back for internal airmail surcharge, 1936 to New Zealand with Sydney b/s, 1937 large cover with 3 Mark Marienburg & 5 Mark Speyer registered, 1938 to Melbourne with 25pf Zeppelin x5 and 'AERIAL SERVICE/COMPLETED.SYDNEY' cachet, etc, most with arrival markings and Imperial Airways flight details noted in pencil, condition mixed but mostly fine.