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Sale 1183 — Worldwide Stamps and Covers

Sale Date — Tuesday, 19 June, 2018

Category — Indian Pioneer Air Posts

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1314
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Sale Number 1183, Lot Number 1314, Indian Pioneer Air PostsINDIA, 1911, Feb. 18, United Provinces Exhibition First Flight, Allahabad to Naini Junction (AAMC 1a), INDIA, 1911, Feb. 18, United Provinces Exhibition First Flight, Allahabad to Naini Junction (AAMC 1a)INDIA, 1911, Feb. 18, United Provinces Exhibition First Flight, Allahabad to Naini Junction (AAMC 1a). India 1a tied by large magenta "First Aerial Post, 1911, U.P. Exhibition Allahabad" flight cachet on large-sized picture postcard of Henry Pequet and his plane addressed to London, England, Allahabad Feb. 18, 1911 circular datestamp, signed "H Pequet" by pilot, card with minor tone spots and small tape repair on picture side

FINE AND SCARCE. IT IS BELIEVED THAT ONLY 40 CARDS WERE SIGNED BY PILOT HENRY PEQUET FROM THIS HISTORIC FLIGHT.

About 6,500 pieces of mail were carried from the Exhibition Grounds by French pilot Henry Pequet to Naini Junction, a distance of about five miles.

E. 2,000-3,000
2,600
1315
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Sale Number 1183, Lot Number 1315, Indian Pioneer Air PostsGREAT BRITAIN, 1911, Sept. 9, Official Coronation Aerial Post, London to Windsor (AAMC 8), GREAT BRITAIN, 1911, Sept. 9, Official Coronation Aerial Post, London to Windsor (AAMC 8)GREAT BRITAIN, 1911, Sept. 9, Official Coronation Aerial Post, London to Windsor (AAMC 8). One cover and one card, cover with Brown Violet cachet and affixed with Great Britain 1p to Lahore, India, card with Red Brown cachet and affixed with Great Britain -1/2p (2) to Calcutta, India, each tied by "First United Kingdom, Aerial Post London, SP 9, 1911" flight datestamps, various transit and arrival datestamps, minor faults incl. small edge tears and minor creases, Fine and scarce destinations

E. 400-500
1,400
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1316
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Sale Number 1183, Lot Number 1316, Indian Pioneer Air PostsEGYPT, 1918, Dec. 10, First Air Post from Cairo to Karachi by Military Plane (AAMC 8), EGYPT, 1918, Dec. 10, First Air Post from Cairo to Karachi by Military Plane (AAMC 8)EGYPT, 1918, Dec. 10, First Air Post from Cairo to Karachi by Military Plane (AAMC 8). Bold strike of "Brought by First Aerial Mail Cairo to Karachi, 10th December 1918" handstamp on cover to Lucknow, India, address written lightly in pencil, signed in red manuscript "EAH Mackenzie" at top right, "Passed Censor Karachi, 1" marking, reverse sealed with green "GR Opened by Censor" label with violet circular "E" in circle handstamp, minor cover faults

FINE AND WONDERFUL EXAMPLE OF THIS RARE FLIGHT FLOWN BY CAPT. ROSS SMITH OF WHICH ONLY 43 COVERS WERE CARRIED.

Capt. Ross Smith flew a converted Handley Page bomber with Maj. General Sir Geoffrey Salmond and Brig. General Borton. Another cachet was created for the onward flight to Delhi.

This is the example illustrated in the 1974 AAMC catalogue on page 142. With 2015 B.P.A. certificate.

E. 4,000-5,000
8,000
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1317
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Sale Number 1183, Lot Number 1317, Indian Pioneer Air PostsIRAQ, 1919, Jan. 9, Military Flight, Baghdad-Delhi (AAMC 1), IRAQ, 1919, Jan. 9, Military Flight, Baghdad-Delhi (AAMC 1)IRAQ, 1919, Jan. 9, Military Flight, Baghdad-Delhi (AAMC 1). Clear "F.P.O. 55, 9 Jan 19" double-circle datestamp with bold violet "Postal Service M.E.F., Aerial Post-Baghdad-Delhi per Handley-Page Aeroplane" flight cachet on cover to Dehra Doon, India, endorsed "J Gordon, Lieut., RAF" at bottom, Delhi transit and Dehradun arrival backstamps and violet "Carried by Aerial Mail, Baghdad-Delhi, Jany. 1919" cachet on reverse, accompanied by original letter (confirmed by Dehradun circular datestamp impression which went thru envelope) stating "...it will be a good souvenir of the first Aerial Service East...", Very Fine, about 50 covers were flown from Baghdad to Delhi via Basra though less than 29 have been recorded, of those only a select few are addressed to India, ex Parsons, with 2014 B.P.A. certificate

E. 1,000-1,500
4,500
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1318
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Sale Number 1183, Lot Number 1318, Indian Pioneer Air PostsINDIA, 1925, Jan. 23, RAF Demonstration Flight, Calcutta-Risalpur, INDIA, 1925, Jan. 23, RAF Demonstration Flight, Calcutta-RisalpurINDIA, 1925, Jan. 23, RAF Demonstration Flight, Calcutta-Risalpur. Large and bold "Calcutta-Risalpur Demonstration Flight, Calcutta 1925" flight cachet, with India 1a tied by Risalpur Feb. 2 double-circle datestamp on cover to Nowshera, endorsed "Ft. Lt. Graham" at top, arrival backstamp, Very Fine, only 89 were addressed to Nowshera

E. 150-200
325
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1319
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Sale Number 1183, Lot Number 1319, Indian Pioneer Air PostsINDIA, 1925, May 13, de Pinedo World Flight, Calcutta-Melbourne, INDIA, 1925, May 13, de Pinedo World Flight, Calcutta-MelbourneINDIA, 1925, May 13, de Pinedo World Flight, Calcutta-Melbourne. Right portion of cover, affixed with India -1/2a and 1-1/2a and addressed to Melbourne, Australia, red "Italian Consul General's (Melbourne) letter of 12-11-25, No. 750 / 11, Calcutta to Melbourne by Seaplane, 13/5/25" cachet, violet "Italian World Air Flight" plane over India cachet on reverse, also signed by H.A. Outhwaite (President of the Aero Philatelic Club of India) and initialed by Stephen Smith, Very Fine, these covers were intentionally cut which had the signature of de Pinedo after a promised charity donation failed to occur, only 93 letters were carried to Australia

E. 300-400
600
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1320
 
Sale Number 1183, Lot Number 1320, Indian Pioneer Air PostsINDIA, 1925, Dec. 31, RAF Calcutta Flight Dropped Leaflet, INDIA, 1925, Dec. 31, RAF Calcutta Flight Dropped LeafletINDIA, 1925, Dec. 31, RAF Calcutta Flight Dropped Leaflet. Announcement regarding "A Grand Military Searchlight Tattoo" aiding military charities, bold blue "Delivered by Air Over Calcutta, 31 Dec. 25, 10 AM" double-circle datestamp at top left, minor fold but still better condition than most, Fine

E. 150-200
275
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1321
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Sale Number 1183, Lot Number 1321, Indian Pioneer Air PostsINDIA, 1926, Apr. 4, Calcutta-Bangkok First Flight, INDIA, 1926, Apr. 4, Calcutta-Bangkok First FlightINDIA, 1926, Apr. 4, Calcutta-Bangkok First Flight. Three India 1a affixed to cover over the Thai-themed "Avail Air Mails and Save Time" label and addressed to Bangkok, Thailand, "By Danish Fokker Aeroplanes 1925, Calcutta to Bangkok" flight cachet, additional lightly struck "KGL Dansk Konsulati Calcutta" and "Royal Danish Legion" handstamps at left, Very Fine, only 41 covers were flown by Lt. Botved and Lt. Herschend

E. 400-500
700
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1322
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Sale Number 1183, Lot Number 1322, Indian Pioneer Air PostsINDIA, 1926, Sept. 21, Cobham Return Flight, Calcutta-Allahabad Flight, INDIA, 1926, Sept. 21, Cobham Return Flight, Calcutta-Allahabad FlightINDIA, 1926, Sept. 21, Cobham Return Flight, Calcutta-Allahabad Flight. India 3p block of four, cancelled by Calcutta Sept. 20, 1926 double-circle datestamp on cover to Naini (Aallahabad), printed label at top left regarding flight, times and cause for delay, additionally affixed with -1/2a pair tied by Allahabad double-circle datestamps on reverse (needed to be re-posted) and Naini arrival backstamp, Very Fine, only twelve covers are believed to have been carried on this flight, signed Stephen Smith on reverse, illustrated on pg. 95 of "Indian Airmails: Development and Operations, 1911-1942" by Pradip Jain

E. 500-750
1,500
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1323
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Sale Number 1183, Lot Number 1323, Indian Pioneer Air PostsINDIA, 1927, Mar. 31, Neville Vincent Survey Flight, Rangoon-Penang, INDIA, 1927, Mar. 31, Neville Vincent Survey Flight, Rangoon-PenangINDIA, 1927, Mar. 31, Neville Vincent Survey Flight, Rangoon-Penang. India 2a tied by boxed violet "Rangoon-Penang, First Air Mail, April 1927" flight cachet and Rangoon Mar. 31 circular datestamp at left on cover to Musselburgh, Scotland, Penang arrival backstamp, cover with expert repair at center, Very Fine appearance, a rare destination, despite 350 covers carried, only about 16 have been recorded

E. 500-750
1,800
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1324
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Sale Number 1183, Lot Number 1324, Indian Pioneer Air PostsINDIA, 1927, Jun. 26, Dutch First Flight from Amsterdam to Batavia, Calcutta-Rangoon Flight, INDIA, 1927, Jun. 26, Dutch First Flight from Amsterdam to Batavia, Calcutta-Rangoon FlightINDIA, 1927, Jun. 26, Dutch First Flight from Amsterdam to Batavia, Calcutta-Rangoon Flight. India 1a and "Avail Air Mails and Save Time" label, both tied by "Calcutta, 25 Jun. 27" double-circle datestamp on cover to Rangoon, Burma, "Dutch Flight, 1927, to Batavia, Carried from Calcutta" cachet at top left, arrival backstamp, Very Fine, only 48 covers were carried by G.J. Geysendorffer and J.B. Scholte on this leg

E. 200-300
425
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1325
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Sale Number 1183, Lot Number 1325, Indian Pioneer Air PostsINDIA, 1927, Nov. 3, Roger Latapie Paris to Saigon Return Flight, Calcutta-Allahabad Flight, INDIA, 1927, Nov. 3, Roger Latapie Paris to Saigon Return Flight, Calcutta-Allahabad FlightINDIA, 1927, Nov. 3, Roger Latapie Paris to Saigon Return Flight, Calcutta-Allahabad Flight. -1/2a on -1/4a post card cancelled by "Park Street, Calcutta, 3 Nov. 27" double-circle datestamp addressed to Naini (Allahabad), red "Urgent by Aeroplane, Par Avion by Air, Carried by Roger Latapie, From Calcutta 1927" cachet, French consulate handstamp with additional strike on reverse, Pioneer Press and Naini arrival datestamps, Very Fine and scarce, only eighteen postcards (plus one letter) were carried on this leg

E. 400-500
850
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1326
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Sale Number 1183, Lot Number 1326, Indian Pioneer Air PostsINDIA, 1927, Nov. 3, Roger Latapie Paris to Saigon Return Flight, Calcutta-Karachi Flight, INDIA, 1927, Nov. 3, Roger Latapie Paris to Saigon Return Flight, Calcutta-Karachi FlightINDIA, 1927, Nov. 3, Roger Latapie Paris to Saigon Return Flight, Calcutta-Karachi Flight. India 1a tied by "Park Street, Calcutta, 3 Nov. 27" double-circle datestamp which also ties pink "Urgent by Aeroplane, Return Trip, Calcutta, Karachi" label on cover to Karachi, "Roger Latapie" straightline handstamp, French consulate handstamp at bottom left, arrival backstamp, Very Fine, 55 letters carried by Capt. Leon Challe and Raymond Rapin

E. 200-300
650
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1327
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Sale Number 1183, Lot Number 1327, Indian Pioneer Air PostsINDIA, 1928, Feb. 17, Bert Hinkler Great Britain to Australia Flight, Calcutta-Rangoon Flight, INDIA, 1928, Feb. 17, Bert Hinkler Great Britain to Australia Flight, Calcutta-Rangoon FlightINDIA, 1928, Feb. 17, Bert Hinkler Great Britain to Australia Flight, Calcutta-Rangoon Flight. India -1/2a tied by "Park Street, Calcutta, 17 Feb. 28" double-circle datestamp on card to Rangoon, "From Calcutta by Bert Hinkler" cachet at left, Rangoon arrival datestamp, Very Fine, only 50 cards carried on this leg, signed Stephen Smith on reverse

E. 300-400
800
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1328
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Sale Number 1183, Lot Number 1328, Indian Pioneer Air PostsINDIA, 1928, May 14, Doisy & Carol Paris to Hanoi, Calcutta-Rangoon Flight, INDIA, 1928, May 14, Doisy & Carol Paris to Hanoi, Calcutta-Rangoon FlightINDIA, 1928, May 14, Doisy & Carol Paris to Hanoi, Calcutta-Rangoon Flight. Four India 3p, each tied by Calcutta May 14, 1928 double-circle datestamps on cover to Rangoon, appropriate flight label and green cachet at bottom left, red "Plane Crashed at Akyab, 16th May 1928" along right side, French consulate handstamp on reverse, Very Fine, 121 covers were carried on this flight which was intended to go to Hanoi but the plane crashed and was severely damaged in Akyab

E. 200-300
550
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1329
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Sale Number 1183, Lot Number 1329, Indian Pioneer Air PostsINDIA, 1928, Dutch Experimental Flights, Amsterdam to Batavia, INDIA, 1928, Dutch Experimental Flights, Amsterdam to BataviaINDIA, 1928, Dutch Experimental Flights, Amsterdam to Batavia. Two different covers, first from the Calcutta to Rangoon leg with proper green flight cachet, second is the Rangoon to Bangkok leg which was actually flown to Singora since Bangkok was flooding, Bangkok arrival backstamp and signed Stephen Smith, Very Fine, 111 covers were flown on the Calcutta-Rangoon leg and only 35 from Rangoon-Bangkok

E. 400-500
1,300
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1330
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Sale Number 1183, Lot Number 1330, Indian Pioneer Air PostsINDIA, 1928, Sept. 30, Baron Huenefeld Berlin to Tokyo Flight, Calcutta-Tokyo Flight, INDIA, 1928, Sept. 30, Baron Huenefeld Berlin to Tokyo Flight, Calcutta-Tokyo FlightINDIA, 1928, Sept. 30, Baron Huenefeld Berlin to Tokyo Flight, Calcutta-Tokyo Flight. India -1/2a and 1a tied by "Park Street, Calcutta, 30 Sep. 28" double-circle datestamps on card to Tokyo, green "Europa SS" flight cachet and violet "Baron Huenefled" and blue "Tokio 18 Oct." handstamps, Stephen Smith message on reverse, Very Fine, only 47 cards carried on this leg of the flight

E. 300-400
850
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1331
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Sale Number 1183, Lot Number 1331, Indian Pioneer Air PostsINDIA, 1929, Jan. 15, Baron von Koenig Berlin to Tokyo, Calcutta-Singapore Leg, INDIA, 1929, Jan. 15, Baron von Koenig Berlin to Tokyo, Calcutta-Singapore LegINDIA, 1929, Jan. 15, Baron von Koenig Berlin to Tokyo, Calcutta-Singapore Leg. India -1/2a tied by Calcutta Jan. 15 double-circle datestamp on "Kamerad" card to Singapore, appropriate flight cachets and boxed "Delayed" cachet in black, Singapore Apr. 1 datestamp with additional strike on reverse tying a flight label, Very Fine and quite scarce, only 25 flown with about seventeen believed to exist, von Koenig was competing for the Hindenburg Cup for the "most sporting amateur flight made by a German subject", signed Stephen Smith on reverse

E. 500-750
1,100
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1332
c
Sale Number 1183, Lot Number 1332, Indian Pioneer Air PostsINDIA, 1929, Nov. 4, Imperial Airways India to Great Britain, Air Post First Day Cover, INDIA, 1929, Nov. 4, Imperial Airways India to Great Britain, Air Post First Day CoverINDIA, 1929, Nov. 4, Imperial Airways India to Great Britain, Air Post First Day Cover. India 1929 3a-12a Air Post, tied by Park Street, Calcutta Nov. 4 first day circular datestamps on registered flight cover to Nuremberg, Germany, multiple air post labels at right, signed "G. Grant, 4th Nov.", the stamp designer, and Stephen Smith on reverse, arrival backstamp, cover with slight toning affecting stamps, small cover tear at top and minor pinhole, still a Fine and extraordinarily rare first day cover of India's first Air Post stamps, only a few covers are believed to exist

E. 1,500-2,000
2,600
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1333
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Sale Number 1183, Lot Number 1333, Indian Pioneer Air PostsINDIA, 1929, 8a Red Violet, Watermark Stars Pointing Left, Reversed Serif of "I" in "India" (SG 224wb), INDIA, 1929, 8a Red Violet, Watermark Stars Pointing Left, Reversed Serif of "I" in "India" (SG 224wb)INDIA, 1929, 8a Red Violet, Watermark Stars Pointing Left, Reversed Serif of "I" in "India" (SG 224wb). Tied by "Bombay G.P.O., 25 Apr. 31" double-circle datestamp on blue cover to H.M.S. Rodney, c/o G.P.O. in London, "By Air" in circle handstamp, also accompanied by unused 8a with Missing Tree Top variety (toned gum), Very Fine, an incredibly rare stamp featuring two varieties, especially so used on cover, with 2011 B.P.A. certificate

E. 1,000-1,500
1,700
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1334
c
Sale Number 1183, Lot Number 1334, Indian Pioneer Air PostsINDIA, 1930, Oct. 29, Victor Bruce World Flight, Jodhpur-Calcutta Flight, INDIA, 1930, Oct. 29, Victor Bruce World Flight, Jodhpur-Calcutta FlightINDIA, 1930, Oct. 29, Victor Bruce World Flight, Jodhpur-Calcutta Flight. India 1a tied by Calcutta Oct. 29 double-circle datestamp upon arrival on cover to Calcutta, black "Carried by the Honble Mrs. Victor Bruce, Jodhpur" flight cachet, signed "Mildred Bruce" at bottom left and Stephen Smith on reverse, Very Fine, surprisingly rare as only ten covers were flown

E. 300-400
650
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1335
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Sale Number 1183, Lot Number 1335, Indian Pioneer Air PostsINDIA, 1930, R.A.F. Demonstration Flights, INDIA, 1930, R.A.F. Demonstration FlightsINDIA, 1930, R.A.F. Demonstration Flights. Three covers each with India 1a, with Allahabad to Delhi leg (73 covers flown), Delhi to Calcutta (72 covers flown) and Calcutta to Allahabad (36 covers flown), each with proper flight cachets, first two signed Stephen Smith on reverse and Delhi to Calcutta additionally signed "DT Anderson, F/Lt.", Fine-Very Fine group

E. 300-400
450
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1336
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Sale Number 1183, Lot Number 1336, Indian Pioneer Air PostsINDIA, 1932, Jan. 13, Halliburton and Stephens Flight over the Himalayas, INDIA, 1932, Jan. 13, Halliburton and Stephens Flight over the HimalayasINDIA, 1932, Jan. 13, Halliburton and Stephens Flight over the Himalayas. India -1/2a tied by "Park Street, Calcutta, 13 Jan. 32" double-circle datestamp on cover addressed locally, proper labels affixed and tied by violet "American Fliers, In "Stearland", Biplane" handstamp, signed "Richard Halliburton" at top, Very Fine, only 50 covers flown, signed Stephen Smith on reverse

E. 200-300
425
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1337
c
Sale Number 1183, Lot Number 1337, Indian Pioneer Air PostsINDIA, 1932, Apr. 14, Bertram Atlantis Around the World Expedition, Rangoon-Calcutta Flight (AAMC 1162), INDIA, 1932, Apr. 14, Bertram Atlantis Around the World Expedition, Rangoon-Calcutta Flight (AAMC 1162)INDIA, 1932, Apr. 14, Bertram Atlantis Around the World Expedition, Rangoon-Calcutta Flight (AAMC 1162). India 3p and 1a, tied by "Rangoon G.P.O., 22 Apr. 32" double-circle datestamps on cover to Calcutta, flight label at top tied by violet "Atlantis, Junkers D-1925, Ichapur 14 April 1932" handstamp, blue "Bertram Atlantis Expedition" cachet at left, Very Fine, Captain Bertram attempted a round the world flight from Germany but was ultimately forced down in the Indian Ocean, only 75 covers flown, signed Stephen Smith on reverse

E. 400-500
1,100
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1338
c
Sale Number 1183, Lot Number 1338, Indian Pioneer Air Posts1934, Oct. 13-23, 10th South America Flight, Friedrichshafen-Recife (Sieger 280Aa), 1934, Oct. 13-23, 10th South America Flight, Friedrichshafen-Recife (Sieger 280Aa)1934, Oct. 13-23, 10th South America Flight, Friedrichshafen-Recife (Sieger 280Aa). Picture postcard of Zeppelin originating in India with 2a pair tied by Delhi Sept. 29, 1934 boxed datestamp to Pernambuco, Brazil, Friedrichshafen Oct. 13 transit datestamp and red flight cachet with "C" indicating Friedrichshafen transfer, Recife arrival, Very Fine and scarce India origin

E. 750-1,000
1,900
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1339
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Sale Number 1183, Lot Number 1339, Indian Pioneer Air PostsIndia Air Post Issue Covers, India Air Post Issue CoversIndia Air Post Issue Covers. 6 covers or cards from 1930s, incl. 8a on cover to Argentina, 6a and 12a from Peshawar to Germany (printed backflap indicating Kabul origin), two 4a postal cards to Austria and New Zealand (with Postage Due), 8a stationery to Italy (with Postage Dues) and 7-1/2a on 8a stationery to England, mixed condition though interesting uses

E. 300-400
1,100
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1340
c
Sale Number 1183, Lot Number 1340, Indian Pioneer Air PostsINDIA, 1941 Emergency Air Route via Chungking, INDIA, 1941 Emergency Air Route via ChungkingINDIA, 1941 Emergency Air Route via Chungking. Legal sized cover with 47-1/2a metered stamps addressed to Newark N.J., corresponding "L.A.S. Bombay, B-76, 15 XI 41" double-circle datestamp, "via Chungking" directive at bottom, British censor tape at left, Very Fine, this cover likely went via Chungking and Hong Kong just prior to the Japanese invasion a couple weeks later

E. 300-400
850
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1341
 
India Small Flight Related Balance. Five flight covers, incl. 1928 Empire Cruise Flight from Calcutta to Akyab (89 flown), 1929 "The Englishman per Bengal Air Transport Co." poster, 1933 Houston-Mt. Everest (87 flown), 1933 Hiltz from Calcutta to Hanoi (90 flown) and 1933 Moylan Edmonstone Is. to Dum Dum (55 flown and pilot signed), plus two unused Airgraph sheets, two unused 1942 Military stationery and 1927 Postal Notice for Basrah to Cairo Air Post service, mostly Fine-Very Fine

E. 500-750
1,700
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