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eagc1397
eagc1397
23 Nov 2021
03:19:10pm

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Looking for some info on this airletterImage Not Found

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24 Nov 2021
05:35:52pm
re: Little Info

" . . Air Letter . ."

A normal letter consists of a sheet or two, and an envelope,
which alone may not be very heavy, but when a thousand or
more are bundled for air transport, often across oceans,
they become a considerable burden. To reduce the overall
weight, and thus the fuel consumption, the air letter was
invented.
They provide very thin paper that when folded will create
the envelope and the message is written on what will become
the inside once it is folded and glued shut. The postage
is imprinted on the envelope paper. All that cuts down the
weight but and volume more than 50%.
I have several that were sent between family members from
Australia to Vancouver, BC, Canada during WW II.

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eagc1397
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25 Nov 2021
10:21:33am

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re: Little Info

Thanks Charlie

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eagc1397
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25 Nov 2021
10:36:19am

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re: Little Info

Anyone have any comment on the stamp
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sheepshanks
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25 Nov 2021
10:52:25am
re: Little Info

As Charlie says,

Quote:

"The postage is imprinted on the envelope paper. "


It will appear in a postal stationery catalogue but not in the everyday catalogues.

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25 Nov 2021
12:46:40pm
re: Little Info

The old Higgins & Gage postal stationery catalogue lists two air letters like this one (under the heading "letter sheets"):

#2 7d dark blue on grey from 1945 (which is presumably this one given the 1948 date stamp)

#3 7d dark blue on pale blue from 1950


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