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Europe/Great Britain : Early British Colonial Airmail Stamps

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Terry
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31 Oct 2012
10:53:52am
Okay, so I collect pre-1950 worldwide airmail stamps. I find that many of the early British Colonies did not actually issue "airmail" stamps. However, some stamps the the early KGV, KGVI and QEII sets had denominations that were specifically for the the airmail rate at the time. Here are some of the British Colonial "airmail" stamps that I have been able to confirm so far:

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So, I came across this stamp from Kenya, Uganda & Tanganyika that I think may fall into the "airmail" catagory as well. Can anyone tell me if 65c was the airmail rate for this colony around 1935? Or, where can I find information about British Colonial airmail rates circa 1935-1950?


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Any help would be greatly appreciated...


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michael78651
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01 Nov 2012
01:49:52am
re: Early British Colonial Airmail Stamps

You can find used, off cover examples of British Colonial stamps that saw air mail service. They will show an air mail cancel.

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jillcrow
01 Nov 2012
09:55:56am
re: Early British Colonial Airmail Stamps

Your 65c KUT stamps was first issued on 1st May 1935. You can see an assortment of airmail covers from around that time on this site:

http://www.torstenweller.com/rsubprod1_2x.asp?CAT=WorldPH-Africa&CAT2=WorldPH-KUT&q2=&dateRange=&page=&intGroup=&Cond=

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tuscany4me
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01 Nov 2012
10:39:29am
re: Early British Colonial Airmail Stamps

Terry, Just wanted to say: Nice Stamps

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bhsxvet
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01 Nov 2012
05:31:32pm
re: Early British Colonial Airmail Stamps

You might find the information for which you are looking in Robson Lowe's "Encyclopedia of British Empire Postage Stamps". It is in several volumes covering different geographic areas so you need to find the right volume. I know volume 1 is Great Britain and Europe and volume 5 is North America. I don't know the other volumes.
Brian

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Terry
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01 Nov 2012
06:28:45pm
re: Early British Colonial Airmail Stamps

Hi, JillCrow...

I've looked at a lot of airmail covers & the postage is different. I don't know if it has to do with the weight of the contents, or sometimes rates are different to different parts of the world. I guess I was just hoping for something official stating what the rate was to where in 1935.

Tuscany4me....

You are a conniseur! I think we all love those beautifully engraved multi-colored early issues

bhsxvet....

Thank you very much for the title. I will begin my search.

All you folks here are the greatest!!!!!!


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Terry
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08 Nov 2012
10:52:38am
re: Early British Colonial Airmail Stamps

Good Morning.....

I've tracked down the Kenya, Uganda & Tanganyika issue. And, from a mid-1950's Sanabria, I found the listing for airmail stamps of that country. They include:

SC# 53 - 1935 65c from the KGV pictorial set


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Sc# 89 (89a & 89b) - 1942 70c Provisional overprint on the 1s value from Union of South Africa

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Sc# 111 & 113 - 1955 65c and 1s30c stamps from the QEII pictorial set

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I will need to create a new album page to include these in my early worldwide airmail collection. I'll keep my fingers crossed to see if any nice mint copies of these stamps show up in the auction.



Cheers,
Terry


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