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LEEWARD ISLANDS postal history
TOO LATE FOR THE FIRST FLIGHT combination of Leeward Islands KGV 1d PSE with added KGV 6d plus added Antigua KGV 3d pair, single pmk'd St. John's SP 26 29 to Limpsfield, Surrey, England, the BY AIR MAIL sticker obliterated by purple jusqu'a bars, some flap damage, no backstamps.
£150


BARBADOS postal history
1939 cover with 2 x U.S. 3c Landing of the Swedes and Finns tied U.S.S. RANGER/BRIDGETOWN BARBADOS duplex dated MAR 16 1939 addressed Denver, Colorado with purple 3-line "SPECIAL FLIGHT/AROUND BARBADOES/BRITISH WEST INDIES" handstamp on front, reverse with d Badge of Colony tied GPO 6 MR 39 cds appended below "9 of 28" and signed "JS Johnson-Pilot, Bridgetown, Barbadoes".
£150

First Airmail MONTSERRAT to ST. CHRISTOPHER with mail bound Paramaribo, DUTCH GUIANA
1930 reg. cover to Paramaribo with violet boxed "FIRST AIR MAIL/MONTSERRAT" and KGV 2d,3d, 6d, 1/- tied Montserrat A/JU 6 1930, backstamped Paramaribo 11.3.31 (nine month delay).
The covers intended various destinations dated 6 June 1930 in readiness for the first air mail flight were delayed by bad weather. H.M.S. Dorsetshire visited Montserrat in February 1931 and on leaving left behind her seaplane. When the plane flew to re-join her ship at St. Kitts the opportunity was taken to despatch the mail originally prepared for the previous flight. On arrival St. Kitts 23 February 1931 the covers were then forwarded by surface mail
£135


The rare 10c mauve MUSTIQUE COMPANY LIMITED label
on inaugural first flight cover dated 1 SEP 1971 addressed to Hon. Colin Tennant. Only 70 mauve labels were printed for exclusive use of the Tennant family (owners of the island). 64 mauve labels used on flight covers, 1 mauve label on unique proving cover of earlier service, 5 mauve labels unaccounted for (no mint mauve labels currently known).
The Flight covers used up all remaining orange, yellow, blue, mauve labels terminating a genuine commercial local carriage service which had remained undiscovered for some 45 years. Scan of this actual cover as used in a BWISC Bulletin advert attached.
£125


YUNDUM AIRPORT, Gambia postal history
*/26 JY 65 on First Airmail from Yundum Airport with QE2 4d, 6d (reverse), 1/3d to Scotland, blue BATH reg. label, reverse GAMBIA FIELD FORCE sender's h/stamp.
£75

ST. JOHN'S, Antigua postal history
1929 (SP 26) FFC to Porto Rico with KGV 1d, 1d, 2 x 2d, 2d pmk'd St. John's arriving San Juan 7pm.
£18

EL SALVADOR to Bahamas First Flight cover:
1931 (JU 29) pilot signed reg. FFC with 5c, 3 x 25c, various cachets and b/stamped Nassau 1 JY 31 arrival, rare.
£125

1964 FFC Miami to Rock Sound, Bahamas
cover
£10

1931 FFC La Guayra, Venezuela to POS
pmkd POS FE 10 31, no arrival backstamp.
£18

1938 FFC Liverpool to POS
pmkd JA 31 38 showing new 1/- rated (FDC for GB KG6 3d) arriving POS 11 FE 38.
£28

1961 FFC POS to New York
pmkd 11 JU 61, b/stamped New York (IDL) JUN 11 1961.
£18

1931 FFC Cristobal, Canal Zone to Trinidad
pmkd FE 12 b/stamped FE 13 arrival.
£18
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