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Lot 4163

France, 1920 (Apr 20), France to Morocco with first air etiquette, Toulouse-Gare to Rabat, manuscript "Par avion de Toulouse a Rabat", franked 123b & 125b, each with selvage lettered "GC" with world's first air etiquette, A1 (6*), Very Fine to Extremely Fine.
Suggested Bid $200
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Lot 4164

France, 1920, air express to GB with first air etiquette, Paris to Bournemouth, franked 3F25, black oval "Express" handstamp tying world's first air etiquette A1 (6*) and purple boxed "Express fee paid", a rare cover, Very Fine.
Suggested Bid $150
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Lot 4165

France, 1920 (Apr 21), air express to GB with first air etiquette, Paris to London, franked 3F35 (3F air fee, 25¢ postage, 10¢ registry fee), red two-line "Air Mail/Express". This is the world's first airmail etiquette, France A1 (6*), flap missing, central vertical crease, but very rare, F.-V.F.
Suggested Bid $150
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Lot 4166

France, 1928 (Aug 9), to Iraq, fewer than five recorded, Caniez, manuscript "P Paris' to Baghdad thence Hinaidi [RC of Signals, Iraqi Signal Section], air label A3d, a rare destination, Very Fine to Extremely Fine.
Suggested Bid $100
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Lot 4167

France, 1935 (Mar 6), commercial cover to Colombia, single franking Sc. 252, from Paris purple straight-line "Via New York", with France air label A3c and Colombia SCADTA label B16a, a lovely cover, Very Fine to Extremely Fine.
Suggested Bid $100
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Lot 4168

France, 1929 (Oct 14), catapult to US, commercial, franked Sc 131, 196 (2), tied with Le Havre a New-York octagonal handstamp, air etiquette A3a, a beautiful example, Extremely Fine.
Suggested Bid $100
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Lot 4169
France, 1935, French Zeppelin air etiquettes, thought to have been produced around 1935 for the South American flights, they only recently have come to light and appear either as a booklet, perf. horizontally, or as imperf. panes. The pane here is five vertically and could well be the complete booklet pane before perforating, or perhaps meant to be imperf. A rare finding for the Zeppelin specialist, Extremely Fine to Superb.
Suggested Bid $200
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Lot 4170

France, 1925-1931, five covers, special uses, 1925 first flight to Amsterdam (Mu. 123) with air label C21; 1929; two covers from Vincennes Air show, one to Toulouse (special c.d.s.), the other to the International Philatelic League at the Hague [unlisted air label]; 1931: two covers from Paris Exposition by Air Orient (label B26) to Saigon with large purple round Air Orient hand stamp, fascinating lot, Very Fine to Extremely Fine.
Suggested Bid $300
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Lot 4171

France, 1930, two "Acheminement" covers, 1930 (Jul 11) Troyes to Nancy with "Acheminment" label specifying route "A diriger sur Paris Gare de Nord/service special/Paris Nancy" with red "Nancy Exposition" c.d.s. tying label; 1930 (Nov 19) registered from Paris International Air post Expo to Hue, Annam, forwarded to Kontum, with "Acheminement" label "Marseilles Beyrouth/Karachi et Bangkok" (tied) and "Par Hydravion/Voie Air Orient" etiquette B24, manuscript "Par hydravion:Marseilles Beyrouth/Par avion-Amsterdam via Batavia" giving two options. It went by the route specified in label, very difficult pair, Very Fine to Extremely Fine.
Suggested Bid $250
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Lot 4172

France, 1931-1960, eight first flight covers, 1931 to Calcutta, first flight to Karachi by Air Orient (air label B24) with large black round Air Orient hand stamp, received by Stephen H. Smith; 1936 Air Bleu to Lyon by first flight Vichy to Paris (air label B106); 1939 first flight without air surtax, Toulouse to Limoges, Air Bleu label B107 (5*); 1939 first night flight Paris-Marseille; 1948-1960, four Air France first flights, three with special etiquettes (1948 to Spain, 1950 to Tananarive & 1956 to Sao Paolo [all returned to sender]) and 1960 Caravelle Oran to Paris, an interesting group, Very Fine to Extremely Fine.
Suggested Bid $150
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Lot 4173
France, 1929-1934, 9 Aeropostale/Air France directional air etiquettes, 1929-1932 Aeropostale issued special etiquettes for their South American route (B10-12). When Aeropostale was incorporated into Air France, they were overprinted "Air France" in various type faces (here, B10 & B12). Then Air France issued its own, not only for South America (B49-50) but also for Indochina (B51-52). They are all rated 5* and a very rarely seen on cover. A difficult group to assemble, Extremely Fine to Superb.
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Lot 4174

French Colonies: French Africa, 1937-1960, five covers and air etiquette single, 1937, French Equatorial Africa: first flight Cotonou-Dakar franked 37, 45 and Ubangi-Chari 66, sent from Brazzaville; 1952 to France; French Guinee, commercial 1938 franked 83, 88, 96, 102 [a RARE franking]; 1960 to France; French Somalia, and 6* A3 directional air etiquette "Par Avion/Djibouti--Addis-Abeba", Very Fine to Extremely Fine.
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Lot 4175

French Colonies: French Morocco, 1920-1921, two covers, one with rare first etiquette (Aug 28), franked 36, 68 via Rabat Jun 29, France air etiquette A1, the first ever issued, cut in at bottom plus 921 franked Sc. 45 (3) to Lyon with second air etiquette tied (ink stains LR), a rare pair of covers with lovely frankings, Extremely Fine.
Suggested Bid $150
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Lot 4176

French Colonies: Guadeloupe, 1939-1941, three fascinating covers, 1939 (Jan 5) registered to Martinique, franked 134 pair with air label similar to France B44a but in blue; 1940 to Puerto Rico, franked 132, 135, censored in Guadeloupe; 1941 (Aug 1) registered to NY, franked 131, 133 (2), 135, triple censored, unlisted label of Franch type privately hand-inked in red over "Par Avion", very scarce stamps on cover, Very Fine.
Suggested Bid $300
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Lot 4177

French Colonies: Indochina, 1931-1935, five covers including to Algeria, 1931 (Apr 10) franked 124, 134 (2), "De Saigon a Marseille" to Algeria, with air label A2b var. (perf 10.5) (5*); four to France, various frankings and markings including one to Commissioner General of 1931 Indochina Exposition in Paris, all appropriately backstamped, nice lot worth examining, Very Fine.
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Lot 4178

French Colonies: Indochina, 1930 (Jan 9), with internal accelerated service, franked 119, 123 (2), 136 (2) to France, red boxed "Parmalle Aerienne/Hollandaise" (prior to Air France service), air label A2b (5*) and red "Service Accelere" label indicating expedited internal carriage by train (or bus) from Hanoi to Saigon, faint Jan 21 receiver, a rare item, Very Fine to Extremely Fine.
Suggested Bid $150
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Lot 4179

French Colonies: Indochina, 1931 (Jan 16), registered commercial first flight by Air France, franked 119, 135 (2), registered to Paris, forwarded, manuscipt "1re Liaison par Air France" superceding specfied "via Saigon-Amsterdam" route, air label A2a (5*), part of back missing, very interesting first flight, Very Fine.
Suggested Bid $100
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Lot 4180

French Colonies: Indochina, 1934-1936, four covers with Air France labels, three 36¢ air postal stationery envelopes, all to France with label France B46 for use on Air France route: 1934 *(Dec 8), black two-line "Par Avion/Jusqu'a Marseille"; 1935 (Apr 6) registered from Cantho, uprated with 15¢ 159; 1935 (Aug 5), uprated 30¢ with 158, 162 and 1936 (Mar 21), registered to Pegu, Burma via Rangoon, Mar 24 receiver, franked 160, 166, a lovely group of difficult covers, Very Fine to Extremely Fine.
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Lot 4181

French Colonies: Indochina, 1931-1933, three Air Orient covers, one to Switzerland, 1931 (Aug 20) to France, franked 103, 128, 136, with France Air Orient label B28 (5*), label cancelled with black X, and an etiquette single; 1931 (Nov 5) to Switzerland franked 132, 136 to Switzerland with France Air Orient label B28 (5*), cancelled with black X; 1933 lovely "Via Air Orient" envelope from Baclieu, franked 148, 154, 166, boxed black "Saigon-Marseille" hand stamp via Marseille to Dieu le Fit, Very Fine to Extremely Fine.
Suggested Bid $150
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Lot 4182

French Colonies: Ivory Coast, 1937, commercial cover to France, very rare franking, franked 145, 152, 156, 157 (1937 Paris Exposition stamps], manuscript "Aeromaritime/Dakar-Toulouse" to Paris, Extremely Fine.
Suggested Bid $300
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Lot 4183

French Colonies: Ivory Coast, 1939 (Jan 27), registered cover to France with an Upper Volta stamp, franked 149 & 159, 120 (3) on back and Upper Volta Sc. 69 (1931 Colonial Exposition issue, rare on cover) from Bobo-Dioulasso to Issy, Very Fine to Extremely Fine.
Suggested Bid $150
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Lot 4184

French Colonies: Ivory Coast, 1937 (Oct 10), Sc. 149 to France, single franking, quite scarce thus, mild central crease not affecting, Very Fine.
Suggested Bid $50
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Lot 4185

French Colonies: Madagascar, 1929 (Nov 23), registered first flight wreck cover to France, registered at Anjiro on 50¢ P.T.T. (lovely vignette upper left) additionally franked 111, 113 (6, including block of 4), first flight (Mu. 8), manuscript "Accidente" and red "Pli Accidente" (crash listed in Saulgrain, valued SwF 220 in 1996), blue handstamp on front "Par Avion" and on back on official accounting label on reverse along with Madagascar air label A2 (5*), arr. Mirecourt Jan 11, a gorgeous cover, Extremely Fine.
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Lot 4186

French Colonies: Madagascar, 1938 (Jul 7), registered commercial first flight to Reunion, returned, Tananarive La Borde from member of "Service geographique" to owner of dress shop, official accounting label on reverse, blue boxed first flight handstamp on reverse, black boxed handstamps "Inconnu", Retour/a l'envoyer", arriving Jul 12, air label A6a, Extremely Fine.
Suggested Bid $70
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Lot 4187

French Colonies: Sénégal, 1932-1940, four covers with scarce frankings, 1932 (Apr 4) front to France, franked 134 and 122, air label France C14; 1932 (Dec 2) registered to France, franked 104, 121, with air label A3; 1934 to Germany, franked 104, 122 with Morocco air label C9; 1940 censored to France, franked 167, C3, with France air label C13, stamps with high CV on cover, a scarce and difficult group, examine, Very Fine.
Suggested Bid $250
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Lot 4188

French Colonies: Syria, 1931-1939, three first flight covers, 1931 Damascus to Baghdad; 1938 (Jul 16) registered Damascus via France to US Aug 1; 1939 registered commercial cover, stated first flight to Amsterdam; different air labels and frankings, interesting lot.
Suggested Bid $150
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Lot 4189

French Colonies: Togo, 1940 (Apr 20), registered to US, single franking 20 Fr. Sc. 252 (rare), registered from Lome by UAT (Union Aeromaritime de Trasport) France air label B113, censored in Togo via NY May 10 to Ohio May 11, a Very Fine cover.
Suggested Bid $100
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