London 2020 Private Treaty Sale

Lot 14

1948 (Sept.), First International Air Parcel Post Service Collection, presented to Second Postmaster General Paul Aikens by Pan-American World Airways, a truly one-of-a-kind group of 27 covers, representing Pan-Am's first Parcel Post service flights to each country, presented in a lovely gold-on-blue binder to Mr. Aikens as a Christmas 1948 gift; Americas/Caribbean destinations comprise Argentina, Bahamas, Bolivia, British Guiana, Colombia, Cuba, Curacao, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Nicaragua, Surinam, Trinidad, Uruguay and Venezuela; Asia-Pacific destinations comprise Australia (2, 1 with 3d Postage Due applied!), Fiji, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Philippine Islands and Siam; American covers with Sept. 4 meter strips paying postage; Asian covers Prexies-franked (a couple in combination with other issues); each accompanied by photo of the destination city; the final item included in the collection is an amazing linen package cover front, sent from the D.G. of Posts in Nanking, China, via Shanghai, to Mr. Aiken, franked with $23 Gold Yuan stamps, with "Small Packet/Collect 15 Cents" US handstamp at lower right; in lieu of an accompanying photo, this piece features the original China Post Parcel Post Customs Declaration!—making this a unique rarity - for Parcel Post or Airmail Postal Historians, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, Very Fine overall.

Price: $4,750.

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