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Lot No. 562

Auction No. 26
Category Airmail Collections
    Airmails
Est. $1000
Status Auction Pending

 

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Czechoslovakia "Airmail from 1945-1975" 5 frame (80 page) exhibit with a fascinating range of covers written up in detail. CSA (Czech Airlines) ceased flying in 1939 & after German capitulation in 1945, DLH (Lufthansa) took over CSA. This left the Royal Air Force to be the carrier of airmail until 1 Jan 1946 when British European Airways was formed. The display shows the standard foreign postage rates plus the airmail charges until 1960 when continental Europe & communist countries had a reduced rate incl the airmail fee. This differed in each country but these decreases continued until the devalue of the koruna in 1953 in Czechoslovakia. CSA resumed overseas flights in 1962 with services to Cuba & Central America. This exhibit carefully traces the routes, rates & airline changes that occurred after WWII until 1975. There are a few first flights covers but the majority are commercial covers with destinations incl Austria, Australia, Belgium, Chile, Denmark, France, Newfoundland, Poland, Peru, Southern Rhodesia, Switzerland, Norway, UK & USA. Noted registered, redirected, metered, unstamped, taxed & other types of commercial covers & cards. Well researched by the late Ross Wood who states on the intro page "The rates shown in this exhibit have been determined by the examination of many, many covers over the years through personal research" & this was rewarded by a Vermeil medal at the Hong Kong 2016 International Stamp Exhib. (157)