Introduction

Organized by country, and then by theme, each page we offer is a visual gallery with a certain theme. We hope you enjoy the images.

The First Belgium Airmail Stamp

Image of the first Belgium airmail stamp, C1

The small single engine mono-plane ascends over the city of Oostende (or Ostende in French.). A gentle bank to the left, and the airmail flight is in progress. This is a wonderful example of a first national Airmail stamp. Combining the plane in flight with the view of the good city from the air. Quite an effective design.

Czechoslovakia: Transport Over Prague, 1946-47

Image of airmail stamp, C25
Image of airmail stamp, C27

This is an excellent engraved design. The 4 engine transport departs Prague with mail and passengers destined for New York City.

While the image takes some liberties, the plane at such a low altitude, it shows the best: a powerful transport aircraft over a a scene from the Czech capital of Prague. The bridge is the Chares Bridge.

As an aside, the 24 Kcs stamp has been cancelled in New York. Perhaps the air letter arrived uncancelled from Czechoslovakia?

Mythical Symbols on French

Airmail Stamps

Part of the appeal of French airmail stamps comes from a combination of their symbolism and the qualities of their engraving.Image of 40 franc stamp
Image of 50 franc stamp
Image of 100 franc stamp
Image of 200 franc stamp

Common to all these designs are the dominant mythical images. The ever-present transport plane in flight is subjugated to the background, and details of it are limited.

As a contrast, consider the US airmail stamp of the same era.Image of 5 cent stamp

Many technical details of the aircraft are clear, and it not only dominates the design, it rather is the design. It is, however an effective design, with high standards of engraving.

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Jet Planes

Image of French airmail stamp, C29

This stamp illustrates the Mystere IV a pair of which are in a steep climb to high altitude. This fine engraved airmail stamp relies on the image of the French military aircraft to communicate power in the air.Image of French airmail stamp, C41

This stamp issued on June 12, 1965 shows a commercial/business aircraft in level flight. The engraved image of the Mystere 20 is central to the design.

Flights Over Landmarks: Series of 1958

Image of 2 engine plane over Szeged Airmail stamp, C191
Image of 2 engine plane over Szeged Airmail stamp, C192
Image of 2 engine plane over Szeged Airmail stamp, C191
Image of 2 engine plane over Szeged Airmail stamp, C191
Image of 2 engine plane over Szeged Airmail stamp, C191
Image of 2 engine plane over Szeged Airmail stamp, C191
Image of 2 engine plane over Szeged Airmail stamp, C191
Image of 2 engine plane over Szeged Airmail stamp, C191

Lundy: Air Transportation

Is this a country?

Are these stamps?

Image of airmail stamp: Lundy, half Puffin
Image of airmail stamp: Lundy, 1 Puffin
Image of airmail stamp: Lundy, 2 Puffin
Image of airmail stamp: Lundy, 3 Puffin
Image of airmail stamp: Lundy, 12 Puffin

Lundy is a small island off the south-west coast of England. At times, stamps have been issued, but their postal status is questionable.

The designs are clear, air transport related, and even topically related to The Isle of Lundy in the case of the 2 Puffin stamp.

The designs are interesting in any case.

Romania: The Solar System

The topic of this Airmail stamp series is an Astronomical topic: the Solar System.

The Sun and Mercury

Image of Romania airmail stamp, C233

Venus, Earth, Mars

Image of Romania airmail stamp, C234

Jupiter

Image of Romania airmail stamp, C235

Saturn

Image of Romania airmail stamp, C236

Uranus

Image of Romania airmail stamp, C237

It is interesting that even though each stamp clearly depicts an astronomical topic, all but the Sun/Mercury stamp also illustrate clouds, which makes sense for air mail. This is an attractive, and educational set of postage stamps.