01 September 2011

Stamps on Centenary of First UK Aerial Post



Date of Issue : 9 September 2011

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Royal Mail is issuing a miniature stamp sheet and prestige stamp book on 9 September 2011, as a tribute to the pioneering aviators who made philatelic history through the UK’s first aerial post service a century ago.


Gustav Hamel’s 15-minute flight from Hendon Aerodrome to Windsor Castle on 9 September 1911 was part of the celebrations of the coronation of King George V.  It was the first of 16 aerial post flights carrying commemorative postage to mark the coronation.  The flights took place until 26 September 1911 and are recognised as the world’s first scheduled airmail service.

Bulletin (1)

Now exactly 100 years on, Royal Mail marks the event with a miniature sheet, featuring a border that replicates the design of an original publicity poster for the inaugural flight.  The four-pane prestige stamp book written by Peter Lister, President of the British Air Mail Society includes a pane comprising four 50p Windsor Castle stamps, re-issued from the 2005 set of high-value definitives stamps printed by intaglio.

The Aerial Post Miniature Sheet tells the story of this historic flight; featuring original photography of key events from the day; from Hamel receiving the first mail bag (1st Class), sitting in the cockpit of his Blériot XI monoplane at Hendon Aerodrome (68p), and his arrival in the grounds of Windsor Castle (£1.10). The fourth £1 stamp features Clement Greswell, another of the pilots who helped deliver the UK’s first aerial post.


Indian themes on foreign stamps

                                                             - Kenneth Sequeira

Post : United Nations ( Geneva )

Stamp issuing authority : United Nations Postal Administration

Date of Issue  : 24 May 2002

Primary theme: Minerology & Geology

Subject : International Year of Mountains - Kamet - India


Kamet  is the second highest mountain in the Garhwal region of India, after Nanda Devi, 7,816 m (25,643 ft). It lies in the Chamoli District of Uttarakhand , close to the border with Tibet. It is the third highest mountain in India and the 29th highest in the world. Kamet is most properly considered part of (and the highest summit in) the Zaskar Range, which lies north of the main chain of the Himalaya, between the Suru River and the upper Karnali River. In appearance it resembles a giant pyramid topped by a flat summit area with two peaks.


Due to its position near the Tibetan Plateau, Kamet is remote and not as accessible as some Himalayan peaks. It also receives a great deal of wind from the Plateau. However, by modern standards, it is a relatively straightforward ascent for such a high mountain.

Other Mountains in this series are from Japan, Switzerland, Antarctica, US, Chile, Tanzania, Kyrgystan, Nepal, Pakistan, Canada & New Zealand .

Other stamps in this  series




Screenshot_1  :  Pradip Jain – Patna , Kenneth Sequeira – Dubai (UAE)


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