Reg. Aust Air mail 6d OS Cairns - Shanghai 1934 info wanted

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Reg. Aust Air mail 6d OS Cairns - Shanghai 1934 info wanted

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I have the following cover, which was in an auction lot with other air mail covers. As Australia is outside my knowledge and I do not have catalogues for these at hands, can anybody tell me if this is something special?

According to the seller the route Cairns - Shanghai was the most interesting part, at least to him. But to me the cover is a bit shabby, the stamp shows foxing and the cancels are not sharp.


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Back:
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Does the 'Duplicate' on the back mean that there was another cover send through other means? More or less equal to the 1700s where multiple copies of a letter were sent with different ships, to make at least one copy arrived at the sender.

I searched the forum, did find some information and references on the 6d OS Air Mail stamp, but it did not fit into any of those threads.

Also good to know: is there is any value in this cover? And if so, what would be a reasonable price for the forum?

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Jan,

I believe your cover has gone via surface (i.e. sea) mail. Australia did not have a regular external air mail service until December 1934.

The 6d OS air mail stamp, unlike other OS stamps, was available to the public. It could be used for general purposes; not just for air mail. On your cover it is paying the 3d foreign letter surface rate plus 3d registration fee.

The Australian post office offered a "duplicate" service during WWII. I'm not aware of a similar service during the 1930s. The sender of your cover may have despatched an "original" at an earlier date.

This is not my collecting period so I won't venture an opinion as to value. Factors to consider would include:

1. condition (as you have noted)

2.the 6d OS air mail stamp is likely to be a difficult stamp to find as a solo franking on a commercial cover.

3. China is an uncommon destination for Australian mail during the 1930s.

Perhaps interested collectors could contact you with offers.

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CV on cover is $275.

As stated by Temora22, the destination may add to the potential interest, but the condition is a real value killer.
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I generally take the ACSC "on cover" valuations cum grano salis.

They may be a reasonable indication of relative scarcity but many seem to me be overstated. Others may disagree!

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Thanks Temora and The Pom for the information.

Anyone who's interested in the cover, can message or mail me. In the meantime I will store it somewhere safe.
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Temora22 wrote:
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I generally take the ACSC "on cover" valuations cum grano salis.

They may be a reasonable indication of relative scarcity but many seem to me be overstated. Others may disagree!

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Post by Lakatoi 4 »

The sender (Les Wright) was a well known aerophilatelist who worked for the Cairns Council.

Definitely written by him as I have a number of aero covers he sent out for the 1934 Charles Ulm flight to New Guinea and Papua and the writing is exactly the same.

There aren’t any first flights to Singapore listed in the AAMC for this period nor are there any intermediate stops on other first flights listed, also there is nothing on the cover to indicate it was ever flown.

Based on that it was no doubt sent by sea, perhaps to another aero collector.
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Tony, that is interesting info.

I did a quick search for the receiver, but I struggle with the part before 'Mulder'. Is 'Mr F.J.' or 'Ms T.J.'. Anyways, I found that there was a Karel Frederik Mulder in Shanghai in the 1930s. He was a business man, journalist and amateur photographer and became known for his photos of the Japanese invasion.

See https://www.iias.asia/the-newsletter/article/shanghai-under-siege for more information. The question is of course if the receiver of the letter was a family member of this business man. He did have a daughter with the first name Tineke.
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