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Description:Photographs / Plates. Very Good/Very Good. 8vo 0713403802 Dust...Photographs / Plates. Very Good/Very Good. 8vo 0713403802 Dust jacket complete, unclipped price on flap. Black cloth with bright silver titling on spine. No ownership inscription. 216 pages clean and tight. In 1870 the sieges of Metz and Paris forced the French authorities to adopt balloons and pigeons as a means of communicating with the outside world. The pap/ions of Metz and balIons montes of Paris were, in effect, the world's first government-sponsored airmails. Since then an idea born of necessity in time of war has developed into the modern aerogramme and airmail letter. In surveying the dramatic history of airmails over the past hundred years, James Mackay pays particular attention to the early part of the century-to the aeronautical progress before the First World War and to the Pioneer World flights between 1919 and 1930. In more recent years, the development of the commercial airlines and the inauguration of new jet services and global flights-culminating in the 1969 landing on the Moon-have been marked by souvenirs and 'first flight' covers which are of equal interest to the aerophilatelist. The collection of airmails is one of the most fascinating and rapidly developing aspects of philately today and Mr Mackay's centenary volume will be invaluable to all serious collectors. The amateur collector who is considering specialising in aerophilately will find the book as readable and informative as will the established specialist. Almost fifty carefully selected illustrations and a full bibliography complete this important new study. James Mackay is Assistant Keeper in charge of the Philatelic Division at the British Museum and well known as a writer on many aspects of philately.
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