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Came across the following when flicking through my boxes.

The postcard was mailed at HK airport and received a postmark indicating such.

Are there others out there?

I may have found another interest! :shock:

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Certainly in Australia the only one I am aware of was Sydney .. and not sure if that is still there?

I found a few of these covers this week that I have listed here for sale.

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First Mail of this Millennium


As LHI is over 700 km from Sydney, it was the first PO in Australia to usher in the new Century. A small quantity of 500 special flown covers were created to commemorate this. A beautiful envelope was created, inscribed "New Day - 1st January 2000".

An Eastern Australian Airlines (Qantas) flight departed Sydney December 31 with all 500 bearing the superb HOLOGRAM Australia 45¢ Millennium stamp cancelled Sydney Airport pictorial "Smithy" (Charles Kingsford Smith) cancel of December 31, 1999. Each were signed by the pilot Peter Gavin, also the Chief Pilot of Eastern Airlines, Stewart Boyd.

LHI PO staff cancelled the 500 covers after midnight, with "1 Jan - 2000" cds - on a single stamp on front of envelope, and on a block 4 on reverse. The sun rose at Lord Howe Island at 5.22am January 1, 2000 to perfect conditions.

At 10.00 am on Saturday January 1, 2000, the local Courier Post Managers - Peter Phillipps (General Manager), Chris Murray (Courier Services Manager), Margaret Murray (Stamp artist) and Helen Hall (Office Manager), arrived outside the Island Post Office to distribute pre-ordered and now cancelled covers to Island residents and visitors.

The queue of customers almost blocked the main road outside the Post Office, and it took two hours to fill all orders. This was followed by a special Courier Post ZEMAIL run in the electric vehicle in the afternoon to deliver those covers not collected by residents outside the Post Office.

The face value of issues on each envelope is $9.45 and they sold for $15 to cover the flight, autographs and special cover. Demand greatly exceeded the small supply.

The great majority stayed on the island with residents and visitors as souvenirs and likely will not enter the philatelic market.

They have also proven to be popular with Aerophilatelic collectors, due to the very unusual nature of the flight. I understand it was the last flight of the century to leave Australia.


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Several post office branches here in Hong Kong have a slot (in addition to the 'local', 'surface' and 'air' slots) to drop letters to receive a pictorial cancellation. I've seen them in the main branches, and the outlying islands; maybe all the branches that have something 'distinctive' about them?

There's also a machine postmark that identifies the canceller as being from the airport sorting office. All PO branches have a 3-letter code; I forget what the airport code is Airport Processing Centre maybe? Lots of airports have a post office in the terminal for those last-minute sendings of postcards etc, but they may not all have a pictorial cancel.

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Croydon Aerodrome - does this count?

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Certainly Essendon Aerodrome had one, as did Tullamarine (Melbourne Airport)

A quick check of PPA reveals quite a number.

sa Adelaide Airport PO 16/2/1955.
qld Brisbane Airport Renamed from Eagle Farm Airport PO c.-/8/1953; closed 30/6/1990.
qld Brisbane International Airport PO c.1991.
qld Eagle Farm Airport PO c.-/5/1952; renamed Brisbane Airport PO c.-/8/1953.
vic Essendon Airport (1) Renamed from Aerodrome Essendon PO c.1949; renamed Melbourne Airport PO 5/11/1956.
vic Essendon Airport (2) Renamed from Melbourne Airport PO 1/9/1966; closed 28/12/1984.
vic Melbourne Airport (1) Renamed from Essendon Airport PO 5/11/1956; renamed Essendon Airport PO 1/9/1966.
vic Melbourne Airport (2) PO 14/8/1970; closed 30/7/1999.
sa Parafield Airport Renamed from Parafield PO 17/3/1965; closed 27/6/1986.
wa Perth Airport PO 15/10/1962.
nsw Sydney Airport Renamed from Mascot Aerodrome PO 1/7/1960.
nsw Sydney International Airport Renamed from Overseas Terminal Mascot TO 1/7/1960; PO 5/5/1970.

These results will lead to more if you search other than 'Airport'.

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I know that in the late 1940s early 1950s there was a Jerusalem Airport PO. I have several covers (somewhere) from the Jordanian Palestine area that were canceled there.

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Croydon Aerodrome - does this count?

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Not mine incidentally, found it on another thread.

It counted long before Gatwick and Heathrow. :lol:

There used to be a postmark applied at Heathrow, but no longer.

These are some of the special postmarks which mention Heathrow but they were applied at the philatelic handstamping centre, not at the airport.

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Here's one from the Nadi, Fiji airport.

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Australia: Melbourne Airport 22 November 1956.
This postmark was used from 5 November to 14 December 1956.
The Games began on 22 November and closed on 8 December 1956.

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Another one from Papua New Guinea
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One from Adelaide Airport.

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Shame it's in such poor condition. It would be worth a lot of money if it was fine.

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Here's a 1955 cover from the Jerusalem Airport

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Just scanning through threads whilst having a coffee I noticed this thread. I have a Nigerian one on ebay at the moment. Ikeja Airport. http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/400297488360?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1558.l2649

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Several post office branches here in Hong Kong have a slot (in addition to the 'local', 'surface' and 'air' slots) to drop letters to receive a pictorial cancellation. I've seen them in the main branches, and the outlying islands; maybe all the branches that have something 'distinctive' about them?


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A fairly recent one from Melb. Airport ,Tullamarine. Coloured printed cancel.
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A fairly recent one from Melb. Airport ,Tullamarine. Coloured printed cancel.
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I'm guessing that that philatelic digital colour postmark probably wasn't applied to regular mail posted at the airport - and probably wasn't applied at the airport either.

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Don't know, came in auction box lot. But it is going into my Airmail_QANTAS collection.

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This is one from Iraq and it's Basra Airport from 1949, haven't a clue what the triangle mark on the back is though.

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It's a censor mark I think.

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Cheers Ian, I tend to look for censor marks around the 39-46 dates, and tend to forget that some countries had other disputes outwith these times, and of course some countries have censorship outwith war-times.

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To revive an old thread - here's a postcard I sent myself from Nerlerit Inaat Airport, Greenland (also known as Constable Pynt (Point)). It must be Greenland's most isolated international airport, and has its own post office.

The postcard is of Ittoqqortoormiit, the only nearby village, a short helicopter ride away:

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Views of the airport, with the mountains of Liverpool Land across the fjord:

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And this is where it is - northern side of Scoresby Sund (Sound), East Greenland. The largest and longest fjord system in the world.

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I also sent myself one from Keflavik Airport, Reykjavik on my way home via Iceland, but the postmark is too faint to read.

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I think this counts as an airport (from my JFK thread).

http://www.stampboards.com/viewtopic.php?f=17&t=41842

Vandenberg Air Force Base is a U S Air Force Base, about 90 miles north west of L A. It is under the jurisdiction of the 30th Space Wing, Air Force Space Command (AFSC). It is a Dept of Defence space and missile testing base, with a mission of placing satellites into polar orbit from the West Coast. Wing personnel also support the Service's LGM-30G Minuteman III Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Force Development Evaluation program. The base is named in honor of former Air Force Chief of Staff General Hoyt S. Vandenberg.

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Clive L Sarzin cachet fdc with nice wavy line machine cancel. Clive L Sarzin of Long Island New York. He was a prolilfic fdc & souvenir cover producer. Not only have I seen US covers done by him but also UK, France & Italy. His cachets are nearly always a stick on cachet & like the one above, usually a metallic cachet (note his insignia in the bottom right). Although he died in 1986, his cover business continued under the control of his daughter. This cachet design comes in Gold & Black & Silver & Black.

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AMF Idlewild Jamaica New York became AMF Kennedy Jamaica New York, where "AMF" equals "Airport Mail Facility".

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Name change of Airport.

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Name change of Post Office at Airport, hand cancel

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Name change of Post Office at Airport, machine cancel.

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A few more used fdi of JFK (Scott 1246) stamp at Kennedy International Airport:

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CDS hand cancel in violet plus AMF (JFK) NY.

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Machine cancel with slogan "Kennedy International Airport Mail Facility"

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Roller cancel, "Kennedy International Airport Station"

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And just so you know what Kennedy International Airport looks like:

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& the reverse showing addressed to NY cachetmaker, Mike Boyar.

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The three largest South African international airports (Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town) all have post offices with airport postmarks.

Here is a postmark from Johannesburg airport when it was known as Jan Smuts International. In the nineties it was renamed Johannesburg International, and later as OR Tambo International, the current name.

I will mail myself a postcard from there next time I fly to see what the current postmark looks like!

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Here are two airmail covers posted from Kai Tak airport Hong Kong (now closed). This was the only 'obliterator' type cancel used during that period and only used at Kai Tak:

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An underpaid airmail:

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Why was the obliterator used when the canceller could have tied the stamp to the envelope or the aerogramme?

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Why was the obliterator used when the canceller could have tied the stamp to the envelope or the aerogramme?


Good question for which I have no definite answer.

The post office opened 1st April 1952 and handled both airmail and ordinary mail.

I have a GVI cover dated 10 Jan 53 which shows a different type of cancellation with no '(numeral)' at the bottom (Webb type A), addressed locally. This is confirmed as being used for ordinary post. The obliterator was not used on this cover.

Airmail post was cancelled with Webb type B (shown on my images), initially with numeral '(1)' at the bottom for registered post.

In 1959 '(2)' replaced '(1)', which was then used for ordinary mail. Seemingly '(3)' was then used for un-registered airmail.

At the time of publication, Webb made no mention of the obliterator. E W Proud makes no mention of it either.

It is stated that the Kai Tak office was opened mainly for passengers in transit.

It is my own belief that this obliterator may have been introduced early in the 1960's for the convenience of those sorting the mail.

The airport at this time was becoming increasingly busy (boom time for jet aircraft), with many stop-over flights, so there would have been more airmail (with a high proportion of international addressed postcards).

I would imagine that trying to quickly separate airmail from ordinary post (including local) and easily identify it, would have been awkward. Hence the highly visible violet chop.

Hope this makes a little sense.

I should add that not all airmail envelopes were aerogrammes which of course would have been readily recognised.

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An underpaid airmail:

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Correction: correctly franked.

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These Hong Kong post office pictorial postmarks are similar to scenic postmarks used in Japan and China.
I collect these and I want some! Anyone in Hong Kong can send me some covers with these postmarks in exchange for stamps or covers?

Your post was well over a year ago, but if you're still on the Board and interested in these, I could arrange them. There's a special slot in some PO's to drop letters to get the special postmark...I've seen such at the GPO, the Kowloon Central PO, and the PO on a popular island, Cheung Chau...the HK Post website might have a full listing?

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One I came across on eBay. The seller has it as a BIN with a month to go.

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Singapore 1969 Airmail Cover to Japan f.w. 50c Single, SINGAPORE AIRPORT cds
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Back before they were airports they were aerodromes. This one available at Premier Postal for $40.

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Australia has had these:

qld Archerfield Aerodrome PO 1/12/1939; renamed Archerfield R.A.A.F. P.O. PO 5/2/1942.
nsw Bankstown Aerodrome PO 2/9/1957; closed 6/6/1986.
nsw Mascot Aerodrome (1) PO 7/2/1938; closed 20/6/1942.
nsw Mascot Aerodrome (2) PO 27/4/1943; renamed Sydney Airport PO 1/7/1960.
nsw Richmond Aerodrome PO 1/3/1939; renamed Richmond R.A.A.F. P.O. PO 1/8/1940.
sa The Aerodrome TO 19/8/1925; renamed Aero Park TO 1/9/1930.

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In the first few years of aviation, when planes were still a novelty thing, there were various 'meets', in France I remember and elsewhere...there were probably souvenir cancels for such. Although a lot of aviation-related cancels are just FFC or similar commemorative markings.

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This attractive cover was cancelled at Prague RuzynÄ› International Airport in 1967.

In October 2012, following a petition the airport was renamed to Václav Havel International Airport.

However, its airport code 'PRG' was retained by both the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).


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A cover posted at Zurich 'Kloten' airport; code 'ZRH', in 1977.

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HayeSmyth wrote:
This attractive cover was cancelled at Prague RuzynÄ› International Airport in 1967.

In October 2012, following a petition the airport was renamed to Václav Havel International Airport.

However, its airport code 'PRG' was retained by both the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).


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Ahoj Haye!

What tells you it was posted at RuzynÄ› International Airport? Is there some marking on the back?

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Here is one from Essendon Airport to commemorate LBJ's visit to Melbourne:

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The three largest South African international airports (Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town) all have post offices with airport postmarks.

Here is a postmark from Johannesburg airport when it was known as Jan Smuts International. In the nineties it was renamed Johannesburg International, and later as OR Tambo International, the current name.

I will mail myself a postcard from there next time I fly to see what the current postmark looks like!

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I have a cover with the cancel "D F MALAN AIRPORT" dated 18.8.97 from South Africa,
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I have one from Entebbe Airport in Uganda. Not in any way related to the raid, but still a notoriuos location. I have no idea where in my mess it currently resides.


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