NEW HEBRIDES 1929 SG51, F42/3, F46, F50 Cover
Stock Code: P189015223
1929 (16 JL) airmail cover from Port Vila to New Caledonia, franked by 1925 5f in combination with 1925 French Issue 5c (horizontal pair), 10c, 30c and 1f, each handstamped "PAR AVION" and tied by individual strikes of "NEW HEBRIDES - VILA" cds. Backstamped at Noumea (20 JUIL). A very fine and fascinating cover, carried on board the French cruiser "Tourville" (ppc included) to Noumea. The "Tourville" carried an amphibious seaplane, and it was proposed that mail posted at Port Vila would be loaded on to the plane for onward transmission to Noumea. The service was aborted when the seaplane suffered a mechanical fault, with all covers being forwarded by sea. Attractive and rare.
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