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Show Me Your Airmail Covers, Envelope Designs

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Posted 12/04/2019   08:01 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add DonSellos to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
While I keep this cover in my Stars airmail border collection for its row of stars along the bottom edge, it is actually a dual purpose envelope. The Air Mail arrow is a paste-on and without it, the envelope could be used for non-airmail philatelic events. There is a printed signature "By Capaldi" in the lower left corner that suggests the design was created and printed by the addressee.
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Posted 12/06/2019   07:47 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add DonSellos to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Most of the my different "stars" airmail designs have been posted so I am moving to the "Words & Phrase") category of airmail borders. Below are two of my earliest with the airmail designators running across the front of the envelope, similar, but different, both philatelic in origin.

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Posted 12/07/2019   07:56 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add DonSellos to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
A 1929 cover commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Gadsden Purchase. It is an earlier example this type of airmail border, most are from the 1930s.
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Posted 12/08/2019   07:59 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add DonSellos to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
The National Air Races frequently generated some interesting philatelic covers. This one from Chicago, 1930.
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Posted 12/09/2019   08:00 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add DonSellos to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
A 1931 first-flight cover from Pasadena, CA. This is a frequently seen border. There is a copyright notice by Premier Press of Indianapolis on the reverse of this cover.
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I don't know what is going on with the scrap covering the address. I received it that way. It looks like the cover was ripped from a larger display. The fragment is glued down but good.
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Posted 12/11/2019   08:17 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add DonSellos to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
A 1932 cover with a Memorial Day postmark from USS Partridge at San Pedro, CA with a Navy specific airmail border. I have seen these envelopes used during the 1930s and have one canceled at the US Navy Purchasing Office in Shanghai, China, in 1937.
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Posted 12/12/2019   08:14 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add DonSellos to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
This 1933 philatelic cover has an airmail border designed for use with the George Washington Bicentennial issue pressed into service here for an airport dedication. It incorporates a quote from Henry (Light Horse Harry) Lee's eulogy of George Washington.
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Some more font similar covers with a variety of events.


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Posted 12/13/2019   07:38 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add DonSellos to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
A 1933 airport dedication cover with a less dramatic "words" border framed by a thin blue line.
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A 1933 Armistice Day cancel on a first-flight cover from Elk City, OK, with alternating red and blue "Airmail" forming the border.
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A 1934 first-day cover of Sc. CE1 on a cover with an airmail border incorporating the name of the American Air Mail Society and its convention.
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Posted 12/16/2019   08:42 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add DonSellos to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Stampcrow:

An interesting airmail "pinwheel" on that cover. Must have been postmaster Munson's specialty! Thanks for posting it.

The airmail border on the cover below commemorates the 1936 speed record breaking trans-Atlantic flight of Harry Richman and Dick Merrill. The posting date is the day they left England for the return flight. The border design is repeated on the reverse as a mirror image. There is also an explanation of the flight printed on the reverse. No information as to who printed the envelope.
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