Envelope: First Aerial Post Great Britain to Australia 1919
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|Title||Envelope: First Aerial Post Great Britain to Australia 1919|
|Place made||Australia: Victoria, Melbourne|
|Measurement||Overall: 10.3 x 13.3 cm|
|Copying provision||Copying permitted subject to physical condition|
Envelope addressed the the Director Commonwealth War Museum ( Australian War Memorial). A commemorative label is attached, celebrating the first air mail between Great Britain and Australia. The label has been cancelled with a cachet 'First Aerial Mail - Great Briatin to Australia - Received 26 February 1920'.It also has a cachet reading 'Per Vickers "Vimy" Aeroplane to Australia' which Keith Smith applied to some items of mail.
The commemorative label was designed by AIF war artist Lieutenant GC Benson and printed in Melbourne. The label was attached to the mail after arrival in Melbourne. 576 labels were made, 150 were destroyed. 364 were attached to the air mail. Some of the unused 87 labels were presented to officials and the crew members of the aircraft.Hide