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Aerial Post Centenary - Hendon to Windsor Coin Cover

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Aerial Post Centenary - Hendon to Windsor Coin Cover, with King's Head, Windsor P/M, unsigned £20.00 Buy Now
Aerial Post Centenary - Hendon to Windsor Coin Cover, with alternative Stampex postmark, unsigned £20.00 Buy Now
Aerial Post Centenary - Hendon to Windsor Coin Cover, with alternative Windsor postmark, unsigned £20.00 Buy Now
Aerial Post Centenary - Hendon to Windsor Coin Cover, signed by Henk van Hoorn £30.00 Buy Now
Aerial Post Centenary - Pair of Coin Covers, unsigned £40.00 Buy Now
Aerial Post Centenary Set of 4 Coin Covers £80.00 Limited Availability

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  • Aerial Post Centenary - Hendon to Windsor Coin Cover
  • Features a special commemorative medallion
  • With a single stamp from the Aerial Post miniature sheet
  • And a Windsor, Berkshire postmark (9th September, 2011)
  • Doubled with a single cinderella stamp and special flown cachet
  • Available signed by Henk van Hoorn


Issue Date: 09/09/2011

Issue Name: Hendon to Windsor Aerial Post Centenary Coin Cover

Producer: Buckingham Covers

 

On Saturday September 9th, 1911, 23 sacks of mail were delivered at Hendon, marking the very first delivery of aerial post. Our lovely cover features a special commemorative medallion and limited editions have been signed by Henk van Hoorn, one of only three registered Blériot pilots. It features a single stamp from Royal Mail's Centenary of Aerial Post miniature sheet along with a Windsor, Berkshire postmark (9th September, 2011). It has been doubled with a single cinderella stamp from our commemorative sheetlet and special flown cachet 'flown Windsor - Hendon'.

 

  • Aerial Post Centenary - Hendon to Windsor Coin Cover
  • Features a special commemorative medallion
  • With a single stamp from the Aerial Post miniature sheet
  • And a Windsor, Berkshire postmark (9th September, 2011)
  • Doubled with a single cinderella stamp and special flown cachet
  • Available signed by Henk van Hoorn

 

The First United Kingdom Coronation Aerial Post

The first UK Aerial Post was organised as part of the celebrations for the Coronation of George V. Because the legal charge was a halfpenny for inland postcards or a penny for inland letters, the first Aerial Post was limited to specially printed envelopes and cards at sixpence halfpenny for a card and a shilling and a penny for an envelope. The stationery was widely available and special pillar boxes were provided at all the stores, depots and at Hendon Aerodrome. The Grahame White Aviation Co. was contracted for the flights and the pilots engaged were Clement Gresswell, Gustav Hamel, E.F. Driver and G. Hubert. Four machines were prepared, two Forman bi-planes and two Blériot monoplanes

Hendon to Windsor

On Saturday 9th September 1911, twenty-three sacks with about 75,000 items of aerial mail were delivered to Hendon. They had to wait all day for the wind to drop, but at 4.58pm, Gustav Hamel took of in a Blériot with bag No. 1, the privileged mail, printed in violet, for the Royal Family and various dignitaries.

He arrived at Windsor at 5.11pm. He handed the bag to the Postmaster at Windsor. Some mail was delivered immediately, then the bag was resealed and rushed to the post office. The mail was sorted and despatched in time to catch the 6pm train to London.

Windsor to Hendon

On Sunday 17th September 1911, several thousand people gathered to see Greswell and Hamel take off for the first Windsor to London aerial mail. Four mail bags were brought from Windsor Post Office, but because the wind was still high, the pilots could only take one bag each. They used the two Blériot aircraft and took off at 5.15pm. Greswell, the senior pilot, arrived at Hendon at 5.35pm and Hamel at 5.55pm. All the mail carried that day was backstamped at the Cricklewood Post Office at 12.15am on September 18. The rest of the mail was flown the following day and not backstamped.

 

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