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Greece to Libya
April 19, 1935
This colorful airmail first flight cover
was sent from
Athens to Tripoli (now Tarābulus) on the Mediterranean coast.
There is a blue bilingual etiquette and a bilingual PAR AVION handstamp.
There is also a handstamp noting that this was a first flight from Athenes to Tripoli on Air France.
The addressee was the Air France Agent in
designation for the sender P. Drossos.
Grand Liban was added to route the return through Lebanon.
P. Drossos was a prominent stamp dealer in Athens.
The cover received five Athens
CDS - three on the
front and two on the back.
The cover is franked with two 1930 airmail stamps
- 50 lepta green airplane over map of Greece and 2 drachma
light violet airplane over map of Icarian Sea (Scott C15 and C17).
There are also two 1934 postal tax stamps
- a 10 lepta blue, buff and red Red Cross helping soldier and family and
a 10 lepa blue green, orange and buff allegory of Health (Scott RA47 and RA 49).
The second postal tax stamp had to be used four weeks
of the year including Christmas, New Year, and Easter.
The proceeds were used to benefit tubercular clerks and
officials of the Post, Telephone and Telegraph Service.
The postal tax stamps were similar to semi-postals except
that all of the proceeds went to the charitable object without any
portion going for the postal service as in the case of semipostals.
There is also a block of four of the 1927
40 lepta slate blue
White Tower of Salonika on the back (Scott 325).
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