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Colombia to United States

October 9, 1924

This early airmail cover was mailed from Bogotá, the capital of Colombia.

It was sent on a SCADTA hydroplane as requested by the sender.
SCADTA (Sociedad Colombo-Alemana de Transportes Aereos)
was started in December, 1919, by Germans and Colombians.
SCADTA was the first airline in South America and the second in the world.

The first airplane used by SCADTA was the
Junkers F-13, one of the earliest passenger planes.
The Junkers F-13 outfitted with floats carried this cover.

SCADTA operated its own post offices and issued its own stamps.
This cover is franked with one of the SCADTA stamps.
The stamps were available abroad for users who wished
to use SCADTA airmail services to Colombia.

The backstamp on this cover advertises use of SCADTA airmail:
USE THE COLOMBIAN AIR MAIL
IT SAVES YOU TEN DAYS.
INFORMATION, STAMPS THROUGH
AMERICAN TRADING CO.
25 BROAD STREET
NEW YORK
I suspect that the American Trading Co. was an agent for SCADTA.

The cover is franked with 3c blue of 1923-24 and 30c blue
airmail of 1921 (Scott 372 and C29, respectively).

The cover was cancelled with a single strike of a
SERVICIO POSTAL AEREO SCADTA | BOGOTA CDS.

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