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September 25, 2020
Early Austrian airmail & a great cancel

Early Austrian airmail & a great cancel

I rediscovered an early Austrian airmail gem while rooting through my collection, looking for something. It's a great little cover, primarily because the cancels are pristine. Nothing says frustration like a messy, unreadable cancel.  A clear cancel offers up a...

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Doping & 1 scarce Royal Flying Corps manual

Doping & 1 scarce Royal Flying Corps manual

Today, we’re going to look at doping. No, no, not that kind, the aviation kind. Early airplanes were made of cloth pulled taut over a wood frame. To protect the wood, and create a streamlined body, the material was covered in something called dope, a liquid designed...

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