Air Mail Covers - variant borders

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  1. DonSellos

    DonSellos Well-Known Member

    During the early 2000s my cover collecting passion was airmail covers with different or unusual borders. When I began this collection I thought it would, perhaps, reach two or three dozen examples. By the time I tired of searching for these covers, the accumulation had grown to over 250 and I still find a different one now and then. I will begin showing the cover that got me started with this sideline collection. This variant airmail border was produced by J. W. Stoutzenber, a printer and cachet maker from Maplewood, Missouri. I have found five different designs by him, but this one, in my opinion, is his most dramatic. It is a typical airmail first flight cover. I bought it for a $1 at the Oklahoma City stamp show around 2001.

    Don

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  2. Molokai

    Molokai Well-Known Member

    Another Mr. Stamp specialty!

    Bargains make the cover or purchase even more attractive. I try to stay under $20 a cover but have scored a few very sweet ones for one or two dollars. The hunt is perhaps more than half the fun.
     
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  3. DonSellos

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    Amen to that!

    Don
     
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    Another example, this one with an airmail border of airplanes:

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  5. Molokai

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    I would 'Like' twice if I could! Neat cover, airplanes rotating as they go 'round.
     
  6. DonSellos

    DonSellos Well-Known Member

    There are several other airplane airmail borders. I won't bore viewers by posting all I have, but I do want to show the following. It is not a cover per se, but an aerogram with a paper airplane airmail border. I have a couple of stamps that show paper airplanes, but this is the only cover I have seen.

    Don

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  7. DonSellos

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    The next group of variant airmail borders is 'Birds." This is not a large group and surprisingly, most of those I have are from countries outside the U.S. Here is one of the first I collected.

    Don

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  8. DonSellos

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    A second "Bird" border, this one on a U.S. envelope. It follows the same pattern of being printed on the left and bottom with the compass rose in the corner.

    Don

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  9. DonSellos

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    The airlines used airmail stationery and designed their own with borders reflecting their identity. Here are some examples:

    Don

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    Here are a couple of borders featuring Canadian national symbols, the maple leaf and the beaver. One cover posted in Canada, the other in the U.S.

    Don

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    A sample of the style I called "checker boards"

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    Posted below is an unusual airmail designation on covers. It is not a border, but none-the-less designates the cover as airmail. Milton Mauck, a airmail cover dealer and cachet designer seems to have originated this style of airmail designator. It is one of my favorites that I have categorized as "Connecting Terminals." Here's a sample:

    Don

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  13. DonSellos

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    It's been awhile since I added to this thread. Here are a few airmail covers from Egypt that use hieroglyphics in the borders.

    Don

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    Moving along alphabetically, here are a few flags:

    Don

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    The variations of red, white, & blue lines and bars airmail borders are multitudinous. I will post only a few to give an impression of what they are like. The second and third images have many variations of aircraft pushing or pulling the lines across the cover. I am particularly fond of the last image, a home made job, obviously, from a collector who liked something a little different.

    Don

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  17. Molokai

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    Love the Four Corners cover!
     
  18. DonSellos

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    Some variations on the Lines & Bars borders, this time vertical and diagonal.

    Don

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  19. DonSellos

    DonSellos Well-Known Member

    Some one-of-a-kind airmail borders. These are rarely duplicated with enough variations to form a separate grouping. This is, perhaps, my second largest category, exceeded only by the lines & bars group.

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