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Queen Elizabeth II Air Letter
Giraffe Definitive Design of 1954

Air Letter with Giraffe Definitive Design of 1954
This aerogramme features the giraffe design of the Queen Elizabeth II pictorial definitive of 1954.

In Collecting Stamps, James Mackay attributes the invention of the aerogramme or air letter to Douglas Gumley and these sheets of light letter paper designed to be folded into their own envelopes (thus reducing weight) were first used in Iraq in 1933. They were used in Britain during World War II, at first for military use, and later for civilian mail. Canada's first air letters were issued in 1947.


"Air Letters." Unitrade Specialized Catalogue of Canadian Stamps. Toronto: The Unitrade Press, 1998.

"Kenya." Standard Postage Stamp Catalogue. 1997.

Mackay, James. Collecting Stamps. Glasgow: HarperCollins, 1999.



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