Kenya, Uganda and Tanganyika
Queen Elizabeth II Air Letter
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.
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