ITALY Flight Covers
1925 de Pinedo World Flight, Calcutta to Melbourne, franked with 1/2a and 1 1/2a India King George V definitives, with a red handstamp reading "Italian Consul General's (Melbourne) letter of 12-11-25. / No. 750/11. / Calcutta to Melbourne by Seaplane, 13/5/1925.". Back shows a purple cachet with map "ITALIAN / WORLD AIR / FLIGHT" (also another strike partly visible on front), with green initials of Stephen Smith and the president of the Aero Philatelic Club of India H.A. Outhwaite (these, apparently to prevent duplication). This is the right half of the cover only, as the 93 existing covers had all been intentionally cut in half, as they had been signed by de Pinedo after a promised charity donation had failed (the half with his signature is missing). Accompanied by a copy of a fairly contemporary article written on these interesting covers. This one is numbered 77 (out of 93), v.f.