Story: Postage stamps

Airmail, 1933

Airmail, 1933

New Zealand's first airmail stamps were issued in 1931, but at that stage there were few planes to carry mail. It was another four years before there were regular flights – but the stamps could be used to connect mail with airmail flights overseas. Here, Australian aviator Charles Ulm (right) poses with postal workers as a mailbag is loaded for a flight from Auckland to Invercargill in Ulm's plane, the Faith in Australia, in 1933.

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Carl Walrond, 'Postage stamps - Stamps, 1855 to 1940', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 3 October 2023)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 20 Jun 2012