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Portsmouth,Southsea and Isle of Wight Aviation

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    Posted: 08 January 2018 at 14:04
Portsmouth, Southsea and Isle of Wight Aviation moved to Portsmouth Airport in 1932 having previously been based on the Isle of Wight (as Inland Flying Services). In 1934 they issued 2 stamp designs with a view to producing airmail covers. The stamps were produced  in booklets of 20 in panes of 4. Some covers were flown on their aircraft but the Post Office prevented them from continuing to use the stamps which were then sold on to a stamp dealer, according to Flight magazine (still published today) from 1st March 1934.

You can see a booklet and covers sold by auction houses at these links:




I have 2 sheets of the Island Air Express stamps in blue and black, other colours may exist.


Here is a close up of the blue sheet


The suggestion, in the  note, that Portsmouth, Southsea and Isle of Wight Aviation went out of business because of the loss of one aircraft is untrue. In 1946 they changed their name again, this time to Portsmouth Aviation, and they are still based at Portsmouth Airport but are now known for avionics rather than flying aircraft.




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The larger blue stamp features one of their aircraft flying over Portsmouth Guild Hall. It is a good example of a serially numbered stamp. Perhaps surprisingly, there were 2 printings of this stamp. I say surprisingly because, as I stated above, their mail operation was halted quite early on. The mail operation was, clearly, an ambitious project. The first printing, up to number 4,500, was printed by Charpentier and they were printed in booklet panes of 4 and can be further distinguished from the second printing by being imperforate around the outer edges of the panes, as below:

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