Italy 1933 Airmail Issues Trans-Atlantic Seaplane Flight 2 Strips MLH Scott.C48/9 (4-11)
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Condition: Mint and lightly hinged Airmail stamps of Italy, for the period from 1930 to 1933, feature more modernistic designs. Two more special flights, plus the visit of a famous German airship, also took place during this period. The strips of stamps were issued on May 20, 1933 for the Trans-Atlantic Seaplane Squadron Flight from Rome to the Chicago World's Fair (Century of Progress Exposition). The flight was made by a squadron of 24 Savoia-Marchetti Flying Boats, commanded by Air Marshall Italo Balbo. At the left is a Registered Airmail Express label, overprinted APPARECCHIO and the abbreviation of the pilot's name. At the center is a 5.25 L. + 44.75 L. denomination postage stamp featuring the facing profile of King Victor Emmanuel III. At the right is a 5.25 L. + 19.75 L. denomination airmail postage stamp featuring a unique design for each of the pilots. Twenty of the twenty-four pilots in the squadron had their own unique initials inscribed on the left stamp of each strip. For a complete set of this issue, 20 of these mint strips are actually required. The strips shown above have TEUC and PELL, which are the initials of Giuseppe Teucci and Aldo Pellegrini respectively. Here are the 20 possible initials and pilot names used on these stamps of Italy, as noted in the Sassone Catalogo Completo dei Francobolli D'Italia e Paesi Italiani, Edizione 2004.
|ARAM - Mario Aramu BALB - Italo Bilbo BIAN - Vincenzo Biani BISE - Attilo Biseo BORG - Bruno Borghetti CALO - Jacopo Calo Carducci DINI - Mario Baldini GIOR - Gennaro Giordano LEON - Leonello Leone LONG - Ulisse Longo||MIGL - Alessandro Miglia NANN - Umberto Nannini NAPO - Silvio Napoli PELL - Aldo Pellegrini QUES - Luigi Questa RANI - Celso Ranieri RECA- Enea Recagno ROVI - Umberto Rovis TEUC - Giuseppe Teucci VERC - Alessandro Vercelloni|
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