Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Par Avion

I LOVE air mail stuff.  Anything - the stamps, the envelopes, the beautiful blue paper that many people use because it's so light and therefore cheaper to send - everything.

So you can imagine my delight when I got this awesome stack of air mail envelopes in the mail:


*GASP* Aren't they amazing?  They're from all over the world: Spain, Malta, Czechoslovakia (now Czech Republic), Costa Rica, South Africa, Nigeria - and the envelopes are FILLED with wonderful goodies!

Let's first check out the actual "par avion" labels in every language!  I have a representation of Portuguese, Spanish, German (Swiss), Afrikaans, Danish, Italian, Hungarian - I have never seen such an amazing representation, and it's about 10,000 percent more awesome than the photo suggested!  For the price I paid for this lot, I feel like I stole it.  This seller is going to get the most glowing feedback I am able to articulate in 100 characters.  :D

Some of the envelopes are of the red-white-blue variety, which I always enjoy; some are that onion skin-type that is so fragile.  I have always loved that type of envelope, ever since we had Indian neighbors and they would show us the letters they'd receive from their relatives back home in Mumbai (Bombay back then).  I was instantly captivated by the look and feel - so different than the plain ol' letters we'd get in the mail!











And the stamps.  The stamps!  I believe this marks the first time I've ever received stamps from Monaco, Uruguay, Costa Rica, Kenya/Uganda (and still under British rule!) - amazing.  Speaking of that last one, check out the stationery that the envelope folds out to be!



The return addresses are also varied and wonderful!  Again, I can't believe my good fortune.



I may have to make this a two-part post, because I haven't even begun to tell you about the stamp lot that I received along with these beauts!  Check back tomorrow for more postal-y goodness - I guarantee you won't be disappointed!  :D

In the meantime, here are some collages and a clock I've done using air mail items (can you tell I really love them?):

"Par Avion" clock - available at melkolstad.com!











11 comments:

  1. I love airmail stuff, too. I love the old air mail paper and fold up envelopes the best. Thanks for a nice article.

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    1. Annie, those fold-up letters are the COOLEST, aren't they? Thank you for commenting! :D

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  2. I can't image anyone who doesn't love airmail stamps and envelopes - particularly the onion skin paper the beautiful note paper --- lucky lucky girl!!!!!

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    1. Thanks Kathleen - I can't imagine it either! :D

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  3. Oh My Gosh Mel - where did you get them from - uber cool! J

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  4. What a great stash! The last time I asked for some air mail/par avion stickers at the post office, they said, "Oh, you don't need those anymore since everything goes air mail" - I pouted. I WANT to put par avion stickers on my letters, darn it! :D

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    1. OOH NOOOO!!! This is tragic. I know it save them printing costs but it's just another philatelic goody down the drain. We should start a petition to bring them back, Carolyn! :D

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  5. Fantastic collection. Could you please tell me where you got them? I love reading your posts and comments! Thank you!

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    2. Hi Fran! Thanks so much! Send me your e-mail address and I'll let you know where I got all this good stuff. :D

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