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Cover Type: Foreign origin, inbound to USA with foreign stamp(s)
Entered by: dwsnow
Added on:Jan 9, 18
Edited on:Jan 12, 18
Postmark: Sep 29, 1925
Origin: Budapest, HUNGARY
Destination: New York, New York, UNITED STATES

Hungary Airmail 1925 10,000 korona red & dull violet (#C11) showing Icarus, vert. pair and single tied by "Legi Posta Budapest 72 925 Sep. 29. N5" circular datestamps on registered cover to New York. Boxed Biplane Budapest-Paris route marking. This cachet was originally prepared for airmail use between Budapest and Paris for the opening of the 1924 flying season. "New York, N.Y. 10-14 1925 Reg'y. Div." oval backstamps. Directive "Ajánlott" (meaning Registered).

According to Berecz, in his 1922-27 airmail rate table, during the 11th period from 1 June 1924 to 30 September 1925, the airmail letter rate was 10,000k, the foreign (or Treaty) rate was 5,000k, and mandatory Express (Special Delivery) fee was 10,000k, and the registry fee was 5,000k.  The Express fee was mandatory during periods 1-12. Often, as in this case, mail did not have an "Express" label or notation; but special delivery was assumed for airmail. The required postage for a normal weight (up to 20 grams) was the sum of these charges. In this case 30,000k.

In 1926, with the end of inflation in Hungary (due to a loan from the League of Nations) and a new currency,  reduction of airmail rates, and the elimination of the express (special delivery) requirement, this high-value airmail stamp became quite useless because it was too high-valued.  Flown Hungarian mail of this period is scarce. During this period, flying by Hungarian airlines was restricted to the warmer months, essentially April through October.

Source: "The Pioneer Period of Hungarian Airmail" by Victor G. Berecz, Jr., published by the American Airmail Society, Mineola, NY, 1996.

The route this cover took was by airmail from Budapest to Paris via Zurich and then to London, and finally by ship from Great Britain to New York.

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