Albania stamps for airmail letter postage, issued between 1925 and 1929, all feature the same design, with that being a contemporary commercial passenger aircraft flying above a mountainous landscape. As with the pictorial definitive postage stamps of this time, new airmail stamps for special events were created by overprinting existing airmail stamps.
The monoplane shown on these stamps is probably a German-built Dornier (or similar model)
passenger aircraft of the type used by the German "Aero-Lloyd" charter
airline. They were the parent company of the Albanian "Adria
Aero-Lloyd" domestic airline, which was founded in February 1925. At the time, "Adria Aero-Lloyd" provided domestic passenger service between Tirane, Shkoder, Vlore, and Korce.
The seven airmail stamps shown above (Sc. #C1-C7) were issued on May 30, 1925. These stamps are typographed on paper that is watermarked lozenges, and they are all perforated 14.
These airmail stamps exist imperforate, and as such, they are rare. An example is shown at the top of this page.
The seven diagonally overprinted airmail stamps shown above (Sc. #C8-C14) were issued on January 18, 1927, identifying Albania as a Republic.
The diagonal overprint on the stamps is "Rep[ublika] Shqiptare" or the "Republic of Albania".
These stamps exist with inverted and double overprints. Examples of them are relatively common and quite affordable.
The seven overprinted airmail stamps shown above (Sc. #C15-C21) were issued on April 21, 1928, to celebrate the First International Flight by Adria Aero-Lloyd from Vlore, Albania to Brindisi, Italy.
The overprint on the stamps is "REP SHQIPTARE / Fluturim' i I-ar / Vlone-Brindisi / 21.IV.1928" or the "Republic of Albania / Flight by Air / 21 April 1928". The distance from Vlore to Brindisi is about 83 miles. In a passenger aircraft of the time, the trip would have taken less than one hour.
The 5 Q. denomination exists with an inverted overprint. It is not terribly expensive.
A "SHQIRTARE" overprint error occurs once in every pane of stamps. Its value is about three times that of the regular stamp.
The seven overprinted airmail stamps shown above (Sc. #C22-C28) were issued on December 1, 1929, identifying Albania as a Kingdom.
The overprint on the stamps is "Mbr[eteri] Shqiptare" or the "Kingdom of Albania".
Most of the stamps in this set are rather expensive, and as would be expected, forgeries of the overprint exist.
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