New definitive air mail Newfoundland stamps appeared at the beginning of 1931. These new flight-themed definitive stamps were designed specifically for use on all types of mail traveling by airplane.
Watermark 214, shown above, was not printed on each stamp, but across the entire pane, thus some of the stamps from these panes may show only a small trace of the watermark, or in some cases, no watermark at all.
The three pictorial definitive air mail stamps shown above were issued on January 2, 1931.
According to the Scott Catalog, these Newfoundland stamps were printed on both unwatermarked paper and on paper with WMK 241 -- Arms of Newfoundland watermark -- across the entire pane of stamps.
According to the Stanley Gibbons catalog, these Newfoundland stamps were issued on January 2, 1931 on unwatermarked paper, and again on March 13, 1931 on paper with the Arms of Newfoundland watermark.
Typing these Newfoundland stamps can get a bit tricky here! The stamps on the unwatermarked panes can not be told apart from the stamps on the watermarked panes that show no trace of the sheet watermark. In fact, pairs from the later printings may be obtained, where one of the stamps shows a watermark, while the adjacent stamp does not show any trace of a watermark at all.
The technical attributes table below is based on the catalog listings.
On May 19, 1932, the One Dollar denomination definitive air mail stamp of 1931 was overprinted and revalued for the return flight of the Dornier DO-X from New York via Newfoundland, to Berlin, Germany.
The overprint reads: "TRANS-ATLANTIC / WEST TO EAST / Per Dornier DO-X / May, 1932. / One Dollar and Fifty Cents".
This was one of the first large, passenger aircraft capable of trans-Atlantic flight.
On June 9, 1933, a new set of five pictorial definitive air mail Newfoundland stamps was issued (Sc. #C13-17). The stamps are engraved, and they are printed on watermarked paper.
The designs feature aircraft and symbolic themes of Newfoundland.
On July 24, 1933, the 75 C. denomination definitive air mail stamp of 1933 was overprinted and revalued for the return flight of General Italo Balbo's Seaplane Squadron from the Century of Progress World's Fair in Chicago to Rome (Scott #C18).
The overprint reads: "1933 / GEN. BALBO / FLIGHT. / $4.50". The stamp is also known with an inverted overprint (Sc. #C18a). They are very, very rare!
The last Newfoundland air mail stamp was issued on June 1, 1943 (Scott #C19). This stamp is engraved, and it is printed on unwatermarked paper. The design features an Airplane over St. John's, Newfoundland.
After 1943, regular definitive Newfoundland stamps were used to pay postage on air mail letters.
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