Open cover with no content, airmailed from Athens to Drama bearing a violet triple-ring commemorative handstamp in Greek “ΕΝΑΡΞΙΣ ΑΕΡΟΠ. ΣΥΓΚΟΙΝΩΝΙΑΣ ΑΘΗΝΩΝ – ΔΡΑΜΑΣ / ΜΑΪΟΣ 1934” (Inauguration of Air Communication Athens-Drama / May 1934);
Bears an unperforated 3-line airmail label (44x16mm), texted in Greek: “BY AIR / via the Hellenic Air Communications Company S.A.” (EEES 1931 issue, navy/white impression).
Franked with 40lepta ‘Thessaloniki Tower’ + 20lepta ‘Macedonian costume’ pair (Landscapes I issue, 1927) plus 50lepta ‘Map of Greece’ airpost (Government issue, 1933) adhesives cancelled ΑΘΗΝΑΙ ΑΠΟΣΤΟΛΗ ΑΕΡΟΠΟΡΙΚΩΣ 26.V.34 [Athens Dispatch by Air, 26 May 1934].
Total franking: 1.30dr; 80lepta for domestic surface mail (printed matter rate, in effect from 5 April 1933 to 31 August 1934) plus 50lepta for the airmail tax (postcard rate, in effect from 6 May 1931 to 27 April 1941).
Backstamped with GPO rare airmail cachet “ΑΕΡΟΠΟΡΙΚΗ ΑΦΙΞΙΣ” (Arrival by air) applied at destination in violet, instead of the known red colour. Postmarked with ΔΡΑΜΑ ΑΦΙΞΙΣ 26.V.34 (Drama Arrival 26 May 1934) datestamp.
Condition: Fine; see scans.

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1934 Greece EEES Hellenic Air Communications Company Athens-Drama First flight

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SKU number: 2628

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