Airmail cover posted from ILLE ET VILAINE (North France)on 21 Feb 1939. Route to Kano : by surface to Marseille, on 24 Feb from Marseille to Khartoum by Imperial Airways (flight KS87, arrival at Khartoum on 26 Feb). The last leg was Khartoum-Kano, by Imperial Airways again ( flight KL 161) departed from Khartoum on 27 Feb and arrived at Kano 28 Feb( KANO NIGERIA 28FE 39 post mark on reverse side). However the address of the recipient was wrong and the letter was delivered two days later, on 2 March, at Malam Maduri which is 232 Km NorthEast from Kano (MALAM MADURI 2 MA 39 NIGERIA postmark on reverse side). The British Trans-Africa Service, originally called the “West African Service” commenced in February 1936, operated, initially, once in a week over the sector Khartoum-Kano. Later in the same year the service extended to Lagos.