Liberia Aerogrammes Detailed Listing

Liberia became an independent country on July 26, 1847 and issued many philatelic items during its first century. The first aerogramme was issued unannounced and with no celebrations shortly after its 100th anniversary and sometime before October 3, 1947.

This listing draws heavily on both the EAPC "Katalog der Aerogramme von Afrika 1995" and Kessler's "Catalog of Aerograms", Volumes 2 and 3. In order to provide as consistent a listing as possible, the assigned catalog numbers are as close to those of the EAPC catalog as possible. Where major items have been added, a capital letter has been used, e.g., 7A and 9A.

Thanks to the many individuals who contributed to both catalogs.

(Last Modified: April 20, 2005)

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Before 03.10.47. 10c, crude purple hand-stamped stamp imprint. Dark blue inscriptions on white paper, watermarked vertical lines with "Permanized Artesian Laid" in script and "RAG CONTENT". Watermarks occur in different orientations. "Sender's name and address:" with three solid lines at upper left. "AIR LETTER" below. Three-line admonitory text at lower left of front panel "IF ANYTHING IS ENCLOSED / THIS LETTER WILL BE SENT / BY ORDINARY MAIL". Dashed folding lines to aid folding; text "First fold here" inside of left vertical line, "Second fold here" inside right vertical line, no text for 3rd line. Imprint adapted from the stamp design of the first US Aerogramme issued on 29.04.47. Stamp outlined with coarse (6x7 teeth), uneven simulated perforations (30 mm wide by 25 mm high). Format 149 x 92 mm. 300.00 250.00
a)  setoff of stamp imprint on inside 400.00 350.00

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Before 18.10.47. Same 10c crude purple hand-stamped stamp imprint as No. 1. British privilege military form with blue inscription on grayish-white paper with gray overlay on outside of front and bottom panels. Inscription "Army Form W.3077.A" in lower right corner, Privilege Triangle in left lower corner. On back panel is usual Honor Certificate "I certify on my honour that the contents of this envelope refer to nothing but private and family matters." Inscription "51-6818 (2)" on bottom right of lower left side panel. Format 121 x 99 mm. 800.00 700.00
a)  same basic form but cream paper and different gum 800.00 700.00

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Before 14.10.1947. Same 10c crude purple hand-stamped stamp imprint as No. 1 & 2. Grayish blue inscriptions on gray paper with bluish gray overlay. Basic British form with inscription "51-5829" at bottom right of lower left side panel. Handstamp (perforations ), stamp 25 x 30 mm.Impression more weakly or more strongly, inscriptions bluish gray.Overlay bluish gray on grey paper, format 124 x 102 mm. -- --
a)  double impression of the handstamped stamp -- --
b)  handstamp impression oriented vertically, with "AIR MAIL" reading down -- --
c)  stamp handstamped in red -- --
d)  manuscript postmark of 1949, handstamp unavailable -- --
e)  inverted impression of stamp handstamped in black -- --
f)  double impression of vertically oriented handstamp, with "AIR MAIL" reading down -- --
g)  handstamp impression at angle of 20-30 degrees -- --

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1948. 10c magenta, hand-stamped stamp imprint. Grayish blue inscriptions on gray paper with bluish gray overlay. Same form as for No. 3. Same airplane motif, but markedly clearer and improved design. Stamp outlined with finer (10x11 teeth), even simulated perforations (27 mm wide by 24 mm high). Format 124 x 102mm. -- --
a)  light red poorer or worn impression with rectangle sometimes absent (25 x 23 mm) -- --
b)  red lilac impression not as clear as No. 4 but significantly better than No. 4a -- --
c)  magenta impression on white paper -- --
d)  double magenta impression of the stamp -- --
e)  double red impression of the stamp -- --

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15.11.56. 10c red to red-brown printed stamp showing airplane over Atlantic Ocean. Black inscriptions on light blue paper, watermarked "Imperial Air Mail" with letter "I". (See No. 16 for similar issue but without watermark)    
a)  watermarked letter "K" (1957) -- --
b)  watermarked letter "M" (1959) -- --
c)  watermarked letter "L" (1958) -- --
d)  watermarked letter "P" (1961) -- --
e)  watermarked letter "S" (1962) -- --
f)  watermarked letter "T" (1963) -- --
g)  watermarked letter "V" (1964) -- --
h)  watermarked letter "Y" (1965) -- --
i)  watermarked letter "Z" (1966) -- --
k)  watermarked letter "Z" with additional line in watermark -- --
SP)  Specimen, both handstamped and perfinned, wmk letter "I" 750.00 --

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15.11.56. 10c red, hand-stamped stamp imprint. Dark blue inscriptions on light blue paper. Revised air mail tablet at upper left (Tablet Q). On back panel are imprints "The Apsley Air Letter" and "Form Approved by Postmaster General No. 71995/IW". Crude, blurred stamp imprint, similar to that on No. 4, but very worn. -- --
a)  clear stamp imprint, new handstamp -- --
b)  double stamp imprint, one inverted -- --

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20.05.57. 10c magenta hand-stamped stamp imprint, same as No. 4. Blue inscriptions on light blue paper, watermarked "APEX MILL" in a banner circling a pyramid. Form is very crudely printed (local printer) and imitates the British form with Tablet C. Back panel has three sender's address lines, two lines of instructions and "Form Approved by the Postmaster General No. 250|1!" (the # is difficult to discern and may be "250/11" or "250I1!") -- --

7A) Before 08.06.57. 10c magenta hand-stamped stamp imprint. Dark blue inscriptions on blue paper without watermark. High quality printing of form. Back panel has three lines of admonitory text and "Form approved by the Postmaster General, No. 91". The stamp imprint is somewhat worn. -- 100.00

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1958. 10c magenta, hand-stamped stamp imprint, same as No. 7. Blue inscriptions on light blue paper. Basic form is similar to that used for No. 6 but the numeral is "71995/IX" (instead of IW) -- --
a)  stamp carelessly applied -- --
b)  with border lozenges of alternating red/blue color -- --
c)  without control number -- --
d)  double impression of stamp imprint -- --

9) 1958. 10c red hand-stamped stamp imprint. Blue inscriptions on greenish-blue paper. Revised air mail tablet at upper left with 4 lines of admonitory text. Very crude, local printing with 2-line imprint "THE E VER GREEN AIR LETTER / Form Approved by P. and T Inspector" on back panel. -- 400.00

9A) 1959. 10c red hand-stamped stamp imprint. Blue inscriptions on greenish-blue paper. Air mail tablet at upper left with 4 lines of admonitory text, similar to No. 9. Crude, but improved, local printing with 2-line imprint 'THE EVER GREEN AIR LETTER / "Form Approved by the Postmaster General"' on back panel. -- 400.00
a)  Denomination 0c due to missing 1 -- --

10) 1960. 10c red to magenta hand-stamped stamp imprint. Dark blue inscriptions on unwatermarked light blue paper. The Air Mail tablet at upper left is similary to No. 6, but now clearly printed. On the back panel is "The Apsley Air Letter" and "Form Approved by Postmaster General No. 71995/IY". The text "second fold here" is 33 mm long. -- --
a)  "second fold here" is 36.5 mm -- --
b)   with border lozenges of alternating red/blue color -- --

11) 1958. 10c magenta hand-stamped stamp imprint. Dark blue inscriptions on blue paper, watermarked "Imperial Air Mail". Back panel has three lines of admonitory text and "Form approved by the Postmaster General, No. 71995/2E". The stamp imprint varies from fairly clear to completely worn out and illegible. -- --
a)  watermarked letter "I" (1956) -- --
b)  watermarked letter "K" (1957) -- --
c)  watermarked letter "L" (1958) -- --
d)  watermarked letter "M" (1959) -- --
e)  watermarked letter "M" (1959), center folding line between "fold" and "here" -- --
f)  watermarked letter "O" (1960) -- --
g)  watermark without letter -- --

12)
 
 
1962. 10c magenta hand-stamped stamp imprint, with new die. Dark blue inscriptions on blue paper with red/blue border lozenges. Air mail tablet like No. 6. New stamp die is crude with sawtoothed perforations. On back panel is "The Apsley Air Letter" without a control number. 10.00 8.00
a)  new rubber handstamp 26 x 26 mm 15.00 15.00

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1962. 10c magenta hand-stamped stamp imprint, same as No. 12. Dark blue inscriptions on blue paper. Same form as used for No. 8b, with "71995/IX", and with red/blue border lozenges. 25.00 15.00

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1964. 10c magenta hand-stamped stamp imprint, same as No. 12. Dark blue inscriptions on light blue paper with red/blue lozenges. The imprint "The Apsley Air Letter - A John Dickinson Product" is on the back panel. -- --

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1965. 10c red-violet hand-stamped stamp imprint, same as No. 12. Dark blue inscriptions on light blue paper. Air mail tablet same as No. 7 but with red/blue border lozenges. Stamp 26 x 26 mm carelessly placed. -- --

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1967. 10c orange printed stamp showing airplane over Atlantic Ocean. Black inscriptions on light blue paper, without watermark. (See No. 5 with for similar issue on watermarked paper.) 6.00 6.00

17)
 
1969. 15c blue printed stamp with symbol of flight. blue edge, form of the English aerogrammes with "By air Mail". Blue inscriptions on light blue paper without watermark. New format 123 x 99 mm. Note "Second fold here" is 33.5 mm long. Length of longest line of admonitory text is 94 mm. 4.00 6.00
a)  Note "Second fold here" is 36 mm. Longest line of admonitory text is 97 mm. 4.00 6.00
b)  on light grey paper. "Second fold here" is 33 mm. Longest line of admonitory text is 94 mm. 4.00 6.00

18)
 
 
24.11.70. 15c blue symbol of flight, same as No. 17. On the inside is "Merry Christmas" and drawing of Mary with child. Note "Second fold here" is 36 mm long. Length of longest line of admonitory text is 97 mm. 10.00 10.00

19) 23.07.76. 15c blue symbol of flight, same as No. 17. Blue inscription on light blue paper of larger format 150 x 106 mm. Revised admonitory text of 4 lines on back. -- --

20) ????. 20c light blue symbol of flight. Identical to No. 19, except for new value. 3.00 3.00

21) ????. 25c new issue. -- --


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