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Aerogrammes of Tuvalu
Official Aerogrammes

Two basic types of Official Government aerogrammes are known, and both are very scarce. The first type consists of a Fijian stampless form, overprinted by typography in black ink, in the return address area, GOVERNMENT HOUSE / FUNAFUTI / TUVALU / CENTRAL PACIFIC, along with the colonial crown. The same inscription is thermo-engraved on the inside heading. A black OHMS handstamp has been applied in the upper right corner. This marking may have been applied locally to over-ride the "affix stamp here" inscription, as stamps were not used on official mail at the time. However, an example is also known without the OHMS handstamp.

The second type of Official aerogramme is similar to the first one, but half the size. There is no return address on it, but the crown and government heading is on the inside, inscribed Office of the Queen's Commisioner. An stampless example is known used 9 September 1976, with an the "Official Post Paid" handstamp, type TO-01.

These Aerogrammes with the colonial coat-of-arms would have become obsolete after independence in 1978.
 


Pre-stamped Aerogrammes

Issued 5 March 1984

25c, aerogramme rate to Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific (sold for 30c)


30c, aerogramme rate to North and South America and Europe (sold for 35c)

 



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