Vintage Postage: Air Afrique: Doula-Geneva, November 1969

Adapted from the Timetablist's Air Afrique week. Our series continues. For more information on vintage airline route maps, postage and timetables for over the last five decades from around the world, visit the Timetablist blog.


An attractive first flight cover of Air Afrique from Douala to Geneva on 6 November 1969. The sharp but simple graphics of the envelope, with its clever textual boundary dividing the surface in two, is enhanced by the carefully placed special-cancellation mark, and the colorful stamps at right.

Cameroon would be setting up its own flag-carrier, Cameroon Airlines, and therefore withdrawing from the Air Afrique group, barely a year after the issuance of this envelope and the launch of this service. Cameroon's inaugural flights, on 1 November 1971, were almost two years to the day from this celebratory issue (although Cameroon's B747 service to Europe only came later in the 1970s). 
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