Lundy 2000 OnLine Stamps Catalogue by Anders Backman

BY AIR overprints
First issued November 8, 1950
No. 1-5, 21-23 and 77 overprinted with BY AIR, in black unless otherwise stated.
Stamps were overprinted by Gazette Printing Service of Bideford, Devon.

narrow BY AIR wide BY AIR
69 1/2 puffin 3.50 2.50 (12,000) 15.00
BY AIR in red 10.00
70 1 puffin 25.00 10.00 (12,000) 10.00 2.00 (12,000)
BY AIR in red 10.00
71 2 puffin 4.00 4.00 (6,000) 15.00
BY AIR in red 20.00
72 3 puffin 4.50 4.50 (6,000)
73 4 puffin 5.00 5.00 (6,000)
74 6 puffin 6.00 6.00 (4,000)
78 8 on 12 puffin 8.00 8.00 (2,000) 7.00 7.00 (3,000)
BY AIR in red 10.00
75 9 puffin 9.00 9.00 (2,200) 10.00
76 12 puffin 10.00 10.00 (1,800) 5.00 5.00 (3,000)
Cpl. set black opt. £75
set of 9
£59
set of 9
£62
set of 6
£14
set of 3
Cpl. set red opt. £40
Set of 3

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Gutter pairs are unusual from this issue as well as from all the overprinted issues. Value for horizontal gutter pairs 10 x single stamps.

This issue was released over a period from 1950 until 1953, and can be quite confusing. For the sake of clarity I am listing (almost) all known BY AIR stamps together, including the overprint on nr. 77, the 8 on 12 puffin stamp.

The 8 on 12 puffin from the black wide overprint is known with the 8 and the three bars in red.

The 8 on 12 puffin stamps later appeared with overprint By Air instead of BY AIR both in red and black. Value 2x normal overprint.

It is my opinion that only the stamps above where pricing appears in in bold typeface were announced from and sold on Lundy. The others appeared through philatelic channels.

Issued quantities are listed as in F. W. Gade, "The Postal History of Lundy" or from information supplied by Mr. F. W. Gade. Contradictory information can be found elsewhere.

Announced dates of issue are basic set narrow BY AIR - 8 November 1950, 8 on 12 puffin narrow BY AIR, August 1951, 1 puffin wide BY AIR - 1951, 12 puffin wide BY AIR - January 1953.

As indicated in the pricing the majority of the 1 puffin stamps were used on Lundy mails.

Misplaced and doubled overprints are known.