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Hello, Friday night, another week gone so fast. I hope you had a great week and found time for some stamps. Always a great way to relax I think.

Tonight another from Montserrat:  This is SG 654, issued as part of a set to commemorate the Royal (UK Royals that is) visit to the island in 1985. The stamp was originally issued in 1983 to commemorate the 200th anniversary of manned flight (not powered flight!)  and shows a Lockheed Vega V – it is overprinted with the Caribbean Royal Visit 1985 impression.

This is really quite a famous aircraft, as many readers might know.  Since I have not had a competition for a long time I thought this timely…  send me the answer;  who was the first person to fly this aircraft across the Atlantic?  and I’ll find a nice Montserrat stamp or stamps for you as a prize.  Please include your mailing address… no address no winner..    winner will be first correct answer ……My choice as I go through the stock I am currently loading to my Bidstart Store.

Have a great weekend..   Michael


Hello, I hope you enjoy seeing this set, SG 519 – 522,  issued in 1981 to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Montserrat Airmail Services.

I have just listed this and 150+ more, including overprints, surcharges and some errors, from the 1970s through 1980s to the cddstamps Bidstart Store < click here for the Store….. cddstamps Store   >

You can search by SG number or in most cases just type the topic in the “search store for” field, eg aircraft, and you will get all stamps I have tagged on that topic.

Enjoy your stamps.. Best wishes.. Michael




Hello, yes I have been absent from the blog and in fact from the internet for quite a few weeks now.

As many will know I moved from Hong Kong to the Philippines at the end of June. Two weeks after that, after basically getting settled and mostly unpacked I had a long weekend  in Da Nang, Vietnam. Really great place and I recommend a visit. Lovely people,  excellent food, some great places to visit, beautiful beaches,   just excellent.   Anyway one of the things about moving is one finds some of those lost philatelic materials you knew you had but couldn’t find.

Some years ago I had a sort of pen pal exchange with someone in Germany, sadly I lost touch, my fault or theirs I have no idea but I still have the lovely aviation related stamps they sent me.   So while unpacking from the move I found many of the stamps and cards that I received. Hope you enjoy seeing this card. I have many with planes on but I thought this was more interesting for a change.

Will be writing more over coming days and weeks now and,  FYI, I have cddstamps back in action full time. Apology for slow responses to some emails and mailing of orders, but all caught up now.

Best wishes……..      Michael


Hello,  this will be cddstamps final post from Hong Kong. In a few days we will be posting from the Philippines, where we are moving to. This also to let you know that all cddstamps stock is being packed and so we will have to delay the sending of any orders for about 5 days. Apology for that delay but it does not stop you from visiting the store and placing orders.

We hope you like the Miniature sheet shown above. This will be included as a gift to the next order received.

Thank you for reading cddstamps, visiting the store and reading the website



Hello, one more of my new covers. This, as you can see, from Hong Kong to San Francisco,  on the flight back from the 1937 flight I wrote about the other evening. Back-stamped on arrival in San Fran. May 4th. A long journey in those days!

Hope you enjoy seeing this.






Another nice cover that I hope you enjoy seeing and reading about.

The weekly Pan American USA – Philippines (Manila) route (FAM 14) was extended to Hong Kong via Macau in April 1937.

The Martin M130 flying boat China Clipper left San Francisco on 21 April 1937. The trans-Pacific route to Manila was via Hawaii, Midway Island, Wake Island and Guam.

This cover is from the return flight which left Hong Kong on 29th April. The cover was carried Hong Kong –  overflying Macau as I believe there was no stop – to Manila then on to Guam where it was back stamped on arrival.

My reference book with further details is already shipped to the Philippines so sorry I cannot easily provide more about this flight but  for a really good read about the plane itself and some history of the flights from 1935 I recommend reading this link   following link.   You will enjoy it.

More covers over coming days as I just picked up a few in a local auction.

Best wishes…. Michael





Hello, time flies and so have I, been flying again that is. Completing another first to fly project. I do hope you like this First Flight Cover. no need for explanation really. June 1st, the first commercial flight by Cathay Pacific Airways of their new A350-900 XWB plane.  I was business class and had a wonderful flight Hong Kong to Manila, a 70 minute turnaround then back to Hong Kong. Excellent Flight Deck crew and Cabin crew. This cover signed by the Chief Executive of Cathay and the Captain  in Command.

Special price to readers of US $60 for the cover. You can also buy a cover from the return flight, the inaugural of the Manila – Hong Kong sector. All covers come with a set of pictures of the plane and crew with the cover. Write to me if you want to know more –

Yes, I know, I look happy! well someone has to do it!

best wishes    Michael


Hello, I was sorting some Gibraltar today and found a mint unhinged set of the 1978 60th Anniversary of the RAF.  Here are two of the stamps from the set of 5, SG 407 – 411. I hope you enjoy seeing them.  No need for me to tell you the aircraft shown, surely!

I do like the image of the Sunderland. Apology if shown before, but worth showing again.




Hello,  Some weeks ago, maybe more, I was in the Mong Kok stamp arcade here in Hong Kong and picked up a lovely selection of stamps with aircraft on them. I forgot all about them until I was emptying the pockets of a jacket over the weekend. Old age eh!!!

These are three I hope you enjoy seeing.

They are from a 1958 issue, from Hungary. I do like the stamp designs, lovely engraving style I think. Much better then the “photograph” style pictures we see today on stamps.  Showing views of Budapest.and an Ilyushin Il-14P. This was a twin-engine commercial and military personnel and cargo transport aircraft that first flew in 1950.There were about 1300 built.

Enjoy your stamps.  Best wishes   Michael


Hello,  I thought I might show another one from Canada. This is again a  “Special Delivery” stamp, by Air. It was issued in 1942 to support the war effort. It shows a Lockheed L.18 Lodestar  The registration  CF-BAF (you can perhaps see it on the wings) is interesting.  Does anyone know why?  There is also a 17c issue, as you may know, which also has the CF-BAF registration.

I think this calls for a competition. I was going to tell you the answer but let’s say 5th  correct answer to will win some airship stamps I found recently – to be honest no real value as far as I know but might be fun to have for someone.

As for the Lodestar, it was basically a stretched Lockheed Super Electra. (Stretching planes is nothing new  – think of the 737, 747, 787  and so many more –  it has been going on as far back, as in this case, the 1930s. I think there were about 60 built and used a passenger aircraft, including by BOAC. – not that I was around  then to see them!

Enjoy your stamps and have a great weekend.



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