Gaurav Gupta from Delhi was kind enough to share images of this lovely cover intended to be flown on the 1948 flight.
The cover on the top is Registered CONNAUGHT PLACE, which is in New Delhi, and franked with 14 as postage. This comprises 4 as. registration fees, and 10 as. airmail rate to Egypt. The cancellation mark is CONNAUGHT PLACE, 3 JUN 48, which we have seen is not what the post office should have done. On the reverse, we have two circular postal marks applied in Egypt. The first is a faint 7 JU 48 arrival mark, and the other is a ZIFTA, 9 JU 48 delivery mark.
This makes the cover special as it is an example of the 12 as. stamp used prior to the intended flight on 8 June 48.
The cover below is a very fine example of the Air-India International souvenir cover, once again flown to Cairo by Registered Post. This time 16 as. postage has been applied which makes it overstamped by 2 as, which was not unusual for mail to Egypt on this flight. However, this one made the flight, and there is the interesting second Egyptian postmark on the reverse, which is what I wrote about as the un-confirmed indication of the cover making it back on the return flight. If this were true, then indeed the cover is very collectible.
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