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17 Jan 2022 Air-India supported and sponsored event. Booklet for The Paradise Ball, Grand Ballroom in support of the Sheltering Arms Childrens Service event at The Pierre, March 11, 1976, Music by Bill Harrington. Programme invitation and other details booklet. Interesting, the covers of the booklet has the image from the Air-India Menu card 1969.
17 Jan 2022 Air-India advertisement in French magazine Nouvelles de L'inde No.243, Mensuel, Juillet-Aout 1983. Interestingly in this advertisement the image used by the marketing team is the same as used in same year Air-India calendar in the September 1983 page
11 Jan 2022 Air-India advertisement - Air India seems to have sponsored articles on Indian sporting legends in some popular sports magazine around 1984. This could possibly be Sportstar, published by The Hindu since 1978.
11 Jan 2022 Indian Airlines articles - Two articles from The Illustrated weekly of India, December 9, 1973, which candidly report the sorry state of affairs in the airline at the time, and the tough stand taken by the new Chairman, Air Chief Marshal P. C. Lal in dealing with the situation.
11 Jan 2022 Air-India International set of 7 picture postcard. Reverse side of the postcard is fully blank.
07 Jan 2022 India Airlines advertisement - 'With us even time flies', 'With every new aircraft we buy begins an exciting chain reaction that makes flying better for you' and 'The forests echo with the call of the wild.'
07 Jan 2022 Air-India advertisement - 'If you're in game, give me a ring', 'Who's who in Delhi', 'There is no seat quite like mine Air-India Sholavaram Races 5th & 12th February, 84', 'See Moscow while going to London', 'Gavaskar's Idol', 'Vengsarkar is in good form these days', 'Sharjah se aaya mera dost, Dost ko salaam karo!', 'Prakash's Shuttle', and 'Ferreira's Hat Trick'.
05 Dec 2021 Indian Airlines baggage label officially created on the occasion of XI Asian Games Delhi 19 November to 04 December 1982 and Indian Airlines was the official carrier for XI Asian Games Delhi 1982.
05 Dec 2021 Air-India Engineering Training Division, Training Notes & diagrams, A/C. Tech. Boeing 707 maintenance Part II, 6th September 1971.
05 Jan 2021 Air-India International technical library - Rolls-Royce Aero Engine School, Debry, England. Conway course notes. Prepared and written by the Staff of the Aero Engine School, Derby in 1st July 1957.
28 Dec 2021 Air-India International advertisement - Fastest to Bombay in sleeper Constellations and Fastest to Bombay - in just a day.
23 Dec 2021 Air-India advertisement - Only when you fly Air-India, Air-India 1932 vintage, On each Air-India jet 523 elephants to escort you & We taught you how to love We'd like to teach you how to fly.
15 Dec 2021 Blog Post - some more reference link added to - Allan Tramontana - Recovery during the expedition to the crash site of Air-India flights on Mont Blanc.
15 Dec 2021 India's Forgotten Rocket Pioneer: Stephen H Smith from Pigeon Mail to Rocket. This book charts the story of Stephen H Smith, described by a contemporary as "the greatest one-man campaign for rocketry". This book Authored by Mr. Gurbir Singh, Published by Astrotalkuk Publications in 2020.
09 Dec 2021 Air-India Menu Card, Cover Design - The Taj Mahal, Agra. Colour Transparency from the Air-India Collection, T-13, Printed in India by Navjyoti Bros.
08 Dec 2021 Air-India Poster - Mural - Mandala of Manjushri, Sumstek Temple, Alchi Monastery, Ladakh, India. 11th Century A.D. Photograph by Benoy K. Behl and Mural - Ushnishvijaya Guru Lakhang Temple, Phyang Monastery, Ladakh, India.
12th Century A.D. Photograph by Benoy K. Behl.
12th Century A.D. Photograph by Benoy K. Behl.
08 Dec 2021 Resources - Air-India "Dharohar - A Vayogh Through 75 years" catalogue of some of the art displayed at this exhibition held on 27th November 2021, Air-India Building Nariman Point, Mumbai.
08 Dec 2021 Air-India exclusive - Air-India Art Exhibition Dharohar - A Vayoge Through 75 Years, Date: 27th November 2021, Air- India Building, Nariman Point, Mumbai.
08 Dec 2021 Air-India feedback form - Photo print of the feedback form hand-written by Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru addressed to the General Manager of Air-India International after returning from the Bandung Conference on 27th April 1955. This photo print was sent to all the crew members of Air-India who operated the flight to Bandung Conference and back to India.
08 Dec 2021 Air-India Maharajah statue Manufactured by JEM Plastic & Allied Industries at Dhamapoor, Post Makhjan, Dist- Ratnagiri, Pin-415608
08 Dec 2021 Air-India Gift Items - Cross ball pen specially made for Air-India with the original black box.
01 Dec 2021 Resources - Indian Aircraft Manual. A compilation of the legislation and rule governing Civil Aviation in India. Revised edition corrected up to 30th June, 1971. Printed by the Manager Government of India Press Simla for the Manager of Publications Civil Line, Delhi 1971.
29 Nov 2021 Useful Links - Air India and The Maharajah Man. 12th October, 2021 by Mr Harish Bhat - www.livehistoryindia.com.
20 Nov 2021 NIC Pseudo Artifacts - 1950 Vintage Govind bidi cigarette Air-India Maharajah advertisement plastic paper weight and Vintage Vikram cables Air-India Maharajah graphics advertising tin sign embossed.
20 Nov 2021 Air-India shipment instruction sheet for dangerous goods checklist for a non-radioactive shipment.
20 Nov 2021 Air-India International postcard - design by Day Dreams by R. Raval and Ragamala by M.F. Hussain.
20 Nov 2021 Air-India general communication - Air-India correspondence regarding the Magic Carpet issue of August 1962.
20 Nov 2021 Air-India souvenir gift material - In praise of Krishna, Seven Four Seven Legends of love. Special recording made for Air-India by Polydor of India.
20 Nov 2021 Air-India General communication - New Year greeting card - Cover design on Krishna and Gopi.
20 Nov 2021 Air-India timetable - May 1989, 28 March 1993 - 30 October 1993 and India Frankfurt Summer 1994.
20 Nov 2021 Air-India wine & spirit menu card - Cover painting by A.A. Raiba and inspired by the Poetry of Mirza Ghalib.
17 Nov 2021 Air-India Limited/Tata Air Lines, stationary cover, franked 26as 6p and with a comet cancellation which read as BOMBAY R.M.S./ 10 APR. 47 / 2-P.M..
12 Nov 2021 NIC - Air Chief Marshal Arjun Singh & J.R.D. Tata. (Image courtesy: Tarminder Manchanda)
11 Nov 2021 NIC - Air-India tourist promotional brochure dated March 1993. (Image Courtesy: Mr. Kishore K. T.)
04 Oct 2021 11th May 1991 Air-India A310 Flight Safety Manual, Issued by Manager - Ground Technical Training, Training Department (FO & FS).
04 Oct 2021 Air-India Airbus A300 Flight Safety Manual, Prepared by Flight Safety Section Operations (Trg.,), December 1983
04 Oct 2021 Air-India Passenger Handling & General Duties/Responsibilities of Cabin Crew, Issued by Air-India Cabin Crew Training Centre Inflight Service Department, September 1983.
04 Oct 2021 Air-India Boeing 747 First Class Meal Service Procedures, Issued by Inflight Service Department Cabin Crew Division, February 1983
04 Oct 2021 Air-India A310 Cabin Crew Familiarization Study Guide, issued by Inflight Service Department
04 Oct 2021 Air-India A300 B4 Cabin Crew Familiarization Study Guide, issued by Inflight Service Department, August 1982
27 Sep 2021 Useful Links - The History Of Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport, 23rd Sep. 2021 by Simple Flying. (Courtesy: Mr Chris Loh)
24 Sep 2021 Picture Gallery - Air-India First Flight to Nairobi on 18th June 1986. Image Courtesy: Capt. Russi Bunsha
17 Sep 2021 THANK YOU WORLD is a song composed by Gary Lawyer for Air-India years ago on the occasion of JRD Tata’s birthday celebrations held at the Taj ballroom. The visuals are not from the original film that went with the song but something he put together later.
13 Aug 2021 Air-India souvenir WIN Gas Lighter with original gift box. (Provenance: Mr Maneck Dalal)
13 Aug 2021 Air-India Gift and Souvenir Misc. - leather memo writing pad, Glass tray with original box, Souvenir Estyma clock with original gift box, Air-India comb pocket wallet & Air-India Beach Towel with manufacturer label Bombay Dying for Boeing 747 (Provenance: Mr Maneck Dalal)
13 Aug 2021 Publicity Material - Air-India International promotional material about happy days in Switzerland.
08 Aug 2021 Air-India Menu Card 1973 (3 Menu card) - "Lady Combing her hair.", "Saraswati, the Hindu Goddess of Learning" and "We, the Cowherds of Gokul".
08 Aug 2021 Useful links - Google doodle honours Sarla Thukral, first Indian woman to fly an aircraft. By Hindustantimes.com, New Dehi 8th August 2021.
20 Jul 2021 Useful Link - Do Postage stamps Expire? Answering All Questions About Postal Stamps. May 28, 2021 by thestreats (Courtesy: Swaraj Nandedkar)
14 Jul 2021 Sands of time. Tata Central Archives periodically brings out its in-house newsletter Sands of Time. VOL XVIII ISSUE 1, 2021, June 2021.
14 Jul 2021 Flying on the wings of Air India nostalgia. A transportive collection of Air India artefacts lets you travel beyond place and time By Jahnabee Borah, Mint Lounge, 25 June 2021.
14 Jul 2021 Flight of fancy. If anyone doubts India’s glorious aero history, this aerophilatelist’s unique collectibles of Indian airmails and Air India memorabilia, can prove otherwise. By Jane Borges, Mid-Day Mumbai, 30 May 2021
13 Jul 2021 News paper article on the First Asian Airline to Europe by the Air-India International from Bombay to London via Cairo and Geneva.
09 Jul 2021 The Anglo-Boer War in 100 Objects by Published by War Museum of the Boer Republics in 2017.
07 Ju 2021 Air-India Advertisements - Air-India - 'i will use my TALENT over-TIME for you!', 'My routes -firmly planted in five continents.' and 'My talent takes no time!'
07 Jul 2021 Air-India Menu card - 1965, in Russian and French language and 1966, in Japanese language.
25 Jun 2021 Pseudo Artifacts - some material with an Air India connection that we believe may not have been authorised by the airline.
17 Jun 2021 Air-India form to obtain an air-tickets for return to Mumbai on account of no funds to buy air ticket in destination country.
14 Jun 2021 Celebrating 70 years of Air-India's services to London that commenced on 8th June 1948. (Video Courtesy: Mr. Debashis Golder for permission to post this video)
27 May 2021 Air-India Postcard - Air-India Boeing 707 Postcard, Picture taken at Paris Airport, France
27 May 2021 Air-India Postcard - Bombay 100 Years ago, 20 Picture Postcards with Compliments from Air-India.
22 May 2021 Useful Links The Airgraph Letters (1941) were the primary and secure method to correspond with soldiers stationed abroad. 13th April 2014 by http://www.britishpathe.com/
22 May 2021 Useful Links - The Airgraph was an ingenious system of minimizing the resources necessary for the sending of hundreds of thousands of letters to and from England's soldiers overseas. 14th November 2011 by https://www.repropaperwork.com/
21 May 2021 Useful Link - Air-India features in Big Screen in Bollywood movie - Sangam (1964), Anari No.1, Dulhan Hum Le Jayenge, Kahin Pyar na ho Jaye, Kandahar & M.S. Dhoni - Untold Story.
14 May 2021 Air-India Postcard from Share transfer department to Air-India Limited dated 29 July 1949.
06 May 2021 Air-India scarf represent design an Apsara from a panel in cave 17th at Ajanta. A late 5th century fresco.
18 Apr 2021 A is for AIRGRAPH - The Airgraph Service (17 April 1941 to 31 July 1945) by William M. Senkus on https://alphabetilately.org/, 24th July 2020.
16 Apr 2021 The Mahajarah's Book of Fairy Tales. Illustrated by Hilda Devos and Specially produced for Air-India by Desclee De Brouwer, Brugge, Belgium in 1967.
16 Apr 2021 Catalog of Postal Stationery Airgraphs - First Edition. by Wayne Menuz, FRPSL and Published by The United Postal Stationery Society (UPSS) in October 2020
15 Apr 2021 Maharajah Statue - two from Bandivadekar Compaper Crafts and two from Bapulal Ramchand & Co.
14 Apr 2021 Air India was absolutely the best airline in the world. Says the Mumbai man whose Air India collection of memorabilia includes 70 scale models, over 200 postcards and 1,000 photographs of India’s national carrier. By Raj Aditya Chaudhuri, May 07, 2020 by cntravller.in
13 Apr 2021 In-Fight entertainment Boeing 747 - Call of the Flute, Radha Krishna, Stained glass, Amber Palace, Jaipur.
12 Apr 2021 Introducing Combi-Mail, Aerophilately History By Frans J. van Beveren. Published in May 1997. Combi-Mail: Airmail with added postal marking showing special postal service treatment.
08 Apr 2021 In their new book 1971: The Beginning of India’s Cricketing Greatness, Boria Majumdar and Gautam Bhattacharya celebrate an epochal shift in India’s evolution into a cricketing superpower. The link has an image of the victorious Indian team returning from the West Indes with an Air India Boeing 707 in the background. By Boria Majumdar, New Delhi, April 5, 2021
08 Apr 2021 1971 Ajit Wadekar led Indian cricket team to maiden Test series wins in West Indies and England in 1971 in his first two assignments as skipper. An Air-India in background of the photos mentioned in the article. by Hindustan Times, August 16, 2018 by Sanjjeev K Samyal.
08 Apr 2021 18th June 1971. The Indian cricket team pictured upon arrival at Heathrow Airport prior to their tour of the U.K. in brand new Air-India aircraft with captain Ajit Wadekar. By gettyimages.
05 Apr 2021 Reference Book - The Indian Corps on the Western Front by Simon Doherty and Tom Donovan.
02 Apr 2021 Air-India Training Intervention manual - Making a difference to Make Air-India Different.
02 Apr 2021 Air-India Lockheed Constellation L-749 VT-DAR Maratha Princess standing at Zurich Airport.
01 Apr 2021 Useful Links - Air-India B747 in the 1970s Air India could best be described as a country on wings and perhaps one of the most unique ways to fly. By Sam Chui, March 22, 2021.
24 Mar 2021 NIC - Cigarette Pack specially packed for Air-India International by Benson and Hedges Super Virginia Cigarette. Image Courtesy: Kai Friese.
13 Mar 2021 ODYSSEY - END OF ORBIT 7, AI-51, AI-52, AI-53, AI-54, AI-55, AI-56, AI-57, AI-58 & AI-59
26 Jan 2021 First Report of the Commission of inquiry Bombay Explosions. Published by the Manager of Publication, Delhi.
26 Jan 2021 Covers of the Royal Air Force. this is Field Publication RAF Airmail Baghdad Cairo etc, by John C.W. Field.
26 Jan 2021 Indian Campaigns 1778-1914: A Chronology of the Military and Naval Affairs of India, published by Spink.
26 Jan 2021 Diaries of W.T. van Sommeren and A.B. Thompson by D.N. Jatia and Published by Philatelic Congress of India.
25 Jan 2021 Book on Indian Air Mail Postage Rates until 1956. By Jeffrey Brown, India Study Circle for Philately.
25 Jan 2021 Books on Air- India - Women of Anglo-India: Tale and Memories & Curtain Call - Anglo Indian Reflections
25 Jan 2021 Air Transport in India by S.K. Irtiza Naqvi and Published by Kitab Mahal Allahabad & Bombay in 1948.
10 Jan 2021 Wartime reference book: World War Two Censor Marks. Second Edition by Nick Colley, Published in 2016
10 Jan 2021 Wartime reference book: Conspiracy of Silence - Japanese Prisoners of War in India 1942-1946, by T.R. Sareen, Published in 2010
10 Jan 2021 Wartime reference book: A Catalogue of Indian Censorship 1914-1920, by Alan Baker & Charles Entwistle, Published in 1994.
10 Jan 2021 Blog Post - Allan Tramontana - Recovery during the expedition to the crash site of Air-India flights on Mont Blanc.
03 Jan 2021 Useful Links - This link provides a list of every delivery of a Boeing plane, going back to the late-1950's, for every airline.
29 Dec 2020 Useful Links - Vir Sanghvi’s take on the halcyon days of Air-India. How in-flight glamour was downgraded from business class to coach in what was at one time the finest airline in the world.
13 Dec 2020 Useful Links - The GBPS has posted a superb reference set of English language versions of UPU Conventions and Related Documents
01 Dec 2020 Resources - List of First Flight of Tata Sons, Air-India, Indian Airlines and Other Airways by Ashok K. Kora.
01 Dec 2020 Useful Links - The Sky is the Limit. The Taj Group of Hotels salutes its spirited Chairman J.R.D. Tata