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Imprinted etiquette of Thailand
This 1959 cover from the Australian Antarctic Territory has a plain dark blue airmail etiquette in the upper left corner.

An airmail etiquette, often shortened to just etiquette, is a label used to indicate that a letter is to be sent by airmail. The term is from French étiquette 'label, sticker' (cognate to stick), from which also comes the English word etiquette 'rules of behavior'.

Use[edit]

  1. International Standard items (except those posted in Northern Ireland that are bound for the Republic of Ireland) need an AIR MAIL sticker, or write ‘BY AIR MAIL — PAR AVION’ in.
  2. Tracking Air Mail Deliveries With Your Local Post Office Website. Posted by - NA - on 09:09 AM. Track your Air Mail delivery using your country's Post Office Tracking Website - EMS / Registered / Parcel and Registered / Parcel Tracking: Afghanistan - Registered / Parcel.
  3. The airmail etiquette may be omitted if airmail stamps are used on the letter, and in some cases even this is not necessary if a country sends out all its foreign mail by air. In some countries, such as the United Kingdom, you may simply write 'PAR AVION - BY AIR MAIL' on the envelope, even though etiquettes are available free from post offices.

Standard Postage (Royal Mail International Standard) Estimated between Sat. Estimated delivery dates - opens in a new window or tab include seller's handling time, origin postcode, destination postcode and time of acceptance and will depend on postage service selected and receipt of cleared payment. Royal Mail Sticker Labels 180x Self Adhesive 'By Air Mail Par Avion' 180x Self Adhesive 'By Air Mail Par Avion' - Royal Mail Sticker Labels. Self adhesive, 5x 36 label sheets. Condition:: New: A brand-new, unused, unopened and undamaged item in original retail packaging (where packaging is applicable).

Because the etiquettes are just instructions to postal clerks, and have no monetary value, their printing and distribution need not be as carefully controlled as for postage stamps, and most are privately produced. The usual design is a plain blue oblong, with the phrases 'AIR MAIL' and/or 'PAR AVION' in white letters. Airlines and hotels have also produced etiquettes, some quite attractive.

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The airmail etiquette may be omitted if airmail stamps are used on the letter, and in some cases even this is not necessary if a country sends out all its foreign mail by air. In some countries, such as the United Kingdom, one may simply write 'PAR AVION -- BY AIR MAIL' on the envelope,[1] even though etiquettes are available free from post offices.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^'International Standard: How to send'. Royal Mail. Retrieved 2016-03-03.CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

Further reading[edit]

  • Baldwin, N.C. 'Collecting Etiquettes.' Stamp Review. (May 1938).
  • Field, Francis J. Air Mail Labels (etiquettes). Sutton Coldfield: Francis J. Field, Ltd., 1940 32p. Series Title: The Aero Field Handbook; no. 5.
  • Jones, Frank G. Etiquettes: Par Avion - By Air Mail. London: Frank G. Jones Associates, 1992 40p.
  • Müller, Frank. Catalogue des etiquettes aéropostales: émises par les administrations postales, les compagnies de navigation aérienne, etc. Paris: La Maison de la poste aérienne, 1947 288p.
  • Postal Label Study Group. Mair Airmail Label Catalog.

External links[edit]

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Airmail labels.
  • Riga Stamps page on etiquettes, with many picturesArchived 2008-05-07 at the Wayback Machine
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Q: What are 2nd and 1st worth?
A: These stamps are known as NVI's (no value indicated) and are valid for whatever the basic postage rates are for 2nd class and 1st class respectively. They are not time dated and will always be valid for the current rate however long ago they were purchased and irrespective of the colour or design. For current values see the Order Form. This also applied to 2nd Large and 1st Large.
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