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Lufthansa Flugplan/Timetable - October 1991 to March 1992

 Lufthansa (full name: Deutsche Lufthansa AG) is a German airline with its headquarters in Cologne, Germany. Its timetable for the period 27 October 1991 to 28 March 1992 is a valuable instance of ephemera for aviation enthusiasts.

Image Contributors: Joy Datta and Subhradeep Chatterjee


Lufthansa Timetable, 1991-92. Front Cover.

Lufthansa Timetable, 1991-92. Back cover.

Lufthansa Timetable, 1991-92. Contents Page.

Descriptions of the Images: The first image is of the front cover of the timetable of Lufthansa which is rectangular in shape with the height being about the double of the width.. It contains the "Lufthansa" brand name in deep blue on a yellowish orange background at the top left corner. Below the brand name is their trademark logo of a flying crane inside a circle in deep blue. Towards the bottom of the cover, and aligned to the left, is the text "Flugplan" above "Timetable" in white colour. (Flugplan is German for "timetable".) At the bottom, aligned to the centre, is the text "27 Oct 91 _ 28 March 92" in black.

In the second image, the back cover of the timetable follows the same colour pattern with the brand name and logo on the top left. Towards the middle of the back cover is a black rectangular outline inside which is the logo of the German Olympia Team in deep blue and the text "TEAM OLYMPIA 1992" in white. The text bleeds out of the rectangular outline. On the two sides of the above unit contain two sets of text in black; the left one reads: "Contact your IATA Travel or Freight Agents - the experts who share our confidence" with the same in German above it. The right one reads: "Official Airline and sponsor of the German Olypia-team 1992". Below all these is a rectangular outlined box which is empty.

The third image is of the Contents page of the said timetable. The opened view of the timetable presents two pages with black text on white background. The left page is titled "How to use" along with the same in German ("Hinweise zur Benutzung") and contains some sample flight timings and airport codes while the right page is titled "Contents" with its German: "Inhalt". In both the pages, the English text appears below the German ones.  Towards the bottom right of the Contents page are the publication details of the timetable where it says that it was printed in the "Federal Republic of Germany".

Certificate of Posting - Indian Postage System - 1951


Certificate of Posting. Indian Postage system. 1951.
The Certificate of Posting was a document of acknowledgement for receipt of unregistered articles by the Post Office and was issued to the person posting the articles as an assurance. It was discontinued in 2011 by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (Department of Posts) vide notice "D.G. Posts No.2-4/2008-PO dated 23.02.2011". 
The image above is of such a Certificate of Posting from 12 February 1951. The address of the article has been blurred to protect the privacy of the posting person.

Contributor: Subhradeep Chatterjee
Image Description: The image contains a piece of paper with postage stamp of "India Postage" along with ink stamps by the Post Office. Aligned to the centre in the upper portion is the text "Certificate of Posting" capitalized in black colour. One the left is the text: "Ms-19". The certificate above contains a scribbled date: 12/02/51. On the right (which covers a significant portion of the certificate) is a lined box for writing the address. In this image, the address has been blurred to protect the privacy of the posting person. On the left, just beside the ruled portion, is the text: "Description of articles" but the portion remains blank in this particular certificate. In that space, the before-mentioned postage stamp is stuck. Above the ruled portion is the text: "Exact address on the article" in black text. Between the ruled box and the heading "Certificate of Posting" (mentioned previously) is the text: "The unregistered articles address as under have been posted here this day -".  Below all the above mentioned elements (which is the bottom-most portion of the certificate) is the text: "Total number of articles (in words)."

Additional resources:

Lobana, G S. “Certificate of Posting - A Critical Study.” Dak Tar, XXIX, no. 8, Mar. 1985, pamnani.info/philatelysite/pdf_files/COP_Article.pdf

Lobana, G.S. "Legal Implications of Certificate of Posting". Dak Tar, Jun. 1985, pamnani.info/philatelysite/pdf_files/COP_Article.pdf

Griffin, D.B. "Cochin - The Certificates of Posting." pamnani.info/philatelysite/pdf_files/thecertificateofpostingbyd.b.griffin.pdf

Queen's Velvet Smooth Writing Paper by John Dickinson - 1950s

Queen's Velvet Writing Paper by John Dickinson. From the 1950s.
John Dickinson began his career as a stationer in the City of London in the 1800s and launched the eponymous paper brand after he patented his paper-making technique. [ The above image is of a pad of 40 Wedgwood sheets produced by the company and marketed under the "Queen's Velvet" sub-brand.]
Image Description:  The image contains the cover page of a vintage notepad. The entire cover page is of blue colour with the brand name: "Queen's Velvet" in capitals in the upper portion, aligned to the centre. The brand name is embossed in dark gold colour along with a golden crown logo above it. Below the golden embossing of the brand name, the following text appears in white: "Velvet Smooth Writing Paper By John Dickinson" (capitalized). Aligned to the centre and placed at the bottom of the cover page, there is the text: "Wedgwood 40 Sheets" in white capitalized text.
The image below shows a few pages from the notepad. The pages have a bluish hue. In touch and feel, they are very smooth.

Some papers from the Queen's Velvet Notepad 

Contributor: Subhradeep Chatterjee

Sources for researchers:
"John Dickinson's Mill", Croxley Green History Project.

Warwick-Ching, Anthony. Stolen Heritage: The Strange Death of Industrial England.
URL: https://books.google.co.in/books?id=2y_-DwAAQBAJ&dq

Prince Henry Tobacco Label - Made in India


 Prince Henry Flake Tobacco label. 50 grams. Made in India. Licensed by the James Carlton Ltd. London.
Image Contributor: Subhradeep Chatterjee
The above label is of the 50gm pack of the brand's flake tobacco and dates back to the 1960s. Prince Henry is a sub-brand of the NTC Industries which was established in 1931 in Kolkata. 

Image Description: The label design comprises of a visual pattern which is a mix of deep brown and dark yellow colours. The top portion of the label contains a white area aligned to the centre. The white box contains the text "Prince Henry" (the brand name) in red colour. The text "Flake Tobacco" is printed in light silver highlighted by black. Below the text "50 Grammes", the name of the licensor is printed in black text: "James Carlton Ltd. London". The above set of texts is surrounded by a grey patterned border. Outside the border is the text "Made in India". Except the brand name, all text is capitalized.
While the image presents the entire label without being folded, the actual folded label had another text area on its back which is now visible in the unfolded label's lower portion. This white text label is in the shape of an oval containing the message: "It's time you Savoured the full flavour of Prince Henry Flake Tobacco" where the brand name is printed with its trademark typography in red and the term "Flake Tobacco" is capitalized and black in colour. The entire text is surrounded by a patterned red oval border.