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Par Avion
Airmail is a mail transport service branded  and sold on the basis of being airborne. The Universal Postal Union adopted  comprehensive rules for airmail at its 1929  Postal Union Congress in London. Since the  official language of the Universal Postal  Union is French, airmail items world-wide  are often marked Par avion, literally: "by  airplane". The first scheduled airmail service was from  Hendon to Windsor, which began on 9  September 1911 as part of the celebrations  for the coronation of King George V. During  the mid 20’s and early 30’s the air mail  services were continually expanded till  eventually reaching all corners of the British  Empire. On 20 August 1934, inland airmail  was introduced. This served major centres  such as London, Birmingham, Manchester,  Liverpool, Cardiff, Belfast and Glasgow. A special fleet of Royal  Mail vans was  introduced in June  1930 to handle and  advertise the new  Royal Air Mail Service.  Special letter boxes  were provided in  various locations  around the UK. Both  these boxes and the  new vans were painted  blue. The blue post boxes  were placed in  prominent positions in  London, by 1936, there  were 139 in London  and 174 in the  provinces. Leaflets and  posters were used to  promote the airmail  service to the public. Eight Morris Minor vans were introduced for  collection duties and two 105 cubic feet  capacity vans for the conveyance of mails.
The Royal Air Mail Service
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A special additional van took the form of an advertising car.  Its streamlined body,  designed by Maurice Lambert, was  mounted on a standard 15cwt chassis.  This streamlined van would often be  shown in publicity photographs. Due to the  increasing use of the service, the fleet was  expanded to 26 Morris Minor vans in 1935,  with the three larger vans continuing to  support the service and the advertising van simply used for publicity purposes. Dragon Rapide In late 1933, the Dragon Rapide was  designed at the de Havilland Company and in the summer of 1934, the type entered  service with UK-based airlines, Hillman’s  Airways Ltd which took the first delivery of  Dragon Rapide’s in July of that year. From 1 December 1934 Hillman’s Airways  were given a contract to fly inland air mail  between London, Liverpool, Glasgow and  Belfast formerly operated by the Railway  Air Services. Like the vans and the mail  boxes Hillman’s Dragon Rapide’s were  painted in the Royal Air Mail Service blue  livery. The painting depicts the Air Mail streamline van alongside a Hillman’s Airways De  Havilland Dragon Rapide DH.84. The  painting has been created from this  photograph taken in 1935 at Liverpool  Aerodrome.
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