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Siam Airmail - Provisional Issue (1925)

a flying Garuda (2 satang, yellowish-brown with red overprint)  a flying Garuda (3 satang, chocolate with blue overprint)  a flying Garuda (5 satang, green with red overprint)

a flying Garuda (10 satang, black and orange with red overprint)  a flying Garuda (15 satang, red with blue overprint)

a flying Garuda (25 satang, deep blue with red overprint)  a flying Garuda (50 satang, orange and black with blue overprint)  a flying Garuda (1 baht, deep blue and brown with red overprint)

 

 Issue Name: Airmail Provisional Issue with Overprint (Siamese Government Museum 2468)
 Thai Issue Name: อากาศไปรษณีย์ พิมพ์ทับ (สยามรัฐพิพิธภัณฑ์ ๒๔๖๘)
 Issue Date: 1925/2468
 Cause: Initially to use for Airmail purposes and to promote the 1925 Trade Fair, but the latter was cancelled due to the King falling fatally ill, and the stamps remained unissued, but were later used for telegraphic payments, attached to the message and stamped, hence unused stamps are now rather rare.
 Catalogue Number: P1925/1-8
 Denomination: 0.02 Baht, 0.03 Baht, 0.05 Baht, 0.1 Baht, 0.15 Baht, 0.25 Baht, 0.5 Baht, 1 Baht
 Unused Value: 7,000 Baht, 3,000 Baht, 7,000 Baht, 3,500 Baht, 7,000 Baht, 3,500 Baht, 7,000 Baht, 7,000 Baht
 Complete Set:  45,000 Baht (unused), 880 Baht (used)
 Thailex Collection: Used set
 Size: 23 x 32 mm
 Quantity of Stamps: 100,000 pieces per design
 Printer: Waterlow & Sons Limited, England, and the overprint by the Ministry of Finance, Thailand
 Subject: Stamps of the Siam Airmail 1st Series of 1924 with a flying Garuda, overprinted with the Thai text Sayaam Rat Phiphithaphan (สยามรัฐพิพิธภัณฑ์ ๒๔๖๘), which means ‘Siamese Government Museum 2468 (BE)’, either in dark blue or red, according to the background. The overprinted text was intended to promote a Trade Fair, the first ever in Siam, scheduled for 23 October 1925, to coincide with King Rama VI's 15th year on the throne, and organized by the King himself to boost the economy and to promote Siamese products at home, as well as abroad. The King allocated a piece of royal land, his personal property, to organize the fair and which –once the 100 day event was over– the King had planned to make into a public park for his subjects. However, the King fell fatally ill and the fair was cancelled, and though the King passed away on 25 November 1925, the royal land near Sala Daeng was made into a public park nonetheless, which today is known as Lumphini Park, and a statue of Rama VI was erected at the park's main entrance near Sala Daeng.
 Related Link: Siam Airmail (1st Series), Siam, BE, Garuda, satang, Rama VI, Suan Lumphini, Siam, Sayaam