New Guinea
1935-39 Airmail Set

Updated - November, 2018

Identifying the New Guinea 1935-39 Airmail Set issues is very simple. There are no listed color shades, all of the stamps have the same watermark. The biggest challenge with this set is to find it at a reasonable price.

Unlike modern stamps which are issued in the millions, definitive sets from this time period were issued very conservatively. I do not have the print quantities for these issues. The two high values were issued in 1935 and the rest of the values in 1939. Japan invaded New Guinea in 1942, so there was not a lot of time for many printings. Please feel free to supply the print quantities if you have them. After the end of the war in 1945, Australia stamps were used until new stamps were issued for the combined territory of Papua & New Guinea.

The catalog numbers are from the 1980 Commonwealth Five Reigns Catalogue (CW), 2013 Stanley Gibbons Stamp Catalogue (SG) and the 2011 Scott catalog (ST). The description and dates are from the Commonwealth Catalogue. Please contact Bridger & Kay to obtain a copy of this publication. You can access the other publishers using the "Links to British Colonial Stamp Sites" at the bottom of this page.

The images were saved in a larger size and at a higher resolution so you can more easily see the details used in sorting them. Please be patient if it takes a few minutes for this page to load. Although the two high values were issued first, the stamps are shown in value order below.

CW A1 - SG 212 - ST C46
1/2d Orange
CW A2 - SG 213 - ST C47
1d Green
CW A3 - SG 214 - ST C48
1-1/2d Dull Claret
CW A4 - SG 215 - ST C49
2d Vermilion
CW A5 - SG 216 - ST C50
3d Deep Blue
CW A6 - SG 217 - ST C51
4d Sage-Green
CW A7 - SG 218 - ST C52
5d Slate-Green
CW A8 - SG 219 - ST C53
6d Bistre-Brown
CW A9 - SG 220 - ST C54
9d Purple-Violet
CW A10 - SG 221 - ST C55
1/ Grey-Green
CW A11 - SG 222 - ST C56
2/ Carmine-Lake
CW A12 - SG 223 - ST C57
5/ Brown-Olive
CW A13 - SG 224 - ST C58
10/ Rose-Pink
CW A14 - SG 225 - ST C59
£1 Grey-Olive
CW G87- SG 204 - ST C44
£2 Bright Violet
  CW G88 - SG 205 - ST C45
£5 Emerald-Green

This article was written to help you identify your stamps.
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New Guinea Stamps for sale based on the identification from this article.
Index to KGVI Stamp Description Web Sites
Links to British Colonial Stamp Sites