Black Honduras 10¢ dull blue Ulua Bridge stamp Black ink overprint AERO CORREO 25 Red Honduras 5¢ bright blue Bonilla Theater stamp Red ink overprint AERO CORREO T he 1925 Black Honduras is the world’s rarest airmail stamp. This unique stamp is also the rarest of all railroad thematic stamps. A dull blue 10-centavo Ulua Bridge Honduras stamp surcharged AERO CORREO 25 in black, it played an integral role in early 20th century history. Nearly as rare are the Red Honduras stamps, of which just seven are known. These Honduras stamps helped inaugurate airmail service between the Honduran capital city Tegucigalpa, which was located in the interior of the country, and Puerto Cortés on its Caribbean coast. At the time, airmail service was of even greater importance to that nation than it was within the United States, and it had the potential to revolutionize communication in the Central American country. Although this fact was not lost on many stamp collectors, no one knew about the existence of the Black Honduras for several years. The airmail service failed within months and years passed. One day, Scott Catalogue editor and prominent philatelist John Luff received an envelope in the mail — and a tale brimming with mystery, intrigue and betrayal began to unfold. This is the story of these rare Honduras stamps. Visit Mystic’s website at MysticStamp.com Copyright 2016 Mystic Stamp Company, Inc.
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