Air Route from U.S. to Liberia

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Liberia C37-C44

     Liberia issued a set of eight stamps with two designs during the period from 1942 to 1944. The design on six of the stamps included a map of the Atlantic Ocean on a polyconic projection with North, Central and South America and Africa. A dotted line describe the route from Miami, Florida to Wallerfield on Trinidad, to Natal, Brazil and ending in Monrovia, Liberia. On the Brizilian stamp the route is shown by a dotted line from Miami through Port au Prince, Puerto Rico, Trinidad, Georgetown Belem Fortaleza and Natal to Acension Island, Accra, Khartoum to Cairo. On the Brazilian stamp there is also a triangular symbol in the upper center. It is a shoulder patch of the Brazilian army with a snake smoking a cigar or pipe. Because Brazil was not enthusiastic about World War II, the insignia was worn by those Brazilian soldiers who did joint the fight. They called themselves the smoking snakes.

SCN C41                          SCN 632