Correspondences : 1923-1938 Leralle Covers
Part I : 1923-32

Correspondences



The 1923 EL KANTARA run to the Pacific.
El Kantara 1923

The 1923 EL KANTARA run to the Pacific. (click to close)



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What do we know about André L. Leralle? Not much yet, but the readers of this site may want to contribute their knowledge.

He seemes to have been an employee or a bank manager of the "Banque de l'Indochine et de Suez" in Indochina for some years with world-wide contacts and he travelled a lot himself and sent letters home. His name is on a passenger list of the steamer MAJESTIC to New York arriving there on January 4, 1923. His age is given as 26 so he was born in 1897 I think. Later he turned to the stamp business and particularly postal history after his retirement in the late forties and then definitely retired in the fifties on the Cote d'Azur. His address in 1945 and 1952: 2 avenue Saint-Laurent, Monte Carlo. He was also a member of the "Société des Océanistes". 1963 he is mentioned in the "Canadian Philatelist" in Monaco.

February 2013: I just saw a 1928 cover in a dealer offer sent from Papeete to "Monsieur A. Leralle, Caissier Banque Indo-Chine, Hanoi, Tonkin". So he was with the Banque de l'Indochine at that time!

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We have found that the handwritings, addresses and names differ. The covers addressed to Curios or Miss Evelyn Sainthabyn, Georgetown, British Guyana with POSTED AT SEA NEW HEBRIDES have been manufactured by Mr. Leralle as well. It seems that covers sent to Monsieur Lefranc with PAQUEBOT cancels and to Mr. Clerget are from Leralle too. (Most of this information thanks to Alain Millet, France.)

Yes, he was a "covermaker", but at least he tried to make the covers in a way which suggested normal use and with the correct prepayment. These covers are a unique part of the postal history of the New Hebrides, as they show postal markings which may not be recorded elsewhere.

His favourites were ship and airmail covers. I saw an 11 January 1935 aerogramme from Oubangui to the Vignon address and a 4 March 1935 aerogramme from Tchad to the Tronchet address too.

André Leralle was a member of the Académie de Philatélie, Paris and author of many philatelic books. I think he died at the end of 1963 or beginning of 1964.

Until 15 April 2017, we can document 205 New Hebrides Leralle covers.

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The following first ten covers are exceptionally early "Leralle covers".
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Eight years later his main activity started: 25 February 1932
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25 February 1932
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15 November 1932
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25 November 1932
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