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Maatschappij voor Luchtvaart (The Netherlands)

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Maatschappij voor Luchtvaart image sent by Mark Sensen, 18 Sep 2006

A hazy beauty from the Boone Scripophily site – the flag image on one of the shares on auction is not very clear - there.
This is an 1911 issue of the short-lived ‘Maatschappij voor Luchtvaart’ featuring the company flag, yellowish with – as far as I can make out – blue horizontal edges, a blue saltire and perhaps some emblem in the centre. Curiously, according to Mr Boone, the flag was not merely shown on the share but on the coupons as well.
Check these pages for some background information: here and here.
The MvL (Aviation Co.), founded in 1910, was to promote flying but also to build planes in cooperation with foreign companies.  It had to terminate business activities in 1912. The firm’s seat of operations, Soesterberg, was to become a well-known Dutch air base.
Jan Mertens, 7 Sep 2006

Here is a scan from "50 jaar luchtmacht" (edited by F.F. Habnit, The Hague, 1963) with a B/W-drawing of the flag. In the book also two photos with this flag flying, but too small to scan. Text: The aerodrome of Soesterberg of the Company Verwey & Lugard had its own flag, provided with bizarre aviation symbols.
I have a copy of a letter from Mr. Habnit to Daan van Leeuwen from the NVvV (Dutch Flag Association) answering questions about this flag. However, I can't find it at the moment...
Mark Sensen, 18 Sep 2006