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Census of 1911, 25c Black, Rodgers "Vin Fiz" Semi-Official Air Post (Scott CL2)
12 Census Records

CL2-PC-01

CL2-PC-01
Sound

Notes:
  • Formerly CL2-PC-VINITA 10/15/1911
  • Start: 10/14 Kansas City Mo.
  • Stops: Moran and Russell Creek Ok.
  • Finish: 10/14 Vinita Ok.
  • Postmark: Vinita Ok. mc 10/15/11 8AM(?)
  • Message: "I am mailing this by aeroplane. E. Nin"
  • From/To: E. Nin to Nettie Strawn, Wakefield Kans.
  • Note: Earliest known use of Vin Fiz CL2
Provenance:
    Certificates:
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      CL2-PC-02

      CL2-PC-02
      Sound

      Notes:
      • Formerly CL2-PC-WACO 10/20/1911
      • Start: 10/19 Dallas Tex.
      • Stops: None
      • Finish: 10/19 Waco Tex.
      • Postmark: Waco Tex. mc 10/20/11 1:30PM
      • Message: "Fond Birthday Greetings Via Aerial Post. `Zach' Dallas, Texas Oct. 17th 1911"
      • From/To: "Zach", to Marghretta L. Pierce, NYC
      Provenance:
      • Ex Matthews, Shrady and Aurea
      Certificates:
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        CL2-PC-03

        CL2-PC-03
        Sound

        Notes:
        • Formerly CL2-PC-WACO 10/20/1911
        • Start: 10/19 Dallas Texas
        • Stops: None
        • Finish: 10/19 Waco Texas
        • Postmark: Waco Tex. mc 10/20/11 1:30PM
        • Message: "10/19/11" [illegible name]
        • From/To: Sender's name illegible, to Mrs. Seilla(?) Karkpatrick, Chilton Texas
        Provenance:
        • Siegel 1984 Rarities sale (Sale 632, lot 472, realized $13,000 hammer)
        Certificates:
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          CL2-PC-04

          CL2-PC-04
          Fault

          Notes:
          • Formerly CL2-PC-SAN ANTONIO 10/22/1911
          • Start: Either Waco, Granger, Austin or Kyle Tex.
          • Stops: 10/22 Kyle and San Marcos Tex.
          • Finish: 10/22 San Antonio Tex.
          • Postmark: San Antonio Tex. mc 10/22/11 8:00PM
          • Message: "McGinly and Estes Aviators To Be Mailed From San Antonio"
          • From/To: Sender reported to be Mrs. Mabel Rodgers; to Dallas News
          • Note: Stamp folded over edge
          Provenance:
          • McCoy Collection
          • Goodkind Collection
          • Lettick Collection, Siegel Sale 761, 9/27/1994, lot 835, realized $42,500 hammer
          • O'Sullivan Collection, Siegel sale 785, 3/11/1997, lot 511, realized $42,500 hammer
          Certificates:
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            CL2-COV-05

            CL2-COV-05
            Sound

            Notes:
            • Start: 10/30 El Paso Tex.
            • Stops: 10/30 Deming and Lordsburg NM,
            • 10/31 Wilcox Ariz.
            • 11/1 Tucson and Maricopa Ariz.
            • 11/2 Phoenix and Stoval Ariz.
            • Finish: 11/3 Imperial Junction Cal.
            • Postmark: Imperial Junction Cal. cds 11/4/11 AM
            • Message: letter enclosed
            • From/To: "Aunt Sallie" to Miss Rosa Benicia Stone, Oakland Cal.
            • THE ONLY RECORDED VIN FIZ ON A COVER
            Provenance:
            • William C. Mack Collection, Siegel Sale 844, 3/1/2002, lot 3501, realized $115,000 hammer
            Certificates:
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              CL2-PC-06

              CL2-PC-06
              Sound

              Notes:
              • Formerly CL2-COV-IMPERIAL JUNCTION 11/4/1911
              • Start: 11/1 Tucson Ariz.
              • Stops: Maricopa Ariz.
              • 11/2 Phoenix and Stoval Ariz.
              • Finish: 11/3 Imperial Junction Cal.
              • Postmark: Imperial Junction Cal. cds 11/4/11 AM
              • Message: "Carried by Calbraith Rodgers in his Wright Model Ex racing
              • aeroplane from Tucson to Phoenix. Keep it as a souvenir."
              • From/To: Mrs. H. Sweitzer (Calbraith's mother) at Los Angeles hotel,
              • evidently redirected to Pasadena
              • Note: Additional L.A. and Pasadena machine cancels
              Provenance:
                Certificates:
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                  CL2-PC-07

                  CL2-PC-07
                  Sound

                  Notes:
                  • Formerly CL2-COV-IMPERIAL JUNCTION 11/4/1911
                  • Start: 11/1 Tucson Ariz.
                  • Stops: Maricopa Ariz.
                  • 11/2 Phoenix and Stoval Ariz.
                  • Finish: 11/3 Imperial Junction Cal.
                  • Postmark: Imperial Junction Cal. cds 11/4/11 AM
                  • Message: "Carried by Calbraith Rodgers in his Wright Model Ex racing
                  • aeroplane from Tucson to Phoenix. Keep it as a souvenir."
                  • Note: Sent by same person as example above.
                  Provenance:
                  • Discovered in 2001
                  • Siegel Sale 841, 12/7/2001, lot 1499, realized $40,000 hammer
                  Certificates:
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                    CL2-PC-08

                    CL2-PC-08
                    Sound

                    Notes:
                    • Formerly CL2-USPC-PASADENA 11/8/1911
                    • Start: 11/1 Willcox Ariz.
                    • Stops: 11/1 Tucson and Maricopa Ariz.
                    • 11/2 Phoenix and Stoval Ariz.
                    • 11/3 Imperial Junction Cal.
                    • 11/4 Banning Cal.
                    • 11/5 Beaumont and Pomona Cal.
                    • Finish: 11/5 Pasadena Cal.
                    • Postmark: Pasadena Cal. 11/8 8:00PM
                    • Message: "Willcox Arz. Dear Otto, As the first Transcontinental Rogers Aeroplane (Atlantic to Pacific Coast) passes through here today, I'll use these means of conveyance to air route to send you a few lines which please attach to your stamp collection. With kind regards to all, You're a.b.i.l. C.F. Threle"
                    • From/To: C.F. Threle to Otto Hunter, Umbrella Factory at Coln, Germany
                    • Note: Only recorded use of CL2 on U.S. Postal Card. Realized $88,000 in
                    • Siegel 1999 Rarities sale (lot 234)
                    Provenance:
                      Certificates:
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                        CL2-PC-09

                        CL2-PC-09
                        Fault

                        CL2-PC-09

                        CL2-PC-09
                        Fault

                        Notes:
                        • Used with 1c Green (374), tied by "Anderson Tex/ Oct 27 1911" duplex cancel (portion of the postmark retraced)
                        • Addressed to Miss Mary Chapman, Liberty Hill, Texas
                        Provenance:
                        • Spink NY Sale 153, 11/18-19/2015, lot 1038 - $25,000 hammer
                        Certificates:
                        • PFC 529810 (2015) "It is a genuine usage, the Vin Fiz stamp with a 12mm tear and small scuff at right, a diagonal crease and small tear at bottom left, and toned spots, the post card with a portion of the postmark retraced"
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                        CL2-PC-10

                        CL2-PC-10
                        Fault

                        CL2-PC-10

                        CL2-PC-10
                        Fault

                        CL2-PC-10

                        CL2-PC-10
                        Fault
                        Detail of stamp

                        Notes:
                        • Formerly Census No. CL2-UNC-02
                        • According to Flight of the Vin Fiz by E. P. Stein (p. 205), "on board the Pullman for the leg to Denison was Mr. Jasper Allen, the eminent editor and publisher of the Hartshorne Sun. Mabel promptly charmed him into purchasing a Vin Fiz stamp, her first such sale. Allen placed his stamp on a postcard addressed to his wife in Hartshorne. The card was flown from Fort Worth to Dallas and cancelled Oct. 19, 7:30 PM. A second card with the Vin Fiz stamp was purchased by Allen and delivered to his mother in Hartshorne." This second card with the stamp still affixed was described and photographed in the 1939 Kessler auction catalogue of the Dr. Philip G. Cole collection (Part 1). The stamp was subsequently removed, and was reunited with the cover in 2018.
                        Provenance:
                        • Dr. Philip G. Cole, Kessler Auctions, 10/26/1939, lot 33 (on post card)
                        • Ex Matthews (off post card)
                        • Edward Lettick, Siegel Sale 761, 9/27/1994, lot 834, realized $26,000 hammer
                        • Robert Zoellner Collection, Siegel sale 804, 10/8/1998, lot 728, realized $30,000 hammer
                        • Jay Hoffman Collection, Siegel Sale 956, 5/8/2008, lot 547, realized $47,500 hammer
                        Certificates:
                        • Off Card: PFC 429988 (2005) "It is genuine, with a small tear opposite the "R" in "Flyer" and a small diagonal crease and tear at bottom right"
                        • On Card: PFC 562360 (2019) "It is genuine, the Vin Fiz stamp with a small tear opposite the "R" in "Flyer" and a small diagonal crease and tear at bottom right, lifted, and hinged in place"
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                        CL2-PCE-01

                        CL2-PCE-01
                        Fault

                        Notes:
                        • Small tear in top right corner, affixed to piece of post card
                        • Discovered in April 1969
                        • Signed Heiman
                        Provenance:
                        • Ex Aurea
                        Certificates:
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                          CL2-UNC-01

                          CL2-UNC-01
                          Fault

                          Notes:
                          • With gum, corner crease bottom right
                          Provenance:
                          • Discovered in 1968
                          • Ex Atherton
                          Certificates:
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