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
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
Spink NY Sale 153, 11/18-19/2015, lot 1038 - $25,000 hammer
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"
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.
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
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"