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

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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