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General/Issue
Sale#/
Date
Lot#/
Grade
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
United States
U.S. Stamps
Back-of-Book
Air Post
2019-03-11
United States Postal History including The Angel Collection
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 934, Flight Covers6c Orange, 1918 Air Post (C1), 6c Orange, 1918 Air Post (C1)6c Orange, 1918 Air Post (C1). Tied by "Air Mail Service Wash. N.Y. Phila. Phila. Dec. 16, 1918" duplex cancel on First Day of New 6c Rate cover to Washington D.C., Very Fine, scarce, with 1978 Friedl certificate

2,000
650
United States
U.S. Stamps
Back-of-Book
Air Post
2018-10-25
United States and CSA Postal History
c
Sale Number 1191, Lot Number 2357, Air Post6c Orange, 1918 Air Post (C1), 6c Orange, 1918 Air Post (C1)6c Orange, 1918 Air Post (C1). Tied by "Air Mail Service Wash. N.Y. Phila. Phila. Dec. 16, 1918" duplex cancel on First Day of New 6c Rate cover to Washington D.C., Very Fine, scarce, with 1978 Friedl certificate

2,000
0
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United States
U.S. Stamps
Back-of-Book
Air Post
2018-10-03
United States Stamp Treasures: The William H. Gross Collection
c
Sale Number 1188, Lot Number 105, 1902-1908 Issue Coil Rarities, 6c 1918 Air Post First Day Cover, The only recorded genuine cover with the 6¢ 1918 Air Post stamp mailed on the First Day of Issue--an important 20th century postal history rarity

DESCRIPTION

6¢ Orange, 1918 Air Post (C1), vertical pair paying 2¢ postage and 10¢ special delivery fee on December 10, 1918, First Day Cover self-addressed by Joseph B. Leavy, then curator of the National Museum (1913-21), to his residence at 3600 13th Street, N.W., in Washington D.C., stamps tied by “Washington D.C. Dec. 10 8 PM” duplex datestamp with “1918” yeardate and numeral “3” grid cancel--the clerk (or perhaps Leavy) was evidently not satisfied with the clarity of the first strikes, and two more were struck which clearly show the date--in addition, there is a Washington Post Office Special Delivery Department “DEC 10 P.M.” purple time/date handstamp on the back

PROVENANCE

* Whereabouts unknown until 2007; pencil note on back indicates it was bought in September 1943 for $125

* Found in a collection consigned to Siegel Auction Galleries, 2/19/2007, Sale 950, lot 2424, to William H. Gross

CENSUS, LITERATURE AND EXHIBITION REFERENCES

* Documented by both Joe R. Kirker and Ken Lawrence as the only genuine 6¢ 1918 Air Post cover

* Joe R. Kirker, “The six-cent Jenny of 1918--First Day of Use!!!”, Airpost Journal, February 2009

* Ken Lawrence, “First Day Covers of 1918 Air Post Stamps--or are they? Part 3,” United States Specialist, April 2015

CERTIFICATION

* The Philatelic Foundation (2008)

CONDITION NOTES

* Very Fine

* Pencil note on back “9/43 [$]125 Pre First Day C1”

VIEW PDF OF HISTORY AND COMMENTARY at https://siegelauctions.com/2018/1188/105.pdf

E. 30,000-40,000
32,500
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United States
U.S. Stamps
Back-of-Book
Air Post
2014-05-20
United States Postal History and Confederate States
c
Sale Number 1071, Lot Number 4289, Air Post, Offices in China, Postal Stationery6c Orange, 1918 Air Post (C1), 6c Orange, 1918 Air Post (C1)6c Orange, 1918 Air Post (C1). Tied by "Postal Express Service" double-circle with star, date appears to be Mar. 20, 1919, clear censor's handstamp and signature at bottom left, printed address to C.H. Mekeel, Editor, University, Virginia, believed to have originated in Colbenz, Germany, light cover filing crease, otherwise Very Fine

E. 300-400
160
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United States
U.S. Stamps
Back-of-Book
Air Post
2013-07-23
U.S. and C.S.A. Postal History and U.S. Possessions
c
Sale Number 1051, Lot Number 1536, Air Post6c Orange, 1918 Air Post (C1), 6c Orange, 1918 Air Post (C1)6c Orange, 1918 Air Post (C1). Tied by "Air Mail Service Wash. N.Y. Phila. Phila. Dec. 16, 1918" duplex cancel on First Day of New 6c Rate cover to Washington D.C., light pencil notations at top left, Very Fine, scarce

2,000
900
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United States
U.S. Stamps
Back-of-Book
Air Post
2007-12-19
U.S. and C.S.A. Postal History
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2424, Air Post and Flight Covers6c Orange, 1918 Air Post (C1), 6c Orange, 1918 Air Post (C1)6c Orange, 1918 Air Post (C1). Vertical pair paying 2c Postage and 10c Special Delivery fee on First Day Cover posted locally in Washington D.C., stamps tied by partial Washington D.C. grid duplex, the clerk, evidently not satisfied with the clarity of the strikes, applied two more which clearly show the Dec. 10, 1918 First Day date (the oval grid portion of one of these cancels also ties stamps), in addition, there is a Washington Post Office Special Delivery Department purple time/date handstamp on the back and clearly dated Dec. 10 (applied about 30 minutes after this letter was posted)

VERY FINE. THIS COVER WAS DISCOVERED BY US IN AN OTHERWISE MODEST CONSIGNMENT AND, ACCORDING TO OWNER'S PURCHASE DATE ON BACK, HAS NOT BEEN AVAILABLE TO THE MARKET FOR OVER 60 YEARS. A VERY IMPORTANT UNITED STATES FIRST DAY COVER, OF WHICH THERE ARE FEWER THAN FIVE KNOWN.

Accompanied by an American Philatelist article, "First Day Covers of U.S. 1918 Air Mail Stamps", by Ken Lawrence, which documents five 6c 1918 covers plus an additional three possible First Days.

32,500
42,500
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United States
U.S. Stamps
Back-of-Book
Air Post
2005-03-31
The Dr. Alfred S. Martin Collection, Part 2
c
Sale Number 894, Lot Number 641, Air Post6c Orange, 1918 Air Post (C1), 6c Orange, 1918 Air Post (C1)6c Orange, 1918 Air Post (C1). Tied by Air Mail Service Philadelphia Dec. 16, 1918 duplex cancel on First Day of New 6c Rate cover to McBride in Washington D.C., neatly opened at top, Very Fine, one of the finest examples we have offered, Brookman catalogue value $2,750.00

E. 1,500-2,000
2,600
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United States
U.S. Stamps
Back-of-Book
Air Post
2005-03-31
The Dr. Alfred S. Martin Collection, Part 2
c
Sale Number 894, Lot Number 642, Air Post6c Orange, 1918 Air Post (C1), 6c Orange, 1918 Air Post (C1)6c Orange, 1918 Air Post (C1). Set of five covers with First Flights, franked with blocks of four and serviced by Albert E. Gorham on his printed flight envelopes, represented by 6/7/26 flights from Lacrosse (two different), St. Paul Minn., Minneapolis Minn. and 7/1/26 from Boston to NY

E. 400-500
350
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United States
U.S. Stamps
Back-of-Book
Air Post
2000-06-27
U.S. Stamps and Covers, Foreign
c
6c Orange, 1918 Air Post (C1). Tied by purple "Air Mail Service Dec. 16, 9AM 1918" cds from Philadelphia on first day of rate change cover to Washington D.C., Ward handstamp at top left, stamp somewhat oxidized, Very Fine and rare usage

2,000
1,300
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United States
U.S. Stamps
Back-of-Book
Air Post
2000-06-27
U.S. Stamps and Covers, Foreign
c
6c Orange, 1918 Air Post (C1). Tied by light strike of Dec. 16, 1918 Washington cds on first day of rate change cover, to Philip Ward in Philadelphia, Very Fine and rare usage

2,000
1,000
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