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Symbol
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United States
U.S. Stamps
Back-of-Book
Air Post
2020-10-19
Outstanding United States Stamps and Gold Coins
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Sale Number 1227, Lot Number 3163, The Dr. Bernard S. Yudowitz Collection of Plate Blocks (Air Post and Group Lots)24c Carmine Rose & Blue, 1918 Air Post (C3), 24c Carmine Rose & Blue, 1918 Air Post (C3)24c Carmine Rose & Blue, 1918 Air Post (C3). Top arrow, double plate nos. 8493/8492 and double "TOP" block of twelve, stamps barely hinged (mostly a few gum skips), h.r. in selvage, rich colors, Very Fine

1,250
650
United States
U.S. Stamps
Back-of-Book
Air Post
2020-05-27
United States Stamps
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Sale Number 1221, Lot Number 1565, Air Post24c Carmine Rose & Blue, 1918 Air Post (C3), 24c Carmine Rose & Blue, 1918 Air Post (C3)24c Carmine Rose & Blue, 1918 Air Post (C3). Top arrow, double plate nos. 8493/8492 and double "TOP" block of twelve, most stamps Mint N.H., fresh, bright colors, Fine-Very Fine

1,250
550
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United States
U.S. Stamps
Back-of-Book
Air Post
2020-03-03
United States Stamps
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Sale Number 1217, Lot Number 1233, Air Post24c Carmine Rose & Blue, 1918 Air Post (C3), 24c Carmine Rose & Blue, 1918 Air Post (C3)24c Carmine Rose & Blue, 1918 Air Post (C3). Top arrow, double plate nos. 8493/8492 and double "Top" block of twelve, stamps Mint N.H., hinged in selvage, well-centered, Very Fine, Scott Retail as hinged

1,250
500
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United States
U.S. Stamps
Back-of-Book
Air Post
2019-10-22
United States Stamps
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Sale Number 1209, Lot Number 1326, Air Post24c Carmine Rose & Blue, 1918 Air Post (C3), 24c Carmine Rose & Blue, 1918 Air Post (C3)24c Carmine Rose & Blue, 1918 Air Post (C3). Top arrow, double plate nos. 8493/8492 and double "Top" block of twelve, especially well-centered, faintly hinged on the top left stamp, otherwise Mint N.H., rich colors, Very Fine

1,250
1,000
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United States
U.S. Stamps
Back-of-Book
Air Post
2019-10-22
United States Stamps
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Sale Number 1209, Lot Number 1327, Air Post24c Carmine Rose & Blue, 1918 Air Post (C3), 24c Carmine Rose & Blue, 1918 Air Post (C3)24c Carmine Rose & Blue, 1918 Air Post (C3). Top arrow, double plate nos. 8493/8492 and double "Top" block of twelve, h.r. in selvage, stamps Mint N.H. with some natural gum bends and skips, fresh colors, Fine-Very Fine

1,250
550
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United States
U.S. Stamps
Back-of-Book
Air Post
2019-10-22
United States Stamps
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Sale Number 1209, Lot Number 1328, Air Post24c Carmine Rose & Blue, 1918 Air Post (C3), 24c Carmine Rose & Blue, 1918 Air Post (C3)24c Carmine Rose & Blue, 1918 Air Post (C3). Top red "Top" and red plate no. 8492 block of 20, bottom right stamp lightly hinged, other 19 stamps Mint N.H., bright colors, several towards bottom left with exceptional centering, bottom left stamp small scuff and natural inclusion, Fine-Extremely Fine, Scott Retail as singles

2,535
850
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United States
U.S. Stamps
Back-of-Book
Air Post
2019-05-08
The William H. Gross Collection: Outstanding U.S. Stamp Multiples
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Sale Number 1200, Lot Number 280, Air Post Issues, A phenomenal bottom-margin block of four of the 24¢ 1918 Air Post Grounded Plane variety--one of the finest that exists

DESCRIPTION

24¢ Carmine Rose & Blue, 1918 Air Post, Grounded Plane Variety (C3 variety), bottom selvage block of four, vignette shifted down with wheels extending below the mid-point of "Cents"--this is known as the Extreme Grounded Plane variety--pristine gum described by the P.F. as "previously hinged," an opinion with which both Professional Stamp Experts and we disagree--in our opinion, it is Mint N.H., bright fresh colors on brilliant paper

PROVENANCE

"Saddleback" collection, Siegel Auction Galleries, 5/22/2007, Sale 935, lot 176

Jay Hoffman, Siegel Auction Galleries, 5/8-9/2008, Sale 956, lot 535, to William H. Gross

CERTIFICATION

The Philatelic Foundation (2003) as previously hinged, and harshly describing bottom left stamp with a small internal crease

Professional Stamp Experts (2003) as Mint N.H., lower left stamp with a light natural wrinkle, which is more accurate

CONDITION NOTES

Extremely Fine

HISTORY AND COMMENTARY

Lieutenant Boyle's Grounded Plane

The world's first regular government airmail service was inaugurated in the United States on May 15, 1918. Planes were scheduled to take off simultaneously from New York and Washington, D.C., each stopping at Philadelphia on the three-city relay route. The plane out of the nation's capital was piloted by Lieutenant George Boyle, who had limited flying experience, but whose future father-in-law was the well-connected head of the Interstate Commerce Commission. With a crowd of onlookers and dignitaries, including President Woodrow Wilson and the First Lady, the northbound flight took off from Potomac Park field, behind schedule and headed south. The young pilot, wondering why things on the ground did not look quite right, crashed the plane in a farmer's field in Maryland, and the mail was carried back to Washington on wheels for the next day's flight.

The Grounded Plane stamps, in which the wheels of the plane break through the top of "Cents", come from portions of three sheets. The discovery sheet was owned and broken up by John Klemann of Nassau Stamp Company. A second sheet was discovered in 1946 and sold in the Thomas A. Matthews sale (H. R. Harmer 11/4/1964), where it was purchased by Georges A. Medawar, publisher of Sanabria Airmail Catalogue. In Linn's 4/21/1986, specialist Joseph R. Kirker, Jr. published his research revealing the existence of a third source of this variety. All known sheets are from the first printing, which produced the world famous Inverted Jenny error. The first printing has selvage at bottom and left, and was trimmed to remove the top and right selvage; therefore, a plate block cannot exist.

E. 20,000-30,000
28,000
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United States
U.S. Stamps
Back-of-Book
Air Post
2018-07-25
United States Stamps
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Sale Number 1187, Lot Number 686, Air Post24c Carmine Rose & Blue, 1918 Air Post (C3), 24c Carmine Rose & Blue, 1918 Air Post (C3)24c Carmine Rose & Blue, 1918 Air Post (C3). Two blocks of four, approaching the "Fast Plane" variety with top wing into the carmine frame, most lightly hinged, Very Fine

E. 400-500
325
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United States
U.S. Stamps
Back-of-Book
Air Post
2018-03-27
United States and Possessions
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Sale Number 1179, Lot Number 2459, Air Post (C1-C12)24c Carmine Rose & Blue, 1918 Air Post (C3), 24c Carmine Rose & Blue, 1918 Air Post (C3)24c Carmine Rose & Blue, 1918 Air Post (C3). Top arrow, double plate nos. 8493/8492 and double "Top" block of twelve, lightly hinged, rich colors, Fine-Very Fine

1,250
450
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United States
U.S. Stamps
Back-of-Book
Air Post
2017-12-19
United States Stamps and Hawaii
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Sale Number 1172, Lot Number 871, Air Post (C1-C6)24c Carmine Rose & Blue, 1918 Air Post (C3), 24c Carmine Rose & Blue, 1918 Air Post (C3)24c Carmine Rose & Blue, 1918 Air Post (C3). Top arrow, double plate nos. 8493/8492 and double "Top" block of twelve, top left stamp lightly hinged, rich colors, Fine-Very Fine, Scott Retail as singles

1,495
350
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