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United States
U.S. Stamps
Back-of-Book
Air Post
2021-03-31
Inverted Jenny Position 77 and William T. Robey Letters
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Sale Number 1233, Lot Number 1536, William T. Robey LettersU.S. government airmail flight cover from Philip H. Ward, Jr. to Colonel Edward H. R, U.S. government airmail flight cover from Philip H. Ward, Jr. to Colonel Edward H. RU.S. government airmail flight cover from Philip H. Ward, Jr. to Colonel Edward H. R. Green with 24¢ 1918 Air Post stamp affixed upside down--an obvious salute to Colonel Green’s acquisition of the Inverted Jenny sheet

24¢ Carmine Rose & Blue, 1918 Air Post (C3), affixed upside down and tied by “Air Mail Service Wash. N.Y. Phila. Phila. May 24 12 M 1918” duplex datestamp on cover with red Chelten Electric Co. return address and addressed to Colonel Edward H. R. Green in New York City, receiving backstamp of the same day, addressed in the handwriting of noted stamp dealer Philip H. Ward, Jr.

News that Colonel Green purchased the sheet of 100 Inverted Jenny stamps for $20,000 was reported on May 21, the same day William T. Robey and his father-in-law delivered the sheet to Eugene Klein and collected their $15,000 certified check (see page 28 of the printed catalogue for clipping from The New York Times).

This airmail cover was addressed and stamped by Ward, using one of the 24¢ stamps issued for the new government airmail service. Ward, one of the leading stamp dealers of the era, undoubtedly affixed the stamp upside down in a deliberate expression of humor and congratulations to Colonel Green. Ward also wrote the service directive “Via Air Plane” and mistakenly used “E. H. S.” for Green’s initials (they were E.H.R. for Edward Howland Robinson).

Of the flight covers prepared by Ward, this is the first we have seen with the stamp upside down.

E. 1,500-2,000
5,750
United States
U.S. Stamps
Back-of-Book
Air Post
2019-03-11
United States Postal History including The Angel Collection
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Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 930, Flight Covers24c Carmine Rose & Blue, 1918 Air Post (C3), 24c Carmine Rose & Blue, 1918 Air Post (C3)24c Carmine Rose & Blue, 1918 Air Post (C3). Vignette strongly shifted and approaching the "fast plane" variety, tied by "Air Mail Service Wash. N.Y. Phila. Washington May 16, 1918 First Trip" datestamp on cover to New York City, signed at left "Lieut. James C. Edgerton, Pilot 2nd Lt.-S.R.C.A.S.", purple H. F. Colman backstamp, 4P.M. receiving backstamp of the same day, Very Fine and scarce, the ill-fated May 15 northbound flight from Washington D.C., on which Lieut. George L. Boyle flew in the wrong direction and crashed-landed in a field near Waldorf Md., was completed the following day by Lieut. Edgerton, who on May 15 piloted the first flight from Philadelphia to Washington, this example postmarked on May 16 with "First Trip" slug is scarce

E. 500-750
900
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U.S. Stamps
Back-of-Book
Air Post
2019-03-11
United States Postal History including The Angel Collection
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Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 931, Flight Covers24c Carmine Rose & Blue, 1918 Air Post (C3), 24c Carmine Rose & Blue, 1918 Air Post (C3)24c Carmine Rose & Blue, 1918 Air Post (C3). Centered to bottom right, tied by "Air Mail Service Wash. N.Y. Phila. Washington May 15 10AM, First Trip" duplex datestamp on cover with YMCA corner card to J.C. Morgenthau in New York, neat special delivery no. and "FEE CLAIMED" handstamp, receiving backstamp of 4PM the following day, Fine, scarce May 15 "10AM" datestamp, carried on Lieutenant George L. Boyle's first attempt to fly the mails, which (like his second attempt) resulted in a crash landing and delayed mail, this was carried on the following day

E. 500-750
650
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U.S. Stamps
Back-of-Book
Air Post
2019-03-11
United States Postal History including The Angel Collection
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Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 932, Flight Covers24c Carmine Rose & Blue, 1918 Air Post (C3), 24c Carmine Rose & Blue, 1918 Air Post (C3)24c Carmine Rose & Blue, 1918 Air Post (C3). Four covers, each used May 18, 1918, each with special aero mail label, two used from Washington D.C. and two used from Philadelphia, one of former signed by James C. Edgerton, one from Philadelphia signed by Capt. Lipsner on 50th anniversary of flight, three with stamps affixed and tied to Special Aerial Mail Service label (two from Washington in gray, one from Philadelphia in pink), all have small "Special Aero Mail Washington via Phila. to New York" label (three pink, one gray), overall Very Fine, the labels are very scarce

E. 2,000-3,000
6,000
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U.S. Stamps
Back-of-Book
Air Post
2018-10-25
United States and CSA Postal History
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Sale Number 1191, Lot Number 2356, 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). Centered to bottom right, tied by "Air Mail Service Wash. N.Y. Phila. Washington May 15 10AM, First Trip" duplex datestamp on registered cover with YMCA corner card to J.C. Morgenthau in New York, neat registry no. and "FEE CLAIMED" handstamp, receiving backstamp of 4PM the following day, Fine, scarce "10AM" datestamp, carried on Lieutenant George L. Boyle's first attempt to fly the mails, which (like his second attempt) resulted in a crash landing and delayed mail, this was carried on the following day

E. 750-1,000
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U.S. Stamps
Back-of-Book
Air Post
2017-02-28
The Don David Price Collection of the U.S. 1918 24c Jenny
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Sale Number 1147, Lot Number 4, First Day of Sale Cover24c Carmine Rose & Blue, 1918 Air Post (C3), 24c Carmine Rose & Blue, 1918 Air Post (C3)24c Carmine Rose & Blue, 1918 Air Post (C3). Tied by "Philadelphia Pa. Sta. C May 14, 1918 3:30 PM" Pre-First Flight date duplex datestamp and oval grid cancel, "Air Mail Service Wash. N.Y. Phila. Phila. May 15, 1918 First Trip" datestamp on cover to U.S. Patent Office in Washington D.C., signed at right by Benjamin B. Lipsner, who was deeply involved in organizing the first airmail service and served as superintendent from Aug. 1 thru Dec. 6, 1918, return address on flap, light central fold does not affect stamp or any markings, stamp with small internal crease at top not mentioned on accompanying certificate

VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE MAY 14, 1918, 24-CENT "JENNY" FIRST DAY OF SALE COVER FROM PHILADELPHIA THAT WAS FLOWN THE FOLLOWING DAY ON THE FIRST FLIGHT TO WASHINGTON, D.C. THIS IS THE EARLIEST GENUINE USE OF THE FIRST STAMP ISSUED FOR THE WORLD'S FIRST REGULAR GOVERNMENT AIRMAIL SERVICE.

To summarize, a supply of 24c stamps was reported received at the main post office in Washington D.C. in the afternoon of May 13, 1918, but there is no evidence that any were sold. Despite this, the May 13 date was widely reported and the lack of any covers from that day was remedied by forgers who produced faked covers dated May 13. Specialists in the 1918 Air Post Issues, including Joe Kirker and Ken Lawrence, have opined that none of the three recorded covers postmarked May 13 are genuine. We concur and believe that the earliest genuine covers are those postmarked on May 14, 1918 -- the day the stamps went on sale in New York, Philadelphia and all post offices in Washington, D.C. In our opinion, the Scott listing of May 13 as the first day of sale, which is questioned by the editors in a footnote, should be changed to May 14.

In his book United States Airmail Stamps 1918: History and Analysis of First Day of Sale Postal Use, Joe Kirker lists six covers with the May 14 date. One was mailed from Washington, D.C., two from New York and three from Philadelphia. One of the other Philadelphia covers was sent by surface mail and was not carried on the inaugural flight.

Benjamin B. Lipsner was not made superintendent until August 1918. Some of the covers flown on the May 1918 first trips were signed by him at a later date, and he used the official title.

Ex Silver and Berkun. Illustrated in Kirker book on page 45. Illustrated in Feb. 2015 United States Specialist article by Ken Lawrence. With 2007 P.F. certificate

E. 7,500-10,000
15,500
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U.S. Stamps
Back-of-Book
Air Post
2017-02-28
The Don David Price Collection of the U.S. 1918 24c Jenny
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Sale Number 1147, Lot Number 5, First Flight Covers24c Carmine Rose & Blue, 1918 Air Post (C3), 24c Carmine Rose & Blue, 1918 Air Post (C3)24c Carmine Rose & Blue, 1918 Air Post (C3). Position 10 (first printing), the only position on the sheet of 100 with natural s.e. at top and right, tied by magenta "Air Mail Service Wash. N.Y. Phila. New York May 15, 1918 First Trip" datestamp on 3c entire to Philadelphia, bold pencil "Air Mail", Philadelphia May 15 receiving backstamp, slightly reduced at right, small scuffs at bottom corners, slight ink smudges on stamps, still Fine, a nice example of the magenta New York "First Trip" datestamp, also shows how the public was confused about the rate (24c plus 3c is incorrect -- the rate was 24c, inclusive of regular postage and special delivery fee)

E. 500-750
900
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U.S. Stamps
Back-of-Book
Air Post
2017-02-28
The Don David Price Collection of the U.S. 1918 24c Jenny
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Sale Number 1147, Lot Number 6, First Flight Covers24c Carmine Rose & Blue, 1918 Air Post (C3), 24c Carmine Rose & Blue, 1918 Air Post (C3)24c Carmine Rose & Blue, 1918 Air Post (C3). From a top row position with natural s.e. at top, tied by "Air Mail Service Wash. N.Y. Phila. Washington May 15 10AM First Trip" datestamp (with time slug) on cover to Philadelphia, signed at top left by Lieut. James C. Edgerton, the pilot for the inaugural trip from Philadelphia to Washington D.C. on May 15, "The Commercial Club" imprint on flap, Philadelphia May 16 backstamps, Very Fine and scarce, this was carried on the ill-fated May 15 northbound flight from Washington D.C., on which Lieut. George L. Boyle flew in the wrong direction and crashed-landed in a field near Waldorf Md., the flight was completed the following day by Lieut. Edgerton, his signature on May 15 flight covers is rare

E. 750-1,000
1,100
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United States
U.S. Stamps
Back-of-Book
Air Post
2017-02-28
The Don David Price Collection of the U.S. 1918 24c Jenny
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Sale Number 1147, Lot Number 7, First Flight Covers24c Carmine Rose & Blue, 1918 Air Post (C3), 24c Carmine Rose & Blue, 1918 Air Post (C3)24c Carmine Rose & Blue, 1918 Air Post (C3). Tied by bold "Air Mail Service Wash. N.Y. Phila. Washington May 16, 1918" datestamp on Postmaster General's penalty imprint cover self-addressed to Postmaster General John Wanamaker in Philadelphia, inscribed "Carried on the first trip Airplane Mail Service from Washington May 16, 1918", Philadelphia May 16 backstamp, stamp with clipped bottom right corner and small thin spot near top, Very Fine appearance, a rare and historic flight cover from the Postmaster General in office at the time of the first airmail service, the May 15 inaugural trip from Washington D.C. ended unceremoniously when Lieut. George L. Boyle flew in the wrong direction and crash-landed in a field near Waldorf Md., after trucking the mail back to Washington the flight was completed the next day by Lieut. James C. Edgerton, who had piloted the first flight from Philadelphia to Washington on the previous day -- this rare cover must have been specially prepared by the Postmaster General's office and postmarked with May 16 datestamp, but endorsed for the "first trip" on that day -- ex Berkun, with clear 1998 A.P.S. certificate

E. 1,500-2,000
350
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U.S. Stamps
Back-of-Book
Air Post
2017-02-28
The Don David Price Collection of the U.S. 1918 24c Jenny
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Sale Number 1147, Lot Number 62, End of First Air Mail Period24c Carmine Rose & Blue, 1918 Air Post (C3), 24c Carmine Rose & Blue, 1918 Air Post (C3)24c Carmine Rose & Blue, 1918 Air Post (C3). Tied by "Air Mail Service Wash. N.Y. Phila. New York Jul. 15, 9AM 1918" duplex cancel on First Day of New 16c Rate cover to Philadelphia, ms. "Aeroplane Mail", arrival backstamp, Very Fine, a scarce use of the first Air Post stamp overpaying the new 16c rate on the first day of the rate, naturally these covers would normally be franked with No. C2

E. 750-1,000
750
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