VERY FINE. OF THE ELEVEN RECORDED EXAMPLES (SEVEN ON MAIL) OF THE VIN FIZ, THIS IS THE ONLY STAMP KNOWN ON A FLOWN CARD THAT REACHED THE WEST COAST DESTINATION OF PASADENA, THE ONLY ONE ON A UNITED STATES POSTAL CARD, AND THE ONLY ONE ON MAIL ADDRESSED TO A FOREIGN DESTINATION. IN THESE THREE RESPECTS, THIS CARD IS UNIQUE AND A MOST SIGNIFICANT ARTIFACT OF THE FIRST SUCCESSFUL TRANSCONTINENTAL FLIGHT.
The message on back from C. F. Threle to his brother-in-law in Germany reads: "Willcox Arz. Nov. 1, 1911. Dear Otto, As the first Transcontinental Rogers Aeroplane (Atlantic to Pacific Coast) passes through here to-day, I'll use these means of conveyance to send you a few lines, which please attach to your stamp collection. With kind regards to all, Your a.b.i.l. [affectionate brother-in-law] C. F. Threle", On November 1, this card was flown from Willcox, Arizona Territory, arriving at Pasadena on November 5 after stops at Tucson and Maricopa Ariz. (Nov. 1), Phoenix and Stoval Ariz. (Nov. 2), Imperial Junction Cal. (Nov. 3, where some mail was posted), Banning Cal. (Nov. 4), and Beaumont and Pomona Cal. (Nov. 5). Because of the overseas destination, it is possible that the card was deliberately held until the city of Pasadena was reached. The message and postmark date leave no question that the Vin Fiz stamp was used and the card was actually flown.
This card, discovered in 1926 in Europe, was last offered by our firm more than 25 years ago. Scott Retail for a domestic card