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Sale 875 — United States and Confederate States Postal History

Sale Date — Tuesday, 27 April, 2004

Category — 1939-41 Antarctic Service Expedition

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1115
c
Sale Number 875, Lot Number 1115, 1939-41 Antarctic Service ExpeditionU.S.S. Bear, Mar. 5, 1940 A.M. -- Palmer Land, U.S.S. Bear, Mar. 5, 1940 A.M. -- Palmer LandU.S.S. Bear, Mar. 5, 1940 A.M. -- Palmer Land. Duplex datestamp ties 3c Panama Canal on cacheted cover signed by Adm. Richard E. Byrd and other crew members, according to South-Pole.com, this cover was "carried on the three hour exploratory flight, February 27, 1940. The flight of the Barkley-Grow from the U.S.S. Bear was along the coast from 90°W to 100°W; it was on this flight that the Thurston Peninsula was determined to actually be an island. Admiral Richard E. Byrd was on this flight as an observer.", Very Fine, Byrd left the expedition soon after this flight, thus covers signed by him are scarce

E. 500-750
260
1116
c
Sale Number 875, Lot Number 1116, 1939-41 Antarctic Service ExpeditionU.S.S. Bear, Mar. 5, 1940 A.M. -- Palmer Land, U.S.S. Bear, Mar. 5, 1940 A.M. -- Palmer LandU.S.S. Bear, Mar. 5, 1940 A.M. -- Palmer Land. Duplex datestamp ties 3c Panama Canal on cacheted cover signed by pilot, co-pilot and mechanic, carried on the February 27, 1940 exploratory flight (see previous lot), Very Fine

E. 300-400
160
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1117
c
Sale Number 875, Lot Number 1117, 1939-41 Antarctic Service ExpeditionU.S.S. Bear, Mar. 13, 1940 A.M. -- Palmer Land, U.S.S. Bear, Mar. 13, 1940 A.M. -- Palmer LandU.S.S. Bear, Mar. 13, 1940 A.M. -- Palmer Land. Duplex datestamp ties 16c Airmail Special Delivery on legal-size cover with Jan. 9, 1940 letter on Dept. of the Interior stationery from Walter Giles, briefly describing journey thru Antarctic, Very Fine

E. 200-300
150
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1118
c
Sale Number 875, Lot Number 1118, 1939-41 Antarctic Service ExpeditionU.S.S. Bear, Mar. 22, 1941 P.M. -- Evacuation East Base, U.S.S. Bear, Mar. 22, 1941 P.M. -- Evacuation East BaseU.S.S. Bear, Mar. 22, 1941 P.M. -- Evacuation East Base. Duplex datestamp ties 3c Panama Canal on cacheted cover for Emergency Evacuation Day, to San Diego and forwarded, Very Fine, the evacuation of East Base took place in harsh conditions on March 22, a small number of special flight covers such as this were prepared (see www.south-pole.com/p000148b.htm)

E. 300-400
160
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1119
c
Sale Number 875, Lot Number 1119, 1939-41 Antarctic Service ExpeditionU.S.S. Bear, Mar. 22, 1941 P.M. -- Evacuation East Base, U.S.S. Bear, Mar. 22, 1941 P.M. -- Evacuation East BaseU.S.S. Bear, Mar. 22, 1941 P.M. -- Evacuation East Base. Duplex datestamp tied block of 4c Howe on legal-size green cacheted U.S. Antarctic Expedition cover to Washington D.C., faint perf toning, Very Fine

E. 150-200
80
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1120
c
1939-41 U.S. Antarctic Service Expedition. Two covers with U.S.S. Bear Evacuation East Base (Mar. 22) and Rio de Janeiro (Apr. 23) duplex datestamps tied 2c and 3c Defense, two other covers with U.S.S. Polaris (Jul. 9, 1941) and Falkland Is. Graham Land Feb. 1947 datestamps, Very Fine group

E. 200-300
100
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1121
c
Sale Number 875, Lot Number 1121, 1939-41 Antarctic Service ExpeditionOleona Base, Antarctica, Mar. 12, 1947 A.M, Oleona Base, Antarctica, Mar. 12, 1947 A.MOleona Base, Antarctica, Mar. 12, 1947 A.M. Duplex datestamp ties 5c Transport on cover to Dr. Burr C. Brundage, Buffalo N.Y., handstamped "Finn Ronne, Postmaster" endorsement at upper left, Very Fine, Brundage was a State Dept. official who worked secretly with the famous explorer Finn Ronne to create a "post office" in Graham Land, which was a ploy to legitimize U.S. territorial claims during the period when other countries were attempting to assert their own claims, only a few covers were postmarked at Oleona Base before the handstamp was destroyed (four were archived at the State and Post Office Departments) -- accompanied by Dr. Brundage's personal file of correspondence and collateral material related to the establishment of the Oleona Base post office

E. 1,000-1,500
2,200
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