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Sale 875 — United States and Confederate States Postal History

Sale Date — Tuesday, 27 April, 2004

Category — Air Post and Flight Covers

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1092
c
Sale Number 875, Lot Number 1092, Air Post and Flight Covers16c Green, 1918 Air Post (C2), 16c Green, 1918 Air Post (C2)16c Green, 1918 Air Post (C2). Beautifully centered, tied by blue Sep. 14, 1918 New York Govt. Flight duplex cancel on cover to Reno, Nevada, "Newark N.J. Sep. 14, 1918" duplex cancel, violet "Send a letter by Airplane, especially to one "over there", it will be a real treat" three-line handstamp, vertical file fold, otherwise Very Fine

E. 300-400
125
1093
c
Sale Number 875, Lot Number 1093, Air Post and Flight Covers16c Green, 1918 Air Post (C2), 16c Green, 1918 Air Post (C2)16c Green, 1918 Air Post (C2). Tied by light strike of purple "Air Mail Service Wash. N.Y. Phila., Washington Jul. 15, 1918" datestamp on legal-size first day of rate change cover to Fitchburg Mass., purple Govt. Bond cachet at left, some slight wear, Very Fine usage

E. 200-300
100
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1094
c
Sale Number 875, Lot Number 1094, Air Post and Flight Covers$1.30, $2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C14, C15), $1.30, $2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C14, C15)$1.30, $2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C14, C15). Tied to individual flown covers, $1.30 tied by "Bridgeton N.J. May 31, 1930" duplex cancel and $2.60 tied by "Varick St. Sta. N.Y. May 6, 1930" slogan machine cancel, matched typed addresses to Bridgeton N.J., usual red South American violet map handstamp cachets and green Lakehurst backstamps, former also with Friedrichshafen backstamp, Very Fine

1,000
650
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1095
c
Sale Number 875, Lot Number 1095, Air Post and Flight Covers6c Eagle, Imperforate Horizontally (C23a), 6c Eagle, Imperforate Horizontally (C23a)6c Eagle, Imperforate Horizontally (C23a). Vertical pair, tied by "New York Grand Central Annex Jan. 18, 1939" duplex cancels on cover with airmail border to Chicago, Kessler return address in pencil on backflap, Extremely Fine and rare on cover, unpriced in Scott, ex Hennig

E. 1,000-1,500
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1096
c
Sale Number 875, Lot Number 1096, Air Post and Flight Covers6c Carmine, R.F. Ovpt. Ty. A (CM1), 6c Carmine, R.F. Ovpt. Ty. A (CM1)6c Carmine, R.F. Ovpt. Ty. A (CM1). Tied by light strike of octagonal Aug. 1, 1945 datestamp on censored cover to Brooklyn N.Y., fresh and Very Fine

225
160
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1097
c
Sale Number 875, Lot Number 1097, Air Post and Flight Covers1919, Aug. 14 -- First Airplane Delivery, Shore to Ship at Sea (AAMC 1009), 1919, Aug. 14 -- First Airplane Delivery, Shore to Ship at Sea (AAMC 1009)1919, Aug. 14 -- First Airplane Delivery, Shore to Ship at Sea (AAMC 1009). 3c Victory tied by New York Aug. 14 duplex on Roessler "Winged Letters" cover to London, typed flight endorsement, receiving backstamp, Very Fine, AAMC $200.00, an example realized $425 in our Sale 871

E. 300-400
375
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1098
c
Sale Number 875, Lot Number 1098, Air Post and Flight Covers1927, April 30 -- Wilkins North Polar Expedition (AAMC 1052), 1927, April 30 -- Wilkins North Polar Expedition (AAMC 1052)1927, April 30 -- Wilkins North Polar Expedition (AAMC 1052). Roessler cover with purple handstamped flight cachet signed by Sir Hubert Wilkins, 2c tied by Barrow Alaska Apr. 30, 1927 duplex datestamp, ms. location note at left, Fairbanks May 16 receiving backstamp, Very Fine, scarce, a similar example realized $400 hammer in our Sale 869

E. 400-500
400
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1099
c
Sale Number 875, Lot Number 1099, Air Post and Flight Covers1927, June 2 -- Floyd Bennett "Ningesser-Coli" Search Expedition, New York to Newfoundland (AAMC 1055), 1927, June 2 -- Floyd Bennett "Ningesser-Coli" Search Expedition, New York to Newfoundland (AAMC 1055)1927, June 2 -- Floyd Bennett "Ningesser-Coli" Search Expedition, New York to Newfoundland (AAMC 1055). Printed flight cover with U.S. 2c coil tied by New York Jun. 2 machine cancel, Newfoundland 2c Caribou tied on back by St. John's Jun. 11 machine cancel, Very Fine, scarce and undervalued in AAMC at $100.00

E. 100-150
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1100
c
Sale Number 875, Lot Number 1100, Air Post and Flight Covers1928, Apr. 14 -- Wilkins Arctic Ocean Flight, America to Europe (AAMC 1071), 1928, Apr. 14 -- Wilkins Arctic Ocean Flight, America to Europe (AAMC 1071)1928, Apr. 14 -- Wilkins Arctic Ocean Flight, America to Europe (AAMC 1071). Red and blue airmail cover with 2c Washington tied by Barrow Alaska Apr. 14, 1928 purple datestamp, handstamped "Svalbard Radio" and signed "Hubert Wilkins, April 21st 1928", Very Fine, scarce, AAMC $500.00

E. 200-300
325
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1101
c
Sale Number 875, Lot Number 1101, Air Post and Flight Covers1928, Aug. 16-Oct. 18 -- Attempted Flight from Rockford Ill. to Stockholm, Sweden (AAMC 1084), 1928, Aug. 16-Oct. 18 -- Attempted Flight from Rockford Ill. to Stockholm, Sweden (AAMC 1084)1928, Aug. 16-Oct. 18 -- Attempted Flight from Rockford Ill. to Stockholm, Sweden (AAMC 1084). 5c Beacon, s.e. at left, tied by Rockford Oct. 18 duplex on red and blue cover signed by Bert Hassell and Parker Cramer, appropriate endorsements, Very Fine, one of only ten covers carried on the attempted flight from the U.S. to Sweden over Greenland, "Fish" Hassell and "Shorty" Cramer crashed during a blizzard over the icecap in Greenland. A fishing vessel rescued them after a thirteen-day trek across the icecap. Their plane was discovered sixteen years later during World War II. AAMC $1,750.00 (unpriced in 1990 supplement)

E. 1,000-1,500
1,200
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1102
c
Sale Number 875, Lot Number 1102, Air Post and Flight Covers1929, July 8-9 -- Ocean Flight, U.S. to Spain, William and Yancey, Rome to London (AAMC 1092b), 1929, July 8-9 -- Ocean Flight, U.S. to Spain, William and Yancey, Rome to London (AAMC 1092b)1929, July 8-9 -- Ocean Flight, U.S. to Spain, William and Yancey, Rome to London (AAMC 1092b). Italian franking tied by Rome Jul. 17 circular datestamps on cover to London, Le Bourget Jul. 17 datestamp on front and back, Very Fine, only 11 covers carried from Rome to London, AAMC $800.00

E. 500-750
375
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1103
c
Sale Number 875, Lot Number 1103, Air Post and Flight Covers1930, March 21 -- First Regular Air Service Flight, Brazil to Germany by German "Condor" Plane (AAMC 1106), 1930, March 21 -- First Regular Air Service Flight, Brazil to Germany by German "Condor" Plane (AAMC 1106)1930, March 21 -- First Regular Air Service Flight, Brazil to Germany by German "Condor" Plane (AAMC 1106). Three Brazil stamps tied by Mar. 21 Rio de Janeiro datestamp on cover to Berlin, Germany, handstamp cachet and label, receiving backstamp, Very Fine, AAMC $100.00

E. 100-150
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1104
c
Sale Number 875, Lot Number 1104, Air Post and Flight Covers1930, September -- Mildred Bruce Around the World Flight, Karachi to Jaidpur (AAMC 1120 var), 1930, September -- Mildred Bruce Around the World Flight, Karachi to Jaidpur (AAMC 1120 var)1930, September -- Mildred Bruce Around the World Flight, Karachi to Jaidpur (AAMC 1120 var). India 1a stamp tied by "Jodpur 27 OCT. 30" circular datestamp on unaddressed cover signed by Bruce, New Delhi backstamp, Fine, not flown but still an interesting item signed partway through her trip

E. 200-300
150
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1105
c
Sale Number 875, Lot Number 1105, Air Post and Flight Covers1931, Jun. 22 -- Attempted Solo Transatlantic Flight by Ruth R. Nichols (AAMC 1142), 1931, Jun. 22 -- Attempted Solo Transatlantic Flight by Ruth R. Nichols (AAMC 1142)1931, Jun. 22 -- Attempted Solo Transatlantic Flight by Ruth R. Nichols (AAMC 1142). Airmail cover with magenta handstamped cachet and crash marking, signed "Ruth R. Nichols", unaddressed as always, Very Fine, AAMC $250.00

E. 150-200
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1106
c
Sale Number 875, Lot Number 1106, Air Post and Flight Covers1932, July 5 -- Mattern and Griffin Round the World Flight (AAMC 1167), 1932, July 5 -- Mattern and Griffin Round the World Flight (AAMC 1167)1932, July 5 -- Mattern and Griffin Round the World Flight (AAMC 1167). U.S., German and Russian franking appropriately tied on flown cover to New York City signed by Mattern and Griffin, usual light toning bands from envelope adhesive

VERY FINE. AN IMPORTANT TRANS-OCEANIC FLIGHT RARITY FROM THE MATTERN AND GRIFFIN 1932 ROUND-THE-WORLD FLIGHT. ONLY FIVE PIECES ARE REPORTED TO HAVE BEEN SIGNED AND CARRIED.

AAMC $1,500.00. A similar example realized $2,100 hammer in our Sale 869

E. 1,500-2,000
1,150
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1107
c
Sale Number 875, Lot Number 1107, Air Post and Flight Covers1932, July 21 -- Von Gronau Round the World Flight, Manila Dispatch (AAMC 1168j), 1932, July 21 -- Von Gronau Round the World Flight, Manila Dispatch (AAMC 1168j)1932, July 21 -- Von Gronau Round the World Flight, Manila Dispatch (AAMC 1168j). Philippines 32c tied by "Manila P.I. Sep. 29, 1932" duplex on picture postcard depicting the plane in flight to Java, usual cachets, receiving datestamp, few light toned spots, Very Fine, AAMC $250.00

E. 200-300
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1108
c
Sale Number 875, Lot Number 1108, Air Post and Flight Covers1933, July 1 -- Balbo Squadron Flight, Italy to Century of Progress, Chicago (AAMC 1179f), 1933, July 1 -- Balbo Squadron Flight, Italy to Century of Progress, Chicago (AAMC 1179f)1933, July 1 -- Balbo Squadron Flight, Italy to Century of Progress, Chicago (AAMC 1179f). Flown airmail cover with Canadian franking tied by Shediac Jul. 14, 1933 duplexes, Chicago Jul. 15 transit backstamp, signed by Gen. Italo Balbo, Very Fine, scarce, accompanied by photo of Balbo's plane landing on Lake Michigan, AAMC $600.00 with no premium for the signature

E. 400-500
375
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1109
c
Sale Number 875, Lot Number 1109, Air Post and Flight Covers1933, July 23 -- Return Flight from U.S. to Italy by Balbo Air Squadron, Chicago to Rome (AAMC1184c), 1933, July 23 -- Return Flight from U.S. to Italy by Balbo Air Squadron, Chicago to Rome (AAMC1184c)1933, July 23 -- Return Flight from U.S. to Italy by Balbo Air Squadron, Chicago to Rome (AAMC1184c). Cover with six U.S. stamps totalling $3.60 tied by "Chicago Ill. Jul. 18, 1933" pmk. on cacheted registered cover to Washington D.C., Rome and Torino backstamps, Washington D.C. receiving backstamp, Very Fine, AAMC $450.00

E. 400-500
400
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1110
c
Sale Number 875, Lot Number 1110, Air Post and Flight Covers1933, Aug. 8 -- Balbo Squadron Return Flight, New York to Shoal Harbour (1184e), 1933, Aug. 8 -- Balbo Squadron Return Flight, New York to Shoal Harbour (1184e)1933, Aug. 8 -- Balbo Squadron Return Flight, New York to Shoal Harbour (1184e). U.S. 20c pair, four 5c and $1.00, used with two 5c Winged Globe and tied by New York Jul. 24 duplexes on printed flight cover to Baker in Dayton O., purple handstamped cachet, Shoal Harbor Jul. 26 and St. Johns Jul 27 backstamps, receiving backstamp, Very Fine, only 99 pieces carried on this leg, AAMC $500.00

E. 400-500
375
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1111
c
1934, April 10 -- Navy Massed Flights San Diego, California to Balboa, Canal Zone (AAMC 1205). Two cacheted covers with No. 736 to Balboa, different cancels, one from U.S.S. Wright, other from Aircraft Base Force, U.S. Fleet, Very Fine, AAMC $200.00

E. 150-200
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1112
c
Sale Number 875, Lot Number 1112, Air Post and Flight Covers1938, May 24 -- Richard Archbold Transpacific Flight and Expedition to New Guinea (AAMC 1306), 1938, May 24 -- Richard Archbold Transpacific Flight and Expedition to New Guinea (AAMC 1306)1938, May 24 -- Richard Archbold Transpacific Flight and Expedition to New Guinea (AAMC 1306). Legal-size cover with U.S., Australia and Seychelles stamps appropriately tied to Seychelles, signed, Very Fine, also incl. photo of the plane, AAMC $100.00 for unsigned

E. 100-150
65
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1113
c
Sale Number 875, Lot Number 1113, Air Post and Flight Covers1959, June 8, First Official Missile Mail, USS Barbero (AAMC 376), 1959, June 8, First Official Missile Mail, USS Barbero (AAMC 376)1959, June 8, First Official Missile Mail, USS Barbero (AAMC 376). 4c Flag stamp tied by "U.S.S. Barbero (SSG-317)" pmk. without date on unaddressed cacheted cover, "Sample Copy for Reproduction Purposes Only" backstamp, Very Fine

E. 200-300
120
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1114
c
Transoceanic Record Flight Covers. Seven, incl. AAMC No. 1213, No. 1202, 1202a and 1202c, two covers from June 28, 1939 first transatlantic passenger and mail flight from New York to Marseilles and return, last is Apr. 4, 1936 crash cover from New York to Brazil with meter postage, Very Fine

E. 400-500
260
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