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Sale 950 — U.S. and C.S.A. Postal History

Sale Date — Wednesday, 19 December, 2007

Category — Air Post and Flight Covers

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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2385, Air Post and Flight Covers1911, November 12, Calbraith Rodgers' Vin Fiz Flight, Compton Cal. Crash (AAMC 2c), 1911, November 12, Calbraith Rodgers' Vin Fiz Flight, Compton Cal. Crash (AAMC 2c)1911, November 12, Calbraith Rodgers' Vin Fiz Flight, Compton Cal. Crash (AAMC 2c). 1c Green toned perfs and just tied by pen “X” cancel, without postal markings, on photo postcard depicting Vin Fiz with inset of Calbraith Rodgers, usual five-line purple cachet and also three-line "Machine Wrecked/at Compton/Aviator Injured" handstamp, this card may have been flown from Pasadena to Compton, addressed to Mrs. W.H. Reider in Long Beach Ca., card with faint vertical crease on address side

FINE. A RARE CARD INTENDED FOR THE FINAL LEG OF THE FIRST SUCCESSFUL TRANSCONTINENTAL FLIGHT BY CALBRAITH RODGERS IN HIS "VIN FIZ FLYER". PREVIOUSLY UNRECORDED IN OUR CENSUS. ONLY EIGHT ARE RECORDED.

This card was intended to be carried on the final leg of the flight, from Pasadena to Long Beach, which crashed upon take-off from the stop at Compton. Rodgers was seriously injured in this crash and the plane was wrecked totally, but one month later the last leg to Long Beach was completed.

E. 5,000-7,500
5,000
2386
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2386, Air Post and Flight Covers1911, Sep. 23-Oct. 1, Garden City-Mineola N.Y. International Aviation Tournament (AAMC 3a), 1911, Sep. 23-Oct. 1, Garden City-Mineola N.Y. International Aviation Tournament (AAMC 3a)1911, Sep. 23-Oct. 1, Garden City-Mineola N.Y. International Aviation Tournament (AAMC 3a). 2c No. 344 with U.S. Automatic Vending Machine perforations Ty. I tied by Sep. 25 flight cachet on neat cover, straightline "Aerial Special Despatch" at bottom left, Very Fine, very scarce with the private vending machine adhesive, AAMC value for ordinary franking

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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2387, Air Post and Flight Covers1911, Oct. 4-8, St. Louis Mo. Aviation Meet (AAMC 5, 5b), 1911, Oct. 4-8, St. Louis Mo. Aviation Meet (AAMC 5, 5b)1911, Oct. 4-8, St. Louis Mo. Aviation Meet (AAMC 5, 5b). Two postcards, 1c Green tied by Oct. 4 and Oct. 6 flight cancels, Very Fine

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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2388, Air Post and Flight Covers1911, Oct. 21, Rochester N.Y. Flying Exhibition (AAMC 7), 1911, Oct. 21, Rochester N.Y. Flying Exhibition (AAMC 7)1911, Oct. 21, Rochester N.Y. Flying Exhibition (AAMC 7). Two locally used postcards with 1c Green tied by Crittenden Station cancels, one Very Fine, other card faults, this was the first mail carried by Lincoln Beachey who later was a regular on the U. S. Governmental routes

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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2389, Air Post and Flight Covers1911, Nov. 5-6, Fort Smith Ark. League Park Aviation Meet (AAMC 9a), 1911, Nov. 5-6, Fort Smith Ark. League Park Aviation Meet (AAMC 9a)1911, Nov. 5-6, Fort Smith Ark. League Park Aviation Meet (AAMC 9a). Five-line Nov. 6 Flight cancels on 1c Blue McKinley postal card and 2c Hudson-Fulton on small envelope, black and reddish black respectively, former last two lines of cancel strengthened

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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2390, Air Post and Flight Covers1911, Nov. 16-18, Atlanta Ga. Atlanta Speedway Aviation Meet (AAMC 10), 1911, Nov. 16-18, Atlanta Ga. Atlanta Speedway Aviation Meet (AAMC 10)1911, Nov. 16-18, Atlanta Ga. Atlanta Speedway Aviation Meet (AAMC 10). 2c Carmine tied on legal-size cover by flight cancel, day is obscured by partial overstrike, printed early biplane corner card in orange red, cover filing crease, still reasonably attractive, AAMC catalog notes that while 3,500 pieces of mail were flown during the three days, very few are known today

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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2391, Air Post and Flight Covers1911, Nov. 25-28, Savannah Ga. Athletic Park Aviation Meet (AAMC 11), 1911, Nov. 25-28, Savannah Ga. Athletic Park Aviation Meet (AAMC 11)1911, Nov. 25-28, Savannah Ga. Athletic Park Aviation Meet (AAMC 11). Two postcards with 1c Green tied by Nov. 25 and Nov. 28 flight cancels (only days flight took place), one card mild creases, Fine-Very Fine

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1912, Jan. 20-28, Los Angeles Cal. Dominguez Field Aviation Meet (AAMC 15, 15a, 15b two). Four picture postcards, all three types of cancellations are represented with two of Ty. 3, all are dated January 28 except the Ty. 2 dated January 23, two have circular cachet and two bear usual four-line text inscription, nice early aviation picture on two cards, a Very Fine and unusual group

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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2393, Air Post and Flight Covers1912, Jan. 20-28, Los Angeles Cal. Dominguez Field Aviation Meet (AAMC 15, 15b), 1912, Jan. 20-28, Los Angeles Cal. Dominguez Field Aviation Meet (AAMC 15, 15b)1912, Jan. 20-28, Los Angeles Cal. Dominguez Field Aviation Meet (AAMC 15, 15b). 1c postal cards with Jan. 23 and Jan. 28 flight cancels, both with with four-line cachet at left (latter corner crease top right), otherwise Very Fine

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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2394, Air Post and Flight Covers1912, Feb. 17, Oakland Cal. Emeryville Race Track Aviation Meet (AAMC 16), 1912, Feb. 17, Oakland Cal. Emeryville Race Track Aviation Meet (AAMC 16)1912, Feb. 17, Oakland Cal. Emeryville Race Track Aviation Meet (AAMC 16). 1c Blue McKinley postal card with flight cancel, Very Fine, Farnum Fish, famous pioneer aviator, flew the mail for this meet

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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2395, Air Post and Flight Covers1912, Feb. 17-18, Oakland Cal. Emeryville Race Track Aviation Meet (AAMC 16, 16a), 1912, Feb. 17-18, Oakland Cal. Emeryville Race Track Aviation Meet (AAMC 16, 16a)1912, Feb. 17-18, Oakland Cal. Emeryville Race Track Aviation Meet (AAMC 16, 16a). Feb. 17 flight cancel on 1c Blue McKinley postal card and 1c Green tied by Feb. 18 flight cancel, former card corner creases, otherwise Fine-Very Fine

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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2396, Air Post and Flight Covers1912, Feb. 17-25, Oakland Cal. Emeryville Race Track Aviation Meet (AAMC 16e), 1912, Feb. 17-25, Oakland Cal. Emeryville Race Track Aviation Meet (AAMC 16e)1912, Feb. 17-25, Oakland Cal. Emeryville Race Track Aviation Meet (AAMC 16e). 1c postal card cancelled by Feb. 25 postmark, fresh and Very Fine

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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2397, Air Post and Flight Covers1912, May 30-June 2, Cicero-Elmhurst-Wheaton, Ill. Triple City Aviation Meet (AAMC 30b), 1912, May 30-June 2, Cicero-Elmhurst-Wheaton, Ill. Triple City Aviation Meet (AAMC 30b)1912, May 30-June 2, Cicero-Elmhurst-Wheaton, Ill. Triple City Aviation Meet (AAMC 30b). 1c Green tied by Cicero Ill. May 31 1912 4-30P waving flag machine cancel on postcard with attractive biplane picture on back, greenish blue straightline "Aerial Mail" cachet, does not have a Wheaton June 1, 12 Noon, receiving cancel, small card corner crease, still Fine, AAMC states that only one piece of mail from this flight is known without the Wheaton receiver, this may be that item, in any event rare, AAMC value for with Wheaton receiver

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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2398, Air Post and Flight Covers1912, May 30-June 2, Cicero-Elmhurst-Wheaton, Ill. Triple City Aviation Meet (AAMC 30d), 1912, May 30-June 2, Cicero-Elmhurst-Wheaton, Ill. Triple City Aviation Meet (AAMC 30d)1912, May 30-June 2, Cicero-Elmhurst-Wheaton, Ill. Triple City Aviation Meet (AAMC 30d). 1c postal card cancelled by "Wheaton, Ill. June 1, 1912 4 PM" postmark, also Cicero and Chicago postmarks from June 3, does not exactly match description in AAMC catalog, purple cachet, fresh and Very Fine, AAMC catalog notes that about 450 pounds of mail was carried over the four-day period but fewer than fifteen covers and cards are known

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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2399, Air Post and Flight Covers1912, June 27-28, Portsmouth O. Millbrook Driving Park Aviation Meet (AAMC 35), 1912, June 27-28, Portsmouth O. Millbrook Driving Park Aviation Meet (AAMC 35)1912, June 27-28, Portsmouth O. Millbrook Driving Park Aviation Meet (AAMC 35). 3c Purple perfectly tied by bold three-line flight cachet on clean neatly addressed envelope, Very Fine and choice

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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2400, Air Post and Flight Covers1912, July 4, South Amboy-Perth Amboy N.J.. Experimental Hydroplane Flight (AAMC 38a), 1912, July 4, South Amboy-Perth Amboy N.J.. Experimental Hydroplane Flight (AAMC 38a)1912, July 4, South Amboy-Perth Amboy N.J.. Experimental Hydroplane Flight (AAMC 38a). Postcard with "Via Aeroplane/Mail Service,/From So. Amboy, N.J." printed at bottom., 1c stamp tied by July 4 duplex, purple cachet, Very Fine

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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2401, Air Post and Flight Covers1912, July 4, South Amboy-Perth Amboy N.J. Experimental Hydroplane Flight (AAMC 38a), 1912, July 4, South Amboy-Perth Amboy N.J. Experimental Hydroplane Flight (AAMC 38a)1912, July 4, South Amboy-Perth Amboy N.J. Experimental Hydroplane Flight (AAMC 38a). 1c Green tied by South Amboy N.J. Jul. 4, 1912 grid duplex circular datestamp on Tuck's Educational picture postcard showing the "Voisin" Biplane in color, purple two-line flight cachet with additional printed three-line cachet in black at bottom, small card tear and diagonal card corner top right, otherwise Fine

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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2402, Air Post and Flight Covers1912, July 12-13, Hamilton O. Butler County Fair Aviation Meet (AAMC 39a), 1912, July 12-13, Hamilton O. Butler County Fair Aviation Meet (AAMC 39a)1912, July 12-13, Hamilton O. Butler County Fair Aviation Meet (AAMC 39a). 2c Carmine tied by July 13 three-line flight cachet on cover to Boston, cancelled two days later by Boston Jul. 15, 1912 waving flag machine cancel and forwarded to Beverly Mass., some edge faults and wrinkles presumably caused by contents (no longer present), otherwise Fine

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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2403, Air Post and Flight Covers1912, July 19-22, Coney Island (Cincinnati), Ohio. Coney Island Flying exhibition (AAMC 41a), 1912, July 19-22, Coney Island (Cincinnati), Ohio. Coney Island Flying exhibition (AAMC 41a)1912, July 19-22, Coney Island (Cincinnati), Ohio. Coney Island Flying exhibition (AAMC 41a). 1c Green tied by California Ohio Jul. 22 8 AM oval grid duplex circular datestamp, three-line red flight cachet at left on souvenir postcard illustrating aviator Paul Peck (first official Air Mail carrier) seated in biplane, sender writes "I am sending this in the air with Mr. Peck", small card edge faults, Fine

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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2404, Air Post and Flight Covers1912, Aug. 3, Hohokus-Ridgewood N.J. Hohokus Driving Park Aviation Meet (AAMC 45), 1912, Aug. 3, Hohokus-Ridgewood N.J. Hohokus Driving Park Aviation Meet (AAMC 45)1912, Aug. 3, Hohokus-Ridgewood N.J. Hohokus Driving Park Aviation Meet (AAMC 45). 1c Green tied by beautifully struck flight cachet and bars, Aug. 5 Hohokus receiving circular datestamp on souvenir postcard illustrating Glenn Curtis, his biplane and crew, card creases top left, otherwise Very Fine, ex Schoendorf

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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2405, Air Post and Flight Covers1912, Aug. 3-Sep. 5, Ocean City-Stone Harbor N.J. (AAMC 46), 1912, Aug. 3-Sep. 5, Ocean City-Stone Harbor N.J. (AAMC 46)1912, Aug. 3-Sep. 5, Ocean City-Stone Harbor N.J. (AAMC 46). 1c Green tied by Ocean City Aug. 10 machine cancel and violet two-line flight cachet, overall light aging and small parts of two card corners missing, otherwise Fine, AAMC catalog states that some of the mail received the handstamp cachet (others have handwritten inscriptions), goes on further to say that apparently very few pieces of mail got into collectors' hands and that this is a scarce air mail pioneer, regardless of the amount of mail flown

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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2406, Air Post and Flight Covers1912, Aug. 6-8, Fort Recovery O. Harvest Festival Aviation Meet (AAMC 47b), 1912, Aug. 6-8, Fort Recovery O. Harvest Festival Aviation Meet (AAMC 47b)1912, Aug. 6-8, Fort Recovery O. Harvest Festival Aviation Meet (AAMC 47b). 1c Green tied by large attractive Aug. 8 double-circle flight cachet on souvenir postcard featuring biplane "Circling the Monument" (an obelisk similar to Washington Monument), light card wrinkles and light soiling, Fine

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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2407, Air Post and Flight Covers1912, Aug. 23-24, Plainfield N.J. Plainfield Driving Park Aviation Exhibition (AAMC 50a), 1912, Aug. 23-24, Plainfield N.J. Plainfield Driving Park Aviation Exhibition (AAMC 50a)1912, Aug. 23-24, Plainfield N.J. Plainfield Driving Park Aviation Exhibition (AAMC 50a). 1c Green tied by Aug. 24, 1912 purple double-circle flight cachet on picture postcard, insignificant card edge creases, Very Fine

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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2408, Air Post and Flight Covers1912, Aug. 23-24, Plainfield N.J. Plainfield Driving Park Aviation Exhibition (AAMC 50b), 1912, Aug. 23-24, Plainfield N.J. Plainfield Driving Park Aviation Exhibition (AAMC 50b)1912, Aug. 23-24, Plainfield N.J. Plainfield Driving Park Aviation Exhibition (AAMC 50b). 1c Carmine McKinley postal card with double circle flight cachet without date in center, trivial soiling, Very Fine, only one known according to AAMC catalog

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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2409, Air Post and Flight Covers1912, Aug. 28-31, Boonville Ind. Fair Grounds Aviation Exhibition (AAMC 51), 1912, Aug. 28-31, Boonville Ind. Fair Grounds Aviation Exhibition (AAMC 51)1912, Aug. 28-31, Boonville Ind. Fair Grounds Aviation Exhibition (AAMC 51). 1c Green tied by Aug. 28 biplane illustrated flight cachet on souvenir postcard showing aviator Horace Kearney seated in biplane "Ready For Flight", this card was a leftover from the Rockport meet and has a "Boonville Fair" adhesive label placed over the printed "Rockport Fair", trivial card corner crease, Very Fine

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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2410, Air Post and Flight Covers1912, Sep. 6-7, Cedar Falls Ia. Country Club Aviation Exhibition (AAMC 53), 1912, Sep. 6-7, Cedar Falls Ia. Country Club Aviation Exhibition (AAMC 53)1912, Sep. 6-7, Cedar Falls Ia. Country Club Aviation Exhibition (AAMC 53). Two 1c Green tied by boxed flight cachet on large thick card with picture of biplane flying low over raging rapids, large arched bridge in background, "Mr. Lincoln Beachey, The Daring Curtiss Aviator" inscription at bottom, Fine and unusual

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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2411, Air Post and Flight Covers1912, Oct. 12, Lock Haven-Mill Hall Pa. Driving Park Aviation Meet (AAMC 63), 1912, Oct. 12, Lock Haven-Mill Hall Pa. Driving Park Aviation Meet (AAMC 63)1912, Oct. 12, Lock Haven-Mill Hall Pa. Driving Park Aviation Meet (AAMC 63). 1c Green tied by Mill Hall Pa. Oct. 12, 1912 circular datestamp on souvenir postcard showing aviator Paul Peck (first to be sworn in to carry U.S. Air Mail) seated in biplane, Peck was killed three months later at the Sep. 12 Chicago National Meet, purple oval flight cachet top left, card creases due to careless storage, still a presentable example of one of the approximately 300 pieces carried, ex Schoendorf

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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2412, Air Post and Flight Covers1912, Oct. 31-Nov. 2, Cuthbert Ga. Fair Grounds Aviation Meet (AAMC 63), 1912, Oct. 31-Nov. 2, Cuthbert Ga. Fair Grounds Aviation Meet (AAMC 63)1912, Oct. 31-Nov. 2, Cuthbert Ga. Fair Grounds Aviation Meet (AAMC 63). 1c postal card with light strike of cachet dated Nov. 2, few trivial toned spots at edges, otherwise Very Fine, only 107 pieces were carried

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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2413, Air Post and Flight Covers1913, Jan. 13-Mar. 10, Boston-New York First Aerial Parcel Post Service (AAMC 67), 1913, Jan. 13-Mar. 10, Boston-New York First Aerial Parcel Post Service (AAMC 67)1913, Jan. 13-Mar. 10, Boston-New York First Aerial Parcel Post Service (AAMC 67). Vertical pair 1c Panama-Pacific Perf 12 on legal-size cover tied by "New Haven Feb. 28 1913 2-30P" waving flag machine cancel, three-line ms. endorsement at left "By Via First Aeroplane Parcel Post Harry M. Jones Aviator", New York Mar. 10, 1913 backstamp, cover is addressed to England but evidently got no further than New York, few cover faults, otherwise Fine, rare, with only eight letters carried on the flight, these eight letters were picked up in New Haven 47 days after aviator Jones left Boston (mechanical and weather related delays along the route), Jones left New Haven on March 4 and got as far as Mamaroneck N.Y. where he crashed and his plane was destroyed, Jones received minor injuries and proceeded the next day to carry the eight letters and other mail to New York by train and subway, arriving on March 10 in New York City

1,500
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2414, Air Post and Flight Covers1913, May 17-18, Santa Rosa Cal. Driving Park Aviation Meet (AAMC 70), 1913, May 17-18, Santa Rosa Cal. Driving Park Aviation Meet (AAMC 70)1913, May 17-18, Santa Rosa Cal. Driving Park Aviation Meet (AAMC 70). 2c Panama-Pacific tied by purple May 18 flight cachet on small neat envelope, Very Fine, due to high winds the meet was cancelled on May 17, on May 18 aviator Thaddeus Kearns flew the 493 pieces of mail two miles and dropped the pouch to postal officials at a point near the post office

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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2415, Air Post and Flight Covers1913, May 17-18, Santa Rosa Cal. Driving Park Aviation Meet (AAMC 70), 1913, May 17-18, Santa Rosa Cal. Driving Park Aviation Meet (AAMC 70)1913, May 17-18, Santa Rosa Cal. Driving Park Aviation Meet (AAMC 70). Cover with 2c Panama-Pacific tied by neat strike of cachet, fresh and Very Fine

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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2416, Air Post and Flight Covers1913, Sep. 13, Rutland Vt. Rutland Fair Aviation Exhibition (AAMC 71), 1913, Sep. 13, Rutland Vt. Rutland Fair Aviation Exhibition (AAMC 71)1913, Sep. 13, Rutland Vt. Rutland Fair Aviation Exhibition (AAMC 71). 1c Carmine McKinley postal card with Sep. 2 four-line flight cachet, relatively minor card corner creases top left, Very Fine, aviator George Schmitt was designated to carry the mail over Route 603,001, on Sep. 2 he carried 57 pieces from the sub-station at the Fair Grounds and dropped it while circling the city, later the same day Schmitt crashed his plane, resulting in his death and serious injury to his passenger, flights for the remaining three days were suspended

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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2417, Air Post and Flight Covers1913, Oct. 4, Natrona Pa. Experimental Aeroplane Mail Service (AAMC 76), 1913, Oct. 4, Natrona Pa. Experimental Aeroplane Mail Service (AAMC 76)1913, Oct. 4, Natrona Pa. Experimental Aeroplane Mail Service (AAMC 76). Three-line purple flight cachet on 2c Blue postal card, Verona Pa. Oct 17 circular datestamp, addressed to Harry Truby of the Aero Mail Club, small faults incl. mounting stains at bottom corners, about Fine for this, aviator Stockman was unable to get his plane off of the ground on Oct. 4 nor on subsequent days, as a result, 45 pieces of the mail were taken to the Verona post office and were sent on by ordinary means

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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2418, Air Post and Flight Covers1913, Oct. 17, Woodstock-Mt. Jackson Va. Shenandoah Fair Aviation Meet (AAMC 77), 1913, Oct. 17, Woodstock-Mt. Jackson Va. Shenandoah Fair Aviation Meet (AAMC 77)1913, Oct. 17, Woodstock-Mt. Jackson Va. Shenandoah Fair Aviation Meet (AAMC 77). Postcard with Woodstock duplex tying 1c stamp, neat strike of cachet at left, Mount Jackson receiving duplex, Very Fine and rare, only ten pieces of mail were carried on this flight

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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2419, Air Post and Flight Covers1914, Nov. 3-8, Troy Ala. Fair Grounds Aviation Meet (AAMC 83), 1914, Nov. 3-8, Troy Ala. Fair Grounds Aviation Meet (AAMC 83)1914, Nov. 3-8, Troy Ala. Fair Grounds Aviation Meet (AAMC 83). 1c postal card cancelled by show cachet, fresh and Very Fine, only 50 pieces were carried

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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2420, Air Post and Flight Covers1915, Feb. 20, Tacoma-Seattle Wash. Experimental Hydroplane Mail Flight (AAMC 84), 1915, Feb. 20, Tacoma-Seattle Wash. Experimental Hydroplane Mail Flight (AAMC 84)1915, Feb. 20, Tacoma-Seattle Wash. Experimental Hydroplane Mail Flight (AAMC 84). Nos. 397, 398, 406 and 407 (all plate no. single except no. 406) paying 2c postage pus 10c Special Delivery rate on cover to Seattle, all tied by Tacoma Wash. Feb 20 1915 oval grid duplex circular datestamps, brown three-line flight cachet diagonally at left, attractive "Union Club" corner card, "Aero Mail Club." adhesive label on back over flap, cover bit reduced at left, still Very Fine, about 45 pieces of mail were carried, AAMC notes that several Special Delivery letters were included

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Balance of Pioneer Air Mail Covers. Fourteen items, incl. AAMC nos. 3a (five, two different dates), 25 (two), 29, 40, 49a, 72 (two, 89a and 91, the last item is a non-contemporary use of the flight cachet (shows "dent" at bottom), also incl. 1914 Cuban aviator used picture postcard and signed D. Rosillo on reverse, 1910 used postcard with "Roe" Triplane illustration, used 1911 picture postcard with view of Hubert Latham flying around Fort McHenry for the "Sun Prize"

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Early U.S. Flight Covers. Seven items, best is AAMC Early Governmental Flight 105 24c rate Boston First Trip (paid by strip of three 8c 1917 Regular Issue No 508) from Warren H. Colson, famous stamp dealer, also No. C3 used July 7, 1918, two C6 used overseas (France and Austria), C1 used Dec. 23, 1918 and a 6c Orange No. 506 used on Dec. 18, 1918 on Roessler cacheted cover, Fine-Very Fine lot

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Flight Covers. Approximately 80 items, incl. FAM's, various legs of Canadian flights (ca. 1928), Foreign flights (variety of countries), few Polar items incl. 1931 Wilkins-Elsworth Trans-Arctic, Clipper flights, May 18, 1912 Altoona, Pa. Aerial Post Office, virtually all Fine-Very Fine

E. 1,000-1,500
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2424, Air Post and Flight Covers6c Orange, 1918 Air Post (C1), 6c Orange, 1918 Air Post (C1)6c Orange, 1918 Air Post (C1). Vertical pair paying 2c Postage and 10c Special Delivery fee on First Day Cover posted locally in Washington D.C., stamps tied by partial Washington D.C. grid duplex, the clerk, evidently not satisfied with the clarity of the strikes, applied two more which clearly show the Dec. 10, 1918 First Day date (the oval grid portion of one of these cancels also ties stamps), in addition, there is a Washington Post Office Special Delivery Department purple time/date handstamp on the back and clearly dated Dec. 10 (applied about 30 minutes after this letter was posted)

VERY FINE. THIS COVER WAS DISCOVERED BY US IN AN OTHERWISE MODEST CONSIGNMENT AND, ACCORDING TO OWNER'S PURCHASE DATE ON BACK, HAS NOT BEEN AVAILABLE TO THE MARKET FOR OVER 60 YEARS. A VERY IMPORTANT UNITED STATES FIRST DAY COVER, OF WHICH THERE ARE FEWER THAN FIVE KNOWN.

Accompanied by an American Philatelist article, "First Day Covers of U.S. 1918 Air Mail Stamps", by Ken Lawrence, which documents five 6c 1918 covers plus an additional three possible First Days.

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2425
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8c Dark Green, 1923 Air Post (C4). 23 covers used from 1923-25, several with cachets and some used in combination with other stamps, one with block of four, two with pairs, mostly Very Fine, an interesting group

E. 500-750
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8c-24c 1923 Air Post (C4-C6). Six covers and one large piece, incl. two covers with full sets (one to Hawaii), other covers with 8c and 16c combinations, piece with block of four and two pairs of 8c and two blocks of four of 16c used with 10c and 15c Map stamps, overall Fine-Very Fine

E. 500-750
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16c Dark Blue, 1923 Air Post (C5). 14 covers used from 1923-25, most with cachets incl. few first trips, one used with two 10c Special Delivery stamps, one with 8c of Postage Dues, one addressed to Canada, accompanied by some Air Post collateral items, overall Fine-Very Fine

E. 500-750
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24c Carmine, 1923 Air Post (C6). 13 covers used from 1923-26, some with cachets or auxiliary markings incl. "Unclaimed", one with 24c of Postage Dues, one from Hawaii to Roessler in N.J., few other interesting incl. one on 2c Canal Zone entire from Cristobal to Philadelphia, , most Fine-Very Fine

E. 500-750
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2429, Air Post and Flight Covers65c-$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C13-C15), 65c-$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C13-C15)65c-$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C13-C15). Rich colors, tied by "Washington D.C. Apr. 19 2PM 1930" duplex cancels on First Day 5c entire (UC1) to Chevy Chase D.C., three cachets incl. purple "This article made the complete round trip", Friedrichschafen (May 6) and June 18 receiving backstamps

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A BEAUTIFUL FLOWN FIRST DAY COVER OF THE GRAF ZEPPELIN SET.

This 1930 Zeppelin First Day cover is especially desirable as a 5c Air Post entire with red and blue border.

15,000
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2430, Air Post and Flight Covers65c-$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C13-C15), 65c-$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C13-C15)65c-$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C13-C15). Each tied on backflap of separate Pennsylvania Railroad illustrated cover by "Washington D.C. Apr. 19, 1930" First Day of Issue duplexes with second clear strike below, each addressed to Mr. Randolph Cook in Norfolk Va., each also bears 2c stamp with "TPRR" perfin (Pennsylvania Railroad)

VERY FINE. AN EXTRAORDINARY MATCHING SET OF GRAF ZEPPELIN FIRST DAY COVERS.

Ex Martin. Signed and with 1979 Friedl certificate. With 1999 P.F. certificates

E. 4,000-6,000
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2431, Air Post and Flight Covers65c-$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C13-C15), 65c-$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C13-C15)65c-$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C13-C15). Set of three A. C. Roessler airmail covers, each with stamp tied by mute oval cancel and purple Washington D.C. Apr. 19, 1930 First Day registry backstamp

VERY FINE AND SELDOM-SEEN PREMIUM SET OF GRAF ZEPPELIN FIRST DAY COVERS. A MUST-HAVE SET FOR THE ROESSLER SPECIALIST.

Ex Martin.

E. 3,000-4,000
2,500
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2432
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2432, Air Post and Flight Covers65c-$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C13-C15), 65c-$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C13-C15)65c-$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C13-C15). Blocks of four with plate nos., each with "New York N.Y. Varick Street Sta. May 2, 1930 12:30PM" duplex (ties $2.60) on legal-size cover to Irvington N.J., red and violet handstamp cachets, typed routing instructions, Irvington pharmacist's return label at left, cover slightly reduced at left

EXTREMELY FINE. A SPECTACULAR FLOWN COVER FEATURING BLOCKS OF FOUR WITH PLATE NUMBERS OF THE GRAF ZEPPELIN ISSUE.

A set of used blocks has a Scott Retail value of $4,700.00. The plate numbers and flight-usage add significantly to the value of this cover.

E. 7,500-10,000
11,500
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2433
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2433, Air Post and Flight Covers65c-$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C13-C15), 65c-$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C13-C15)65c-$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C13-C15). Tied by "New York N.Y. Varick St. Sta. May 1, 1930" duplexes and used with 26 other stamps (five on back) on 5c Air Mail entire to Chicago Ill., various cachets and markings incl. Friedrichschafen backstamp, trivial edgewear affects a few minor stamps, Very Fine, colorful and attractive usage

E. 500-750
1,200
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2434
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2434, Air Post and Flight Covers65c-$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C13-C15), 65c-$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C13-C15)65c-$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C13-C15). Three covers, all paying $2.60 rate incl. one with four 65c, one with two $1.30 and one with $2.60 stamp, tied by "New York N.Y. May 6, 1930" cancels, usual red and purple cachets, each addressed to Indiana, fresh and Very Fine set of $2.60-rate covers

E. 1,000-1,500
1,400
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2435
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2435, Air Post and Flight Covers65c-$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C13-C15). 65c on card to Vienna, Austria, $1.30 on cover to Seville, Spain, back with Seville Custom House agent’s purple oval handstamp, typed “please return to Major A. Erland Goyette Peterborough NH” and Peterboro N.H. receiving backstamp $2.60 on cover with 5c Globe (C12) to St. Louis Mo, 65c-$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C13-C15). 65c on card to Vienna, Austria, $1.30 on cover to Seville, Spain, back with Seville Custom House agent’s purple oval handstamp, typed “please return to Major A. Erland Goyette Peterborough NH” and Peterboro N.H. receiving backstamp $2.60 on cover with 5c Globe (C12) to St. Louis Mo65c-$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C13-C15). 65c on card to Vienna, Austria, $1.30 on cover to Seville, Spain, back with Seville Custom House agent’s purple oval handstamp, typed “please return to Major A. Erland Goyette Peterborough NH” and Peterboro N.H. receiving backstamp $2.60 on cover with 5c Globe (C12) to St. Louis Mo., each flown on 1930 South American flight with usual flight handstamp cachets, Very Fine

E. 750-1,000
750
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2436
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2436, Air Post and Flight Covers65c-$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C13-C15), 65c-$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C13-C15)65c-$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C13-C15). Two legal-size cacheted flown round-trip covers, one with single $1.30 and two 65c, other single $2.60, tied by "New York N.Y. Varick St. Sta. May 6, 1930" duplex circular datestamps, combination cover creased but stamps Fine-Very Fine

1,320
750
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2437
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2437, Air Post and Flight Covers65c-$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C13-C15), 65c-$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C13-C15)65c-$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C13-C15). 65c-$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C13-C15). Two legal-size cacheted flown round-trip covers, one with single $1.30 and 65c vertical pair, other single $2.60, tied by "New York N.Y. Varick St. Sta. May 6, 1930" duplex circular datestamps, Fine-Very Fine

1,320
700
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2438
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2438, Air Post and Flight Covers65c Graf Zeppelin (C13), 65c Graf Zeppelin (C13)65c Graf Zeppelin (C13). Tied by "Washington D.C. Apr. 19, 1930" datestamp on Linprint cachet First Day card to New Brighton N.Y., usual cachets, Seville backstamp, fresh and Very Fine, ex Berkun

E. 750-1,000
1,100
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2439
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2439, Air Post and Flight Covers65c Graf Zeppelin (C13), 65c Graf Zeppelin (C13)65c Graf Zeppelin (C13). Used with additional 65c postage to pay the full $1.30 letter rate for the Lakehurst to Seville, Spain, leg of the flight, additional franking incl. Nos. C4-C6 and 5c Hawaii Ovpt., 65c tied by"Lakehurst N.J. May 30, 1930" waving flag machine cancel, most others by straightline "Lakehurst, N.J." and purple diamond cachet, slight soiling, otherwise Very Fine, colorful and scarce, Scott Retail for single 65c used on card

175
650
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2440
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2440, Air Post and Flight Covers65c Graf Zeppelin (C13), 65c Graf Zeppelin (C13)65c Graf Zeppelin (C13). On homemade card with Eagle and "U.S. Air Mail" at top, used with 2c Aeronautics bottom plate No. 19679 block of six, tied by three different cancels and two cachets, Very Fine, the 2c Aeronautics plate block is superfluous postage but was perhaps used to illustrate fixed-wing and lighter-than-air flight, Scott Retail for single 65c used on card

175
170
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2441
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2441, Air Post and Flight Covers65c Graf Zeppelin (C13), 65c Graf Zeppelin (C13)65c Graf Zeppelin (C13). Used with additional 65c postage (C8, two C9 and C10) to pay full $1.30 letter rate for Lakehurst N.J. to Friedrichshafen, Germany, leg of the flight, three with straightline "Lakehurst, N.J." cancels and tied by "Lakehurst N.J. May 30, 1930" waving flag machine cancel and purple diamond cachet, attractive blue and red checkerboard cover edge, Very Fine and scarce, Scott Retail for single 65c Zeppelin used on card

175
300
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2442
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2442, Air Post and Flight Covers65c Graf Zeppelin (C13), 65c Graf Zeppelin (C13)65c Graf Zeppelin (C13). Two vertical pairs, tied by "New York N.Y. May 7, 1930" duplex and purple cachet on cover to Devon Pa., May 31 Lakehurst backstamp, fresh and Very Fine

E. 500-750
500
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2443
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2443, Air Post and Flight Covers65c Graf Zeppelin (C13), 65c Graf Zeppelin (C13)65c Graf Zeppelin (C13). Block of four, on round trip cover tied by "New York City Hall Sta. May 6, 1930" circular datestamps and purple diamond flight cachet, Fine, addressed to Grace Jorjorian, lady stamp dealer (perhaps the only one at this period), the Siegel firm sold her very valuable philatelic estate in the mid-1980's which included six sets of 65c-$2.60 Graf Zeppelin plate blocks of six, Scott Retail as used block of four off-cover

700
475
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2444
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2444, Air Post and Flight Covers$1.30 Graf Zeppelin (C14), $1.30 Graf Zeppelin (C14)$1.30 Graf Zeppelin (C14). Used with 2c No. 683 and tied by "Lakehurst N.J. May 30, 1930" datestamp on Hanford cachet cover to Unadilla N.Y., usual cachets, Eckner label on back, Friedrichschafen, New York and receiving backstamps, Very Fine and choice, this is the only recorded 1930 Graf Zeppelin cover with a Hanford cachet, ex Berkun

E. 500-750
400
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2445
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2445, Air Post and Flight Covers$1.30 Graf Zeppelin (C14), $1.30 Graf Zeppelin (C14)$1.30 Graf Zeppelin (C14). Tied by bold "Cleveland Ohio May 27, 1930" datestamp on Griffin green cachet cover to Sao Paolo, Brazil, neat Friedrichschafen backstamp, fresh and Very Fine, ex Berkun

E. 500-750
400
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2446
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2446, Air Post and Flight Covers$1.30 Graf Zeppelin (C14), $1.30 Graf Zeppelin (C14)$1.30 Graf Zeppelin (C14). Horizontal pair, tied by neat "Varick St. Sta. N.Y. May 6, 1930" datestamp on Ioor green cachet cover to Peoria Ill., usual cachets, May 31 Lakehurst receiving backstamp, Very Fine and choice, only two examples of this cachet are known, ex Berkun

E. 1,000-1,500
750
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2447
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2447, Air Post and Flight Covers$1.30 Graf Zeppelin (C14), $1.30 Graf Zeppelin (C14)$1.30 Graf Zeppelin (C14). Tied by "Varick St. Sta. N.Y. Jun. 2, 1930" slogan machine cancel on flown cacheted cover from Lakehurst N.J. to Friedrichshafen, Germany, cover with red and blue border and unusual privately printed "LZ-127" Zeppelin illustration, Fine

400
225
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2448
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2448, Air Post and Flight Covers$1.30 Graf Zeppelin (C14), $1.30 Graf Zeppelin (C14)$1.30 Graf Zeppelin (C14). Vertical pair, tied by "Varick St. Sta. N.Y. Apr. 30, 1930" datestamp on hand-colored cacheted cover to Detroit Mich., drawn by Staehle in a design similar to the issued stamp, usual cachets, May 31 Lakehurst backstamp, minor edgewear, Very Fine, beautiful and rare hand-drawn cachet, ex Berkun

E. 1,000-1,500
700
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2449
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2449, Air Post and Flight Covers$1.30 Graf Zeppelin (C14), $1.30 Graf Zeppelin (C14)$1.30 Graf Zeppelin (C14). Used with No. C12 additional franking on flown cacheted cover for the Lakehurst to Seville, Spain, leg of the flight, tied by "Lakehurst N.J. May 30, 1930" waving flag machine cancel, attractive printed red and blue cover border, Very Fine

400
250
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2450
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2450, Air Post and Flight Covers$1.30 Graf Zeppelin (C14), $1.30 Graf Zeppelin (C14)$1.30 Graf Zeppelin (C14). Tied by "Varick St. Sta. N.Y. May 7, 1930" machine slogan cancel on cacheted flight card (back of card with multicolor facsimile stamps of Monaco), Fine

400
160
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2451
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2451, Air Post and Flight Covers$1.30 Graf Zeppelin (C14), $1.30 Graf Zeppelin (C14)$1.30 Graf Zeppelin (C14). Tied by Washington D.C. First Day datestamp on cacheted cover to Philadelphia, Seville and Lakehurst backstamps, fresh and Very Fine

1,100
400
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2452
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2452, Air Post and Flight Covers$1.30 Graf Zeppelin (C14), $1.30 Graf Zeppelin (C14)$1.30 Graf Zeppelin (C14). Horizontal strip of three, tied by "New York N.Y. City Hall Sta. May 6, 1930" duplexes on cacheted cover to Newark N.J., Friedrichschafen and receiving backstamps, fresh and Very Fine

E. 500-750
650
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2453
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2453, Air Post and Flight Covers$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C15), $2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C15)$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C15). Rich color, tied by neat "Varick St. Sta. N.Y. May 6, 1930" datestamp on Ioor green cachet cover to Shelbyville Ind., usual cachets, May 31 Lakehurst backstamp, tiny piece out at top left, otherwise Very Fine and choice, one of only two known Ioor cacheted covers and the only one bearing the $2.60 Graf Zeppelin stamp, ex Berkun

E. 1,500-2,000
950
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2454
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2454, Air Post and Flight Covers$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C15), $2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C15)$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C15). Tied by "Varick St. Sta. Apr. 28, 1930" datestamp on Griffin blue cachet cover to Cleveland O., usual cachets, May 31 Lakehurst backstamp, Extremely Fine, a beautiful cover, ex Berkun

E. 500-750
450
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2455
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2455, Air Post and Flight Covers$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C15), $2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C15)$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C15). Rich color, tied by "Varick St. Sta. N.Y. May 5, 1930" datestamp on Fairway cacheted cover to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, usual cachets, two receiving backstamps, Very Fine and choice, only 100 covers were carried on this leg of the flight, ex Berkun

E. 750-1,000
1,100
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2456
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2456, 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 by bold "New York N.Y. Varick St. Sta. May 7, 1930" datestamp on brown Eckner cachet cover to Franklin N.J., usual cachets incl. small violet round-trip, Friedrichschafen, June 18 New York and receiving backstamps, Very Fine and choice, attractive and colorful cover, ex Berkun

E. 750-1,000
750
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2457
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2457, Air Post and Flight Covers$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C15), $2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C15)$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C15). On slightly oversized cacheted flight cover tied by "Varick St. Sta. N.Y. Apr. 30, 1930" slogan machine cancel, Very Fine

600
400
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2458
c
50c Chicago Zeppelin (C18). Fourteen covers, mostly bearing singles and all used in Oct. 1933, various cachets, fresh and Very Fine group

E. 1,000-1,500
650
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2459
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2459, Air Post and Flight Covers$2.00 Carmine & Black (547), $2.00 Carmine & Black (547)$2.00 Carmine & Black (547). Used with 50c and $1.00 1922 Issue and 5c Aeronautics, tied by New York Aug. 6, 1929 duplex on Graf Zeppelin round-the-world flight cover to Nickles in Washington D.C., purple cachet, Lakehurst N.J. special machine cancel on back, Very Fine, ex Martin, Scott Retail $250.00 for flown cover

E. 300-400
250
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2460
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2460, Air Post and Flight Covers1932, July 21 -- Von Gronau Round the World Flight (AAMC 1168), 1932, July 21 -- Von Gronau Round the World Flight (AAMC 1168)1932, July 21 -- Von Gronau Round the World Flight (AAMC 1168). Round trip cover with multi-country franking and handstamped cachet, Friedrichschafen Nov. 10 backstamp, Very Fine, extremely scarce, AAMC $1,250.00

E. 750-1,000
900
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2461
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2461, Air Post and Flight Covers1933, October 14 -- Century of Progress Flight, Berlin to Chicago (Sieger 238D), 1933, October 14 -- Century of Progress Flight, Berlin to Chicago (Sieger 238D)1933, October 14 -- Century of Progress Flight, Berlin to Chicago (Sieger 238D). Complete set of three overprinted values tied by well-struck "Berlin 14.10.33" datestamps on registered flown cover to Glen Cove N.Y. and forwarded to New York City, scarce "Deutsche Luftpost Berlin-Friedrichschafen" cachet, Berlin registry label at bottom, neat Chicago (Oct. 26), New York (Oct. 27), Glen Cove (Oct. 28) and New York (Oct. 30) backstamps, fresh and Very Fine, scarce and beautiful cover, Sieger in excess of DM2,650

E. 750-1,000
1,000
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2462
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2462, Air Post and Flight Covers1937 - Flight Cover Intended for the Ill-Fated Hindenburg, 1937 - Flight Cover Intended for the Ill-Fated Hindenburg1937 - Flight Cover Intended for the Ill-Fated Hindenburg. Cover bearing a tremendous variety of U.S., German and Hong Kong stamps, typed instructions "By transpacific route San Francisco to Hong Kong, China thence by fastest route to Frankfurt a/M, Germany thence 'Eingeschrieben' by Zeppelin to the United States", cachet for San Francisco-Hong Kong leg, also with purple "S.S. Queen Mary" handstamp for voyage from Europe to U.S., Very Fine, unusual usage

E. 400-500
700
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2463
c
Zeppelin Flight Covers. Three cacheted covers, incl. one to Berlin which is signed by Dr. Eckener, another to Spain, Fine-Very Fine

E. 300-400
180
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2464
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2464, Air Post and Flight CoversApollo 6 Signed Cover, Apollo 6 Signed CoverApollo 6 Signed Cover. Cover bearing 1c and 5c stamps tied by "Kennedy Space Center, Fl. Apr. 4, 1968" machine cancel and addressed to Germany, signed by 18 astronauts incl. Alan Shepard, Buzz Aldrin, and other notables

VERY FINE. AN ATTRACTIVE SPACE MEMORABILIA ITEM, CANCELLED ON LAUNCH DAY OF THE APOLLO 6 UNMANNED FLIGHT INTO SPACE.

The Apollo 6 mission was the second (and last) unmanned test flight of the Saturn V launch vehicle. The flight lasted just over ten hours. News of the launch was overshadowed by Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination on the same day.

E. 4,000-5,000
5,000
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