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Sale 954 — U.S. and C.S.A. Postal History

Sale Date — Thursday, 10 April, 2008

Category — Air Post and Back-of-Book

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
3120
c
Sale Number 954, Lot Number 3120, Air Post and Back-of-Book1930, Dec. 17 -- Balbo Mass Squadron Flight, Italy to Brazil (AAMC 1125), 1930, Dec. 17 -- Balbo Mass Squadron Flight, Italy to Brazil (AAMC 1125)1930, Dec. 17 -- Balbo Mass Squadron Flight, Italy to Brazil (AAMC 1125). Imprinted flight cover to Rio de Janeiro with standard franking tied by Rome Dec. 15 special flight machine cancel, signed by all of the pilots, including General Balbo, Rio de Janeiro Jan. 22, 1931 receiving machine cancel, Very Fine, AAMC $500.00

E. 500-750
1,100
3121
c
Sale Number 954, Lot Number 3121, Air Post and Back-of-BookAmelia Earhart, Amelia EarhartAmelia Earhart. Large cover inscribed "Carried by air Honolulu-Oakland January 11-12, 1935" and signed by Earhart, her handwriting at bottom notes "No. 33 of 49 covers", cover bears 3c Deep Violet (720) and 6c Dull Orange Air Post (C19) tied by two clear strikes of "Honolulu Hawaii Jan. 11, 1935" duplex postmarks, Oakland receiving datestamp, immaculate condition

EXTREMELY FINE AND CHOICE. CARRIED ABOARD THE FIRST NON-STOP SOLO FLIGHT FROM HAWAII TO CALIFORNIA.

Amelia Earhart was the first to make the 2,400 mile solo non-stop flight from Hawaii to the mainland United States. Most covers have the arrival postmark on the back. This example is more desirable in that all markings are on the front of the cover

AAMC catalogue No. 1225. A similar example (No. 32 of 49) realized $3,500 hammer in our 1999 Rarities sale.

E. 2,000-3,000
4,250
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3122
c
Sale Number 954, Lot Number 3122, Air Post and Back-of-BookNanking to Wyoming, Nanking to WyomingNanking to Wyoming. Air Mail registered letter bearing three 30c and two $1.00 stamps, each tied by neat strike of "Nanking" cancel and addressed to Mrs. Nelson T. Johnson in Honolulu and forwarded to Cody Wyo., 1937 Canton, Honolulu and receiving backstamps, trivial edgewear, Very Fine, scarce usage, sent by Nelson T. Johnson who was the U.S. Ambassador to China, mailed only a few weeks before the attack by the Japanese on the gunboat U.S.S. Panay, Ambassador Johnson had evacuated his wife from troubled China, and he himself was evacuated a few weeks after sending this

E. 200-300
120
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3123
c
Flight Cover Collection. 50 covers, incl. nice range of Zeppelins incl. ten with U.S. No. C18 used in late Oct. 1933 (first month), several German Zeppelin flights with wide range of frankings, one signed by Admiral Byrd at Little America, first transatlantic clipper flight cover signed by pilots, several ship-to-shore usages, most Fine-Very Fine, fascinating group

E. 2,000-3,000
1,700
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3124
c
Sale Number 954, Lot Number 3124, Air Post and Back-of-BookPostage Due Covers, Postage Due CoversPostage Due Covers. Four, incl. three used in combination with stamps of G.B., one with two 5c Postage Dues, two with 3c Postage Dues, one bearing 10c, all to domestic destinations, overall Very Fine

E. 300-400
325
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3125
c
Sale Number 954, Lot Number 3125, Air Post and Back-of-Book1c Justice (O25), 1c Justice (O25)1c Justice (O25). Cancelled by cork, "Washington D.C. Aug. 6" circular datestamp on legal-size cover with red "Department of Justice" imprint to County Clerk of Bexar District Tex., slightly reduced at right, minor edgewear and light vertical file fold well clear of stamp, Fine, reported to be the earliest documented usage of the 1c Justice, Scott Retail as on cover with no premium for the early date

1,750
850
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3126
c
Sale Number 954, Lot Number 3126, Air Post and Back-of-Book3c State (O59), 3c State (O59)3c State (O59). Tied by circle of wedges cancel, "Washington D.C. Sep. 13" circular datestamp on cover to Augusta Ga., blue "DEPARTMENT OF STATE" straightline handstamp, Very Fine

E. 500-750
400
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3127
c
Sale Number 954, Lot Number 3127, Air Post and Back-of-Book10c Green on Buff, Nesbitt entire (U16), 10c Green on Buff, Nesbitt entire (U16)10c Green on Buff, Nesbitt entire (U16). Cancelled by "New-York Feb. 3 61" Norton Patent circular datestamp with sideways yeardate, Langton's Pioneer Express printed frank at upper left, addressed to Windsor Vt., carried by express outside the mails to New York and posted there, tiny nick at top, Very Fine, we do not recall seeing another strike of the Norton patent datestamp on a 10c entire, anyone specializing in 10c Green entires will really have to pay up for this one

E. 500-750
800
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