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Sale 1016 — Confederate States, U.S. Postal History, General Foreign

Sale Date — Tuesday-Thursday, 15-17 November, 2011

Category — Flight and Airpost Covers

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1121
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Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 1121, Flight and Airpost CoversAN IMPORTANT COLLECTION OF 1918 AIR POST ISSUE COVERS, AN IMPORTANT COLLECTION OF 1918 AIR POST ISSUE COVERSAN IMPORTANT COLLECTION OF 1918 AIR POST ISSUE COVERS. 57 covers mounted on annotated exhibit pages, a wonderful range of flights and frankings from the earliest U.S. government airmail routes, the collection starts with four covers carried on the famous May 15-16 First U.S. Government Flight, each with 24c No. C3 -- the true First Air Post Issue -- including May 15 Washington DC-New York northbound flight by Lieut. Boyle, who flew in the wrong direction and crashed-landed in a field near Waldorf Md., the flight was completed the following day (one cover to NYC with black "May/15/1918/First Trip" duplex, received May 16; other to Kansas via Phila. with same duplex in purple tying a stamp with vignette shifted strongly to left that almost qualifies as a "Fast Plane" variety), before the second attempt more mail was added to the flight (one cover to NYC with black "May/16/1918" Washington duplex, stamp with wide left half-arrow selvage), and finally a May 15 successfully completed flight cover northbound from Phila. to NYC with bold "First Trip" datestamp and May 15 receiving backstamp; the collection continues with the 24c Airmail Rate Period (May 15-Jul. 13) represented by six 24c No. C3 covers, including Jun. 3 experimental flight Washington DC to Boston via New York (AAMC 103) to Dr. Alexander Graham Bell in Boston (cut-down legal-size cover), two covers flown Jun. 9 Boston to New York First Flight (AAMC 105, Jun. 9 scarce date) with special large circular datestamp (one signed by Lt. Torrey H. Webb), one cover with special "Air Mail/New York to/Columbia Country Club/Washington/June 15, 1918" boxed datestamp and Red Cross label on back (very rare, AAMC 106, value $1,000.00), Jul. 10 flown postcard from Washington DC to Brazil via NYC with additional 2c stamp (flown cards with No. C3 are very scarce), finally a last day of 24c rate cover with Jul. 13 New York duplex (Jul. 14 was a Sunday without flights, Jul. 15 was the first day of 16c rate), Phila. receiving backstamp and "Over There" cachet; the 16c Airmail Rate Period (Jul. 15-Dec. 14) comprises 18 covers, including four No. C2 Jul. 15 First Day of Rate covers carried on different routes (Washington-NYC, Washington-Phila., NYC-Washington and Phila.-Washington), also Jul. 15 Washington-Phila. cover overpaid with 24c No. C3 and "Help Humble the Hun" WWI anti-German label showing biplanes dropping bombs, and another Jul. 15 Phila.-NYC registered cover with No. C3 and 10c Parcel Post (rare franking), balance of 16c Rate Period covers include No. C3 overpaid to Ireland with "Over There" cachet, No. C2 on two covers flown on Sep. 5 "pathfinder" flight from New York to Chicago (AAMC 108b) with New York flight duplex and special oval cachet, another from same flight postmarked at Cleveland (AAMC108d), return flight postmarked Chicago (three AAMC 109) and one postmarked Lock Haven (AAMC 109c), No. C2 on two covers with New York duplex and Newark N.J. datestamp (experimental airfield), No. C3 Roessler "Winged Letters" illustrated cover to Holland with censor label on back, finally Nov. 11, 1918 Armistice Day flight cover prepared by Philip H. Ward Jr.; the 6c Airmail Rate Period (Special Delivery no longer mandatory) commences with three rare No. C1 Dec. 16 First Day of Rate covers with Washington DC, New York and Phila. duplexes -- a remarkable complete representation of the three major cities with Scott value of $2,000.00 each -- followed by a Dec. 17 Second Day postcard, three covers with No. C2 paying 6c rate plus 10c Special Delivery fee, six covers from the May 3-10, 1919 Macon Ga.-Montgomery Ala.-Atlanta Ga. flights (AAMC 115a, 115b, 115c, 115f two, 115f/g only recorded combination), three No. C1 flown covers with 1919-dated duplex datestamps (Washington Jan. 16, Phila. Jan. 1 and Jul. 18, one to AEF in France); balance of 12 covers comprising Nos. C1-C3 on registered and flown mail, such as AAMC 121 (only 134 flown, value $200.00), AAMC 131, AEF Postal Express Service (two covers, Nos. C1 and C3, not flown), two "Complete Set" 6c-24c registered covers (not flown but scarce, 24c on one has shifted vignette almost qualifying as "Fast Plane"), registered cover with 24c and 20c Parcel Post (two earliest U.S. stamps to depict a plane), registered cover to Germany with German stamps for Bremen-Berlin airmail, No. C3 on three later first flight covers; condition is overall excellent, some with minor folds or small stamp flaws

A RARE OPPORTUNITY TO ACQUIRE AN OUTSTANDING COLLECTION OF COVERS BEARING THE FIRST UNITED STATES AIR POST ISSUES, INCLUDING EXAMPLES OF THE MAY 15-16 FIRST U.S. GOVERNMENT FLIGHT, SCARCE FIRST DAYS OF THE 16-CENT AND 6-CENT RATES, AND AN ARRAY OF COVERS REFLECTING THE EARLY YEARS OF GOVERNMENT POSTAL AVIATION IN AMERICA.

As we approach the 100th anniversary of U.S. government airmail service, the significance of covers from this early era of aviation increases. This is one of the largest collections of the subject ever offered intact at auction. It will provide the buyer with a foothold in collecting with ample room for expansion.

Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 1121, Flight and Airpost CoversAN IMPORTANT COLLECTION OF 1918 AIR POST ISSUE COVERS, AN IMPORTANT COLLECTION OF 1918 AIR POST ISSUE COVERS
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Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 1121, Flight and Airpost CoversAN IMPORTANT COLLECTION OF 1918 AIR POST ISSUE COVERS, AN IMPORTANT COLLECTION OF 1918 AIR POST ISSUE COVERS
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Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 1121, Flight and Airpost CoversAN IMPORTANT COLLECTION OF 1918 AIR POST ISSUE COVERS, AN IMPORTANT COLLECTION OF 1918 AIR POST ISSUE COVERS
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Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 1121, Flight and Airpost CoversAN IMPORTANT COLLECTION OF 1918 AIR POST ISSUE COVERS, AN IMPORTANT COLLECTION OF 1918 AIR POST ISSUE COVERS
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Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 1121, Flight and Airpost CoversAN IMPORTANT COLLECTION OF 1918 AIR POST ISSUE COVERS, AN IMPORTANT COLLECTION OF 1918 AIR POST ISSUE COVERS
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Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 1121, Flight and Airpost CoversAN IMPORTANT COLLECTION OF 1918 AIR POST ISSUE COVERS, AN IMPORTANT COLLECTION OF 1918 AIR POST ISSUE COVERS
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Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 1121, Flight and Airpost CoversAN IMPORTANT COLLECTION OF 1918 AIR POST ISSUE COVERS, AN IMPORTANT COLLECTION OF 1918 AIR POST ISSUE COVERS
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Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 1121, Flight and Airpost CoversAN IMPORTANT COLLECTION OF 1918 AIR POST ISSUE COVERS, AN IMPORTANT COLLECTION OF 1918 AIR POST ISSUE COVERS
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Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 1121, Flight and Airpost CoversAN IMPORTANT COLLECTION OF 1918 AIR POST ISSUE COVERS, AN IMPORTANT COLLECTION OF 1918 AIR POST ISSUE COVERS
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Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 1121, Flight and Airpost CoversAN IMPORTANT COLLECTION OF 1918 AIR POST ISSUE COVERS, AN IMPORTANT COLLECTION OF 1918 AIR POST ISSUE COVERS
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Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 1121, Flight and Airpost CoversAN IMPORTANT COLLECTION OF 1918 AIR POST ISSUE COVERS, AN IMPORTANT COLLECTION OF 1918 AIR POST ISSUE COVERS
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Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 1121, Flight and Airpost CoversAN IMPORTANT COLLECTION OF 1918 AIR POST ISSUE COVERS, AN IMPORTANT COLLECTION OF 1918 AIR POST ISSUE COVERS
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Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 1121, Flight and Airpost CoversAN IMPORTANT COLLECTION OF 1918 AIR POST ISSUE COVERS, AN IMPORTANT COLLECTION OF 1918 AIR POST ISSUE COVERS
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Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 1121, Flight and Airpost CoversAN IMPORTANT COLLECTION OF 1918 AIR POST ISSUE COVERS, AN IMPORTANT COLLECTION OF 1918 AIR POST ISSUE COVERS
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Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 1121, Flight and Airpost CoversAN IMPORTANT COLLECTION OF 1918 AIR POST ISSUE COVERS, AN IMPORTANT COLLECTION OF 1918 AIR POST ISSUE COVERS
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Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 1121, Flight and Airpost CoversAN IMPORTANT COLLECTION OF 1918 AIR POST ISSUE COVERS, AN IMPORTANT COLLECTION OF 1918 AIR POST ISSUE COVERS
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Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 1121, Flight and Airpost CoversAN IMPORTANT COLLECTION OF 1918 AIR POST ISSUE COVERS, AN IMPORTANT COLLECTION OF 1918 AIR POST ISSUE COVERS
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Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 1121, Flight and Airpost CoversAN IMPORTANT COLLECTION OF 1918 AIR POST ISSUE COVERS, AN IMPORTANT COLLECTION OF 1918 AIR POST ISSUE COVERS
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Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 1121, Flight and Airpost CoversAN IMPORTANT COLLECTION OF 1918 AIR POST ISSUE COVERS, AN IMPORTANT COLLECTION OF 1918 AIR POST ISSUE COVERS
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Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 1121, Flight and Airpost CoversAN IMPORTANT COLLECTION OF 1918 AIR POST ISSUE COVERS, AN IMPORTANT COLLECTION OF 1918 AIR POST ISSUE COVERS
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Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 1121, Flight and Airpost CoversAN IMPORTANT COLLECTION OF 1918 AIR POST ISSUE COVERS, AN IMPORTANT COLLECTION OF 1918 AIR POST ISSUE COVERS
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Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 1121, Flight and Airpost CoversAN IMPORTANT COLLECTION OF 1918 AIR POST ISSUE COVERS, AN IMPORTANT COLLECTION OF 1918 AIR POST ISSUE COVERS
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Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 1121, Flight and Airpost CoversAN IMPORTANT COLLECTION OF 1918 AIR POST ISSUE COVERS, AN IMPORTANT COLLECTION OF 1918 AIR POST ISSUE COVERS
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Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 1121, Flight and Airpost CoversAN IMPORTANT COLLECTION OF 1918 AIR POST ISSUE COVERS, AN IMPORTANT COLLECTION OF 1918 AIR POST ISSUE COVERS
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Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 1121, Flight and Airpost CoversAN IMPORTANT COLLECTION OF 1918 AIR POST ISSUE COVERS, AN IMPORTANT COLLECTION OF 1918 AIR POST ISSUE COVERS
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Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 1121, Flight and Airpost CoversAN IMPORTANT COLLECTION OF 1918 AIR POST ISSUE COVERS, AN IMPORTANT COLLECTION OF 1918 AIR POST ISSUE COVERS
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Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 1121, Flight and Airpost CoversAN IMPORTANT COLLECTION OF 1918 AIR POST ISSUE COVERS, AN IMPORTANT COLLECTION OF 1918 AIR POST ISSUE COVERS
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Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 1121, Flight and Airpost CoversAN IMPORTANT COLLECTION OF 1918 AIR POST ISSUE COVERS, AN IMPORTANT COLLECTION OF 1918 AIR POST ISSUE COVERS
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Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 1121, Flight and Airpost CoversAN IMPORTANT COLLECTION OF 1918 AIR POST ISSUE COVERS, AN IMPORTANT COLLECTION OF 1918 AIR POST ISSUE COVERS
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Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 1121, Flight and Airpost CoversAN IMPORTANT COLLECTION OF 1918 AIR POST ISSUE COVERS, AN IMPORTANT COLLECTION OF 1918 AIR POST ISSUE COVERS
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Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 1121, Flight and Airpost CoversAN IMPORTANT COLLECTION OF 1918 AIR POST ISSUE COVERS, AN IMPORTANT COLLECTION OF 1918 AIR POST ISSUE COVERS
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Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 1121, Flight and Airpost CoversAN IMPORTANT COLLECTION OF 1918 AIR POST ISSUE COVERS, AN IMPORTANT COLLECTION OF 1918 AIR POST ISSUE COVERS
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E. 20,000-30,000
21,000
1122
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Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 1122, Flight and Airpost Covers1918, May 23, Katherine Stinson, Chicago-New York N.Y. (AAMC 102), 1918, May 23, Katherine Stinson, Chicago-New York N.Y. (AAMC 102)1918, May 23, Katherine Stinson, Chicago-New York N.Y. (AAMC 102). 3c Violet entire, "Chicago Ill. May 23 6 AM" duplex datestamp, to Harry A. Truby, red "Aeroplane Mail Service Chicago-New York Miss. Katherine Stinson." five-line typewritten cachet, black "Aerial Service" straightline handstamp and violet "Received without contents at Chicago P.O. M.D.T.I." two-line handstamp, New York May 31 receiving backstamp

VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE EARLY UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT FLIGHT BY FAMED AVIATRIX KATHERINE STINSON, THE FIRST FEMALE UNITED STATES AIRMAIL PILOT.

Only 60 pieces of mail were carried on this historic flight by Katherine Stinson, America's "sweetheart of the skies". The attractive Stinson sisters and their brother were all pioneer aviators. According to the American Air Mail Catalogue, "this was a special flight by Katherine Stinson, the first woman sworn in as a U.S. air mail pilot. After a 600-mile flight in about 10 hours, Stinson landed at Binghamton N.Y., where her plane nosed over on several take-offs, and an eight-day wait ensued for several replacement propellers and dry ground from which Stinson could complete the flight. Finally, on May 31 Stinson flew from Binghamton to the Garden City N.Y. landing field."

E. 2,000-3,000
2,100
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1122A
c
Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 1122A, Flight and Airpost Covers24c Carmine Rose & Blue, 1918 Air Post (C3), 24c Carmine Rose & Blue, 1918 Air Post (C3)24c Carmine Rose & Blue, 1918 Air Post (C3). Four flown covers with stamps tied by duplex datestamp, stamps show shifted vignette in High, Low, Fast and Slow Plane positions, these are strong shifts but not necessarily strong enough to meet the certification standards for the "Fast" and "Grounded" Plane (we do not know of any standard for High or Slow), three with Washington DC duplex and one with Phila. duplex (with letter enclosure from U.S.S. New Hampshire), Very Fine-Extremely Fine, a wonderful matched group ideally suited for exhibition

E. 1,500-2,000
1,500
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1122B
c
U.S. Flight and Air Post Issue Covers. 26 covers or cards, variety of better items including No. 6 on Macon-Atlanta flight cover (AAMC 115f), registered covers with No. C1, various other flight covers incl. government and experimental domestic flights 1920-24, generally in the $50-$100 AAMC value range, a few with creases or folds, still a Fine-Very Fine group

E. 750-1,000
750
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1123
c
Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 1123, Flight and Airpost CoversCharles Lindbergh, Charles LindberghCharles Lindbergh. Bold signature "C.A. Lindbergh" at top of first flight cover from Miami to St. Johns, Antigua, 10c Spirit of St. Louis (C10) and 15c Gray (696) tied by target and 15c tied by "Miami Fla. Sep. 20 8 A.M." duplex, purple "First Flight San Juan-Paramaribo" cachet, cover also signed "O.W. Pittman P.M." above the cachet by Miami Postmaster Owen Pittman, St. John's receiving backstamp, Extremely Fine, a gorgeous Lindbergh piece, mounted on an exhibit page and accompanied by a Mint N.H. plate block of six of No. C10

E. 1,000-1,500
375
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1124
c
Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 1124, Flight and Airpost Covers3c Parcel Post (Q3), 3c Parcel Post (Q3)3c Parcel Post (Q3). Used with singles of 1c, 3c, 8c and 12c of the 1917 Issue, tied by "Air Mail Service Wash. N.Y. Phila. Washington May 15, 1918 First Trip" datestamp on Roessler "Winged Letter" cover with illustration of airplane to Houston Tex., some minor cover and perf toning, 1c with light creases, Fine appearing cover overpaying the 24c rate by 3c

E. 300-400
160
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1125°
c
Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 1125, Flight and Airpost Covers65c-$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C13-C15), 65c-$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C13-C15)65c-$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C13-C15). Bright colors, tied by easily readable "Washington D.C. Apr. 19 2PM 1930" duplex cancels on First Day cover addressed to Philip Ward Jr. in Philadelphia, clear strike of April 21 receiving backstamp

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A BEAUTIFUL FLOWN FIRST DAY COVER WITH ALL THREE DENOMINATIONS OF THE GRAF ZEPPELIN SERIES.

This is a desirable cover, because the date of the cancellation is very clear and it has a receiving backstamp.

15,000
10,000
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1126
c
Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 1126, Flight and Airpost Covers65c-$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C13-C15), 65c-$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C13-C15)65c-$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C13-C15). Each tied by "Washington D.C. Apr. 19, 1930" machine cancel on separate cacheted flown First Day cover or card (65c), addressed to Davenport Ia., New York or Lakehurst backstamp, first with couple light corner bends, otherwise fresh and Very Fine set

3,500
1,300
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1127
c
Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 1127, Flight and Airpost Covers65c-$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C13-C15), 65c-$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C13-C15)65c-$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C13-C15). Each tied by "Washington D.C. Apr. 19, 1930" machine cancel on separate cacheted flown First Day cover or card (65c), addressed to N.Y. or Pa., first with couple light corner bends, otherwise fresh and Very Fine set

3,500
1,200
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1128
c
Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 1128, Flight and Airpost Covers$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C15), $2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C15)$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C15). Wide margins with plate no. at left, tied by "Washington D.C. Apr. 19, 1930" cancel on cacheted First Day cover to Buffalo N.Y., Lakehurst backstamp, fresh and Very Fine First Day cover

1,200
500
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1129
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Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 1129, Flight and Airpost Covers65c-$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C13-C15), 65c-$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C13-C15)65c-$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C13-C15). Four separate cacheted flight covers or cards, three addressed to Bridgeport Ct. incl. 65c (on post card), $1.30 and $2.60 -- which is also franked with 10c Special Delivery (E12), also a second $1.30 value on cover to Czechoslovakia, 65c stamp with light vertical crease, otherwise Very Fine

1,600
950
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1130
c
Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 1130, Flight and Airpost Covers65c-$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C13-C15), 65c-$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C13-C15)65c-$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C13-C15). Three separate cacheted flight covers or cards, the 65c on an unusual very thick grade of cardboard to Lima O., $2.60 also to Lima, $1.30 to Baden, Germany, Very Fine trio

1,200
550
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1131
c
Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 1131, Flight and Airpost 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. 500-750
475
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1132
c
Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 1132, Flight and Airpost 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. 500-750
400
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1133
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Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 1133, Flight and Airpost CoversAlabama to Sudan FAM Flight, Alabama to Sudan FAM FlightAlabama to Sudan FAM Flight. Cover bearing 10c and $1.00 Presidential (815, 832), tied by "Dothan Ala. Apr. 18, 1942 10AM" duplex, second strike at left, and addressed to Khartoum, Sudan, back of cover with "Khartoum 1 May 42" circular datestamp and "Field Post Office 214, 2 MY 42" receiving datestamp, fresh and Very Fine, this cover pays the exact rate of $1.10 for FAM from San Francisco to Hong Kong or Singapore and by air onwards to Sudan, accompanied by copy of letter rates

E. 300-400
350
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1134
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Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 1134, Flight and Airpost 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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1135
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Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 1135, Flight and Airpost Covers1936, August 5 -- Los Angeles-U.S.S.R. Experimental Flight, 1936, August 5 -- Los Angeles-U.S.S.R. Experimental Flight1936, August 5 -- Los Angeles-U.S.S.R. Experimental Flight. Flown cover bearing U.S. 16c Air Mail Special Delivery stamp and 3c TIPEX stamp used with Russian stamp, tied by "Moscow 26.9.36" circular datestamps, with purple cachet, New York backstamp, signed by pilot Levanevsky and copilot Levchenko, some inconsequential edgewear, Very Fine and rare, only a small handful known, a similar flown example sold in our Sale 1011 along with a non-flown example for $7,000 hammer, accompanied by two original letters from the U.S.S.R. embassy in Washington stating this was a test flight for scientific research purposes and that almost no mail was carried, also accompanied by newspaper article about the flight with photograph of the pilot

E. 2,000-3,000
2,600
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1136
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Flight Covers in the Pacific. Approximately 44 covers neatly arranged in three-ring binder, incl. Jan. 9, 1934 cancelled aboard the U.S.S. Constitution, Jan. 10, 1934 San Francisco-Hawaii, 1935 Midway Island flight covers, also few Midway flight from 1940 with cachets, nice group of four from Wake Island incl. one canceled by U.S.S. Nitro on Feb. 26, 1935, also some interesting covers signed by pilots and crew, overall fresh and Fine-Very Fine, a fascinating collection

E. 1,000-1,500
1,500
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1137
c
Flight Covers. 40 covers, many oversize with "Airgram" printed design and also with various cachets, used from 1928-30, most with 5c Beacon Air Post (C11) stamp, incl. FDC, flight cover from Chile to Minn., mixed franking with Ceylon, overall Fine-Very Fine

E. 400-500
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1138
c
Air Mail First Flight Covers. Four cover binders containing approximately 725 mostly cacheted covers, from 1929-80's, range of markings incl. Chicago motor truck (different types), several elusive flights, formed over a period of 33 years and offered intact, overall fresh and Very Fine, a comprehensive collection

E. 1,000-1,500
600
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1139
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First Flight Covers, Pan American 1946 Speed Test. 135 flight covers from the U.S., mostly from three themes, first is nice group of First Flights from 1920's-40's, second group is Trans-Pacific covers from 1940's, third group makes up almost half the covers and is the Nov. 1, 1946 Pan-American Airways "Speed Test" flight to 28 Latin American cities, which resulted from the lowering of the airmail rate to 10c, all these are franked with Latin American stamps for the return of the cover to the U.S., many cities represented, Very Fine and desirable group of flight covers

E. 500-750
550
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1140
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Signed Registered Air Post Covers. 55 legal-size covers, each bearing different government signature, incl. President Herbert Hoover, Gov. Franklin D. Roosevelt, Sec. of Treas. A. Mellon, all franked with 5c Beacon and 1930 Xmas seal, most uprated with a variety of 2c Reds incl. 2c Edison coils (few with line pairs), one each with Kans. and Nebr. ovpts., most with file folds, generally Very Fine

E. 500-750
275
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1141
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Florida Flight Covers. Approximately 177 covers, best item is No. C2 tied by "Arcadia Fla. Dor Br. Aug. 19" circular datestamp on cover to N.Y., reported to be the earliest known use from Door Branch, among the rest are many first flights, nice range of frankings, handstamps and destinations incl. some domestic, cities represented incl. Miami, Cocoa, Sebastian, St. Petersburg, Hollywood, Tampa, Jacksonville, Key West, Lakeland, Vero Beach, West Palm, Daytona, others, nice condition, Very Fine group

E. 750-1,000
400
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1142
c
Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 1142, Flight and Airpost CoversAir Post, Uses from China, Air Post, Uses from ChinaAir Post, Uses from China. Two covers, one with 10c Map (C7) and block of ten of China 1c Orange Junk tied by "Shanghai Jun. 6, 1927" circular datestamps to Washington DC, other with 5c Globe (C12), 2c Due (J71), and block of four and two singles of 4c Gray Junk, tied by Nanking circular datestamps to Tronesta Pa., U.S.S. Barker printed corner card, three different postage due markings, couple file folds clear of stamps, Very Fine

E. 300-400
450
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1143
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Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 1143, Flight and Airpost CoversWorld War II Air Couriers and "BY BOMBER", World War II Air Couriers and "BY BOMBER"World War II Air Couriers and "BY BOMBER". Two Air Courier covers, one legal-size and one large-size, both with penalty for private use at top right and addressed to Bureau of Public Relations, War Dept., Washington D.C., "Direct from the European Theater of Operations" printed at left on first, also three bomber packets with boldly struck handstamps, "BY BOMBER PACKET", "BY U.S. BOMBER POUCH" and "BY O.W.I. BOMBER POUCH", censor markings and labels, few minor faults, Very Fine group

E. 500-750
200
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Zeppelin and Other Flight Covers. 25 covers or cards in Lighthouse album, 10 are flown Zeppelin covers, lot incl. two covers from 1932-33 Russian Polar expedition, one from 1909 Frankfurt show (none known flown, this posted at Frankfurt post office), Zeppelins incl. few U.S. incl. Nos. C18 (one First Day), nice group from Liechtenstein and Switzerland, range of cachets and flights, fresh and Fine-Very Fine group

E. 750-1,000
750
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Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 1145, Flight and Airpost Covers10c Ultramarine, Registration (F1), 10c Ultramarine, Registration (F1)10c Ultramarine, Registration (F1). Used with 5c Blue (378), both stamps tied by boxed "Clymer Pa." handstamp on 1914 registered bank corner card cover to Naples Italy, Clymer Pa. Registered, New York (Aug. 14) and Italian backstamps, original letter in Italian enclosed, overall light toning, otherwise Very Fine, scarce use to Italy

E. 300-400
160
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Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 1146, Flight and Airpost CoversU.S. Registered Package, U.S. Registered PackageU.S. Registered Package. Oversize penalty cover from Navy Dept. in Washington D.C. to "Admiral Frank F. Fletcher, U.S.N., Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Atlantic Fleet", ms. "U.S.S. Wyoming" and with "Care Postmaster New York City" handstamp, pencil "Envelope in which was enclosed my appointment as Admiral by President Wilson", March 12, 1915 origination backstamp with various transits, Very Fine, unusual item

E. 150-200
110
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