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Sale 1037 — United States and Foreign Stamps and Covers

Sale Date — Monday-Friday, 10-14 December, 2012

Category — Air Post, Postage Due, Officials

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2822
c
Sale Number 1037, Lot Number 2822, Air Post, Postage Due, Officials24c Carmine Rose & Blue, 1918 Air Post (C3), 24c Carmine Rose & Blue, 1918 Air Post (C3)24c Carmine Rose & Blue, 1918 Air Post (C3). Tied by "Air Mail Service Wash. N.Y. Phila. Washington May 17 9 AM 1918" duplex datestamp on cover to New Rochelle N.Y., carried on Lieutenant George L. Boyle's second attempt to fly the mails, which, like his first on May 15, resulted in a crash landing and delayed mail, backstamped New York May 18, 4:30AM, reflecting late arrival of airmail from Washington D.C., with original contents, small piece of backflap missing, minor light staining on front, otherwise Very Fine, only four reported covers from this flight -- After his notorious failed first flight on May 15 (the first day of government airmail service), Lt. Boyle was given another opportunity to fly the mail from Washington D.C. to Philadelphia on May 17. He was instructed to keep "Chesapeake Bay on your right." Lt. Boyle was escorted by Maj. Fleet in another plane as far as Baltimore, then Boyle proceeded on his own, keeping Chesapeake Bay on his right, which caused him to fly far off course. He ran out of fuel once and refueled at Cape Charles Va., 200 miles south of Philadelphia. After getting directions, he took off and ran out of fuel again, this time crashing his plane at the Philadelphia Country Club at 7:18PM. The late-arriving mail was put on a train for New York.

E. 500-750
550
2823
c
Sale Number 1037, Lot Number 2823, Air Post, Postage Due, Officials65c-$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C13-C15), 65c-$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C13-C15)65c-$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C13-C15). Each tied to individually flown cacheted card or cover, 65c on multicolored Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences postcard, New York Apr. 24 or Apr. 28 duplex cancels and addressed to Brooklyn N.Y., Friedrichshafen datestamps on first two, some minor corner wear and $1.30 with backflap tear, Fine set

1,200
600
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2824
c
Sale Number 1037, Lot Number 2824, Air Post, Postage Due, Officials65c-$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C13-C15), 65c-$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C13-C15)65c-$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C13-C15). 65c vertical pair, each tied to individually flown cacheted cover by "Varick St. Sta. N.Y. Jun. 2 1930" slogan machine cancel, addressed to Cleveland Heights O., Friedrichshafen backstamps on first two, some minor corner wear, Very Fine set

1,200
650
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2825
c
Sale Number 1037, Lot Number 2825, Air Post, Postage Due, Officials$1.30, $2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C14-C15), $1.30, $2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C14-C15)$1.30, $2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C14-C15). Used together, tied by "Varick St. Sta. N.Y. May 6 1930" slogan machine cancel on purple diamond cachet round-trip cover, purple "This article made the complete round trip via Graf Zeppelin" handstamp, New York and Friedrichshafen backstamps, June 18 and June 30 respectively, Very Fine, only 461 covers or cards made the complete round trip

E. 400-500
425
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2826
c
Sale Number 1037, Lot Number 2826, Air Post, Postage Due, OfficialsSaint Paul Minn. May 29, 1931, Saint Paul Minn. May 29, 1931Saint Paul Minn. May 29, 1931. Machine cancel ties 2c, 5c Norse American (620-621) on cover to Norway, bearing 20o and 30o Norway stamps tied by "Bergen 21.IX.32" circular datestamp, cachet for "Viking Ship/Over the Ocean/Roald Amundsen", typed inscription "This letter was carried from Saint Paul, Minnesota, to Bergen, Norway, in the Viking Ship, Roald Amundsen", fresh and Very Fine

E. 200-300
130
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2827
c
Atomic Bomb Test, "Operation Crossroads", Bikini Atoll, "Able Day" July 1, 1946. Interesting group of material incl. three covers with various 6c franking tied by U.S. Navy Fleet Post Office Jul 1 A.M. 1946 "Atomic Bomb Test Bikini Atoll" duplexes (one a bit roughly opened at top), great four -page handwritten letter describing trip from the States to Bikini Atoll, describes the arrangement of the huge target fleet, "The Nevada is at zero & is painted bright orange. Other ships are the Nagato, Prinz Eigen, Arkansas, Saratoga... the lighted ships around us look like the view of Jersey City from Manhattan", a printed menu from the USS Panamint and a letter from Col. Batte to General Ulio regarding his efforts in obtaining a bomb test postmark, a fascinating group of material

E. 200-300
325
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2828
c
Sale Number 1037, Lot Number 2828, Air Post, Postage Due, OfficialsLarge Numeral Postage Due Issue Domestic Covers, Large Numeral Postage Due Issue Domestic CoversLarge Numeral Postage Due Issue Domestic Covers. 73+ covers incl. a few postal stationery items, all bearing Large Numeral Postage Due stamps up to the 30c value, hand-selected for unusual frankings and character including rejected 5c 1888 bisect and attempted illegal use of revenue stamps, advertising and exposition covers, Special Delivery frankings, large Valentine, unusual cancels incl. Heart-punch (Baltimore) and blue New York oval (very rare), the single most valuable item is a Publisher's Weekly package label on front with regular Bank Note issues and 96c postage due paid by 2c, 10c and two 30c No. J19, some minor faults but condition is generally excellent

A WONDERFUL COLLECTION OF DOMESTIC COVERS WITH THE LARGE NUMERAL ISSUE -- THE "BANK NOTES" OF THE POSTAGE DUE ISSUES. PROBABLY THE LARGEST AND MOST IMPORTANT OFFERING OF ITS KIND SINCE THE ARFKEN SALE NEARLY 20 YEARS AGO.

This lot was acquired by the late Steven R. Belasco from our Sale 1016 and remains intact. Prior to that sale, these covers were acquired one at a time over two decades with a total cost of $8,645 (the owner's cost is noted on each cover, but many were acquired more than 10 years ago). We feel our estimate is conservative and does not factor in the enormous labor and transaction costs that would be necessary to build such a collection up from scratch. This lot is worth careful examination and an aggressive bid.

E. 5,000-7,500
6,500
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2829
c
Sale Number 1037, Lot Number 2829, Air Post, Postage Due, OfficialsLarge Numeral Postage Due Issue Covers of Foreign Origin, Large Numeral Postage Due Issue Covers of Foreign OriginLarge Numeral Postage Due Issue Covers of Foreign Origin. 97 covers incl. a few postal stationery items, all originating in foreign countries and bearing various U.S. Large Numeral Postage Due stamps up to the 10c value, a very diverse array of origins and frankings grouped by geographic location including British North America, Danish West Indies, Latin America, Jamaica, Great Britain, France, Monaco, Belgium, Italy, Switzerland, Northern Europe and Scandinavia, Austria, Hungary, Germany, Russia and Turkey (please note there are no China or Japan covers), the Due frankings reflect the various changing regulations for assessing postage due on international mail, some sent unpaid, but many with foreign postage underpaying rates, colorful and rare frankings abound, condition generally excellent

AN OUTSTANDING GROUP OF INTERNATIONAL MAIL POSTAGE DUE COVERS WITH THE UNITED STATES LARGE NUMERAL ISSUE -- THE "BANK NOTES" OF THE POSTAGE DUE ISSUES -- PRESENTING A UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY TO LAUNCH AN EXHIBIT-WORTHY COLLECTION. PROBABLY THE LARGEST AND MOST IMPORTANT OFFERING OF ITS KIND SINCE THE ARFKEN SALE NEARLY 20 YEARS AGO.

This lot was acquired by the late Steven R. Belasco from our Sale 1016 and remains intact. Prior to that sale, these covers were acquired one at a time over two decades with a total cost of $14,798 (the owner's cost is noted on each cover, but many were acquired more than 10 years ago). We feel our estimate is conservative and does not factor in the enormous labor and transaction costs that would be necessary to build such a collection up from scratch. This lot is worth careful examination and an aggressive bid.

E. 7,500-10,000
8,000
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2830
c
Sale Number 1037, Lot Number 2830, Air Post, Postage Due, Officials2c Carmine Rose, Postage Due (J62), 2c Carmine Rose, Postage Due (J62)2c Carmine Rose, Postage Due (J62). Horizontal strip of three, "Des Moines Iowa" precancels, affixed to legal-size cover with "Des Moines Iowa Sep. 10, 1929" 2c permit marking to Los Angeles Cal. and forwarded to Shanghai, China, various markings incl. Los Angeles (Sept. 14), Shanghai backstamps in black and red, bearing China, 1915, 2c Postage Due (J53), horizontal strip of three, tied by Shanghai datestamps, bold "T15" in circle due marking, "Refuse/Refused" boxed handstamp struck twice, eventually returned to sender, slight edgewear, Very Fine and attractive use

E. 300-400
225
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2831
c
Sale Number 1037, Lot Number 2831, Air Post, Postage Due, Officials3c Executive (O12), 3c Executive (O12)3c Executive (O12). Stamp with corner added at top left and other small flaws, "Long Branch N.J. Aug. 24 A.M." circular datestamp on cover to Kirkwood Mo. addressed in the hand of President Ulysses S. Grant, tying cancellation was added which was unnecessary as the stamp originates on the cover, backflap added and stain on back at bottom, appears Fine, Long Branch was the summer home of President Grant from 1869-76, with 2012 P.F. "Warning" certificate stating that the stamp originates but the tying cancel is fake, Scott Retail as used from Long Branch $4,500.00

E. 200-300
160
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