Sale 1146 — U.S. and Confederate States Postal History

Sale Date — Thursday, 15 December, 2016

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Category — Air Post and Flight Covers

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1489
c
1911, Oct. 4-6, St. Louis, Missouri Aviation Meet (AAMC 5-5c). Six post cards, dates including Oct. 4 (two, one signed by a pilot -- W.R. Brookins), Oct. 5, Oct. 6 (two with different color cancels), Oct. 7, Fine-Very Fine, ex Mack

E. 400-500
600
1490
c
Sale 1146, Lot 1490, Air Post and Flight Covers1911, Oct. 17-20, Minneapolis Minn.-Rock Island Ill., Mississippi River Flight (AAMC 6). 2c Carmine (375), defective bottom left corner, tied by "Minneapolis Minn. Oct. 12 4:00 PM 1911" machine cancel on cover with bank's printed corner card to LaCross Wis., manuscript "Care of Aviator Robinson Hydro-Aeroplane Route" at lower left, cover opened roughly at right clear of stamp, otherwise Fine, with 1982 P.F. certificate, AAMC states that of the 600-800 reportedly flown, less than ten are known, ex Mack

E. 750-1,000
800
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1491
c
Sale 1146, Lot 1491, Air Post and Flight Covers6c Orange, 1918 Air Post (C1). Tied by "Air Mail Service Wash. N.Y. Phila. Washington Dec. 16, 1918" duplex cancel on First Day of New 6c Rate cover with American Philatelist corner card to John Klemann in New York, Very Fine

2,000
750
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1492
c
Sale 1146, Lot 1492, Air Post and Flight Covers16c Green, 1918 Air Post (C2). Tied by "Air Mail Service Wash. N.Y. Phila. New York Jul. 13, 1918" duplex cancel on legal-size cover to New York, purple "AERIAL MAIL." straightline and fee claimed handstamp, N.Y. Jul. 15 backstamp, small bit of toning on bottom left corner, Very Fine and extremely rare, the Scott listing of July 11 for a C2 First Day is questioned by the catalogue editors in a footnote and generally disputed by specialists, this July 13 use is therefore the likely earliest recorded, accompanied by a Jul. 15 C2 First Flight cover (Scott Retail for this $800.00)

E. 1,000-1,500
550
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1493
c
Sale 1146, Lot 1493, Air Post and Flight Covers16c Green, 1918 Air Post (C2). Tied by "Air Mail Service Wash. N.Y. Phila. New York Jul. 15, 1918" duplex cancel on First Day of New 16c Rate legal-size Aero Club of America corner card cover to Aero Club of America in Washington D.C., purple winged cachet, Very Fine

E. 200-300
100
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1494
c
Sale 1146, Lot 1494, Air Post and Flight Covers16c Green, 1918 Air Post (C2). Tied by "Air Mail Service Wash. N.Y. Phila. New York Jul. 15, 1918" duplex cancel on First Day of New 16c Rate cover with Scott Stamp & Coin Co. corner card to Philadelphia Pa., Philadelphia Jul. 10 arrival backstamp in error, interesting "Send a Letter by Airplane, Especially to one 'over there', it will be a real treat" slogan handstamp on reverse, Very Fine

800
225
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1495
c
Sale 1146, Lot 1495, Air Post and Flight Covers24c Carmine Rose & Blue, 1918 Air Post (C3). Tied by magenta "Air Mail Service Wash. N.Y. Phila., New York May 15, 1918 First Trip" duplex datestamp on Scott Stamp and Coin Co. corner card to Philadelphia, used with uncancelled 3c stamp, receiving backstamp, trivial edgewear, Very Fine, carried by James C. Edgerton on the first trip from New York to Philadelphia

E. 400-500
250
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1496
c
Sale 1146, Lot 1496, Air Post and Flight Covers24c Carmine Rose & Blue, 1918 Air Post (C3). Used with 10c Ultramarine, Special Delivery (E11), tied together by "Air Mail Service Wash. N.Y. Phila. Washington May 15, 1918 First Trip" datestamp on cover to Ogontz School Pa., "Via 1st Aerial Service" docketing at top, Philadelphia transit backstamp, couple small stamp flaws including tiny edge tear at top of Special Delivery stamp, still Very Fine, a rare though admittedly unnecessary combination as the 24c Air Post stamp included special delivery service, carried on the 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, ex Markovits

E. 400-500
950
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1497
c
Sale 1146, Lot 1497, Air Post and Flight Covers24c Carmine Rose & Blue, 1918 Air Post (C3). Used with a colorful array of four other stamps, Nos. 113, 529, E11 and Q8, tied by multiple strikes of "Air Mail Service Wash. N.Y. Phila. May 22, 1918 " duplex datestamp on biplane picture postcard pasted up on larger envelope, addressed to Atlantic City and signed by Postmaster General A.S. Burleson, Philadelphia and Atlantic City backstamps, some soiling and edgewear, card wrinkling causes creases on a couple stamps, still a spectacular homemade flight cover from the first week of United States Airmail service

E. 1,000-1,500
1,300
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1498
c
Sale 1146, Lot 1498, Air Post and Flight Covers24c Carmine Rose & Blue, 1918 Air Post (C3). Used with France 5c and 30c stamps which are tied by "Bordeaux Gare St. Jean May 20, 1926" circular datestamps on air post cover to San Francisco Cal., the 24c Air Post stamp cancelled on arrival and used to pay the airmail fee, Very Fine, rare use, the French stamps paid the fee for sending via surface mail to the United States

E. 400-500
425
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1499
c
Sale 1146, Lot 1499, Air Post and Flight Covers8c-24c 1923 Air Post (C4-C6). Set of three First Day covers, Washington D.C. Aug. 15, 17 and 21, 1923 duplex or slogan cancels, fresh and Very Fine trio

1,750
475
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1500
c
Sale 1146, Lot 1500, Air Post and Flight Covers8c-24c 1923 Air Post (C4-C6). Tied by Washington D.C. Aug. 15, 17, 21, 1923 machine cancels on separate First Day covers, each is addressed to Worden in Millburn N.J., fresh and Very Fine group

1,750
800
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1501
c
Sale 1146, Lot 1501, Air Post and Flight Covers65c-$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C13-C15). 65c on post card, each tied by "Washington D.C. Apr. 19 5PM 1930" First Day duplex slogan cancels on cacheted covers to New York, Indiana and N.J. respectively, 65c with Friedrichschafen (June 6, on front) and New York (June 18) cancels, $1.30 with Friedrichschafen (June 6) and New York (June 18) backstamps, $2.60 with Lakehurst N.J. backstamp (May 31), a Very Fine and attractive set of flown First Day covers of the Graf Zeppelin issue

2,900
750
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1502
c
Sale 1146, Lot 1502, Air Post and Flight Covers65c-$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C13-C15). 65c and $1.30 on postcard, $2.60 on red and blue bordered cover, each individually cancelled by "Washington D.C. 6 Apr. 19, 1930 5PM" First Day cancels and addressed to Utica N.Y., appropriate cachets and markings, Very Fine trio of First Day covers of the Graf Zeppelin issue

2,900
800
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1503
c
Sale 1146, Lot 1503, Air Post and Flight Covers65c-$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C13-C15). 65c on post card, $1.30 and $2.60 on red and blue bordered covers, each cancelled by "Washington D.C. Apr. 19 5-PM 1930" First Day machine cancels, each addressed to Robert Noah in Akron O., usual cachets, minor edgewear, Very Fine set

2,900
700
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1504
c
Sale 1146, Lot 1504, Air Post and Flight Covers65c-$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C13-C15). 65c on post card, others on covers, 65c tied by Varick Str. Sta. May 7, 1930 postmark to Seville, Spain with receiving backstamp, $1.30 tied by similar cancel of the same day to Pernambuco, Brazil with receiving backstamp, $2.60 with similar cancel of Apr. 28 to Rhode Island with May 31 Lakehurst backstamp, minor edgewear, Fine-Very Fine

1,200
475
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1505
c
Sale 1146, Lot 1505, Air Post and Flight Covers65c-$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C13-C15). 65c on postcard with two 5c Air Post and 10c Special Delivery stamps, $1.30 and $2.60 on 2c stationery cover with 5c Air Post and 10c Special Delivery stamps, both with New York Varick St. cancels to Detroit Mich., appropriate cachets and markings, some edgewear, otherwise Very Fine

E. 300-400
500
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1506
c
Sale 1146, Lot 1506, Air Post and Flight Covers65c Graf Zeppelin (C13). Block of four, tied thru the perfs by "Washington D.C. Apr. 19 5PM 1930" First Day duplex datestamp on flown cover addressed to Nyack N.Y., purple and red flight cachets, Lakehurst N.J. backstamp, three stamps with tiny edge tears, small piece of backflap missing, still Very Fine, Scott Retail for single 65c on First Day cover

1,200
300
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1507
c
Sale 1146, Lot 1507, Air Post and Flight Covers65c Graf Zeppelin (C13). Tied by "New York Sta. L Apr. 21, 1930" duplex cancel on greenish cover to San Francisco, flight cachets and purple "Postage due 70 cents" straightline handstamp with "70" in pencil, Friedrichshafen backstamp, minor paper clip rust stains on backflap, Very Fine and unusual, the 65c Graf Zeppelin was intended for use on post cards, this use on a full cover with postage due is scarce

E. 500-750
275
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1508
c
Sale 1146, Lot 1508, Air Post and Flight Covers65c, $1.30 Graf Zeppelin (C13-C14). Three covers, including $1.30 on cacheted First Day card from Washington D.C. to Lansing Mich. with Eckner label; cacheted card with 65c used on May 7, 1930; two 65c and $1.30 on legal-size cacheted cover; also including No. C18 used on cacheted cover from Miami May 6, 1933, some edgewear, Fine-Very Fine group

E. 500-750
450
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1509
c
Sale 1146, Lot 1509, Air Post and Flight Covers$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C15). Tied by "New York N.Y. Varick St. Sta. Apr. 29, 1930" duplex cancel, used with 10c Gray Violet, Special Delivery (E15) on cover to Maplewood N.J., flight cachets, Lakehurst N.J. backstamp, Very Fine, unusual to find the Graf Zeppelin Issue used with a Special Delivery stamp

E. 400-500
225
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1510
c
Sale 1146, Lot 1510, Air Post and Flight Covers$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C15). Block of four, tied by "Washington D.C. May 5, 1930 5-PM" machine cancel on flown cover to Chicago Ill., flight cachets and datestamps front and back, Very Fine, a scarce use of a block of four of the $2.60 Graf Zeppelin on cover, Scott Retail for off-cover used block

2,750
1,100
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1511
c
$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C15). Tied by Varick Street Sta. May 7, 1930 machine cancel on Roessler Dr. Hugo Eckner cachet flown cover on the Friedrichshafen-Rio de Janeiro leg (Sieger 64C; the scarcest leg of the flight), proper flight cachets, Rio backstamp, Fine stamp on a Very Fine cover, only 100 covers were carried on the Rio de Janeiro leg of the flight, and only a small percentage bear a printed cachet

E. 400-500
325
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1512
c
Zeppelin Covers. Nine, including No. C15 on cacheted cover from New York to Portland Oregon, C14 on cacheted cover to Friedrichschafen, C14 on cacheted cover with illustrated design to Brazil, others with C18 mostly used Oct. 4, 1933 from New York, overall fresh and Very Fine

E. 750-1,000
550
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1513
 
Sale 1146, Lot 1513, Air Post and Flight Covers50c Chicago Zeppelin (C18). Used with 16c Airmail Special Delivery (CE1) and Nos. 695 and 700, latter a pair, tied by machine cancels on large part of parcel front to Vislanda, Sweden, Air Mail service Dec. 23, 1935 circular datestamp, various express and customs labels and handstamps, Very Fine and colorful

E. 300-400
225
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1514
c
Sale 1146, Lot 1514, Air Post and Flight Covers1935, April 16-23, First Pan American Survey Return Flight, Hawaii-San Francisco. 6c Winged Globe (C19) tied by Honolulu Apr. 22, 1935 machine cancel, arrived San Francisco Apr. 23 where 3c Washington commemorative tied by duplex datestamp, illustrated purple "Pan American Clipper" cachet handstamp and signed by the entire crew of six, Very Fine and scarce

E. 300-400
350
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1515
c
Sale 1146, Lot 1515, Air Post and Flight Covers30c Winged Globe, Air Post (C24). Top plate no. 22381 block of six, tied by "New York N.Y. May 16, 1939" "First Flight" machine cancel on cover to Norwood O., small fault in selvage at top of plate block, Very Fine and unusual use

E. 200-300
110
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1516
c
Flight Covers. Small carton of covers, several better including No. C2 on cover with catapult cachets to Germany, C4 on first trip with night flying cachet, C5 on First Day cover, C10a single and pane on First Day covers, C3 on May 15, 1918 cover (faulty), nice group of C4 on C.A.M. route no. 3 covers, two items signed by Earl Ovington (one flown, other a photo), 1943 cover signed by Orville Wright (25th anniversary of air mail), few other signed covers, 1929 crash cover, few Lindbergh-related including one addressed to him, nice range of First Days and first flights, some helicopter flights, overall fresh and Fine-Very Fine, a diverse and fascinating group

E. 1,500-2,000
1,800
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1517
c
Sale 1146, Lot 1517, Air Post and Flight CoversPlane Crash Covers. Fascinating group of ten covers, range of stamp issues with Air Post and Special Delivery, variety of handstamps indicating delays and damage due to plane crashes, all show the requisite damage including singed and burned, several with Official Seals attempting to repair the damage, a wonderful group perfect for display

E. 1,000-1,500
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1518
c
Air Mail, Crash and Censored Covers. 60 covers in album, including C10 used from St. Louis with Lindbergh cachet, three with Germany 2m or 4m Zeppelin stamps to the U.S., cacheted card with No. C13, legal-size cover with C14 and C15, crash covers including some military mail, two with typed "Received in bad condition at 22nd Base Post Office" from 1945 and partly burned, various censored covers including few A.E.F., some faults, many Fine-Very Fine

E. 1,000-1,500
550
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1519
c
Flight Covers. Three, including Feb. 17, 1912 pioneer flight cover from Oakland Cal. (old AAMC 15), No. 571 on cacheted Zeppelin cover from N.Y. to Germany, last bears 3c and 50c on cacheted Zeppelin post card from Brooklyn N.Y. to Germany, Very Fine group

E. 300-400
160
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1520
 
Space-Related Accumulation. Five cartons stuffed full of space-related covers and related items, including baseball cap with "Apollo 15 Scott Worden Irwin" patch and epaulettes, signed photos of Gene Cernan (2) and John Young, pencil drawing of Alan Shephard Jr. signed by him with stamps below, David Scott, Charles Duke Jr., Shephard, Conrad and Aldrin, colorful cover signed by Yeager, Worden autograph on Apollo 8 stamps, group from Apollo-Soyuz, some soviet patches, some photos and other ephemera such as pins, lots of cacheted covers, overall fresh and Very Fine, a great group

E. 2,000-3,000
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1521
c
Sale 1146, Lot 1521, Air Post and Flight CoversWilkins-Ellsworth Trans-Acrtic Submarine Expedition. Two cacheted registered covers from New York through Longyearbyen, Norway and back to New York, first with U.S. 2c coil and Pulaski Issue and pair Norway No. 89, second with pair and single GB No. 161, both with appropriate markings and Longyearbyen registered labels, first cover 2c coil with small perf flaws, still Very Fine pair of covers created to support the 1931 attempt to reach the North Pole via submarine

E. 300-400
0
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