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Sale 1147 — The Don David Price Collection of the U.S. 1918 24c Jenny Air Post Issue

Sale Date — Tuesday, 28 February, 2017

Category — First Flight Covers

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
5
c
Sale Number 1147, Lot Number 5, First Flight Covers24c Carmine Rose & Blue, 1918 Air Post (C3), 24c Carmine Rose & Blue, 1918 Air Post (C3)24c Carmine Rose & Blue, 1918 Air Post (C3). Position 10 (first printing), the only position on the sheet of 100 with natural s.e. at top and right, tied by magenta "Air Mail Service Wash. N.Y. Phila. New York May 15, 1918 First Trip" datestamp on 3c entire to Philadelphia, bold pencil "Air Mail", Philadelphia May 15 receiving backstamp, slightly reduced at right, small scuffs at bottom corners, slight ink smudges on stamps, still Fine, a nice example of the magenta New York "First Trip" datestamp, also shows how the public was confused about the rate (24c plus 3c is incorrect -- the rate was 24c, inclusive of regular postage and special delivery fee)

E. 500-750
900
6
c
Sale Number 1147, Lot Number 6, First Flight Covers24c Carmine Rose & Blue, 1918 Air Post (C3), 24c Carmine Rose & Blue, 1918 Air Post (C3)24c Carmine Rose & Blue, 1918 Air Post (C3). From a top row position with natural s.e. at top, tied by "Air Mail Service Wash. N.Y. Phila. Washington May 15 10AM First Trip" datestamp (with time slug) on cover to Philadelphia, signed at top left by Lieut. James C. Edgerton, the pilot for the inaugural trip from Philadelphia to Washington D.C. on May 15, "The Commercial Club" imprint on flap, Philadelphia May 16 backstamps, Very Fine and scarce, this was carried on the ill-fated May 15 northbound flight from Washington D.C., on which Lieut. George L. Boyle flew in the wrong direction and crashed-landed in a field near Waldorf Md., the flight was completed the following day by Lieut. Edgerton, his signature on May 15 flight covers is rare

E. 750-1,000
1,100
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7
c
Sale Number 1147, Lot Number 7, First Flight Covers24c 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 bold "Air Mail Service Wash. N.Y. Phila. Washington May 16, 1918" datestamp on Postmaster General's penalty imprint cover self-addressed to Postmaster General John Wanamaker in Philadelphia, inscribed "Carried on the first trip Airplane Mail Service from Washington May 16, 1918", Philadelphia May 16 backstamp, stamp with clipped bottom right corner and small thin spot near top, Very Fine appearance, a rare and historic flight cover from the Postmaster General in office at the time of the first airmail service, the May 15 inaugural trip from Washington D.C. ended unceremoniously when Lieut. George L. Boyle flew in the wrong direction and crash-landed in a field near Waldorf Md., after trucking the mail back to Washington the flight was completed the next day by Lieut. James C. Edgerton, who had piloted the first flight from Philadelphia to Washington on the previous day -- this rare cover must have been specially prepared by the Postmaster General's office and postmarked with May 16 datestamp, but endorsed for the "first trip" on that day -- ex Berkun, with clear 1998 A.P.S. certificate

E. 1,500-2,000
350
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