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Sale 1196 — United States Postal History

Sale Date — Monday-Wednesday, 11-13 March, 2019

Category — Balloon Flights

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
925
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 925, Balloon Flights3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26), 3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26)3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26). S.e. at top, cancelled by grid, "Adrian Mich. Feb. 15, 1861" circular datestamp on "Wm. D. Banister, Aeronaut" illustrated corner card cover depicting a manned balloon to North Ridgeway N.Y., barely reduced at right, stamp with crease, few cover flaws, gently cleaned, otherwise Very Fine and scarce illustrated design from this famous midwestern balloonist

E. 400-500
1,200
926
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 926, Balloon Flights3c Red on Buff (U10), 3c Red on Buff (U10)3c Red on Buff (U10). Cancelled by "Lancaster Pa. Jun. 17, 1857" circular datestamp with handstamped cachet of Wise manned balloon illustration with flags, earliest state of the design before "Wise" was added to the side of the balloon, addressed in Wise's hand to William Markoe in St. Paul, Minnesota Territory, receipt docketing at right "John Wise June 16th 1857, Recd. "23rd, Noted", sender's note "Hurry up Uncle Sam" at lower left, small repair at top, some edgewear, still Very Fine and very rare, very few examples of this early state of the design are known, the recipient was the first aeronaut in Minnesota, illustrated in Catalog of Classic American Airposts and Aeronautica 1784-1900 by Schoendorf on p. 31, ex Schoendorf

E. 500-750
600
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927
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 927, Balloon FlightsBlood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Bronze on Lilac (15L14), Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Bronze on Lilac (15L14)Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Bronze on Lilac (15L14). Acid tied, "Blood's Penny Post Philada. May 24 8A.M." double-circle datestamp on cover with handstamp of illustration of a hot air balloon struck in blue-black ink, addressed to Professor Lowe in Philadelphia, Very Fine, a very early balloon-related cover sent to Professor Thaddeus Lowe, this is the only recorded such use, illustrated in Catalog of Classic American Airposts and Aeronautica 1784-1900 by Schoendorf on p. 33

E. 500-750
1,200
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928
c
Balloon-Related Covers. 16 items, earliest is 1835 broadside for the first aerial ship Eagle, another early is 1845 leaflet for night ascent of balloon at Cremorne Gardens in England, first page of St. Louis Philatelist of 1877 showing Buffalo Balloon stamp, two cacheted covers from 1935 carried to the stratosphere, also 1977 flight of the Double Eagle signed, others with cachets, overall Fine-Very Fine

E. 200-300
375
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