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Sale 1215 — United States Postal History and Confederate States

Sale Date — Tuesday-Wednesday, 17-18 December, 2019

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Category — Flight Covers

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2398
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2398, Flight Covers3c Green (158), 3c Green (158)3c Green (158). Tied by cork, "Mohawk N.Y. May 18" circular datestamp on red Professor Carl Myers illustrated balloon cover to Canastota N.Y., with original enclosure which is illustrated advertisement for a balloon ascension in Saratoga, receiving backstamp, slightly reduced at right and minor edge tears, enclosure with some splitting along folds, still Very Fine, scarce early balloon use

E. 750-1,000
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2399
 
Rodgers 1911 "Vin Fiz" Flight Collection. Collection of items relating to the famous Vin Fiz flight, Including 25 postcards (some used, some addressed, none flown) with different views of the plane and different subjects such as Jimmie Ward and George Fowler (competitors for the Hearst prize), most depict Rodgers or the flyer or both including some showing his wrecks along the way at Middletown N.Y. (two different), Red House N.Y., Huntington, one shows Rodgers on crutches and smoking a cigar while talking to someone in front of the plane, one shows his plane in the water after he died, another fascinating item is an official souvenir program from the International Aviation Meet at Grant Park in Chicago (Aug. 12-20, 1911), also 1968 photo of Mabel Rodgers holding a photo of her husband, few other items such as small booklet titled "Story of my Flying" by Rodgers with illustrations, overall Fine-Very Fine, an excellent group of items relating to the first successful transcontinental flight

E. 4,000-5,000
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2400
 
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2400, Flight CoversCharles A. Lindbergh, Charles A. LindberghCharles A. Lindbergh. American aviator who was first to fly non-stop across the Atlantic Ocean in Spirit of St. Louis, 2pp Autograph Letter Signed on illustrated stationery for the U.S. Grant Hotel in San Diego Cal., dated March 14, 1927, letter reads: "Dear Bruce, your letter of Mar. 8th arrived today. I agree with you that the Bellanca is probably the best plane of its type on the market to day, but there are points in favor of the Ryan also. Our ship will carry 450 gal of gasoline which will be in front of the pilot instead of behind as in the Bellanca. We are using the Clarke Y wing which has a record speaking for itself, and we are using a very slightly larger wing area. The plane will be streamlined much better than the present Ryan M1 and the weight empty is less than that of the Bellanca. We are building a 46 ft wing for the standard size of the fuselage. I do not intend to carry much extra equipment and, of course, no parachute. The course will be a straight line on a globe or a great circle on Mercators projection. We are working overtime here on construction but it is not definitely known when the ship will be ready to test. As ever, CA Lindbergh", the second piece of paper (undated but folds match and labelled "2" at top) reads "I have been watching certain developments in foreign affairs in the daily papers, which bring to mind what you said in St. Louis. Give my regards to everyone there. With best wishes to yourself and Phil, I remain, as ever, Charles A. Lindbergh. Will send some pictures soon"

VERY FINE. A PHENOMENAL LETTER WRITTEN AND SIGNED (TWICE) BY CHARLES LINDBERGH, SENT WHILE THE SPIRIT OF ST. LOUIS WAS BEING BUILT AND DETAILING SOME OF THE SPECIFICATIONS AND ROUTE THE PLANE WOULD TAKE ON ITS HISTORIC FLIGHT. THE SECOND PAGE AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED FORESHADOWS LINDBERGH'S LESS SUCCESSFUL INVOLVEMENT IN FOREIGN AFFAIRS.

Lindbergh oversaw the construction of the Spirit of St. Louis at the Ryan plant in San Diego. He took off from San Diego on May 10, heading first to St. Louis and then to Roosevelt Field on Long Island. He departed on his historic solo trip across the Atlantic on May 20.

E. 1,500-2,000
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2401
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2401, Flight Covers1937 Attempted Round-the-World Flight by Amelia Earhart, 1937 Attempted Round-the-World Flight by Amelia Earhart1937 Attempted Round-the-World Flight by Amelia Earhart. Unused blue and red cacheted flight cover signed "Amelia Earhart", prepared for her ill-fated flight but never stamped or mailed, only a few postmarked covers were spared because they were removed before she took off, a small number of autographed envelopes also survived, ex Langhoff

E. 750-1,000
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2402
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2402, Flight CoversAmelia Earhart, Amelia EarhartAmelia Earhart. 5c Air Mail entire with National Air Races and "Arrival of Graf Zeppelin and Los Angeles" handstamped cachets signed "Amelia Earhart", Cleveland O. Aug. 28, 1929 duplex, Very Fine, ex Langhoff

E. 500-750
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2403
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Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2403, Flight CoversAmelia Earhart, Amelia EarhartAmelia Earhart. Air Mail cover signed "Amelia Earhart", addressed to Charles Lindbergh in Los Angeles, with "Inaugural Flight Coast to Coast" cachets, 5c stamp tied by "Columbus, Ohio Jul. 8, 1929" machine cancel, signed at left by unidentified person (last name Cooper), Very Fine item signed by Amelia Earhart and sent to Charles Lindbergh, accompanied by second cacheted cover (unsigned but Earhart-related cachet) used on the same date

E. 400-500
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2404
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2404, Flight Covers1928, Nov. 29 -- Byrd Antarctic Expedition, 1928, Nov. 29 -- Byrd Antarctic Expedition1928, Nov. 29 -- Byrd Antarctic Expedition. Postmaster General's Official Business legal-size cover addressed to himself (Harry S. New), 5c Beacon and 2c Red tied by "S.S. City of New York Nov. 29, 1928" ship cancel, Byrd Antarctic Expedition handstamped cachet, signed "R E Byrd/Byrd Antarctic Expedition En route Antarctic", red oval Dec. 26, 1928 receiving handstamp applied at P.O. Dept., with letter from Postmaster General New to his friend, Fred Chamberlain, explaining that he gave this cover to Commander Byrd to be carried South, Very Fine, this cover dates from the first stage of Byrd's expedition, one year later he made his record flight

E. 500-750
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2405
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2405, Flight CoversAdmiral Byrd Covers, Admiral Byrd CoversAdmiral Byrd Covers. Group of more than 15 covers, better include scarce Roessler cachet of bust in black, similar in blue, another bust cachet design also in blue, others with a few small flaws, overall Very Fine

E. 300-400
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2406
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2406, Flight Covers65c-$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C13-C15), 65c-$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C13-C15)65c-$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C13-C15). Set of three A. C. Roessler airmail covers, each with stamp tied by mute oval cancel and purple Washington D.C. Apr. 19, 1930 First Day registry backstamp

VERY FINE AND SELDOM-SEEN PREMIUM SET OF GRAF ZEPPELIN FIRST DAY COVERS. A MUST-HAVE SET FOR THE ROESSLER SPECIALIST.

Ex Dr. Martin.

E. 2,000-3,000
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2407
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2407, Flight Covers65c-$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C13-C15), 65c-$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C13-C15)65c-$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C13-C15). Set of First Day cacheted covers/cards, each tied by "Washington D.C. Apr. 19 5-PM 1930" machine cancel, 65c on card to Los Angeles Cal., reverse with light green Zeppelin receiving backstamp only, $1.30 on card to Altoona Pa. with map on reverse, $2.60 on cover to Chicago Ill., light green Zeppelin receiving backstamp, fresh and Very Fine flown set of First Days, ex Mack

E. 750-1,000
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2408
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2408, Flight Covers$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C15), $2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C15)$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C15). Tied by "Washington D.C. Apr. 19, 1930 5-PM" First Day slogan machine cancel on cacheted flown cover to Claremont Cal., Very Fine

1,000
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2409
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2409, Flight Covers65c-$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C13-C15), 65c-$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C13-C15)65c-$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C13-C15). On separate cacheted flown covers or cards, 65c dated at Milwaukee Wis. on Apr. 22, $1.30 dated April 30, $2.60 dated Apr. 24, all 1930, Fine-Very Fine set

1,110
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2410
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2410, Flight Covers65c-$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C13-C15), 65c-$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C13-C15)65c-$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C13-C15). One cacheted cover and one cacheted card to Canajoharie N.Y., the card with 65c and Lakehurst waving flag machine cancel (May 10, 1930), the cover with $1.30 and $2.60 tied by Varick St. Sta. machine cancel of May 1, 1930, each with Friedrichschafen and Lakehurst transit markings, Very Fine

E. 400-500
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2411
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2411, Flight Covers65c-$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C13-C15), 65c-$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C13-C15)65c-$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C13-C15). On separate cacheted post cards addressed to Decorah, Iowa, 65c used from Lakehurst N.J. May 10, 1930, $1.30 used from N.Y. on April 28, 1930, $2.60 used from N.Y. Apr. 24, 1930, fresh and Very Fine set

1,110
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2412
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2412, Flight Covers65c-$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C13-C15), 65c-$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C13-C15)65c-$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C13-C15). Two covers and a card, including 65c on card from Varick St. Sta. on May 20, 1930 to Birdsboro Pa., $1.30 from Newport News Va. on May 29, 1930 to St. Gall, Switzerland, $2.60 from Varick St. Sta. on April 30, 1930 to Port Washington N.Y., 65c some toning, Fine-Very Fine flown set

1,110
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2413
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2413, Flight Covers65c, $1.30 Graf Zeppelin (C13-C14), 65c, $1.30 Graf Zeppelin (C13-C14)65c, $1.30 Graf Zeppelin (C13-C14). Each well-centered, tied on flown card (65c) or cover ($1.35), proper flight cachets and receiving postmarks, Very Fine

535
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2414
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2414, Flight Covers65c Graf Zeppelin (C13), 65c Graf Zeppelin (C13)65c Graf Zeppelin (C13). Used with three different Panama Air Post stamps (Sieger 64X), tied by "Agencia Postal Panama May 15 2PM 1930" duplex cancels on printed card to New York, 65c tied by "New York, N.Y. Grand Central Sta. May 27, 1930" oval grid duplex and paying the rate for the return flight from Lakehurst to Friedrichshafen, usual flight cachets, "Habana Cuba May 18, 1930" transit backstamp, card with light corner bends, Very Fine, a colorful and scarce use

E. 500-750
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2415
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2415, Flight Covers$1.30 Graf Zeppelin (C14), $1.30 Graf Zeppelin (C14)$1.30 Graf Zeppelin (C14). Well-centered, deep color, tied by Lakehurst, N.J. flag duplex (June 2) on flown cover to Germany, proper cachets and backstamp, cover with slight bend at top not affecting the stamp, which is Very Fine

375
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2416
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2416, Flight Covers$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C15), $2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C15)$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C15). Selvage at left, well-centered, rich color, tied by Varick St. Station (Apr. 24) duplex on flown round-trip cover, proper cachets and backstamp, Very Fine and choice

575
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2417
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Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2417, Flight Covers$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C15), $2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C15)$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C15). Left selvage, tied by "Varick St. Sta. N.Y. Apr. 28 1:30PM 1930" slogan machine cancel on cacheted cover to Galveston Tex., green Lakehurst and receiving backstamps, Very Fine flown cover

575
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2418
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Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2418, Flight Covers$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C15), $2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C15)$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C15). Tied by "Varick St. Sta., New York N.Y. Apr. 30 11:30AM 1930" duplex datestamp on cacheted cover to Port Washington N.Y., Green Lakehurst backstamp (May 31), fresh and Very Fine flown cover

575
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2419
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2419, Flight Covers1932, July 5, Mattern and Griffin Round the World Flight (AAMC 1167), 1932, July 5, Mattern and Griffin Round the World Flight (AAMC 1167)1932, July 5, Mattern and Griffin Round the World Flight (AAMC 1167). U.S., German and Russian franking appropriately tied on flown cover to New York City, signed by Mattern and Griffin, light toning bands which are found on all covers on this flight, Fine, only ten covers are believed to have been carried on this flight, AAMC value $1,500.00

E. 750-1,000
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2420
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Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2420, Flight Covers1935, Nov. 24 -- First Trans-Pacific Air Mail, Honolulu to Guam, 1935, Nov. 24 -- First Trans-Pacific Air Mail, Honolulu to Guam1935, Nov. 24 -- First Trans-Pacific Air Mail, Honolulu to Guam. F.A.M. Route No. 14 cacheted cover signed Captain R.D. Sullivan, F.J. Noonan and three other crew members, with U.S. 10c and 15c tied by Honolulu Nov. 24, 1935 cancel and Guam arrival backstamp, Very Fine and scarce

E. 400-500
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2421
c
Air Post Cover Balance. 12, including C6 on First Day cover, block of four of C6 on cover with purple "Air Mail by Airship Los Angeles from Lakehurst, N.J." handstamp, C14 on cacheted Air Mail cover used June 1, 1930 to Friedrichschafen, Germany, five with No. C18 used on first day of sale for all five Scott-listed locations, blocks of four of 7c and 8c Nebr. overprints used together on cacheted round the world flight cover, cover signed by Hubert Wilkins, overall Fine-Very Fine and diverse group

E. 1,000-1,500
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2422
c
16c Great Seal, Air Post Special Delivery (CE1-CE2), Cover Collection. About 50 with CE1 and over 100 with CE2, a couple with both, most are solo uses paying the domestic 16c airmail special delivery rate, some have additional stamps, a few to foreign destinations, myriad auxiliary markings, Fine-Very Fine

E. 500-750
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