Sale 1262 — United States Stamps and Postal History

Sale Date — Tuesday-Thursday, 26-28 July, 2022

Category — The John Wilson Collection of “The World at War”

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
329
c
(Boxer Rebellion) 1900-13, China, Postal History of the Boxer Rebellion. 8 covers or cards mounted on separate exhibit pages, French, German and Japanese post offices

E. 400-500
450
330
c
(Russo-Japanese War) 1904-06, Japanese FPOs and Souvenir Cards. 21 items in total, including 5 1906 Japanese souvenir cards commemorating military plus one 1905 card from FPO; 7 covers from Japanese soldiers including 2 from Korea; 5 Russian military covers from soldiers and one cover from St. Petersburg to London with set of Postal-Fiscal stamps; lastly, two souvenir cards from U.S. and Canada (one with photo of Peace Commission)

E. 750-1,000
425
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331
c
(World War I) 1918-20, Allied Forces in Siberia. Mounted exhibit collection comprising 6 picture postcards with photos of allied forces in Siberia, and five covers from British, French, Czech and U.S. forces, includes scarce British FPO 201 (to Canada) and PB 2 datestamps, U.S. A.E.F. duplex

E. 500-750
750
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332
c
(World War I) 1915-17, German and Austrian Prisoner-of-War Mail from Siberian. 14 covers or cards mounted on separate exhibit pages, from German and Austrian prisoners held in Siberia, variety of camps and markings including two Japanese cards

E. 400-500
300
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333
c
(World War I) 1919-20, Siberia, Prisoner-of-War Mail. 5 covers and 7 cards from prisoners in Siberia, includes cover from Austrian POW in Japanese camp at Krasnaya Rechka with fascinating letter, Red Cross cards and covers from German and Austrian prisoners in other Japanese camps

E. 750-1,000
500
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334
c
(World War I) 1919-21, Japanese Field Post Offices in Siberia. Mounted exhibit collection comprising 6 covers and 20 cards all from Japanese military in Siberia with field post office markings (identified by number), also includes one cover from 1928 Jinan Incident, a precursor to the Sino-Japanese War

E. 750-1,000
600
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335
c
(Sino-Japanese War) 1932-37, First and Second Japanese Interventions in China. 12 items mounted on exhibit pages, 10 from the 1932 Japanese intervention (5 cards and 5 covers), including 1st and 2nd Field Post Office markings, and 2 from 1937 intervention (one card, one cover), cards with printed messages, a few related to use of the Type 92 artillery gun

E. 500-750
300
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336
c
(World War II) 1938 Appeasement. Two covers and one card on exhibit pages, each related to the German occupation of the Sudetenland in 1938, a cautionary tale for the current events in Ukraine

E. 100-150
60
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337
c
(World War II) 1934-1944, Trading with the Enemy. 37 covers mounted on separate exhibit pages (a few loose in holders), assembled to tell the grim but fascinating story of commercial relations between countries at war and large businesses, includes several very scarce mail routes (LATI substitute, etc.) marked with red stars, one cover is related to a deal to permit 250 Jews to leave Holland for payment of 5-million Swiss francs through a Swiss banking firm, accompanied by documentation to support the narrative

E. 1,000-1,500
800
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338
c
(World War II Airmail) 1942 Nov.-Dec, Belgium Congo-U.S., BOAC Flights from Leopoldville to U.S.. 14 covers mounted on separate exhibit pages, all covers with Belgian Congo frankings, accompanied by article by John Wilson with his analysis of the markings and evidence linking these covers to BOAC flights carrying mail from the Congo to U.S.

E. 400-500
400
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339
c
(World War II Airmail) 1942 Aug. 28., Belgian Congo to U.S., Highest Recorded Paid Commercial Pan American Rate to U.S. in Wartime. A large registered cover from Usumbura to Edgewater N.Y., huge Ruanda-Urundi franking

E. 200-300
0
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340
c
(World War II Airmail) 1942, U.S. to Belgian Congo, Special Mission Flights. Three covers mounted on separate exhibit pages, U.S. frankings (Air Post and Presidential Issues), each with Special Mission flight and route identified

E. 500-750
325
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341
c
(World War II Airmail) 1944, Belgian Congo-U.S., So-Called "Resumed Service" of FAM-22 between Leopoldville and Miami. 17 covers mounted on separate exhibit pages, frankings include Belgian Congo (13), Camerouns (3) and French Equatorial Africa, accompanied by article by John Wilson on the "myths" of resumed FAM-22 service, these covers provide evidence for his analysis which has been the source of so much controversy among specialists

E. 500-750
425
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342
c
(World War II and Pre-War Airmail) 1937-45, Belgian Congo Flights. 45 covers mounted on separate exhibit pages, all with Belgian Congo frankings, most addressed to U.S., one to Switzerland and another to Egypt, includes Special Mission flights and a variety of other transport routes

E. 1,500-2,000
950
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343
c
(World War II Airmail) 1942-45, Camerouns Special Mission Flights and Related Service, 23 covers mounted on separate exhibit pages, an important study collection of the different Special Mission flights and related services, includes Camerouns to U.S. (17 total, including 13 SM, 3 FAM-22, 1 Air Transport Command), U.S. to Camerouns (3 total, including 1 LATI substitute, 1 SM and 1 postwar censored), Camerouns to Cuba (1 FAM-22) and Uruguay (1 SM), also Belgian Congo to U.S. (by land/sea), frankings correspond to countries of origin

E. 2,000-3,000
1,200
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344
c
(World War II Airmail) 1942-44, "Double Atlantic" Airmail Route. 20 covers mounted on separate exhibit pages, all extremely desirable examples of mail which required Atlantic crossings in both directions, origins with corresponding frankings include Belgian Congo, Camerouns, Ceylon, French Equatorial Africa, Gabon, Great Britain, Iraq, Lebanon, Nigeria, Palestine, Sudan and Switzerland, myriad routes carefully detailed on pages

E. 2,000-3,000
1,400
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345
c
(World War II Airmail) 1942, Fisherman's Lake Photos, Background Information and Covers. Binder with 130+ pages of material related to Fisherman's Lake, including photos, letters, documents, and 13 covers from the Garrett correspondence, essentially a one-of-a-kind archive related to this key location in the World War II airmail service

E. 400-500
4,000
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346
c
(World War II Airmail) 1942-44, Routes to and from Africa. 22 covers mounted on separate exhibit pages, wide range of origins, destinations, frankings and routes, including LATI substitute, BOAC "Horseshoe Route", FAM-18, FAM-22, SABENA, Special Mission, Diplomatic Pouch in B-24 Liberator, and ATC

E. 1,000-1,500
2,600
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347
c
(World War II Airmail) 1941 Dec. 6, U.S. to Capetown, South Africa, and back to U.S. Registered cover mounted on exhibit page, remarkable round-trip from Miami to Capetown via Leopoldville, FAM-22 cachet, returned Jan. 5 to U.S. with South African franking, probably carried on Pan American Special Mission, with letter from Capetown postmaster

E. 300-400
550
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348
c
(World War II Airmail) 1942-43, U.S.-Liberia. Four covers mounted on separate exhibit pages, includes 1942 diplomatic cover from Freetown, Sierra Leone, to Jim Adams in Liberia, carried by Pan American internal service with letter mentioning "grand airport" under construction, two from Liberia to U.S. with Liberian frankings, all sent by Special Mission via Fisherman's Lake, and Liberia to England "Double-Atlantic" crossing

E. 300-400
900
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349
c
(World War II Airmail) 1942-45, Lebanon, U.S., French Guiana and England, Pan American Airmail Service. 16 covers mounted on separate exhibit pages, includes 14 to U.S., one to England and one to French Guiana, all with Lebanon frankings, accompanied by article by John Wilson explaining the routes and rates used to convey mail from Lebanon, including French service and "Double Atlantic" route

E. 400-500
600
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350
c
(World War II and Pre-War Airmail) 1923-45, Iraq Airmail Routes. 19 covers mounted on separate exhibit pages, includes three pre-war covers: 1923 and 1924 from France to Baghdad via RAF Cairo-Baghdad, and 1936 from Iraq to England via KLM; other 13 covers showing World War II routes between Iraq and England or U.S., all with Iraq frankings, service includes Imperial/BOAC, air/sea, "Horseshow Route", and via Durban and Cairo

E. 500-750
1,300
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351
c
(World War II Airmail) 1942 Nov.-Dec., Special Mission, U.S. to Iraq via Miami-Fisherman's lake. Two covers from the same correspondence, mounted on separate exhibit pages, both carried by Special Missions 63 and 64 via Miami-Fisherman's Lake, U.S. airmail frankings

E. 200-300
950
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352
c
(World War II Airmail) 1942 Mar. 11, Palestine to Uruguay, Special Mission 6. Cover from Haifa, Palestine, to Montevideo, Uruguay, with Palestine franking, carried on Leopoldville-Miami Special Mission Route 6 flight, then by FAM-6 to Uruguay, accompanied by article by John Wilson explaining the significance of this cover

E. 150-200
110
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353
c
(World War II Airmail) 1943 Feb., Syria to Argentina. Cover mounted on exhibit page, Syria franking, route analysis points to ATC carriage and LATI substitute treatment

E. 150-200
110
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354
c
(World War II Airmail) 1942 Jan. 2, Palestine to U.S. on B-24 Liberator. Registered cover mounted on exhibit page, from Tel Aviv to New York City on emergency Washington-Cairo route using B-24 Liberator, Palestine franking

E. 200-300
350
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355
c
(World War II Airmail) 1943-44, Iran to U.S., 1943-44. Five covers mounted on separate exhibit pages, from Iran to U.S., four from APOs with U.S. frankings carried by ATC, one with Iran franking carried by BOAC

E. 300-400
275
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356
c
(World War II Airmail) 1944 Aug. 24, Afghanistan to U.S., BOAC and Air Transport Command. Registered cover mounted on exhibit page, Kabul to New York City, sent by BOAC from Karachi to West Africa and ATC to Miami, Afghanistan franking on back

E. 150-200
110
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357
c
(World War II Airmail) 1942-43, Bahrain to U.S.. Two covers mounted on separate exhibit pages, Sep. 8, 1942, and Mar. 12, 1943, from Bahrain to New Brunswick N.J. by Pan American Special Mission via Fisherman's Lake and Miami, Bahrain frankings on back

E. 200-300
180
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358
c
(World War II Airmail) 1941-44, U.S. and India/Nepal. Seven covers mounted on separate exhibit pages, includes one from U.S. APO 489 in Assam, India to U.S., between India and U.S., one with "Safe Hand Pilot" straightline, others include Special Mission, ATC, BOAC "Horseshoe Route", India and U.S. frankings

E. 400-500
225
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359
c
(World War II Airmail) 1941, China-India, "Over the Hump", Calcutta and Chungking Route. Two matching covers on exhibit pages, both with red and blue flight cachet, Dec. 23, 1941 Calcutta-Chungking with Indian franking, and Dec. 18, 1941 Chungking-Calcutta with China franking

E. 300-400
300
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360
c
(World War II Airmail) 1942 Feb. 13, Yunnan-U.S. Special Mission 16. Cover from Kung-Lang to Detroit Mich. with Chinese franking, carried "over the hump" on Kunming-Calcutta flight, then by Special Mission 16 to Miami via Fisherman's Lake and Natal, accompanied by article by John Wilson explaining the significance of this cover

E. 300-400
180
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361
c
(World War II Airmail) 1942 Sep. 24, China to England, Possible "Double Atlantic" Flight via Lagos. Registered cover mounted on exhibit page, from Chengtu, China, to New Barnet, England, via Lagos, Chinese franking, possibly censored at Trinidad which would make this a "Double Atlantic" crossing cover

E. 300-400
450
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362
c
(World War II Airmail) 1942 Nov. 10, China to England, "Double Atlantic" Flight via Lagos, Miami and New York. Registered cover mounted on exhibit page, from Kutsing, China, to London, England, via Lagos-Miami Special Mission flight and then New York-London via Lisbon, Chinese franking, rare "Double Atlantic" crossing cover

E. 300-400
325
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363
c
(World War II Airmail) 1942 Nov. 27, China to U.S. via BOAC "Horseshoe Route". Cover mounted on exhibit page, from China to East Orange N.J. with Chinese franking front and back, carried on "Horseshoe Route" via Durban

E. 200-300
200
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364
c
(World War II Airmail) 1942 Nov. 11, China to U.S. via Lagos, BOAC, Pan American and ATC Flights. Registered cover mounted on exhibit page, from Chungking to Washington D.C. with New York City

E. 300-400
300
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365
c
(World War II Airmail) 1943 Nov. 26, China to U.S. via Lagos, BOAC, Pan American and ATC Flights. Registered cover mounted on exhibit page, from Kutsing to Washington D.C. with Chinese franking

E. 300-400
225
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366
c
(World War II Airmail) 1943 Aug., China to U.S. via Lagos, BOAC, Pan American and ATC Flights. Registered cover mounted on exhibit page, from Chungking to New York City with Chinese franking on back

E. 300-400
225
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367
c
(World War II Airmail) 1942-45, China to U.S., Canada, England by Various Routes. 37 covers mounted on separate exhibit pages, all with Chinese frankings, some registered, comprehensive study collection of different routes including BOAC/Pan American/ATC via Lagos, "Horseshoe Route", China-England via Egypt and Hong Kong, and air/sea via Durban

E. 2,000-3,000
4,500
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368
c
(World War II Airmail) 1944, China to U.S., "Over the Hump". Two covers mounted on exhibit pages, carried "over the hump" to Indian, then by Air Transport Command, 6c Transport and 6c entire

E. 300-400
275
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369
c
(World War II Airmail) 1945 Sep. 22, China to U.S. via Lagos, BOAC, Pan American and ATC Flights. Registered cover mounted on exhibit page, from Chungking to Seattle Wash. with Chinese franking on back, carried on route operating after the war

E. 200-300
200
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370
c
(World War II Airmail) 1941 Dec., Special Mission 10, Switzerland to Batavia, East Indies. Cover from Geneva, Switzerland, to Batavia, East Indies, mounted on exhibit page, accompanied by article by John Wilson explaining the "Double Atlantic" route and Special Mission 10 flight used to convey this mail after closure of the Pacific Route, the cover was eventually returned to sender

E. 100-150
60
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371
c
(World War II Airmail) 1942 Jan., Special Mission 10, U.S. to Java via Miami-Fisherman's Lake. Cover from Lima, Ohio, to Java, with U.S. airmail franking, mounted on exhibit page, accompanied by article by John Wilson explaining the "Double Atlantic" route and Special Mission 10 flight used to convey this mail after closure of the Pacific Route, the cover was eventually returned to sender

E. 100-150
80
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372
c
(World War II) 1940-44, Argentina-Germany, Mail to and from Prisoners/Internees from the "Graf Spee". 13 covers and a prisoner's ID card mounted on separate exhibit pages, fascinating study of covers to and from prisoners and internees from the German "Graf Spree" at the start of the war

E. 300-400
160
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373
c
(World War II Airmail) 1942-44, South America, Pan American LATI Substitute Flights. 18 covers mounted on separate exhibit pages, an extraordinary range of origins, destinations and routes, including covers from Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Peru in South America, and from Austria, Sweden and Switzerland on the other side of the Atlantic, all carefully analyzed by John Wilson with the various LATI substitute routes identified, an important study collection of this fascinating area

E. 2,000-3,000
1,600
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374
c
(World War II Airmail) 1942 Nov. 30, Switzerland to Argentina, Censorship in Berlin. Cover mount on exhibit page, Zurich to Sydney, Australia, Swiss franking, sent to Berlin for censorship, accompanied by article by John Wilson explaining this remarkable cover

E. 200-300
130
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375
c
(World War II Airmail) 1942-43, Argentina-Africa Flights. Four covers mounted on separate exhibit pages, includes Argentina to Africa by Pan American FAM-22 and Special Mission, Winter Route from French Equatorial Africa to Argentina, Kenya to Argentina via Lagos by BOAC "Horseshoe Route" and ATC

E. 300-400
160
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