Sale 1259 — Worldwide Stamps and Postal History

Sale Date — Tuesday-Thursday, 21-23 June, 2022

Category — Trans-Oceanic Record (Chronologically)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
5065
c
Sale 1259, Lot 5065, Trans-Oceanic Record (Chronologically)1922, June 3 -- Amundsen North Polar "Maud" Expedition (AAMC 1021). Two U.S. 1c Green with collar label, tied by portion of slogan and the green North Star cachet which is signed by Amundsen, additionally signed by Postmaster General Herbert Work and President Warren Harding, Very Fine, this is one of only a few covers that were carried on trial flights and signed by the President and Postmaster General

E. 200-300
1,700
5066
c
Sale 1259, Lot 5066, Trans-Oceanic Record (Chronologically)1922, June 3 -- Amundsen North Polar "Maud" Expedition (AAMC 1021). Legal-size cover with U.S. 1c, 2c (two), 3c and 4c stamps with collar labels (4c with "Ari" error) tied by Nome, Alaska ovals on registered cover to New York (and forwarded locally), green expedition handstamp, backstamps galore (Nome, Seattle, and various New York), some small faults as expected on such a large flown cover, Fine

E. 200-300
1,300
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5067
c
Sale 1259, Lot 5067, Trans-Oceanic Record (Chronologically)1924, April 6 -- September 28, Round the World Flight by U.S. Army Aviators, Western Leg (AAMC 1025). 2c Postal Card cancelled by Santa Monica Mar. 17 1924 duplex, purple and green Clover Field cachets, Seattle Apr. 4 "Citizen's Military Training Camp" duplex also ties the indicia, 1c Green (for return postage) tied by purple San Francisco oval, Very Fine

E. 200-300
180
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5068
c
Sale 1259, Lot 5068, Trans-Oceanic Record (Chronologically)1925, Aug. 1 -- MacMillan Arctic Expedition (AAMC 1032). Large cover with blue circular handstamp cachet on back, 2c Lexington-Concord tied by Elmira, N.Y. June 18, 1925 duplex, signed by Donald MacMillan, Very Fine

E. 300-400
300
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5069
c
Sale 1259, Lot 5069, Trans-Oceanic Record (Chronologically)1926, May 9 -- Bryd North Pole Flight (AAMC 1039). 2c Washington tied by "NY-Alesund 9.V.26" circular datestamp on Roessler cover, Norway 3o and 20o affixed by Roessler and and tied by King Bay May 9 datestamp, signed R. E. Byrd, Very Fine, only a few covers are known signed by Byrd

E. 750-1,000
850
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5070
c
Sale 1259, Lot 5070, Trans-Oceanic Record (Chronologically)1927, June 4 -- "Columbia" Flight from New York to Berlin (AAMC 1056). Corner card cover with typed cachet and Hempstead N.Y. duplex showing Jun. "14" mis-dating instead of "4" (as are all), German 25pf tied by Berlin Jun. 6 receiving datestamp, signed by pilot Chamberlin and sponsor Levine

VERY FINE. A SCARCE COVER FLOWN ON THE "COLUMBIA", FROM WHICH MOST OF THE MAIL WAS CONFISCATED BY GERMAN AUTHORITIES.

Especially desirable signed by the pilot

E. 1,000-1,500
1,700
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5071
c
Sale 1259, Lot 5071, Trans-Oceanic Record (Chronologically)1928, June 28 -- Attempted Flight, Portugal to U.S. (AAMC 1078). Posted in Horta, Azores, with June 30, 1928 circular datestamp tying two 80c stamps on registered flown cover to Montreal (August 7 backstamp), Fine, the only recorded cover of this flight sent from the Azores

E. 500-750
650
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5072
c
Sale 1259, Lot 5072, Trans-Oceanic Record (Chronologically)1929, First Flight -- Moscow-New York via Arctic Ocean and Bering Sea (AAMC 1195). 1924 Air Post set of four and 1927 10k (C6-C10), tied by Moscow 7.8.29 double-ring datestamps on flown specially-prepared cover to New York, Very Fine, only ten covers were carried on this "Land of the Soviets" flight, nine to New York and one to Seattle, signed Mikulski and Arthur Falk

E. 400-500
1,000
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5073
c
Sale 1259, Lot 5073, Trans-Oceanic Record (Chronologically)1929, Sep. 29 -- First Flight, Moscow to New York via Arctic Ocean and Bering Sea, Seward to New York (AAMC 1095a). 5c Beacon tied by Seward Sep. 29 duplex on red and blue airmail cover with typed endorsement and signatures of four aviators, New York Nov. 2 backstamp, Very Fine, rare and undercatalogued -- only ten pieces of mail posted at Seward, signed Mikulski and Arthur Falk

E. 300-400
850
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5074
c
Sale 1259, Lot 5074, Trans-Oceanic Record (Chronologically)1929, November 28-29 -- Byrd South Pole Expedition Flight (AAMC 1100). S.S. City of New York Feb. 19, 1930 duplex, with special flight cachets (front and back) and imprint, flown two years later on Attempted August 31, 1932 Newfoundland-Norway flight (AAMC 1169), with Newfoundland 7c stamp tied by St. Johns duplex, ms. notation by 1932 pilot Carl Petersen, attesting that it had been carried on both flights, a most unusual combination flight cover, ex "Krinsky"

E. 200-300
300
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5075
c
Sale 1259, Lot 5075, Trans-Oceanic Record (Chronologically)NEWFOUNDLAND, 1930, 50c on 36c Olive Green, Columbia Air Post (C5; SG 191; AAMC 21b). Position 4, tied by Harbour Grace Oct. 9, 1930 circular datestamp on cover to Suffolk, England, Lowestoft backstamp of Oct. 15, signed by Captain Boyd and navigator Connor, stamp with deep intense color, cover with minor edge wear at bottom

VERY FINE. A MAJOR NEWFOUNDLAND AND FLIGHT COVER RARITY. ESPECIALLY SCARCE AND DESRIABLE BEING POSTED FROM HARBOUR GRACE.

The Newfoundland government overprinted 300 copies of the 36c "Caribou" issue for use on this flight. Only 100 were actually used: 65 from St. John's and just 35 from Harbour Grace. Five unused blocks of four are known. After flying 2,650 miles, the plane was forced down at Tresco Island, off the coast of England. The "Columbia" was able to finish the flight, landing at Croydon Airport on October 13.

It is our observation that covers posted from Harbour Grace are offered with far less frequency than the approximately 2-1 ratio of St. Johns posting that were made.

With 1979 Nussbaum certificate. Scott $15,000.00. Unitrade C$18,000.00

E. 5,000-7,500
4,750
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5076
c
Sale 1259, Lot 5076, Trans-Oceanic Record (Chronologically)1930, Nov. 4 -- DO-X Flight, Seven Country Franking (AAMC 1124i). Stamps of Germany, Portugal, Portuguese Guinea, Cape Verde, Spain, Spanish Sahara, and Brazil, all tied on both sides of cover that was originally used on the 1929 DO-X flight, with German stamps, appropriately cancelled in each country, DO-X cachet (both 1929 and 1931), Fine, an unusual and impressive use

Sale 1259, Lot 5076, Trans-Oceanic Record (Chronologically)
Image 2
E. 750-1,000
800
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5077
c
Sale 1259, Lot 5077, Trans-Oceanic Record (Chronologically)1930, December 17 -- Balbo Mass Squadron Flight, Italy to Brazil (AAMC 1125). Imprinted flight cover to Rio de Janeiro with 7.70 Air Post (C27) and 1.25l Blue tied by Rome Dec. 15 special flight machine cancel, signed by all of the pilots, including General Balbo, Rio de Janeiro Jan. 22, 1931 receiving machine cancel, cover with light horizontal crease at top not affecting stamps or markings, otherwise fresh and Very Fine

E. 400-500
500
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5078
c
Sale 1259, Lot 5078, Trans-Oceanic Record (Chronologically)1930, December 17 -- Balbo Mass Squadron Flight, Italy to Brazil (AAMC 1125). Imprinted flight cover to Rio de Janeiro with 7.70 Air Post (C27) and 1.25l Blue tied by Rome Dec. 15 special flight machine cancel, signed by one of the crew, embossed imprint of the Italian Aeronautics Minister, Rio de Janeiro receiving datestamp (Jan. 22), uncommonly fresh, Very Fine

E. 200-300
400
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5079
c
Sale 1259, Lot 5079, Trans-Oceanic Record (Chronologically)1931, July 28 -- Herndon and Pangborn Round the World Flight (AAMC 1146). Cover flown on complete trip from New York to Wenatchee, Washington, handstamped cachet (No. 40 of 75 carried), signed by Herndon and Panghorn, franking includes U.S. 2c 1922 (Brooklyn Jul. 28), Japan 3s (Tokyo Oct. 2) and U.S. 2c Yorktown (Wenatchee Oct. 5), Croydon Aerodrome Jul. 30 datestamp and Russian backstamps applied in transit, Very Fine, scarce, after their detainment in Japan for flying over military fortifications, Herndon and Pangborn made the first non-stop flight from Japan to the U.S., signed Arthur Falk

E. 500-750
1,100
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5080
c
Sale 1259, Lot 5080, Trans-Oceanic Record (Chronologically)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, U.S. stamp extended slightly over edge of envelope, Fine, only ten covers are believed to have been carried on this flight, signed Mikulski

E. 300-400
650
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5081
c
Sale 1259, Lot 5081, Trans-Oceanic Record (Chronologically)1932, Aug. 18 -- First Solo Flight, Europe to North America, Seals of Dublin, St. Johns and New York (AAMC 1171b). Legal-size cover with seals and signatures on front and back, signed and endorsed by Mollison, Dublin seal with one "tooth" missing (the only other we have offered was more defective), Very Fine, one of three flown covers with the official city seals and mayoral signatures

E. 1,000-1,500
1,400
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5082
c
Sale 1259, Lot 5082, Trans-Oceanic Record (Chronologically)1932, August 18 -- First Solo Flight Europe-North America (AAMC 1171a). Ireland 1sh Blue with four-line "Atlantic Air Mail August 1932" overprint tied by Port Mearnock 16 VIII 32 double-ring on cover to Harbour Grace, Newfoundland, Very Fine, AAMC states only about ten covers were carried with the privately overprinted Irish stamp, with 1988 P.F. certificate

E. 200-300
500
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5083
c
Sale 1259, Lot 5083, Trans-Oceanic Record (Chronologically)1933, June 3 -- Attempted Round the World Solo Flight by Jimmy Mattern (AAMC 1177). Cover addressed to Mattern at the Hotel New Yorker, signed "Jimmie Mattern", U.S. 8c Winged Globe tied by New York N.Y. Jun. 3 duplex, additional Russian stamps on front and back, and U.S. 3c Century of Progress tied on back, sequence of datestamps following Mattern's travels, light toning band at bottom left

VERY FINE. A REMARKABLE AND RARE COVER CARRIED ON MATTERN'S UNSUCCESSFUL ATTEMPT TO FLY SOLO AROUND THE WORLD.

Jimmy Mattern began his journey by flying non-stop from New York to Norway, taking off on June 3, 1933, and arriving June 4. However, on the next leg of the journey (to Moscow), Mattern crashed in Siberia and was missing for weeks. A Russian pilot rescued Mattern and carried him to Nome, Alaska. Mattern flew another plane from Nome back to New York. Throughout this arduous journey, Mattern carried with him a small quantity of mail. The few known examples bear his signature and postmarks from each stop.

Signed Mikulski and Arthur Falk

E. 1,000-1,500
1,300
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5084
c
Sale 1259, Lot 5084, Trans-Oceanic Record (Chronologically)1933, July 1 -- Balbo Squadron Flight, Italy to Century of Progress, Chicago (AAMC 1179). Registered cover to New York and forwarded to Maine, with Italy 1933 5.52l + 19.75l (I-Rovi) triptych (C48) tied by Florence 30.5.33 circular datestamps, special Cruise flight cachet at left, numerous backstamps including Reykjavik transit, cover with trivial wrinkle at top right not affecting stamps or markings, Very Fine

E. 750-1,000
900
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5085
c
Sale 1259, Lot 5085, Trans-Oceanic Record (Chronologically)1933, July 15 -- Balbo Squadron Flight, Italy to Century of Progress, Chicago, Montreal-Chicago leg (AAMC 1179e). Canada $1.00, 20c (two) and 5c tied by Montreal July 15, 1933 circular datestamps on flown legal-size cover with corner card, sent to New York, Chicago backstamp (July 16), Very Fine

E. 200-300
550
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5086
c
Sale 1259, Lot 5086, Trans-Oceanic Record (Chronologically)1933, July 18 --Italian Air Cruise, New York-Rome (AAMC 1184f). Flight cover from Chicago to Rome leg, United States No. 562, 570, 571, and 572 tied by Jul. 18, 1933 slogan machine cancel from Chicago, large flight cachet, sent to Canada, three Canadian and two Italian backstamps, Very Fine

E. 300-400
600
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5087
c
Sale 1259, Lot 5087, Trans-Oceanic Record (Chronologically)1934, May 15 -- Attempted Flight, New York to Rome, Pond and Sabelli (AAMC 1207). 8c Air Post entire with all appropriate markings incl. Rome Jun. 11 receiving datestamp, signed by Cesare Sabelli, Very Fine, scarce cover from this troubled flight

E. 200-300
275
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5088
c
Sale 1259, Lot 5088, Trans-Oceanic Record (Chronologically)1934, May 15 -- Attempted Flight, New York to Rome, Pond and Sabelli and Return Flight (AAMC 1207, 1214). Outbound flight with 8c Air Post tied, with all appropriate postmarks including Rome June 11 receiving datestamp, signed by both pilots, Pond and Sabelli, return flight with five Italian stamps tied by 17.8.34 circular datestamps and with Pembrokeshire 19 Aug. datestamp (where the plane was forced down, signed Sabelli, Very Fine duo

E. 300-400
550
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5089
c
Sale 1259, Lot 5089, Trans-Oceanic Record (Chronologically)1935, Aug. 3 -- Attempted Flights over the North Pole, Moscow to San Francisco (AAMC 1238). Special Russia Air Post stamp (No. C68) tied by Moscow Aug. 3, 1935 datestamp on picture postcard of Sigsmund Levanevsky to New York (9.17 registry receiver), bilingual flight cachet, registry label, card with vertical crease in center

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE POSTCARD USED ON THE ABORTED MOSCOW-SAN FRANCISCO FLIGHT.

Three Soviet pilots took off from Schlovsky Military Airport near Moscow on a 6,000-mile non-stop flight to San Francisco via the North Pole. The ran into difficulties over Siberia and were ordered to return to their base. The limited amount of mail that they carried was later forwarded by airmail.

Signed Mikulski

E. 2,000-3,000
4,750
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5090
c
Sale 1259, Lot 5090, Trans-Oceanic Record (Chronologically)1936, September 2 -- Attempted Flight, New York to London and Return, Merrill and Richman (AAMC 1264/1266). Cover combining both attempted flights, U.S., G.B. and Newfoundland franking, Brooklyn (Sep. 2), Southport (Sep. 14) and Musgrave (Sep. 14) datestamps, Very Fine, rare flight cover carried in both directions

E. 500-750
250
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5091
c
Sale 1259, Lot 5091, Trans-Oceanic Record (Chronologically)June 1937 -- Amelia Earhart Round-the-World Flight, Howland Island to Oahu. Legal-size U.S. Coast Guard imprint cover with cachet prepared by Richard S. Black (late Admiral), who was posted on Howland Island with radio equipment to guide Earhart in locating her target destination, signed by Black and stamped for mailing to North Dakota, never mailed because Earhart was lost before reaching Howland Is., it is reported that Admiral Black destroyed most of these cacheted covers, ex Langhoff

E. 500-750
950
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5092
c
Sale 1259, Lot 5092, Trans-Oceanic Record (Chronologically)1938, July 10 -- Howard Hughes Record Flight Around the World (AAMC 1307). New York despatch, with U.S., France and Russia stamps, each properly tied by circular datestamps, signed Harry Connor, Very Fine, any cover from this flight is scarce, as they were only given to people connected with the flight

E. 400-500
1,100
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5093
c
Sale 1259, Lot 5093, Trans-Oceanic Record (Chronologically)1939, Apr. 28 -- Attempted Non-Stop Flight, Moscow to World's Fair, New York (AAMC 1320). Registered picture postcard to New York N.Y. with usual four-stamp franking tied by Moscow Apr. 28 circular datestamp, registry labels, Miscou Lighthouse N.B. Apr. 28 circular datestamp applied after crash following flight across Europe and Atlantic, Very Fine, only 32 cards were carried, signed Mikulski

E. 400-500
900
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5094
c
Sale 1259, Lot 5094, Trans-Oceanic Record (Chronologically)1947, Oct. 8 -- First Transatlantic Robot Plane Flight (AAMC 1400). Typed cachet and signature of Capt. Thomas J. Wells on airmail cover with 5c Transport and Dietz Confederate 10c reprint, "Air Power is Peace Power" label, Very Fine, one of only two covers flown on a C-54 Transport operated entirely by ground control, a fascinating and rare piece of aviation history, ex Langhoff

E. 200-300
350
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