Sale 1259 — Worldwide Stamps and Postal History
Sale Date — Tuesday-Thursday, 21-23 June, 2022
Category — Trans-Oceanic Record (Chronologically)
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
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
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
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.