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Sale 29

The Steve Berlin Collection of Karl Lewis Covers


U.S. Possessions
 
 
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Lot 2199

Guam, Island of Guam: 1936 (May 22) to Korea, A lovely beachfront buildings scene, franked by 5¢ US postage, all three stamps tied by a single long four-bar "Guam/May/22/4 PM/1936/Guam." c.d.s. Typed ") N (" on reverse with no other markings. Addressed to Dr. Sherwood Hall, a medical missionary. Note the hastily penciled "Haiju" in Chinese characters. A most unusual origin/destination cover., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,200 - 2,600.
Realized HK$3,400.
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Lot 2200

Guam, Island of Guam: 1937 (June 10) to Ontario, Similarly cacheted to the previous item, franked by two US stamps totaling 3¢ postage, each tied by a short four-bar "Guam./Jun/10/4 PM/1937/Guam." c.d.s. No opening instruction on reverse (the cover was neatly opened at top), but with double-circle kan handstamp across flap in blue, plus black shield-shaped personal seal of J.H. Underwood, Postmaster at Guam, Lewis' agent on the island. A very pretty cover with the uncommon destination of Canada—and a rarely seen agent's mark. The apparent toning to the front of the cover is actually a very thin all-over wash of color laid down by the artist., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,200 - 2,600.
Realized HK$2,400.
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Lot 2201

Manila, Philippine Islands: 1939 (July 18) to Kentucky, One of two covers known, this the latter from July 1939. Cachet depicts a sampan, presumably on Manila Bay, with onlookers on shore. 6¢ in Philippine adhesives tied by two Manila c.d.s.'s. Reverse shows two ") N (" handstamps in blue, along with double-ringed circular kan handstamp, plus black straightline "AUG 18 1939" receiving stamp as seen on covers addressed to Lewis (e.g., Lots 2019 and 2259). Was this returned to him and forwarded under separate cover? A beautiful item to grace your collection., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 5,000 - 6,000.
Realized HK$4,500.
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Lot 2202

Pago Pago, Island of Tutuila, American Samoa: 1935 (July 8) to Missouri, An unreported earliest known date—pre-dating the JP-listed earliest cover by one day. Two US definitives pay the 3¢ domestic rate, and are tied by a single short four-bar "Pago Pago/Jul/8/A.M./1935/Samoa." c.d.s. The cachet, a beachfront hut among trees, is that used on Apia, Western Samoa (see Lot 2246 below), and is unrecorded used here by JP. Reverse with black typed ") N (" opening remarque and blue double-framed horizontal oval kan handstamp. Two tears (center left and center bottom) are of minimal concern., Very Fine apart from the tears.
Estimate HK$ 1,800 - 2,200.
Realized HK$1,800.
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Lot 2203

Pago Pago, American Samoa: 1936 (Apr. 14) to Korea, On a generic shore-and-mountains design, one of two used from this location, according to JP (though see the previous Lot for a third, unrecorded). Four stamps, three at upper right, one lower left, comprise the 5¢ postage to Korea, and are all tied by two "Pago Pago/Apr 14/9 AM/1936/Samoa" duplexes. Reverse unmarked in any way. Flap neatly opened, with filler paper still enclosed. A slight usage wrinkle along the top, but otherwise a clean cover with an uncommon destination., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,800 - 2,200.
Realized HK$1,700.
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Lot 2204

Pago Pago, Island of Tutuila, American Samoa: 1937 (Feb. 20) to California, A later cover, as JP 68:5, p. 279, notes the last-known cover is dated June 3, 1937. The cachet is a generic shore-and-mountains design, one of two used from this location. A single short four-bar "Pago Pago./Feb/20/1937/Samoa." c.d.s. ties the three stamps making up the 3¢ domestic rate. The sole marking on reverse is a horizontal oval kan handstamp in blue (along with a penciled notation from a previous owner). Opened neatly at top., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,800 - 2,200.
Realized HK$2,200.
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