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The Knapp Collection of Airmail Flights


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Lot 236

[U.S.S. Shenandoah] 1924, Trans-Continental Round Flight, Lakehurst - San Diego, cover with pair of 1¢ Franklins tied by violet Lakehurst duplex, Oct 8, manuscript "Transmitted by" above rubberstamped "U.S.S. Shenandoah" and signature of C.E. Rosendahl; with private rubberstamped "First Trip U.S.S. Shenandoah…" cachet and San Diego duplex, Oct 11; also backstamped Ft. Worth, Tex., Oct 9, an intermediate stop on the way to San Diego, Very Fine.
Frost ZR1-Aa; $2,000.
Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.
Current Bid$500
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Lot 237

[U.S.S. Shenandoah] 1924, Trans-Continental Round Flight, Lakehurst - San Diego, another cover identical to the previous lot, but without the private flight cachet, Very Fine.
Frost ZR1-Aa; $2,000.
Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.
Current Bid$500
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Lot 238

[U.S.S. Shenandoah] 1924, Trans-Continental Round Flight, San Diego - Lakehurst, cover franked with 2¢ Washington and bearing an Oct 11 San Diego duplex favor cancel but not entering the mails until the Shenandoah's return to Lakehurst on Oct 28, where the stamp received a Lakehurst machine cancel; rubberstamped "U.S.N. Station, San Diego" and private "U.S.S. Shenandoah…" cachet and signed by C.E. Rosendahl, Very Fine.
Frost ZR1-Ab; $2,000.
Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.
Current Bid$500
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Lot 239

[U.S.S. Shenandoah] 1924, Trans-Continental Round Flight, Unofficial Los Angeles drop, postcard with 1¢ Franklin tied by Los Angeles machine cancel, Oct 16; sender's notation "Aboard U.S.S. Shenandoah, dropped over __ Oct. __ 1924", with blue "Sky Mail from U.S.S. Shenandoah…" label and signature of Commander C.E. Rosendahl, Very Fine.
Frost ZR1-A var.
Estimate $2,000 - 3,000

This card was dropped from the Shenandoah by Junius B. Wood, the only civilian on board. He was an observer for the National Geographic Society and a reported for the
Chicago Daily News and Fort Worth Star Telegram. Only one other Los Angeles drop card is recorded. That card was also dropped by Mr. Wood, but was not signed by Rosendahl.
Current Bid$1,000
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Lot 240

[U.S.S. Shenandoah] 1925, Governors Conference Flight, Return to Lakehurst, cover franked with 2¢ Washington tied by Jul 4 U.S.S. Patoka duplex with "Air Mail Service/ Via/ U.S.S. Shenandoah" cachet and "By U.S. Navy Dirigible ‘Shenandoah’" above the signature of C.E. Rosendahl; backstamped Lakehurst, Jul 5, Very Fine.
Frost ZR1-Bb var.; $1,000.
Estimate $500 - 750.
Current Bid$250
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Lot 241
[U.S.S. Shenandoah] Hull Fabric salvaged from the 1925 wreckage, about 3" x 2½", along with a photocopy of an M. Ducar affidavit, dated April 10, 1931.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Current Bid$80
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Lot 242
[U.S.S. Shenandoah] Hull fabric salvaged from the 1936 wreckage, piece of fabric about 3½" x 3" along with a faded photostatic copy of an affidavit dated Feb 19, 1937, from an M. Ducar, of Lorain, Ohio, who witnessed the crash on Sep 3, 1936, and actually picked up some fabric from the crash site.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Current Bid$80
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Lot 243

[U.S.S. Los Angeles] 1924-25, Bermuda & Puerto Rico Flights, six covers: Frost 126-8A, 126-9-1A, 126-9-2A/C (both flight cachets), 126-9-2D (no flight cachet), 126-10-1A, 126-10-2B (San Juan mail).
Frost 126-8, 9, 10; $815+. AAMC Z-504/508.
Estimate $250 - 350.
Current Bid$130
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Lot 244

[U.S.S. Los Angeles] 1924 (Oct 12-15), Transfer Flight of the Z.R. 3 to America, three flown covers Friedrichshafen - New York, one originating in Dresden, another with Jäger Zeppelin cachet; also an unused postcard of the Z.R. 3 over New York City, an unused postcard of the Z.R. 3 over Dresden, and a Visitor's Ticket to the Zeppelin Shipyard dated Aug 30, 1924, with rubberstamped signature of Airship designer, Dr. Ludwig Dürr; the ticket admitted a "Mr. Feucht with H. Dr. Lauter and one other person".
Michel 7 a, b.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Current Bid$90
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Lot 245

[U.S.S. Los Angeles] 1924-25, Bermuda Flights, three covers: Frost 126-8A (with Roessler "Wrestler" corner card), 126-9-1A, 126-9-2C.
Frost 126-8, 9; $460. AAMC Z-504, 505, 506a.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Current Bid$80
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Lot 246

[U.S.S. Los Angeles] 1925 (Jun 6), Lakehurst - Minneapolis, cover franked with 2¢ Norse-American tied by a light Jun 6 Lakehurst machine cancel with "U.S.S. Los Angeles" handstamp; bears blue datestamp of the Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank (the addressee).
Frost 126-12A; $800.
Estimate $400 - 600.
Current Bid$200
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Lot 247

[U.S.S. Los Angeles] 1930 (May 31), Curtiss Marine Trophy Race Flight, Anacostia, D.C., legal-size cover (a Lakehurst Naval Air Station penalty envelope) franked with a 5¢ Washington tied by Mar 31 Washington D.C. duplex; typed statement acknowledging landing at Anacostia in a glider launched from the Airship, signed by the glider pilot, Lt. T.G.W. Settle and by Lt. R.F. Tyler, Very Fine. The cover is addressed to stamp dealer Donald Dickason in Wooster Ohio. Dickason was the recipient of the 17 Netherlands "Thoolen" covers that survived the Hindenburg Disaster.
Frost 126-17A; $3,000.
Estimate $1,500 - 2,000

Thomas G.W. Settle was eventually transferred to sea duty and would reach the rank of Vice Admiral before retiring. Raymond F. Tyler would remain with lighter-than-air craft and would reach Captain and was commander of the Navy's Airship Wing One at the end of World War II.

Current Bid$1,400
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Lot 248
[U.S.S. Los Angeles] Hull fabric, three pieces described in the accompanying photocopy of a letter to collector Fred Hambrock, Jr. on N.A.S. Lakehurst letterhead dated Dec 30, 1929, and signed by H.M. Dietzman, Production Engineer: 1.) "a small piece of one of the two parachutes carried on the U.S.S. Shenandoah on her disastrous flight"; 2.) a "piece of printed fabric…the kind and quality of cotton cloth used for the outer cover of the U.S.S. Los Angeles" which "was made in England for the Zeppelin Company in Germany, the builders of the Los Angeles"; and 3.) a piece of aluminized fabric "representative of the kind of fabric now used on the Los Angeles and is fast replacing the fabric used by the Germans.".
Estimate $200 - 300.
Current Bid$100
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Lot 249

[U.S.S. Akron] 1931-33, covers and ephemera, nine covers plus postcards, photos and clippings, Very Fine, an excellent study group.
Estimate $250 - 350.
Current Bid$130
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Lot 250
[U.S.S. Akron] 1932, Hull fabric, piece of "‘duralumin’ and outer covering fabric from the damaged fin of the ‘Akron’ mishap on February 22nd" attested to in a typed letter dated April 1, 1932, on U.S.S. Akron stationery and signed only "R" to a "Friend Fred" (prominent airmail collector, Fred Hambrock, Jr.) for his collection; the piece of tail fin has been identified as such by "R" in ballpoint pen, the covering fabric includes a rivet; sizes are approximately 4-5" x 1½-2".
Estimate $200 - 300

At Lakehurst, on February 22, the
Akron suffered an embarrassing ground handling accident when, in front of a group of congressmen waiting to board the ship for a demonstration flight, the ship broke away from its handlers, striking its lower tail fin on the ground. Repairs took two months.
Current Bid$100
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Lot 251

[U.S.S. Akron] 1932, group of four, three are from the May Coast-to-Coast flight to San Diego (one franked with only 5¢ but not charged postage due); the fourth is purported to have been carried on Akron's return flight to the east coast by a crewman; it is postmarked San Diego, Jun 6 (the flight departed on Jun 11), and is handstamped "Via Air Mail" with a manuscript inscription, "Via ‘Akron’ 1st flight East", there are no other markings and the inscription has been re-inked; also included is a Roessler "Air Mail/ U.S.S. Akron" pictorial label in red orange., Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate $100 - 150.
Current Bid$50
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Lot 252

[U.S.S. Akron] 1933, Navy Day Round Flight, cover franked with 8¢ postage tied by Oct 28 Moffett Field, Calif. duplex, with printed flight cachet signed by the Postmaster, Jay A. Matthews, Very Fine.
Frost ZR55-Aa; $2,500.
Estimate $1,200 - 1,800.
Current Bid$600
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Lot 253

[U.S.S. Macon] 1933 (Oct 12), Restationing Flight to Moffett Field, cover with "U.S.S. Macon" handstamp postmarked Lakehurst, Oct 12; a second 3¢ stamp was added and canceled Sunnyvale, Calif., Oct 19, whence the cover was returned by ordinary mail to its addressee in Washington, D.C., Very Fine.
Estimate $1,000 - 1,500

The
Macon flew from Lakehurst on October 12, arriving at Moffett Field in Sunnyvale on October 15, where she was stationed until her fatal crash in February of 1935. This was not an official mail-carrying flight, but the cover was apparently put or carried aboard by the sender, a Lt. Commander A.M. Bryan stationed at NAS Lakehurst. It is addressed to a B.J. Merritt at the Navy Dept. in Washington.
Current Bid$500
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Lot 254

[U.S.S. Macon] 1933-34, covers and ephemera, 14 covers, plus postcards, clippings, photos, etc., Very Fine, an excellent study lot.
Estimate $300 - 400.
Current Bid$160
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Lot 255

[U.S.S. Macon] Hull fabric, two pieces, one about 1¾" square, the other about 2½" x 1¾".
Estimate $150 - 200.
Current Bid$80
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