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The Knapp Collection of Airmail Flights

Great Britain Dirigible R-34
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Lot 256

Great Britain, [Airship R-34] 1919 (July 2-6), East Fortune, Scotland - Selmah, Nova Scotia, unfranked cover addressed to Warlingham, Surrey, England; postmarked Selmah, Nov 8 (one bag of mail was dropped over Selmah and was not found for more than four months); on reverse is Selmah Postmaster's handwritten statement, "This letter dropped by H.M. Airship R34 July 5th 1919 and picked up at Selmah, Hunts Co. N.S. Nov 8th/19 by Milton Weldon and forwarded to Halifax by C.S. Waugh. Postmaster"; the cover is handstamped "T/30" and "3d/F.B." for postage due; Fine and rare. The addressee was unknown in Warlington and the cover was finally returned to the Dead Letter Office in Ottawa on Jan 20, 1919.
Frost R34-Aa; $10,000.
Estimate $5,000 - 7,500

This was the world's first transatlantic crossing by a lighter-than-air craft. Another mail bag was dropped over Grand Bank, Newfoundland, but was never found.

Realized $5,000.
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Lot 257

Great Britain, [Airship R-34] 1924-69, ephemera related to ZR-1, ZR-3 and R-34, over 200 pieces of ephemera including press clippings, photos (including crashes), articles, etc., Very Fine, must be seen to be appreciated, marvelous study lot.
Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.
Realized $600.
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