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The Knapp Collection of Airmail Flights


U.S. Pioneer Flights
 
 
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Lot 288

1910-11, early air show picture post cards, seven cards showing early exhibition flights and aviators; featuring Filys Bjorklunds at Los Angeles in January 1910 (signed), Latham in Los Angeles in December 1910 (with inscription from sender, "I saw this monoplane wrecked today, But did not hurt the aviator"; a very neat January 1910 L.A. Aviation Week post card; Latham again, this time in January 1911 in San Francisco, a pair of cards "Before hitting the fence" and "After hitting the fence"; the "Wreck of Stone's Monoplane" at the 1911 Chicago Air Show and Curtiss in a box kite above the 1911 New York State Fair in Syracuse; one or two minor condition issues, but generally Very Fine.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Current Bid$200
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Lot 289

1910 (Nov. 12) Early Ship-to-Shore Attempt, S.S. PENNSYLVANIA at Sea to New York, cachet "PENNSYLVANIA, / ERSTE AEROPLAN-POST / FIRST AEROPLAN MAIL / 12. Nov. 1910" two 1¢ Franklins paying 2¢ postcard rate to Hamburg, Germany; minor edge wear, Very Fine and rare.
AAMC 1b; $6,000 (1998).
Estimate $3,000 - 4,000

Plans had been made to fly mail by air for the first time. The "S.S. Pennsylvania", due to sail from Hoboken, NJ, at noon, was to stop three miles off the coast of Long Island, about fifty miles from New York City, so that aviator J.C. "Bud" Mars could fly a Curtiss biplane from a platform built on the stern of the ship to Governors Island. A sack of mail, collected from passengers and other interested parties, was to be aboard. Last-minute equipment problems terminated the attempt just thirty minutes before the ship sailed and no mail was flown.

Current Bid$3,000
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Lot 290

1911, Matilde Moisant signed postcard, unused multicolor picture postcard picturing a biplane over a church in La Jolla, Cal., signed boldly in green ink "Matilde Moisant, Pilot license #44 U.S.A., Aug. 18th/ 1911"; light surface wrinkle, Very Fine.
Estimate $100 - 150

Moisant learned to fly in her brother Alfred's flying school. She received her pilot's license on August 17, 1911, becoming just the second American woman to do so, after her friend, Harriet Quimby, had become the first. She retired from flying after a crash on August 14, 1912. Quimby, who was the first woman to fly across the English Channel, had been killed on July 12 of that same year when she fell from her plane.

Current Bid$70
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Lot 291

1911-12, pioneer flight covers, six items, mostly picture post cards, comprising AAMC #7, 25, 32a (on a Private Mailing Card) and 59, along with a 1967 "Milwaukee Aviation Meet/May 30, 1912/Farnum Fish, Pioneer Pilot" commemorative cachet envelope signed by Fish; lot includes two additional picture post cards (one contemporary, one not), plus several Jack Knight Air Log & AFA News articles; message on #59, under Mailed in the Air: "Hello Joe. Will be down after a while. J", Very Fine, a nice grouping.
AAMC $625.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Current Bid$100
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Lot 292

1911 (Sept. 23-Oct. 1), Garden City - Mineola, N.Y. -International Aviation Tournament, nine items comprising seven cards and two envelopes, as follows: Sept 23 with 1¢ Franklin (with/o single line cachet) #3 on card of Bleriot Aeroplane; postal card Sept 24 (slight stains); Sept 25 card with "BABY WRIGHT" Copyright Cole + Co 1910; Sept 26 on 1¢ postal card with Doubleday Page and Company advertising card (tear through indicia) #3d; Sept 27, 1¢ Franklin on card of Brookins in new Wright machine; Sept 28 1¢ Franklin on picture post card of NY City; Sept 29 1¢ Franklin with photo of plane in flight (light crease on photo side); Sept 29 1¢ Franklin on small unsealed envelope; Oct 1 (1 inverted) 1¢ vertical pair on envelope with enclosure #3c, a lovely and diverse group of this most historic flight, generally Fine to Very Fine or better.
AAMC 3, 3a, 3b, 3c, 3d; $1,925 + (1998).
Estimate $750 - 1,000

The first official US airmail was flown during the International Aviation Tournament held at the Aerodrome on Nassau Blvd in Garden City. Postmaster General Frank H. Hitchcock authorized mail to be flown and Earle Ovington was sworn in as the first official airmail pilot
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Current Bid$750
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Lot 293

1911 (Oct. 4-8), St. Louis, Mo. - Aviation Meet, eight items, including five cards/envelopes, photo and two letters, one long letter, both signed by pilot Hugh Robinson, Oct 4 picture post card and postal card; Oct 5, two 1¢ Franklin's on envelope; Oct 6 picture post card of St. louis; Oct 7, picture post card of St. Louis Water Tower, each franked by 1¢ Franklins, useful and interesting selection; few small faults as one might expect, generally Fine to Very Fine.
AAMC 5, 5b, 5c; $850 + (1998).
Estimate $300 - 400

Official mail, the first ever transported by Hydroplane, was flown during an air meet at Kinloch Field. Walter Brookins made the first day's flight from the field, twelve miles to Fairgrounds Park.

Current Bid$300
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Lot 294

1911 (Nov. 5-6) Fort Smith, ARK. - Fort Smith Fall Aviation Meet, two picture post cards, each franked with 1¢ Franklin, postmarked Nov 5 and Nov 6 respectively, the first with a typewritten note advertising the First National Bank, the second stamped "AERO NOVELTY CO., FT. SMITH ARK" representing both days of the meet, each card with notes regarding the flight; light wrinkling of the second card evident only on face, still Very Fine.
AAMC 9; $250 (1998).
Estimate $150 - 200

This meet received wide publicity and thousands of souvenir post cards were distributed in advertising. Flights were postponed November 5 due to inclement weather, but on the next day Beckwith Havens and Lincoln Beachey each flew a pouch of mail from the League Park Station and dropped it while circling the Federal Building. A special postmark was used both days, but only mail bearing a postmark of November 6 was positively flown.

Current Bid$150
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Lot 295

1911 (Nov. 16-18), Atlanta, Ga. - Atlanta Speedway Aviation Meet, three items flown on each of the three days, Nov 16, 2¢ postal stationery entire, forwarded to Macon GA, and with instructional markings pointing hand and UNCLAIMED from Macon Ga, Not in Directory; Nov 17 1¢ Franklin on picture post card of Masonic Temple; Nov 18, 2¢ postal stationery entire (pencil note on reverse) "only one known this date - rare on envelope, all three days flights - seldom seen"; small trivial faults, generally Fine to Very Fine.
AAMC 10, 10a, 10b; $1,500 (1998).
Estimate $750 - 1,000

Aviator Lincoln Beachey was the main attraction at this aviation meet, and with Charles Witmer and Thornwall Andrews, flew the mail from the sub-station at the meet to Stewart Avenue, a few miles away, where it was dropped and turned over to the Postal Authorities.

Current Bid$600
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Lot 296

1911 (Nov. 25-28), Savannah, Ga. - Athletic Park Aviation Meet, two cards, postmarked Nov 25 and Nov 28, the former franked with 1¢ Franklin with black postmark upon souvenir post card for the event, the latter a 1¢ postal card with magenta postmark and hand-written note "Hold me for souvenir" on message side; light trivial toning, otherwise Very Fine.
AAMC 11; $300 (1998).
Estimate $150 - 200

Beckwith Havens flew mail on November 25 and 28 during this aviation meet. The mail was flown around the park and then a distance of less than a mile away, where it was dropped to the ground to local Post office Department authorities.

Current Bid$150
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Lot 297

1911 (Dec. 12-13), Columbus, Ga. - Driving Park Aviation Meet, three cards: two flown on Dec 12, one with year date error 1912, and one Dec 13, the first and last on "They're Flying at Columbus" A. Warren Davis post card, the other a picture post card of Columbus GA, very scarce with date errors; small faults include light toning and some creases, otherwise Fine to Very Fine.
AAMC 12, 12b, 12c; $1,000 (1998).
Estimate $500 - 750

The Columbus Ledger sponsored this meet and Aviators Charles P. Walsh and Eugene Gadot, flying Curtiss biplanes, carried the mail from the meet sub-station to a point outside the fairgrounds. It was dropped and returned to the Post Office for regular delivery
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Current Bid$400
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Lot 298

1911 (Dec. 28), Albany, Ga. - Putney Memorial Hospital Exhibition Flights, two covers, one franked with 2¢ Washington with black cachet and 2¢ postal stationery entire with magenta cachet, most interesting and unusual, Very Fine.
AAMC 13; $400 (1998).
Estimate $250 - 350

Aviator Thornwall Andrews made a spectacular flight over the city before he carried the mail from League Park Station in a standard Curtiss aeroplane to a point outside the park enclosure, where he dropped the locked pouch of mail, in full view of the spectators. The plane later crashed and the catastrophe closed the meet.

Current Bid$225
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Lot 299

1912 (Jan. 1-2), Wilmington, N.C. - Highwood Park Aviation Meet, 1¢ Franklin tied to New Years Greeting picture post card (light toning and creasing) plus an unused picture post card of Brooklins on Wright Biplane, Fine to Very Fine.
AAMC 14; $200 (1998).
Estimate $150 - 200

Mail was to be flown on January 1 at an air show held at Highwood Park, under authorization granted by the Post Office Department. Very bad weather prevented any flights from taking place. The mail flight took place on January 2 instead, and Lincoln Beachey flew the mail a distance of three miles. All mail bears a Jan 1 postmark
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Current Bid$150
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Lot 300

1912 (Jan. 20-28), Los Angeles, Ca. - Dominguez Field Aviation Meet, 11 items: three cards bearing type 1 cachets all Jan 28; a type 2 on envelope Jan 21; one a postal card Jan 28 and the other envelope franked with #368 on Jan 27 (without 4-line cachet); plus a stationery entire Jan 28 (corner fault), four various photos attributed to the meet, a nice selection of a popular flight.
AAMC 15; $875 (1998).
Estimate $350 - 500.
Current Bid$180
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Lot 301

1912 (Feb. 17-25), Oakland, Cal. - Emeryville Race Track Aviation Meet, seven flown cards and one photo card signed by Farnum Fish, dates include Feb 17; Feb 18; Feb 22; Feb 23; Feb 24; Feb 25(2), a complete set plus of all the days flown, Very Fine.
AAMC 16, 16a-; $2,125 + (1998).
Estimate $1,000 - 1,500

This meet, sponsored by the Pacific Aero Club, was held at th Emeryville Race Track. The special feature was the daily transfer of mail by aeroplane. Farnum T. Fish, at the time one of America's youngest pilots (at 17), flew the mail each day.

Current Bid$500
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Lot 302

1912 (Mar. 17), Galveston, Tex. - National School of Aviation Meet, superb strike of cachet ties 1¢ Franklin on Harry Truby post card featuring aviator Paul Studensky receiving aerial mail at Galveston, Very Fine.
AAMC 19; $300 (1998).
Estimate $200 - 300

Sponsored by the Galveston Chamber of Commerce with the mail authorized by H.A. Griffin, Postmaster. Aviator Paul Studensky, flying a Curtis-type biplane designed and built by Lestor V. Bratton, delivered a pouch of mail to the Postmaster of La Marque, a distance of fifteen miles, and returned to Galveston with the official receipt for the mail.

Current Bid$100
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Lot 303

1912 (Apr. 10), New Orleans, La. to Baton Rouge, La. - City to City Experimental Flight, 1¢ Franklin tied to picture post card; light card corner bends, otherwise Very Fine.
AAMC 22; $300 (1998).
Estimate $150 - 200

This is the official flight of any distance between two US cities. The service was performed by aviator George Mestach, who covered 89 miles in 92 minutes. On landing in Baton Rouge, Mestach swerved to avoid the crowd and ran into fence. Although Mestach was not seriously injured, his plane was too badly damaged to allow a return flight, which had been scheduled for April 11.

Current Bid$80
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Lot 304

1912 (Apr. 21), Eureka, Cal. New Era Park Aviation Meet, card dated 4.21.12, 1¢ Franklin tied by boldly struck cachet on Harry Truby picture post card; touch of light foxing and hinge remnant on picture side, still Very Fine.
AAMC 23; $400 (1998).
Estimate $200 - 300

During an aerial exhibition sponsored by a local businessmen's association, Weldon B. Cooke flew mail from the park across Humbolt Bay to Eureka, where the pouch was dropped to postal officials.

Current Bid$100
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Lot 305

1912 (May 15-16), Marietta, Ohio - Marietta Daily Journal Aviation Meet, 1¢ Franklin tied to real photo card of Lincoln Beachey starting a flight in bi-plane, Marietta, May 15, 1912, plus unused card prepared for the event by the Marietta Daily Journal Aviation Meet; light foxing specks, otherwise Very Fine, one of the rarest of pioneer airmail flights and missing from even the most advanced collections, less than ten pieces are known to exist today, ex-Kleeman, Heiman.
AAMC 24; $2,500 (1998).
Estimate $1,500 - 2,000

The dispatch of mail by aeroplane during this aviation meet was approved by the local postmaster. Lincoln Beachey, piloting a Curtiss Bi-plane, transported mail from the Washington County Fairgrounds to the Marietta Post office by flying four miles up the Muskegon River and then returning to Marietta, where the mail sack was dropped to postal officials. Although flights were made on May 15 and 16, mail was only flown on May 16.

Current Bid$750
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Lot 306

1912 (May 15-16), Marietta, Ohio - Marietta Daily Journal Aviation Meet, 1¢ Franklin tied to real photo card of Curtis Bi-plane flying over Marietta, May 15, 1912 (corner fault), otherwise Very Fine, Knapp letter included, less than ten pieces are known to exist today.
AAMC 24; $2,500 (1998).
Estimate $1,000 - 1,500

The dispatch of mail by aeroplane during this aviation meet was approved by the local postmaster. Lincoln Beachey, piloting a Curtiss Bi-plane, transported mail from the Washington County Fairgrounds to the Marietta Post office by flying four miles up the Muskegon River and then returning to Marietta, where the mail sack was dropped to postal officials. Although flights were made on May 15 and 16, mail was only flown on May 16.

Current Bid$550
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Lot 307

1912 (May 30-31), Milwaukee, Wis. - State Fair Grounds Aviation Meet, 2¢ postal stationery entire with clearly struck JUN / 1 / 1912 postmark, Very Fine, very rare and one of two recorded examples.
AAMC 28a; $2,000 (1998).
Estimate $1,500 - 2,000

This aerial meet was sponsored by the Milwaukee Journal, copies of which newspaper were delivered by air by Farnum T. Fish to the towns of Waukesha, Oconomowoc, and Watertown on the morning of May 30. Later in the day Horace Kearny flew a pouch of mail from the fairgrounds to West Allis, a distance of less than a mile, where he dropped it to waiting postal officials. Unfortunately, the pouch became entangled on the underside of the plane and Kearny was unable to dislodge it. He flew back to the Fairgrounds, landed and transferred the pouch to Fish, who successfully delivered it to West Allis. On May 31 several flights were made in very windy weather, resulting in several serious accidents. At that time, prior to the mail flight, the meet was cancelled. Since only 400 people attended the May 31 meet, it was decided the cancel the meet's June 1 schedule as well. Mail handed in after the May 30 flight was postmarked May 31, as well as that submitted early on the morning of May 31. When the meet was cancelled in the afternoon on May 31, this mail was sent on by ordinary means. Mail that was deposited in the mail boxes late on May 31 (by persons who did not know there would be no more flying on that day or the next) was postmarked June 1 at the aerial substation and eventually forwarded by ordinary means.

Current Bid$750
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Lot 308

1912 (May 30-31), Milwaukee, Wis. - State Fair Grounds Aviation Meet, 1¢ Franklin tied to picture post card of Pavilion Washington park, Milwaukee, dated May 30, 1912; light toning spots at left not affecting stamp or cachet, otherwise Very Fine.
AAMC 28; $1,500 (1998).
Estimate $750 - 1,000

This aerial meet was sponsored by the Milwaukee Journal, copies of which newspaper were delivered by air by Farnum T. Fish to the towns of Waukesha, Oconomowoc, and Watertown on the morning of May 30. Later in the day Horace Kearny flew a pouch of mail from the fairgrounds to West Allis, a distance of less than a mile, where he dropped it to waiting postal officials. Unfortunately, the pouch became entangled on the underside of the plane and Kearny was unable to dislodge it. He flew back to the Fairgrounds, landed and transferred the pouch to Fish, who successfully delivered it to West Allis.

Current Bid$550
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Lot 309

1912 (May 30-June2), Cicero-Elmhurst-Wheaton, Ill. - Triple City Aviation Meet, 1¢ Washington tied by JUN 1 / 3:30 PM / 1912 Elmhurst postmark, Cicero JUN 2 / 9-30A / 1912 receiving mark on face along with straightline "Aerial Mail" in magenta on Harry Truby picture post card of Hotel LaSalle Chicago; few rounded edges, otherwise Very Fine, fewer than 15 covers and cards are known.
AAMC 33e; $750 (1998).
Estimate $500 - 750

Mail was flown under the authority granted by Postmaster General Frank H. Hitchcock. Transfer points were the Cicero Field, Elmhurst Golf Club and Wheaton Golf Club.

Current Bid$250
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Lot 310

1912 (May 30-June1), Cliftondale, Mass.- Lynn, Mass - Atwood Park Aviation Meet, three items: unused real photo post card; May 30th with 1¢ Franklin (light edge bends and abrasion on reverse); Jun 1 1¢ postal card, Fine to Very Fine, ex-Schoendorf.
AAMC 29, 29a; $350 + (1998).
Estimate $200 - 300

Mail was flown from Atwood Park, Cliftondale, a suburb of Saugus, to Lynn, Mass., a distance of five miles on May 30 and June 1. No mail was flown on May 31 due to inclement weather. Flown by Harry Atwood on May 30, while Arch Freeman flew June 1.

Current Bid$100
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Lot 311

1912 (June 3-9), Lexington, Ky. - Race Track Aviation Meet, 1¢ Washington tied to buff card (edge creases) by Lexington June 13, 1912 postmark with light cachet U.S. OFFICIAL / AERIAL / MAIL STAMP, Fine.
AAMC 31; $500 (1998).
Estimate $200 - 300

By authority of local Postmaster W.R. Smith, plans were made for Paul Peck to fly mail from Lexington to Winchester, Kentucky, a distance of about 15 miles, on June 8. Mail was collected at the aerial substation at the racetrack each day of the meet, beginning on June 3. On June 8 very windy conditions prevented the mail flight from occurring. Peck decided to fly the mail on June 9. Although he did make several flights on June 9, the wind was again too strong to fly the mail to Winchester. The meet ended and Postmaster Smith finally postmarked all mails received on June 13, using a standard Lexington machine cancel, and sent the mail on its way, unflown.

Current Bid$200
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Lot 312

1912 (June 8), Winsted Conn. Aviation Day, complimentary ticket to the event featuring "Mr. Charles Morok in Three Big Flights", Fine.
Estimate $100 - 150.
Current Bid$50
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Lot 313

1912 (June 6-8), Lima, Ohio - Lima Driving Park Aviation Meet, two cards: JUN 6 postal card; JUN 8 picture post card (edge wear), otherwise Very Fine.
AAMC 33, 33, 33b; $500 (1998).
Estimate $200 - 300

Postmaster General Frank H. Hitchcock officially approved mail flights from Driving Park to downtown Lima. On June 6 Charles F. Walsh flew the mail to the public square downtown, where he dropped it to postal officials. Walsh again flew on June 8 but found the public square so crowded with onlookers that he decided to drop the pouch in a nearby lot for safety reasons.

Current Bid$200
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Lot 314

1912 (June 28-29), Portsmouth, Ohio - Millbrook Driving Park Aviation Meet, 2¢ Washington tied by three-line cachet listing dates of June 27-28; light trivial corner edge bend, Very Fine.
AAMC 35; $250 (1998).
Estimate $150 - 200

Aviator Charles F. Walsh flew a pouch of mail from Millbrook park to a point near the Post Office, a distance of about two miles. The three-line cachet, which was generally used to cancel the stamps, list the dates as June 27-28. All Postal documentation, including authorization letters and the official report of the Portsmouth Postmaster (written a week after the event) lists the dates as June 28-29. It is not possible to tell which day the item was flown for mail bearing only the three-line cachet.

Current Bid$250
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Lot 315

1912 (July 3-4), Bedford, Ind. - Athletic Park Aviation Meet, 1¢ postal card with complete strike "AIR SHIP ROUTE NO 1 / BEDFORD IND JULY 4TH 1912" cachet, Extremely Fine, very few known to exist, ex-R. Schoendorf.
AAMC 37a; $2,000 (1998).
Estimate $1,000 - 1,500

Authorization was received form the Post Office Department in Washington, D.C., for mail flight from the baseball park in Bedford to Oolitic (distance of four miles) and to Mitchell (distance of ten miles) on July 3 and 4. Poor weather and high winds prevented the flights on both days.

Current Bid$750
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Lot 316

1912 (July 4), South Amboy to Perth Amboy, N.J. - Experimental Hydroplane Flight, 2¢ Washington tied to envelope by undated South Amboy NJ duplex, faint two line cachet (as often) only, Fine, Rare.
AAMC 38 var; $250 + (1998).
Estimate $150 - 200

Oliver G. Simmons, flying a Wright-Burgess hydro-aeroplane, flew mail across the Raritan River from South Amboy to Perth Amboy. The flight sponsored by the South Amboy Business Men's Association, took only four minutes.

Current Bid$150
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Lot 317

1912 (July 17-18), Benton Harbor, Mich. - Driving Park Aviation Meet, two picture post cards each franked by 1¢ postage including #328 1¢ Jamestown, each postmarked Jul 18, additionally a card (reprint) illustrating Lincoln Beachey and his aircraft used for the flight, Very Fine.
AAMC 40a (2); $200 (1998).
Estimate $150 - 200

Charles F. Walsh flew a pouch of mail each day from the Fair Grounds to a point near the Post Office, a distance of about two miles.

Current Bid$150
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Lot 318

1912 (July 19-22) Coney Island (Cincinnati), Ohio, Coney Island Flying Exhibition, 1¢ Franklin tied to Harry Truby serviced picture post card (abrasions on picture side) by California OH July 22 8AM postmark and alongside three-line cachet in red; light edge wear, Fine to Very Fine.
AAMC 41a; $750 (1998).
Estimate $350 - 500

Paul Peck flew mail each of three days from Coney Island to California, Ohio. A Columbia biplane was used and service was designated as Route No. 631,003. As the Post Office was closed upon arrival (a Sunday) mail was postmarked the next morning, with mail flown July 20 and 21 being postmarked the 22nd as the Post Office was closed on Sunday.

Current Bid$200
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Lot 319

1912 (July 20-21), Dubuque, Iowa - Nutwood Park Aviation Meet, 1¢ small Grant postal card with three-line boxed cachet, Choice Very Fine.
AAMC 42; $200 (1998).
Estimate $150 - 200

Sponsored by the Dubuque Business Men's Association, featured Charles F. Walsh flying mail each day. The route was from the aerial substation at the park to a point near the Dubuque Post Office.

Current Bid$150
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Lot 320

1912 (July 31), Connersville - Rushville, Ind. - Experimental Aeroplane Mail Flight, two different types of souvenir picture post cards prepared for the event each with oval "Souvenir Postal Card of Aviation Meet / Week of July 29, 1912. / 1912", each unfranked; light signs of soiling, Fine, extremely rare.
AAMC 44 var; $2,000 (1998).
Estimate $750 - 1,000

Official authorization was obtained for Paul Peck to fly mail from Connersville to Rushville, a distance of 17 miles. Heavy winds prevented the mail flight. A souvenir card was prepared and four slightly different oval cachets are known. All cards seen are unfranked and without postmarks, as are these.

Current Bid$375
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Lot 321

1912 (Aug. 3), Hohokus - Ridgewood, N.J. - Hohokus Driving Park Aviation Meet, 1¢ Jamestown tied by magenta circular aerial postmark to picture postcard addressed to H. A. Truby; light corner indent, truly trivial, Very Fine.
AAMC 45; $250 (1998).
Estimate $150 - 200

A Schneider biplane piloted by Joseph Richter, a distance of 1½ miles to Ridgewood, where the pouch was dropped to waiting postal officials.

Current Bid$80
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Lot 322

1912 (Aug. 3-10) Ocean City to Stone Harbor, N.J., three items; Ocean City to Stone Harbor with 2¢ Washington tied by OCEAN CITY, N.J. / Aug 10 / 4PM / 1912 on illustrated advertising envelope for the Sterling Hotel, two-line cachet and manuscript "Via X Aeroplane"; 1¢ postal card Stone Harbor AUG 5 postmark and AUG 9 Ocean City receiving postmark, two-line cachet and manuscript endorsement, also a 25-year anniversary cover, Very Fine.
AAMC 46, 46a; $850 (1998).
Estimate $400 - 600

Aviator Marshall Earl Reid, in a Wright pusher aircraft, flew mail and passengers nearly twenty miles between these cities. A daily round-trip service was performed August 3-10, except for Sunday, August 4, and a somewhat less frequent service was flown between August 12 and September 5, except for Sundays.

Current Bid$200
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Lot 323

1912 (Aug. 6-8), Fort Recovery, Ohio - Harvest Festival Aviation Meet, three items include AUG 6, 1912 2¢ postal stationery and AUG 8, 1912 real photo post card signed "Aviatingly yours, George Schmitt", franked with 1¢ Franklin prepared for the event plus an unused real photo card for the event, Very Fine, Mail flown by Schmitt on August 6- only a few known.
AAMC 47, 47b; $900 (1998).
Estimate $500 - 750

On August 6, aviator George Schmitt, intending to fly mail a short distance from a local farm to the Post Office, damaged his plane and had to return to the farm with the mail. As Schmitt's plane would not be repaired in time for further flghts, aviation meet officials sent for Earle Sandt. He did not arrive until late on August 7, so no mail prepared on that day was flown.

Current Bid$400
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Lot 324

1912 (Aug. 10-11), Portland, Or. - Country Club Aviation Meet, card and envelope flown August 10 and 11, respectively, both serviced by Harry Truby; light paper clip indications on card, truly trivial, Very Fine.
AAMC 48, 48a; $550 (1998).
Estimate $300 - 400

In inaugurating the first authorized airmail flown in the Pacific Northwest, Walter Edwards flew mail a distance of about seven miles from the Country Club race track in Portland to the Parade Grounds in Vancouver. A 60-horsepower Curtiss aeroplane was used on the route, designated by the Post Office Department as Route 673,001.

Current Bid$150
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Lot 325

1912 (Aug. 20-23), Rockport, Ind. - Rockport Fair Grounds Aviation Meet, two souvenir postcards, each franked 1¢ Washington, August 22 tied by reddish postmark and August 23 by black postmark, also includes a photo (ca. 1950) of Kearney ready for flight, Very Fine.
AAMC 49a, b; $300 (1998).
Estimate $200 - 300

Although official Post Office Department authorization was for mail to be flown from August 20 to 24, mail flights were made only between August 21 and 23. Horace Kearney flew the mail during the three days.

Current Bid$100
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Lot 326

1912 (Aug. 23-24), Plainfield, N.J. - Plainfield Driving Park Aviation Meet, envelope franked with 2¢ Washington tied by August 23 postmark and picture postcard franked 1¢ Washington tied by August 24 postmark, envelope manuscript note at left "Beachey carried this", Very Fine.
AAMC 50, 50a; $300 (1998).
Estimate $200 - 300

Lincoln Beachey flew mail both days from the Driving Park to a field in South Plainfield, where it was dropped to waiting postal officials.

Current Bid$100
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Lot 327

1912 (Aug. 28-31), Boonville, Ind. - Fair Grounds Aviation Meet, three flown picture postcards, each franked 1¢ Washington, August 28 and August 29 souvenir postcards, August 31 picture postcard of Walnut St, Boonville, each tied by magenta flight postmark, includes souvenir postcard (stamp partially torn away) dated August 30, from the fair (not flown) and photo (ca. 1950) of the event, Fine to Very Fine.
AAMC 50, 50a, 50c; $1,150 (1998).
Estimate $600 - 800

During the aerial exhibition held at Boonville, aviator Horace Kearney flew a pouch of mail from the substation at the Fair Grounds to the Boonville Post Office and dropped it to postal officials.

Current Bid$500
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Lot 328

1912 (Sept. 6-7), Cedar Falls, Iowa - Country Club Aviation Meet, 1¢ postal card tied by magenta postmark, addressed H.A. Truby with typewritten note on reverse to please mail these cards by the Aerial Route, Choice Very Fine.
AAMC 53; $300 (1998).
Estimate $150 - 200

Lincoln Beachey flew the mail each day from the Country Club golf course to College Hill Park, a distance of about two miles. Accounts conflict as to which dates the mail was actually flown. It is impossible to determine which day the mail actually flew.

Current Bid$80
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Lot 329

1912 (Sept. 9-15), Cicero, Ill. - Cicero Flying Field International Aviation Meet, 1¢ postal card from H.A.Truby, with both Cicero and Chicago postmarks of September 14, along with circular aerial mail cachet, Very Fine.
AAMC 55b; $500 (1998).
Estimate $300 - 400

With only the authorization of the Cicero Postmaster for mail to be flown during the four days of this aviation meet, arrangements were made for mail to be postmarked in Cicero and flown to Grant Park, near downtown Chicago, where a receiving cancel was then applied. Chance M. Vought flew the mail on September 14. Very few pieces are today in the hands of collectors.

Current Bid$300
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Lot 330

1912 (Sept. 16-22), Chicago, Ill. - Grant Park Aviation Meet, two picture postcards, each franked with 1¢ postage, the first (light edge wear) postmarked September 22nd with two strikes of circular aerial mail cachet, one which ties the stamp, alongside manuscript "Aerial Mail / Horace Kearney", the other only tied by circular aerial mail cachet, undated although typed "INTERNATIONAL / AVIATION/ MEET / SEPTEMBER 22, / 1912. / GRANT PARK-CHICAGO.", Very Fine.
AAMC 56, 56a; $500 (1998).
Estimate $300 - 400

Upon completion of the activities at Cicero, the aviators moved on to Grant Park, near Chicago's waterfront. The meet was sponsored by the Aero Club of Illinois. The airmail service held in connection with the meet was approved by Chicago Postmaster G.G. Thompson. Mail was flown on September 19-22; due to inclement weather no flights were made September 16-18.

Current Bid$150
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Lot 331

1912 (Oct. 7). Birmingham, AL, State Fair Aviation Exhibition, 1¢ red McKinley postal card bearing special violet Oct. 7 "Aeroplane U.S. Mail" cancel, reverse showing handstamped address and manuscript signature of Harry A. Truby (along with small hinge remnant); accompanied by photo post card of pilot Joseph Stevenson, who crashed and was killed at the Fair, Very Fine, only two legitimate cards are known.
AAMC 62; $2,000.
Estimate $1,000 - 1,500

Stevenson crashed during a trial flight, before any mail could be flown. Mail that had been submitted for the first day's flight received the special aviation postmark, and was dispatched without having been flown.

Current Bid$500
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Lot 332

1912 (Oct. 8-12), Springfield, IL, State Fair Grounds Aviation Meet, four covers, one each cancelled Oct. 9, 10, 11 and 12; Oct. 10 cover (AAMC #61a) flown by Horace Kearney, remaining covers (#61b) postmarked "Aeroplane Station" but not flown; reverse reads "[…]al Airmail Flights/Edward Korn, Pioneer airmail pilot/Springfield, Ill. Oct. 8, 10, 1912" with photo of Korn in plane, Very Fine, a nice foursome.
AAMC 61a, 61b; $1,000.
Estimate $500 - 750

Original plans called for mail to be flown all four days of the Meet to six nearby communities, but thanks to mechanical difficulties (and a crash landing), mail was flown only on two days: the 8th by Korn and the 10th by Kearney.

Current Bid$250
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Lot 333

1912 (Oct. 12), Lock Haven - Mill Hall, PA, Old Home Week Flying Exhibition Picture Post Cards, two souvenir cards cancelled Oct. 12, one in Mill Hall, the other Lock Haven, the Mill Hall card additionally bearing the special "U.S. Official Aerial Mail Stamp/1912" double-oval violet cancel; message on Mill Hall card reads, "This is going by Air Kate--come on over & see me. K.W.P. The day is fine Kate & I am selling these cards."; Lock Haven card shows browning from newspaper contact on message side, otherwise Very Fine.
AAMC 63; $300.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Current Bid$80
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Lot 334

1912 (Nov. 1-2), Cuthbert, GA, Randolph County Fair Aviation Exhibition, two 1¢ McKinley postal cards and a 2¢ Columbian embossed envelope, including the unique item flown on Nov. 1 bearing the special "Aeroplane Mail Service" straightline and "Aerial Sub-Station/Nov/1/1912/Cuthbert, GA" double-ring c.d.s. in deep violet; strikes lighter on the Nov. 2 items; envelope presented on exhibit page, Very Fine.
AAMC 64a, 64b; $1,600.
Estimate $1,000 - 1,500

A total of 107 pieces of mail was flown over the three days (none known from Oct. 31), including 57 on Nov. 2.

Current Bid$1,000
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Lot 335

1912 (Nov. 24), San Francisco, CA, Ingleside Park Aviation Meet, 2¢ red Washington embossed envelope, bearing double-ring "San Francisco, CA/Nov/24/1912/Aviation Post Office" cancel in black, Very Fine, per AAMC, "a total of 48 postcards and at least three penalty envelopes" were flow by Harvey Crawford on Nov. 24.
AAMC 65; $400.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Current Bid$100
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Lot 336

1913 (Feb. 28), Boston - New York, First Aerial Parcel Post Service, cover from New Haven, CT, franked with pair of 1¢ Balboas, cancelled with flag c.d.s. and inscribed "By via First Aeroplane Parcel Post/Harry M. Jones/Aviator"; proper Central Valley, NY, and New York, NY, receivers on reverse; accompanied by later picture post card of Jones in plane; small punch-through on front from Central Valley c.d.s., not affecting signature, still Very Fine, one of eight covers picked up in New Haven.
AAMC 67; $1,500.
Estimate $750 - 1,000

After leaving New Haven, Jones crashed at Mamaroneck, NY, destroying his plane. The mail bag was intact, however, and he continued his journey to New York via train and subway, turning his cargo over to the New York Postmaster.

Current Bid$375
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Lot 337

1913 (Apr. 19), Sacramento, CA, Agricultural Park Race Track Aviation Meet, 1¢ blue McKinley postal card with magenta "Aviation Station/Apr 19 1913/3 p.m./Sacramento, Cal." c.d.s. with "Aviation/Field" in bars; card creased upper right beyond indicia, still Very Fine.
AAMC 69; $200.
Estimate $100 - 150

Pilot Roy N. Francis flew a sack of mail every day to the Oak Park Branch (about a mile from the track) of the Sacramento Post Office. All known covers are postmarked April 19.

Current Bid$100
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Lot 338

1913 (May 18), Santa Rosa, CA, Driving Park Aviation Meet, picture post card franked by 1¢ green Balboa, cancelled by special violet "Aeroplane Mail Service/Santa Rosa, Cal./May/18/1913/Aviation Field Sub-Station" c.d.s.; inscribed "Santa Rosa airship mail" by sender, Very Fine, 493 pieces of mail were handled on the 18th.
AAMC 70; $450.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Current Bid$150
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Lot 339

1913 (July 12), War Department Penalty Envelope from "1st Aero Squadron", large (10¼ x 4½-inch) Penalty envelope with corner card "War Department/Official Business" handstamped "Supply Office,/1st Aero Squadron", cancelled by Galveston Military Branch c.d.s., and addressed to Pierce Fordyce Oil Association in Texas City, TX; small tear at upper left, two file folds mentioned for accuracy, Very Fine, a very early military aviation use (not necessarily flown).
Estimate $200 - 300.
Current Bid$200
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Lot 340

1913 (Sept. 2), Rutland, VT, Rutland Fair Aviation Exhibition, 2¢ red Washington embossed envelope with four-line event cancel in violet ("Aviation Station/Sept 2 1913/Fair Grounds/Rutland VT"; with 1985 Rutland Historical Society Quarterly dedicated to George J. Schmitt, the pilot, Very Fine, 57 pieces were flown.
AAMC 71; $600.
Estimate $300 - 400

Schmitt crashed his plane after delivering the mail, killing himself and seriously injuring his passenger.

Current Bid$300
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Lot 341

1913 (Sept. 4-5), McLeansboro, IL, Aviation Meet and Street Circus, two post cards, one dated Sept. 4, the other Sept. 5; each bears blue "By Aerial Post From - /Aviation Meet and Street Circus/Sept. 1 to 6, 1913 McLeansboro, Ill." event cachet, postage tied by "By Aerial Route/Sept. 4, 5, 6, 1913/Aviation Field/McLeansboro, Ills." with plane special cancel (Sept. 4 in pink, Sept. 5 in purple); one card, plus later photo card "Irving Jumping from Francis' Biplane over S.W. Corner of square,/McLeansboro, Ill" (not flown) presented on exhibit page, Very Fine.
AAMC 72; $300.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Current Bid$150
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Lot 342

1913 (Sept. 10-11), Carmi, IL, County Fair Aviation Exhibition, postal card cancelled Sept. 10, plus post card cancelled Sept. 11, each bearing "Mailed Via Airship" straightline magenta handstamp; Sept. 10 card addressed to H.A. Truby; additional (later) photo of group in front of plane included as well, Very Fine.
AAMC 73, 73a; $400.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Current Bid$200
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Lot 343

1913 (Oct. 4), Natrona, PA, Experimental Aeroplane Mail Service, envelope franked with vertical pair of 1¢ Parcel Post stamps, cancelled and tied by Verona, PA, Oct. 17 duplex, addressed to H.A. Truby, with violet "Aeromail Service/Oct 4 1913/Natrona PA" handstamp; no backstamps, Very Fine.
AAMC 76; $275.
Estimate $150 - 200

The planned Oct. 4 flight did not occur due to mechanical difficulties, so pilot Theodore Stockman took the 45 pieces of mail still in his possession to the Verona Post Office, where they were postmarked and sent on by ordinary means. Covers were serviced by collectors, sent by Harry Truby and a few fellow members of the Aero Mail Club.

Current Bid$80
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Lot 344

1913 (Oct. 17), Woodstock - Mount Jackson, VA, Shenandoah County Fair Exhibition Flights, 1¢ postal card addressed to Russell L. Stultz, cancelled by incomplete Oct. 17 Woodstock, VA, duplex with same-day Mount Jackson, VA, receiver; three-line "Aeroplane Mail/Service/Woodstock, VA" handstamp at upper right; an airmail item delivered to a Rural Route box number; reverse shows handwritten message, "To Mr. H.A. Truby - /With the compliments of/Russell L. Stultz.", dated April 20, 1914, with Truby's handstamped address, Very Fine, one of a total of ten cards and covers Stultz prepared.
AAMC 77; $400.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Current Bid$100
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Lot 345

1914 (July 6-Sept. 7), Chautauqua Lake, NY, Experimental Hydro-Aeroplane Mail Service, eight post or postal cards in all, from first flight on July 6 to the last on Sept. 7; first flight card addressed to John C. Morgan of New Kensington, PA, final flight card to Dorothy Elliott of Pittsburgh, all others to H.A. Truby; lot consists of AAMC #80, 80a (2, Bemus Point, July16 and July 30, the latter inscribed "Compliments of R.A. Scofield, P.M., Bemus Point, NY"), 80b (2, Celoron, Aug. 12 and Aug. 17), 80c (2, Mayville, July 19 and Aug. 8, the latter bearing an additional 5c Argentine "Pro-Aviacion Militar 1912" issue), and 80d (Chautauqua, Sept. 7); normal c.d.s. cancels each, with #80 bearing straightline "Hydro-Aeroplane Route" handstamp, all others with two-line "Via U.S. Aeroplane Mail/Route No. 607004" handstamp; additional colored picture post card "Flight by G.H. Curtiss over Lake Keuka, N.Y." (not flown) included, along with Stephen Reinhard's article from The Airpost Journal, Very Fine group, ex-Reinhard.
AAMC 80 vars; $3,200.
Estimate $500 - 750

The pilot of these flights, Al J. Engel, worked at Glenn Curtiss' factory in Hammondsport, NY. Chautauqua Lake was home to the Chautauqua Institution, where Engel took to flying during the summers of 1913 and 1914. He spent the summer of 1914 in the area, and contracted to do exhibition flying, and arrangements were made with the Post Office Department to carry post cards (and post cards only) along the lake's shores, with stops at Celoron, Bemus Point, Chautauqua and Mayville, Route #607,004 being assigned. Though under contract to perform from May 30 through Sept. 7, the earliest cards known are postmarked July 6 (Post Offices being closed July 4, a Saturday, and Sunday, July 5). Additional dates for covers from each town are given in the AAMC, but this is a fantastic start to a Chautauqua collection or exhibit!
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Current Bid$500
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Lot 346

1914 (Nov. 3), Troy, AL, Pike County Fair Aviation Demonstration, 2¢ red Washington embossed envelope with violet "Aeroplane Mail Service" straightline and "Aerial Sub-Station/Nov/3/1914/Troy, Ala" c.d.s. with eight straight bars; addressed to Harry A. Truby; no backstamps, Very Fine, one of about 50 pieces of mail carried.
AAMC 83; $200.
Estimate $100 - 150

Katherine Stinson, the first woman to fly mail in the U.S., carried a mail pouch from the Fair Grounds to a spot near the Troy Post Office, where it was dropped. While she flew many days during the Fair, she carried mail only on November 3. Two biographical articles on Stinson included.

Current Bid$80
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Lot 347

1915 (Feb. 20), Tacoma - Seattle, WA, Experimental Hydro-Aeroplane Mail Flight, 1¢ postal card cancelled Tacoma, Feb. 20, with "World's Panama-Pacific Exposition in San Francisco 1915" slogan c.d.s.; also carries three-line "Aeroplane Mail/Carried between Tacoma & Seattle/By Gustave Stroehmer" cachet in black (the cachet misspelling the pilot's name [Stromer]); short Linn's (?) article included; slight upper left corner bend, still Very Fine, about 45 pieces of mail flown.
AAMC 84; $350.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Current Bid$100
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Lot 348

1915 (Aug. 15), Rock Island, IL, Exposition Park Aviation Exhibition, picture post card franked by 1¢ Balboa, properly cancelled Rock Island Aug. 15, 4:30 p.m., bearing three-line black "Illinois' First Aeroplane Mail/Rock Island Expo. Park, Aug. 14, 1915/Carried by Patterson Aviators" handstamp; picture side of card shows three panels of pictures of planes (on the ground and in the air), with "Patterson Aviators/986 Trumbull Av., Detroit, Mich." below, with "Harry A. Truby" name stamp lower left, Very Fine, pilot Harry J. Webster flew 490 pieces of mail.
AAMC 87; $350.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Current Bid$100
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Lot 349

1915 (Sept. 9), Detroit, MI, State Fair Aviation Meet, an official State Fair envelope bearing three-line violet "Detroit's First Aeroplane Mail/Detroit, Sept. 6-14, 1915/Carried by Patterson Aviators"; no backstamps, Very Fine, according to the AAMC, mail was carried aloft only on Sept. 8 and Sept. 10; covers with any other dates were not flown.
AAMC 88; $250.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Current Bid$80
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Lot 350

1915 (Sept. 13), Milwaukee, WI, State Fair Aviation Meet, seven covers (six postal cards, one embossed envelope), flown Sept. 13, Sept. 14, Sept. 15 (two, one cancel black, the second violet), Sept. 16, Sept. 17 (two, one cancel violet, the other black); all bearing the special "Aeroplane Station" cancel; flown by Obert E. Williams around the Fair Grounds, Very Fine.
AAMC 87 vars; $700.
Estimate $300 - 400.
Current Bid$300
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Lot 351

1915 (Nov. 5), Tucson, AZ, Southern Arizona Fair Aviation Demonstration, 2¢ red Washington embossed envelope, presented on gridded page, with violet commemorative postmark with indentation at right end of the lowest killer bar (variety noted in AAMC), Very Fine, one of about 100 letters carried.
AAMC 91; $200.
Estimate $100 - 150.
Current Bid$50
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Lot 352

1916 (Oct. 5), West Branch, MI, Ogemaw County Fair Aviation Demonstration, one picture post card, one envelope (franked with marginal horizontal pair of imperf 1¢ Washingtons), each bearing the large circular "West Branch, Mich./Oct 5 1916/Aerial P.O." cancel in violet, the envelope exhibiting the "Oct 5 9161" (date slug inverted) variety, AAMC #95a; envelope with inconsequential stains from previous corner mounts upper and lower left and lower right (none at upper right and stamps or cancel), Very Fine, per AAMC, "very few items with the '9161' date are known".
AAMC 95, 95a.
Estimate $400 - 600.
Current Bid$200
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Lot 353

1916 (Nov. 2), Chicago - New York, New York Times Experimental Aerial Post, a pair of flown covers, one a regular 2¢ embossed envelope (AAMC #97), the second a New York Times-produced souvenir card (#97a), each with appropriate Chicago Nov. 2, 6 a.m. duplex cancels and Nov. 3 New York 10 a.m. receivers; four-line cachet on envelope in black; card's cachet in red; slight crease to upper left of card, still Very Fine, 95 envelopes and 600 cards were flown.
AAMC 97, 97a; $1,100.
Estimate $500 - 750.
Current Bid$500
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