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The Knapp Collection of Airmail Flights


U.S. Government Flights, First Flights and Related
 
 
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Lot 354

1918 (Sept. 9), Chicago to New York First Flight via Bryan & Cleveland, OH and Lock Haven, PA, a pair of covers, one flown Chicago to New York, the other Chicago to Bryan, OH, each franked with #C2 paying the airmail rate plus special delivery service; both cancelled by "Chicago/Sep 9/6 AM/ILL./1918" "29" duplex cancel, with Bryan-bound cover noted in typescript "Aeroplane Mail"; same-day Bryan, OH, and September 10 New York City Hall Station receivers on reverse, New York cover addressed to J.W. Scott Co., 36 John Street; showing vertical center fold and paperclip indentation, neither of which detracts, Very Fine, a lovely set.
AAMC 109, 109a; $250.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Current Bid$80
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Lot 355

1918, Bayshore, NY, Naval Air Station picture post cards, 12 in all, showing biplanes on, over and out of the water at the Naval Air Station at Bayshore; includes original "10 Souvenir Post Cards/of/U.S. Aero Station/Bay Shore, L. I. N. Y." envelope, plus one card, "Back from its morning flight", used; obituary for Cmdr. John M.L. Rutherford, one of the select crew of the original "Eagles" (Naval flyers), who trained at Babylon, included, Very Fine, a fascinating look at how aerial military power began.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Current Bid$100
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Lot 356

1918 (May 23), Katherine Stinson Special Flight, Chicago-New York, 1¢ postal card uprated by 1¢ green Washington, both cancelled by "Chicago/May 23/6 AM/IL" "29" duplex strikes, with black "Aerial Mail Service" on front; reverse shows black "Air Mail Service Wash. N.Y. Phila./May/31/9 PM/1918/New York" receiver and handstamped address of Harry A. Truby, Very Fine, one of 60 pieces flown.
AAMC 102; $1,000.
Estimate $750 - 1,000

Stinson was the first woman sworn in as a U.S. air mail pilot. She covered 600 miles from Chicago to Binghamton, NY, in 10 hours, but difficulties at take-off delayed her departure from Binghamton for 8 days.

Current Bid$375
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Lot 357

1918 (June 1), Washington, DC, to Boston via New York, cover paid at the 24¢ rate, cancelled in black with "Air Mail Service Wash. N.Y. Phila/Jun/1/1918/Washington" postmark, along with red violet straightline "Aerial Mail Via New York" and purple 2-line "First Air/Mail" handstamps, Very Fine, 28 pounds of mail were flown.
AAMC 103; $200.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Current Bid$80
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Lot 358

1918 (June 3), New York - Boston Experimental Flight, two covers, each franked with a 24¢ Jenny and bearing straightline violet "Aerial Mail _______" cachet; both cancelled by four-bar "Air Mail Service/Jun/3/1918/First Trip/New York" c.d.s. (with "New York Philadelphia" removed); cover addressed to Winchester, NH, bears manuscript notation at bottom "Flown to Boston by Lieut. Vanel [sic]", with Winchester duplex receiver on face and Boston transit on reverse; cover to Marblehead, MA, has double strike of New York origin c.d.s. and no receiver, Very Fine.
AAMC 104b; $300.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Current Bid$80
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Lot 359

1918 (Sept. 5), New York to Chicago First Flight, via Lock Haven, PA and Cleveland & Bryan, OH, 5 covers in total; four cancelled "Air Mail Service Wash. N.Y. Phila./SEP/4/10PM/1918/New York" in magenta with matching 4-line oval "N.Y. Chic./Aero Mail/9-5-1918/First Trip" cachet, one each to Chicago (backstamped with black Chicago "SEP 6/8 PM" receiver for Max Miller's flight - along with a football-shaped "Mail Delayed/6/Train Late" handstamp), to Lock Haven, to Cleveland and to Bryan; fifth cover addressed to Chicago and postmarked Cleveland SEP 5; all franked with Scott #C2, paying the 16¢ airmail rate with special delivery service; New York-Chicago cover a little worn, otherwise a Very Fine group.
AAMC 108b-108e; $775.
Estimate $500 - 750.
Current Bid$250
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Lot 360

1918 (Dec. 18), New York - Cleveland - Chicago, four A.C. Roessler covers - two "Winged Letters" and two "Air Plane Stamp News" cacheted addresses; cancelled December 18 in New York (wavy line c.d.s.), Bellefonte (PA, flag c.d.s.; not flown) and Cleveland (duplex), and Bryan, OH (duplex); flown three days after the single-ounce rate was reduced to 6¢; each franked with pair of 3¢ Washingtons (sheet, coil or imperf); no backstamps; face scuff to New York envelope with light stain to left stamp of pair, otherwise Very Fine, a nice set; accompanied by article from The Airpost Journal by Maj. Fredric C. Lynch.
AAMC 110, 110b-d; $375.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Current Bid$100
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Lot 361

1919 (May 24), Chicago - Cleveland First Flight, First Leg of Trip, an A.C. Roessler cover (addressed to East Orange, NJ), bearing proper 6¢ airmail postage; cancelled Cleveland May 24 with four-bar violet c.d.s., with "Air Mail Service/Jun/2/9 a.m./1919/Chicago." receiver also on face; back without further notations or stamps, Very Fine.
AAMC 116b.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Current Bid$80
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Lot 362

1919 (July 2), Cleveland - New York First Flight, long envelope boldly printed "Via Airplane Post" and "This letter was carried/on the first airplane/mail trip from/Cleveland to New York" in red, franked with perfined 6¢ orange Airmail and cancelled "Air Mail Service/JUL/2/8 AM/1919/Cleveland" in magenta; no backstamp; small tear upper right not affecting stamp, Fine to Very Fine, from Biffle, White and Stevens' stop at Cleveland on the return leg of their New York—Chicago—New York flight, scarce.
AAMC 118d; $175.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Current Bid$80
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Lot 363

1919 (Aug. 15), Newark Eastern Terminus covers, two from A.C. Roessler, both bearing his red and blue "Via Airplane" label; postage on Aug. 15 cover received a regular Newark wavy-line c.d.s., along with the special four-bar "Air Mail Service/Eastern Terminus, Newark, N.J." cancel in violet; second cover, dated Dec. 8, has stamp cancelled by "Eastern Term Newark, N.J./Dec/8/1916/5 AM/Air Mail Service" strike, with "6" corrected by black pen to "9"; reverse of each shows Roessler's marketing genius, as they are printed "Mailed/June 20 At Newark,/N.J. - The Most Important/Airport In the World - The Center/of the U.S. Airplane Mail Routes - Two/Miles From Home of 'Airplane Stamp News'", Very Fine, a fun duo—worth a look.
Estimate $300 - 400.
Current Bid$150
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Lot 364

1919 (Aug. 25), First International Air Service, New York - Toronto, A.C. Roessler "Winged Letters" envelope addressed to London, England, with manuscript "By Plane To Toronto" notation; postmarked "New York/August 25/11 AM/1919/N.Y.", with red and blue "Via Airplane" label on front; backstamped "Toronto/Aug 26/8 PM/1919/Ont." slogan cancel with Brixton SW2 roller cancel over, slight soiling top center of front, Roessler cachet faded, still Fine to Very Fine.
AAMC Souv 533.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Current Bid$80
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Lot 365

1919 (Oct. 23), Augusta - Portland Flight, 2¢ red Washington embossed envelope bearing "Augusta, Maine/Oct 23/1919" flag postmark and 2-line "First Augusta-Portland/Aeroplane Service, Oct. 23, 1919" handstamp; no backstamp on reverse; tear along left side on reverse, not affecting the stamp or cover appearance, Very Fine, few covers were carried, and only a small number of these are known to have gotten into collectors' hands.
AAMC 120; $250.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Current Bid$100
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Lot 366

1919 (Dec. 5), Jahn Special Flight, Washington, DC, pristine Harry B. Mason cover with perfect strike of purple "First Aerial Plane Non-Stop-Mail Delivery/Official/Experiment/Dec. 5, 1919./Washington, D.C." circular cancel on #C2, with boxed "Jahn Aerial Mail Dropping Apparatus" straightline cachet; appropriate Washington, DC backstamp; accompanied by "Eggs for Breakfast", an article by Joe Kirker that appeared in The Airpost Journal, plus an unsigned souvenir letter from the flight, Very Fine, only 134 covers, most franked with regular issue stamps or coils, were flown and received the special cancel; those with early Airmails are scarce.
AAMC 121; $200.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Current Bid$100
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Lot 367

1920 (May 15), Omaha - Chicago, addressed to A.C. Roessler in East Orange, N.J., cancelled by Omaha May 15 wavy-line c.d.s., with red-and-blue "Via Airplane" sticker and violet "Air Mail Service/Chicago." 4-bar mute receiver; no backstamp, Very Fine.
AAMC 126.
Estimate $150 - 200

From the test flight via Iowa City, IA, over the third leg of the proposed transcontinental route. Pilot William DeWald flew the Omaha—Chicago route, carrying 200 pounds of mail.

Current Bid$80
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Lot 368

1920 (Aug. 30), Milwaukee - Green Bay Flight, noted in manuscript to be carried by airmail "Special Flight/Aug. 30, 1920", with "Aeroplane Station/Aug/30/1920/Milwaukee, Wis." 4-heavy bar with "U.S. Mail" in center cancel, Very Fine, only a few examples of this mail have been identified.
AAMC 133; $250.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Current Bid$100
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Lot 369

1920 (Oct. 2), Test Flight from Reno, NV, to Chicago, 2¢ on 3¢ purple Washington embossed envelope addressed to H. A. Truby; front sports typewritten "Via Airplane/Delivery/Reno-Chicago/Oct 2, 20." notice, plus handstamped "Via/Aeroplane Mail." and unofficial postal marking "Aero/Mail" on tablet between wings; no backstamps, Very Fine, rare.
AAMC 137; $500.
Estimate $300 - 400

The Reno-Chicago test flights were made to learn the topography and discover the best route for the transcontinental service.

Current Bid$150
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Lot 370

1920 (Nov. 29) & 1921 (Jan. 10-11), Chicago - St. Paul & Chicago - Madison Flights, seven covers; all but one from various legs of the 1920 Chicago - Twin Cities flights; includes #138, 138a (2), 138b, 138c, 138d and, from the 1921 flight, #142 (LaCrosse-Chicago); several bear violet "VIA AIR POST/FIRST TRIP/Chicago-Twin Cities" cachet, Very Fine, lovely group.
AAMC 138 & 142 vars.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Current Bid$100
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Lot 371

1921 (May 3), Experimental Flight, San Francisco - New York, franked with 3¢ Victory issue, cancelled "San Francisco, Calif./May 3/130 AM/1921" slogan cancel; front bears additional oval "Air Mail Service/May 3 1921/San Francisco, Calif." and 2-line "U.S. Air Mail/San Francisco, Calif." handstamps in black, plus a winged "Aero/Mail" handstamp in red; addressed to H. A. Truby; reverse shows typewritten "RECD MAY 6, 1921,/10:30 P.M. City Hall Sta.,/NEW YORK, NEW YORK" notation, a pristine cover, Very Fine.
AAMC 144; $350.
Estimate $200 - 300

This experimental flight intended to test the new airway lighting system and flight paths between some of the intermediate emergency landing fields on the transcontinental route.

Current Bid$100
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Lot 372

1921 (June 13), San Francisco - Chicago, Pathfinder Flight Night Flying over Trans-Continental Route, 1¢ on 2¢ red Jefferson postal card, cancelled with slogan San Francisco June 13 c.d.s., also bearing special magenta oval "Air Mail Service,/Jun 13 1921/6:30 p.m./San Francisco, Calif." cancel with unofficial violet "Aero/Mail" mailbag between wings cachet which was added later privately; addressed to H.A. Truby c/o Nassau Stamp Co., New York City, with "Trans Continental Air Route/San Francisco Calif/New York." typed notation as well; back blank; Airpost Journal article by A.D. Jones accompanies, Very Fine.
AAMC 145.
Estimate $300 - 400.
Current Bid$150
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Lot 373

1921 (Nov. 14), Philadelphia - Washington, DC, and Return "William Penn" Flight Covers, a pair, one going each direction; Philadelphia - Washington cover addressed to "Mr. Gilbert E Gable, c/o The White House"; each bears special "William Penn" postmark, with Truby address handstamp on reverse; inconsequential slight tear to Washington—Philadelphia cover upper right from opening, Very Fine.
AAMC 149, 149a; $300.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Current Bid$100
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Lot 374

1922 (Oct. 6-7), New York - Hartford and Return, four covers: New York - Hartford dated October 6 (#156; very rare - and franked with a Q3 3¢ Parcel Post stamp!), two covers from Hartford to New York dated Oct. 6 (#156a), plus a Hartford - New York cover cancelled Oct. 7 (#156c, scarce); Hartford-origin covers with appropriate "Aviation Meet" machine cancels, and all reference First Flights in manuscript or handstamp, Very Fine.
AAMC 156 vars.
Estimate $250 - 350.
Current Bid$130
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Lot 375

1923 (Feb. 26-May 15), Transcontinental survey & trial flights, 9 covers, comprising 2 postmarked Elko, NV (Feb. 26; 1 envelope, 1 postal card), 2 Rawlins, WY (Mar. 8; uprated embossed envelope plus postal card), 2 Iowa City, IA (Mar. 12; embossed envelope plus postal card), 1 North Platte, NE (Mar. 13; embossed envelope), 1 New York, NY (May 15; envelope), 1 San Francisco (May 15; envelope, with enclosure), most addressed to Harry A. Truby; all but New York and San Francisco items carry magenta handstamped cachets, either winged "Aero/Mail", winged circular "Via/US/Air Mail" or winged "Via/Aeroplane Mail" singly or together; New York & San Francisco covers have typewritten service notices; no backstamps, Very Fine, here's your chance to obtain a couple once-in-a-lifetime items, very scarce: few collectors knew about the flights and attempted to get mail flown; the North Platte cover is one of only 2 reported, and the New York cover is one of 3 known.
AAMC 160a-f; $2,350.
Estimate $1,000 - 1,500

The Post Office Department conducted a number of experimental and survey flights over the transcontinental route between January and June 1923 in connection with the subsequent inauguration of regular through-service involving night flying on August 21-24. A limited amount of mail was carried on these flights.

Current Bid$500
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Lot 376

1923 (Aug. 21-24), Transcontinental Route, New York - San Francisco, with Night-Flying between Cheyenne and Chicago, 13 covers, each franked with 2¢ postage: 5 covers postmarked New York to Reno, Cleveland, Chicago, Omaha and Salt Lake City (#162; one each); 1 postmarked Cleveland (162a) to San Francisco; 3 postmarked Chicago (162b), 1 to San Francisco (with special "Air Mail Service,/Aug/21/5 PM/1923/Chicago." cancel, 2 to Springfield, MA; 2 from Cheyenne (162e) to Chicago; and 2 from San Francisco to Millburn, NJ, and Springfield, MA; various cachets (winged "Via/US/Air Mail" with and without "Night Air Mail" as appropriate, green handstamped "First Flight/Night Air Mail Service/San Francisco [Chicago] to New York", "Via Air Mail 1st Trip" in crayon, etc.) on each; some addressed to Truby or Steinmetz, others signed "Jack Knight, U.S. Air Mail"; advertisements and related materials as well, including an unaddressed airmail envelope (with border of alternating red and blue biplanes rather than lozenges), signed by pilot R.L. Maughan, Jan. 14, 1933, Very Fine group.
AAMC 162 vars.
Estimate $300 - 400

These test flights were the forerunner of our present coast-to-coast air mail system, and were the first U.S. Airmail service to involve regularly-scheduled night flying on the Chicago—Cheyenne leg, over newly-lighted airways. 30,000 covers were received for the first westbound flight, but only about 3500 were carried on August 21; about 64 pounds of mail were carried on the first eastbound flight—making these scarcer than westbound covers.

Current Bid$150
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Lot 377

1924 (Feb. 27), Santa Rosa, CA - San Francisco and Return, three covers, two postmarked Santa Rosa (#165), one San Francisco (#165a); each with straightline "Air Mail Service" handstamp, Very Fine.
AAMC 165, 165a.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Current Bid$80
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Lot 378

1924 (Mar 17), U.S. Army Round-the-World Flight, Santa Monica - Seattle, 1¢ postal card canceled Santa Monica, Mar 17, with violet flight cachet; type message reads in part, "We are now soon away on our ‘first-leg’ to Seattle, Wash."; reposted in Seattle on Mar 24 to Joseph Steinmetz in Philadelphia, Very Fine.
AAMC TO 1025.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Current Bid$100
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Lot 379

1924 (Mar 17), U.S. Army Round-the-World Flight, Santa Monica - Seattle, 1¢ postal card similar to the previous lot only with a black flight cachet; type message reads, "Good-bye - We are off on our great flight", Very Fine.
AAMC TO 1025.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Current Bid$100
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Lot 380

1924 (July 1), Inaugural Transcontinental Airmail Route, New York - San Francisco, 9 covers from various legs of the first coast-to-coast airmail route, each bearing (in appropriate color) the boxed 4-line "VIA AIR MAIL/On first trip of through schedule/involving night flying on Trans-/continental Air Mail Route." cachet: Cleveland Airfield to New York (#167bf); Bryan, OH, to Omaha (167c), 2 from Chicago (167d), 1 to Cleveland, 1 to Los Angeles (with lovely letter on Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago letterhead); 2 from Omaha (167f), 1 to Iowa City, IA, 1 to Cheyenne; 1 cancelled North Platte, NE, Airfield (167gf) to Chicago; and 2 from Cheyenne (167h) to San Francisco; each franked with 8¢ green Airmail except Bryan - Omaha, which bears 16¢ postage; covers to Cleveland, Iowa City, Cheyenne and Chicago backstamped, Very Fine, one note: the collector identified these as AAMC #166s, though all are 167s.
AAMC 167 vars.
Estimate $250 - 350.
Current Bid$130
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Lot 381

1925 (Apr. 17), New Orleans - Chicago Experimental Flight, one postal card plus three covers; postal card mailed from New Orleans (#171), covers each from Birmingham (#171a), Nashville (#171d) and Louisville (#171e); each with two-line magenta handstamp; New Orleans with additional Postmaster-applied "AIR MAIL/via/New Orleans, La" marking, Very Fine.
AAMC 171 vars.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Current Bid$100
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Lot 382

1925 (May 9), New York - San Francisco, Experimental Round-Trip Transcontinental Flight, postmarked Washington, DC, with Chicago wavy-line May 10 receiver on reverse; part of the experimental Newark - San Francisco - New York round-trip flight, Very Fine, set a time record of 56 hours, few covers were carried and very few examples have been reported.
AAMC 172; $250.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Current Bid$100
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Lot 383

1925 (July 26-Nov. 11), Seattle, WA - Victoria, BC Seaplane Flight, four covers in total, three of which are addressed to A.C. Roessler; July 26 cover (postmarked Seattle), bears purple and violet boxed cachets and red manuscript "By S.S. Pres. McKinley", Sept. 21 Victoria covers (2) each with boxed reddish "1st Trip" cachet and oversize "Victoria, B.C., to Seattle, Wash./VIA/SEA/PLANE" circular cachet, Nov. 11 cover (Seattle again) bears boxed "Seattle/Victoria/Seaplane/Mail" cachet, Very Fine, a pretty grouping.
AAMC 555-556a.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Current Bid$80
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Lot 384

1926 (May 23), First Flight from U.S. to Argentina, a Roessler "Air Plane Stamp News" cover with great franking: U.S. 2¢ Sesquicentennial plus 10¢ Special Delivery, plus 5c Argentine San Martín and triangular red "Posta Aerea" pictorial label; U.S. issues cancelled by Grand Central Station May 23 duplex, with San Martín cancelled Dec. 11 (!); noted in red pen manuscript "Carried through courtesy of Sr. Don Duggan/First N. to S.A. airmail.", Very Fine, a pretty cover all around, only 30 letters carried.
AAMC TO 1040.
Estimate $350 - 500.
Current Bid$180
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Lot 385

1926 (Nov 25), Cobham Ship to Shore Demonstration Flight, from HMS Homeric on a seaplane piloted by Alan Cobham, cover with printed cachet by Edward Worden franked with 2¢ Washington tied by 25 Nov New York duplex and Great Britain 1½d KGV tied by onboard "HOMERIC" straightline and "25 Nov '26" datestamp; backstamped Millburn, N.J., Nov 26 numbered 166 and initialed by Cobham, Very Fine.
AAMC TO 1045.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Current Bid$80
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Lot 386

1926 (Dec 1), C.A.M. route card advertisement from P.O. Department in Springfield, IL, 9-1/8 x 4-inch POD Penalty Card cancelled Dec. 1 with "Air Mail/[plane]/Saves Time" slogan c.d.s.; front shows woodcut bust of Lincoln and "The Air Mail/Saves Time Saves Money/Use It" exhortation; reverse shows map of the U.S. and the 15 Contract Air Mail routes in operation along with proposed routes; complete with counterfoil offering a copy of the Gettysburg Address delivered by Airmail for 10¢ enclosed postage; a couple minor corner creases, still Very Fine, a fun little piece.
Estimate $100 - 150.
Current Bid$50
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Lot 387

1926 (Dec. 2-4), Sir Alan Cobham "Peri"-Columbia Distance Flight, New York - Washington, DC, set of four covers from each leg of the journey (New York, Milburn, Philadelphia and Washington); New York and Milburn covers with green circular cachet, cachet in blue for Philadelphia and violet for DC; Milburn cover initialed "GC" (Lady Gladys Cobham), others "AJC" (Alan J. Cobham), Very Fine.
AAMC SH567-567c.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Current Bid$80
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Lot 388

1927 (Apr. 21), First Flight Cleveland - Boston - Los Angeles - Seattle, commemorative cover, the "I knew I should have taken a left at Albuquerque" piece, single piece of heavy paper with handstamped request "POSTMASTERs please cancel postage ONLY at points marked"; franked with 14 10¢ Airmails, each to cover postage on each leg of the trip, with additional 2¢ commemorative to cover the postage from Seattle to Portland, OR; backstamped at each stop along the way (per handstamped request), including a double-ring "First Flight Inaugurating/Contract Air Mail/Cleveland,/Ohio,/12:00 noon/April 21/1927/Cleveland-Pittsburgh Route"; folded twice (midline horizontally and vertically), with vertical fold showing slight separation at top and bottom that does not affect stamps or cancellations, Fine to Very Fine, a showpiece for sure.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Current Bid$150
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Lot 389

1927 (Apr 30), Wilkins North Polar Expedition, Roessler airmail envelope postmarked Barrow, Alaska, Apr 30 with "Detroit News Wilkins Expedition" flight cachet also tying stamp; signed "H Wilkins" in the cachet, backstamped Fairbanks, May 16, with manuscript endorsement "12,000 miles over Arctic by Airplane", 100 miles on foot to shore", Very Fine.
AAMC TO 1052.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Current Bid$130
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Lot 390

1927 (Jun 22), Nungesser-Coli Search Expedition, New York - St. John, special envelope canceled New York, Jun 2, and backstamped St. John, Jun 11; also includes a French postcard picturing the fliers and their plane White Bird; also including a couple of old newspaper clippings raising the possibility that pilots Nungesser and Coli, who were presumed lost in the Atlantic in their 1927 attempted Nonstop flight from Paris to New York, may have made it to the U.S. mainland but had crashed in Maine., Very Fine.
AAMC TO 1055.
Estimate $100 - 150.
Current Bid$50
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Lot 391

1928 (Mar. 16-Apr. 10), Emergency Snowbound Service, Sault Ste. Marie - DeTour, MI, and Return, nine covers, all but two from or to A.C. Roessler; covers Sault Ste. Marie - DeTour, DeTour - Detroit (2; 3/16 & 3/31), DeTour - St. Paul, Pickford - St. Paul, Rudyard - Detroit, Hessell - Detroit, Stalwart - Detroit, and one Pickford; one Roessler cover noted in green manuscript "Emergency Plane", two other covers handstamped "Forwarded by Air Mail from/Detroit, Mich.", Very Fine.
AAMC E9.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Current Bid$80
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Lot 392

1928 (May 15), Speed Test Flights, Chicago South and West, seven covers from Chicago to Dallas, Austin, Denver, Elko (NV), Las Vegas, Vancouver and Boise; each on large Post Office Department, Second Assistant Postmaster General, penalty envelope endorsed B.F. Myers, Very Fine.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Current Bid$100
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Lot 393

1928 (May 15), Speed-Test Flights from Chicago, six covers in all; from Chicago to Atlanta, Birmingham, Hartford, Milwaukee, Youngstown and Peoria; each on Post Office Department, Second Assistant Postmaster General penalty envelopes typed "SEND VIA AIR MAIL/By authority of/Superintendent/Contract Air Mail Service/Per" and signed B.F. Myers; Atlanta cover noted "Via C.A.M. 17 & C.A.M. 19" and Birmingham "Via C.A.M. 17, 19 & 23"; arrival/receiving markings on reverse, Very Fine.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Current Bid$100
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Lot 394

1928 (Aug. 6), Martha's Vineyard, MA, to Curtiss Field, lovely cover cancelled Hempstead, NY, Aug. 6, with typed "Mailed at Edgartown, Mass./Martha's Vineyard's First Air Meet.", signed by D.P. McBride, Secretary of the Martha's Vineyard Chamber of Commerce, with a green "Martha's Vineyard/Isle of Dreams" label, Very Fine, one of ten covers flown (noted in pencil on reverse).
AAMC SH588.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Current Bid$110
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Lot 395

1928 (Dec. 17), Stinson Anniversary Flight, Northville, MI, 2 covers, each cancelled by "Northville/Dec/17/9 AM/1928/Mich." duplex, with red "Northville, Mich." straightline and blue "Via Air Mail" handstamps, bearing a large pasted-on Stinson Detroiter/Rotary International label commemorating the 25th Anniversary of the Wright Brothers' first flight and signed by Eddie Stinson; Dec. 18 New York, NY & Rahway, NJ receivers on reverse; accompanied by article on Eddie and obituary for his sister, Marjorie, Very Fine.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Current Bid$100
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Lot 396

1929 (Jun 13), Yellow Bird Flight, Old Orchard, Me. - Spain, cover with appropriate markings and signed by all three French aviators; also includes two vintage photos of two of the fliers with American aviator Roger Q. Williams, Very Fine.
AAMC TO 1091.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Current Bid$80
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Lot 397

1929 (July 31) & 1930 (Aug. 18), Jackson-O'Brine Endurance Records, great set consisting of 6 covers (4 autographed by O'Brine) with spectacular half-envelope cachets (in red (2), black, green blue and a green blue-red half-and-half) celebrating Forest O'Brine and Dale Jackson's record-setting 420 hour, 21 minute-flight, cancelled Sept. 1, 2 & 3 during the American Legion State Convention (the original covers flown on the St. Louis Robin, O'Brine & Jackson's plane, were looted by souvenir hunters when she finally landed); additionally, 2 covers from O'Brine & Jackson's 1930 flight to retake the endurance record, one bearing diamond-shaped green, violet and magenta cachet (AAMC #SH631) with St. Louis Aug. 17, 1930 postmark, plus a cover postmarked St. Louis Aug. 14, signed by both pilots, with typewritten "This envelope was carried in the/GREATER ST. LOUIS Aug. 13, 1930,/when the Endurance Record was/broken." notice; a wealth of photos (many signed) and newspaper articles, both contemporary and later, accompany, Very Fine.
Estimate $200 - 300

Having set the world refueling endurance record with their 1929 flight, O'Brine and Jackson lost the title in June 1930 to the Hunter brothers (553 hours, 41 minutes, 30 seconds)—and so set out to take the record back. They did, at a whopping 647 hours, 28 minutes and 30 seconds, although the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale refused to recognize the record due to technical "irregularities". O'Brine & Jackson were outflown again in 1935 by the Key brothers: see their lot elsewhere in this sale.

Current Bid$100
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Lot 398

1930 (Feb. 7), Emergency Air Service, Baudette - Penasse, MN, Crash Cover, cancelled Jan. 23 in Clear River, MN, with Penasse Feb. 7 backstamp; carried on the Baudette - Penasse flight that crashed on Lake of the Woods on Feb. 8; accompanied by Air Mail and Precancel Journal announcement; very slight reduction on right from opening, still Very Fine.
AAMC E15; $350.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Current Bid$100
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Lot 399

1930 (Dec. 30), Simón Bolívar Flight, New York - Colombia, commemorative flight cover with 30¢ brown of 1922 series tied by New York, NY, Dec. 13 duplex, along with magenta "20 DIC. 1930" straightline handstamp on front; reverse shows violet "American Consulate/Santa Marta, Colombia./DEC 17 1930" receiver, a four-line violet Official Consular Correspondence handstamp and typewritten "return to" address in Devon, PA; includes original letter, stating letter arrived 45 minutes before the centenary of Bolívar's death; Barranquilla 18 DIC return postmark; microfilm print out (badly faded) of article included as well, Very Fine, scarce.
AAMC NY-4.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Current Bid$80
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Lot 400

1931 (Jan 22), Mildred Bruce Solo Barnstorming Tour, cover franked with 5¢ postage canceled St. Louis, Jan 22, signed by Bruce with typed notation "From Tulsa-St. Louis."; small sealed tear at top, Fine to Very Fine.
AAMC TO 1120 var.
Estimate $100 - 150.
Current Bid$50
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Lot 401

1931 (Jun 21), Post-Gatty Round-the-World Flight, cover franked with 2¢ carmine tied by Jun 21 Mineola N.Y. machine cancel, also postmarked Berlin c.d.s. (Jun 24) with violet Moscow cachet/cancels (Jun 29) and Jul 1 Mineola receiver also on front; signed by pilot, Wiley Post and navigator, Harold Gatty, Very Fine.
AAMC TO 1141; $650.
Estimate $350 - 500.
Current Bid$180
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Lot 402

1931 (Jul 28), Non-Stop Flight New York - Istanbul, two small, serially numbered American Legion cards postmarked Boston, Aug 26 & 29, and backstamped Istanbul, Jul 30; also includes a "stub" for one of the two cards stating "Card will be mailed from Europe upon arrival of the plane.". In addition, included is a C.A.M. 33 cover signed by one of the two pilots, John L. Polando.
AAMC TO 1145a [2].
Estimate $250 - 350

These cards were prepared for a flight to have been held in conjunction with the 1930 American Legion Convention, but the flight never took place. Subsequently, Russell Boardman, one of the pilots on this New York - Istanbul flight, agreed to carry them with him.

Current Bid$130
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Lot 403

1933 (Jul 18), Balbo Return Flight, Chicago - Shediac, New Brunswick, registered cover postmarked Chicago, Jul 18, with black flight cachet and Jul 26 Shediac backstamp; stamps added on the back and reposted to the sender, prominent airmail collector, George Beach, in Howard Beach, L.I. backstamped New York (Jul 28) and Howard Beach (Jul 29), Very Fine, only 37 covers were carried from Chicago to Shediac.
Sassone GP54; €5,000 ($5,330). AAMC TO 1184a.
Estimate $1,200 - 1,800.
Current Bid$600
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Lot 404

1933 (Jul 18), Balbo Return Flight, Chicago - Rome, registered cover similar to the previous lot postmarked Chicago, Jul 18, with black flight cachet and Aug 12 Rome backstamp; again returned to George Reynolds in Howard Beach, this time with a "Return to Sender, Insufficient Address" label attached on the front and no added postage, Very Fine. Only 220 covers were carried the whole length of the flight.
Sassone GP56; €2,250 ($2,400). AAMC TO 1184c.
Estimate $500 - 750.
Current Bid$250
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Lot 405

1933 (Jul 25), Balbo Return Flight, New York - Shoal Harbour, Newfoundland, yet another registered cover similar to the two previous lots, this one postmarked New York, Jul 23, with purple flight cachet and Jul 26 Shoal Harbor backstamp; again returned to George Reynolds in Howard Beach with no added postage, Very Fine, Only 99 covers were carried from NY to Shoal Harbor.
Sassone GP58; €3,750 ($4,000). AAMC TO 1184e.
Estimate $750 - 1,000.
Current Bid$375
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Lot 406

1933 (Jul 25), Balbo Return Flight, New York - Rome, registered cover postmarked New York, Jul 24, with purple flight cachet and Aug 12 Rome backstamp; slight stain at lower right, Fine to Very Fine. 492 covers were carried from New York to Rome.
Sassone GP59; €2,000 ($2,130). AAMC TO 1184f.
Estimate $400 - 600.
Current Bid$200
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Lot 407

1934 (Feb. 18), Eddie Rickenbacker Coast-to-Coast Flight, 2 covers postmarked Feb. 18, 1934 (one with additional Grand Central Air Terminal cancel), with multi-line cachet confirming "This cover carried on the TWA/'City of Los Angeles' on its record-/breaking flight Feb. 18-19, 1934. …Captain Eddie Rickenbacker/Chief Pilot"; also a cover canceled New York, Nov. 10, 1934, signed by Rickenbacker and Silas A. Morehouse, noting "12 hours & 3 min from L.A. to N.Y.", plus a Nov. 24, 1934, New York-cancelled cover signed by Rickenbacker with "Time 14 hours 56 minutes flying time" for the Miami-Newark route, with "This Letter Carried/By the Kindness of/Capt. Eddie Rickenbacker" typewritten; accompanied by two autographed photos, newspaper clippings, and Rickenbacker's business card as President and General Manager of Eastern Airlines, Very Fine.
AAMC SH 679.
Estimate $250 - 350

The Feb. 18 flight was the last plane to carry C.A.M. covers, as the government's contracts with private companies to carry mail expired on Feb. 19. Rickenbacker's flight was a speed test, setting a record time for Los Angeles to New York of 13 hours, 5 minutes.

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Lot 408

1934 (Aug. 2), First Official Lustig Sky Train Flight, five covers, each signed by one or more of the pilots (including one signed by all three glider pilots), plus one signed by glider pilot Franklin and tow pilot Keim; accompanied by two photos, one of Smith testing two-way radio equipment "about 5 min. before take-off" and a second (faded) photo inscribed "Glider after being unhooked gliding to ground at Floyd Bennet Field on test flight", along with a Linn's article on the flight, Very Fine.
AAMC G19.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Current Bid$80
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Lot 409

1935 (June 18), Al & Fred Key Endurance Record Flight, 3 covers flown by the Key brothers in their endurance record setting flight of 653 hours and 34 minutes over Meridian, MS; a wealth of dated (or datestamped) articles follow the brothers in their trip over the airport they ran, along with photos (many signed) of the boys and/or their plane, along with later articles, advertisements, etc.; lot also includes 2 addressed, unused airmail covers signed by the Keys and by Helen Richey, who had set the endurance record of 10 days in 1933 (and went on to become the first woman pilot hired by a commercial airline in the U.S.), great handwritten notes by the brothers, Very Fine, a fascinating look at the early days of aviation, when the sky really was still the limit.
Estimate $400 - 600.
Current Bid$200
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Lot 410

1935 (Aug. 20), Wiley Post Stratospheric Flight, a very pretty pair of covers, each franked with 6¢ postage cancelled Los Angeles, Aug. 20, 1935, and bearing large pictorial cachet reading "First Air Mail Stratospheric Flight/U.S. Air Mail Route No. 2/Non-Stop/Coast to Coast/Transcontinental & Western Air, Inc./Wiley Post, Pilot"; large handstamp on reverse in blue reading "This letter was carried by Wiley Post/on the following attempted/transcontinental non-stop/stratosphere flights" with list of February-June 1935 flights; accompanied by numerous contemporary newspaper clippings and photos, one signed "Mae Post", Very Fine.
AAMC SH 693.
Estimate $200 - 302.
Current Bid$100
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Lot 411

1936 (Sep 30-Oct 19), H.R. Ekins Round-the-World in 18½ Days Tour, cover carried on the Batavia - Manila leg (Oct 7) on which reporter, Herbert R. "Buddy" Ekins was a passenger; also includes a souvenir cover from Ekins’ triumphant cross-country publicity tour, signed by Ekins, postmarked Cleveland, O., Oct 31, with rubberstamped cachet, "H.R. Ekins in Cleveland, 18&½ Days Around the World"; and 10 contemporary 4" x 6" photos of Ekins in Oakland and Los Angeles after arriving from Honolulu, Very Fine.
Estimate $150 - 200

Ekins, in a race with fellow reporters Leo Kiernan and Dorothy Killgalen, finished in 18 days, 11 hours, 45 minutes,—six days ahead of the other two. He had begun from Lakehurst aboard the Hindenburg and finished in Newark after over-flying Lakehurst.

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Lot 412

1937 (Apr 21), Van Dusen Multi-Airline Round-the-World Flight, legal-size cover franked with 20¢ & 50¢ Clippers (C21-22) tied by Apr 19 New York duplexes; flown via United Airlines to San Francisco, where it was put aboard a Pan-American China Clipper for P.A.A.'s face-free from San Francisco to Hong Kong; where it was backstamped on Apr 28 and carried by Imperial Airways to Van Dusen in Penang, Malaya; in Penang the cover was franked with 65c postage, reposted on May 6 and sent via K.L.M. Royal Dutch Airlines, to Amsterdam, arriving on May 10; it was again reposted, this time with Dutch stamps, on May 15, and flown via Air France to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, arriving on May 18; finally, being franked with Brazilian stamps, the cover was posted a fourth time on May 20, and carried by Pan-American to the P.A.A. offices in New York City. Originally the cover was to have been sent from Penang to Frankfurt for carriage on the Hindenburg, but by May 6, the day the cover left Penang, Hindenburg was already on her final, ill-fated voyage across the Atlantic.
AAMC F14-10 var.
Estimate $300 - 400.
Current Bid$150
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Lot 413

1937 (June 24-25), Transcontinental Non-Stop Airboat cover, long airmail cover carried, as noted on the cover in typescript, on the transcontinental non-stop flight of "Guba", a consolidated PBY-type airboat (aka, a Catalina) from San Diego to New York City; cover is signed by all those aboard; mailed in New York to Harold Ramm (the flight's Radio Operator) at the American Museum of Natural History; no backstamp; vertical central fold not affecting stamp or signatures, Very Fine, a very scarce cover.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Current Bid$100
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Lot 414

1939 (Jun 15-Aug 25), Round-the-World Flight, registered cover with 3-country franking, flown Los Angeles - Los Angeles via New York (Jun 17), Birmingham, England (Jun 29, G.B. stamps added), Carterton, New Zealand (Jul 18), Auckland N.Z. (Aug 8, N.Z. stamps added), Honolulu (Aug 18) and Los Angeles (Aug 25), Very Fine.
Estimate $100 - 150.
Current Bid$50
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Lot 415

1939 (Jun 24), First Round-the-World Flight by Imperial and Pan-American Airways, two F.A.M. 18 covers canceled on Jun 24 at New York and Shediac, respectively; the New York cover sent on to Canton, China, where it was reposted for Botwood on Jul 12; the Shediac cover was sent on to Hong Kong, where it was reposted for New York, also on Jul 12; both are backstamped Honolulu on Jul 25; the first also backstamped San Francisco (Jul 27) and various Canadian transits (Jul 28-30); the second is backstamped New York on Jul 28, Very Fine.
AAMC TO 1324.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Current Bid$80
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Lot 416

1939 (Jun 30), American Export Airlines Survey Flights, three, first flight: Brooklyn - Marseille (Jun 30-Jul 5), second flight: Sea Bright, N.J.(Jul 11) - Shannon, Ireland (Jul 17) - Marseille (Jul 17) and Sea Bright (Jul 20) (also backstamped Biscarrosse, France - as addressed - on Jul 17); third flight: Sea Bright (Jul 21) - Botwood (Jul 28) - Marseille (Jul 29) - Lisbon (Aug 2) - Horta (Aug 3); all with appropriate stamps and markings, the first signed by pilot, Patrick J. Byrne and three others; the 2nd & 3rd signed (on reverse) by Byrne and four others; the last two also posted again at Brooklyn on Aug 4, Very Fine.
AAMC TO 1326 & vars.
Estimate $100 - 150.
Current Bid$50
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Lot 417

1939 (Sep 9-10), Japanese Goodwill Flight, Chicago - New York, cover franked with U.S. 6¢ Eagle tied by Sep 10 New York machine cancel; signed by the flight's crewmen, including co-pilot Shigeo Yoshida, to whom the cover was given in Chicago for mailing in New York, with a typed, signed statement to that effect from prominent airmail collector, Bill Schneider, Jr. on the back and numbered 1 of 4 such covers carried. Also includes a picture postcard mailed in Tokyo on Sep 5 bearing the red pictorial postmark commemorating the planned flight, several contemporary newspaper clippings about the flight and four real photo postcards showing the Nippon and its crew, Very Fine.
AAMC TO 1330.
Estimate $500 - 750.
Current Bid$250
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Lot 418

1940 (Feb. 1), Norfolk, VA - San Diego, CA, via Seaplane, airmail cover with corner card "Trans-Continental Seaplane Flight/U.S. Navy - XPBS - One/Norfolk, VA to San Diego, Calif", cancelled "Norfolk VA/Feb/1/1940/A.M./Naval Air Station"; reverse bears Feb. 28 Pensacola, FL, "U.S. Naval Air Sta." transit and Mar. 1 San Diego "U.S. Naval Air/Station" receiver along with Mar. 2 Lompoc, Calif. receiver; two-line handstamp "West Coast Airmail Society/San Francisco, Calif." oversigned in pen "JSJ"; light (rubber band?) stain front center, still Very Fine.
AAMC TO 1341.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Current Bid$80
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Lot 419

1944 (Feb 28), B-29 Round-the-World Flight, legal-size War Dept. penalty envelope postmarked Washington D.C., Feb 28, 1944, addressed to 1st Lt. William W. MacIntyre at Stockton field, Calif.; on the left side of the cover is a signed handwritten statement from MacIntyre, "This envelope was carried around the world in B-29s from California to Tinian Island [Marianas] in the Superfort[ress] ‘Beachcomber’ and from Tinian on the Guam - Washington hop in B-29 #1 of Gen. Twining's flight and then from Wash. back to California in the same B-29"; MacIntyre was the pilot of both planes; small opening tears at top, otherwise Very Fine and unique.
Estimate $100 - 150.
Current Bid$50
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Lot 420

1947 (Aug 9-Dec 10), First Round-the-World Flight by Single Engine Planes, four covers serviced by prominent airmail collector, Bill Schneider, Jr.; one canceled Oklahoma City (Dec 5), two Washington D.C. (Dec 6) and one Hackensack N.J. (Dec 10), Very Fine.
AAMC TO 1397.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Current Bid$80
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Lot 421

1921-80, Western U.S. first flights, over 800 covers housed in six volumes, 1921 Kansas City to Omaha (AAMC 148) and return (AAMC 148a), 1922 Omaha to Norfolk (AAMC 152a), 1923 Saint Joseph MO to Omaha (AAMC 163), 1926 crash cover (AAMC 26.5) that killed pilot Elmer Partridge, 1926 first flight CAM 8 Portland to Los Angeles, 1928 Dallas to Waco with Lindbergh cachet, 1928 Helena to Salt Lake City, 1928 non-stop aerial pickup Chillicothe to St Joseph, 1929 round trip St Louis to Omaha to Kansas City, 1930 first flight Oakland to San Francisco, 1930 CAM 8 Los Angeles to San Diego, 1933 steam plane flight cover from Oakland, 1934 Los Angeles to Salt Lake City, 1934 St Louis to K.C. to Chicago to Saint Paul, 1936 San Francisco to Oakland, with photos, picture postcards, autographed cards and newspaper articles enhancing the collection throughout, please examine carefully, Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate $2,500 - 3,500.
Current Bid$1,300
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Lot 422

1926-80, Eastern U.S. first flights, over 900 covers in seven albums, better has 1920 first flight St Louis to Chicago (AAMC 131), 1922 card not flown due to accident (AAMC 151), 1922 Cleveland to Detroit (AAMC 153), 1925 Birmingham AL to Cleveland (AAMC 173), 1926 first flight Chicago to Detroit, 1926 Charlevoix to St James MI, 1926 round trip cover Chicago to St Louis return to Chicago, 1926 first leg Washington to New York City, 1927 New Orleans to Atlanta, 1928 Hammersport NY 20th Anniversary flight, first day of five-cent rate with Lindbergh photo cachet, 1929 round-trip first flight CAM 27 Cleveland to Toledo, 1930 first official airmail pick up, 1930 special short flight Coastal Airways, with photos, newspaper & magazine articles, a marvelous collection for the flight cover maven, Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate $2,500 - 3,500.
Current Bid$1,300
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Lot 423

1926-39, Trans-Oceanic record flights, seven covers, including two each of TO-1044 and TO-1178; 3 signed, useful lot, Very Fine to Extremely Fine.
AAMC TO-1044, 1178, 1205, 1213, 1310.
Estimate $500 - 750.
Current Bid$250
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Lot 424

1928-48, souvenir historical (marine) flights, 20 covers, including AAMC #SH 581 & 581a; 681 (16) Marine Mass Flight (signed by pilot), 713, plus a 1948 ship-to-shore, Very Fine to Extremely Fine, fascinating lot.
AAMC SH 581, 581a, 682, 713.
Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.
Current Bid$500
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Lot 425

1929-74, Transcontinental first flights, over 350 covers held in three albums, better include 1930 cover from LA to Westfield NJ signed, 1930 cover signed by Eddie Schneider (youngest transcontinental pilot), 1935 cover signed by Laura Ingalls (winner of the Harmon Trophy), 1937 cover flown by Howard Hughes on his Hughes Special "R256Y", 1937 cover signed by J.R. Weddell, 1938 US Army Corps flight, 1938 Bendix Race covers signed by Frank Cordova & Lee Geheback, 1938 Bendix Race cover signed by pilot Frank Fuller, and 1948 cover flown on B29 Bermuda to LA signed by pilot Darel Cole, along with photos, newspaper articles, schedules and ticket receipts, a collection worthy of your time and effort, Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate $1,500 - 2,000.
Current Bid$750
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Lot 426

1932-48, miscellaneous first flights, 13 covers; of particular interest, 1938 Puerto Rico "Kofresi" with Semi-Official stamp tied; 1940 Stratosphere flight; 1935 test flight by Espiritu Quisqueyano, a few CAMs, most interesting group, Very Fine to Extremely Fine.
Estimate $250 - 350.
Current Bid$130
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Lot 427

1939-40, Transatlantic or Transpacific flights, eight covers from various flights including five multi-country frankings: 1.) Montreal - London - Hong Kong - New York, Aug 10-Sep 12, 1939; 2.) London - Montreal - Hong Kong, Aug 3-19, 1939; 3.) New York - Hong Kong - Paris, Jun 20-Jul 11, 1939, 4.) Hong Kong - London, Jul 8-13, 1939; and 5.) San Francisco - Auckland - London - New York, Jul 30-Oct 21; the last an F.A.M.-19 cover remailed from Auckland to London on Jul 21, then again from London to the U.S. (date not struck up) with a final New York c.d.s. on Oct 21, three months later, having encountered a World War II censor somewhere along the way. An interesting lot.
AAMC TO 1328 etc.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Current Bid$80
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Lot 428

1946-80, Transcontinental jet first flights, over 700 covers residing in six albums, airlines include Hughes Airwest, TWA, Northwest Orient, United, American Airlines, Martinair, Eastern Airlines, Air Canada, Braniff, Continental, Western Airlines, Seaboard World Airlines, USAir, with many transcontinental, also includes picture postcards, luggage labels, ephemera and photos, a comprehensive collection sure to please the most meticulous collector, Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate $750 - 1,000.
Current Bid$375
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