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The Knapp Collection of Airmail Flights


U.S. Aviators
 
 
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Lot 429

Glenn Curtiss, four postcards, 1910-14, two unused; includes a 1910 real photo card of a "Curtiss Aeroplane Ready for a Flight"; also includes a 1910 5" x 7" photo of Curtiss and a passenger in a biplane over St. Augustine, Fla. (corner clipped and small tear); one of the unused cards has facial abrasions, otherwise a Fine lot.
Estimate $100 - 150.
Current Bid$50
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Lot 430

Frank Hawks, 1930-31, six covers plus 12 autographed photos of Hawks, along with various newspaper clippings from the period; the two earliest covers, dated Apr. 6, 1930, were from Hawks' San Diego - New York flight (AAMC #SH 621), each bearing the shield "First Trans-Continental/Glider Flight/sponsored by/The Texas Company/San Diego - New York/Frank Hawks, Pilot" cachet, one bearing an additional pink label "This letter given service by/'Eaglet' Captain Frank/Hawks, pilot, on first/flight of sailplane, San/Diego, Calif. to New York", the other signed by Hawks, Duke Jernigan (tow pilot) and the Assistant PMG; third cover (signed) is #SH 633, Hawks' New York - Los Angeles - New York flight; followed by a Dec. 12, 1930, New York - Washington, DC, cover, an Aug. 13, 1931 New York - Hot Springs, SD, cover (signed), and finally a Ft. Worth - Newark Aug. 26, 1931, signed cover, Very Fine, set your own record and bid early, but remember: "Don't send it by mail…send it by Hawks".
Estimate $200 - 300.
Current Bid$100
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Lot 431

John Macready, first non-stop transcontinental flight pilot; signed covers & ephemera, 1929-31, 3 covers, 2 from the 1929 National Air Races in Cleveland (each with cachet, 1 in black, 1 in purple), plus 1931 San Jose Good Will Flight cachet; the first 2 signed by Macready, the San Jose cover accompanied by Macready's calling card, signed; lot also includes autographed photos of Macready and Oakley Kelley, plus advertisements from Standard Oil Company of California and Phillips Petroleum touting the flight, letters from Bill Schneider to both pilots with their handwritten replies, a newspaper photo of the Fokker T-2, and information on the plane from the National Air & Space Museum and Air Line Pilot magazine, Very Fine, a nice group.
Estimate $150 - 200

Macready and Oakley piloted the first non-stop transcontinental flight from Long Island to San Diego in 1922, making the journey in 26 hours and 50 minutes.

Current Bid$80
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Lot 432
Earle Ovington, five different 1929-31 first flight covers signed by Ovington with his personal handstamp; also included is a 1938 National Air Mail Week cover signed by Mrs. Earle Ovington (Earle died in 1936); and a detailed typed letter to a representative of American Airways concerning incorrect artwork for a planned 20th Anniversary Flight commemorating Ovington's historic Sep 23, 1911 flight (one of the signed covers is of this flight); signed by Ovington with a handwritten notation pointing to "my private cachet used in autographing first flown air mail covers." Finally, there are a few contemporary newspaper and magazine clippings and a 16-page pamphlet, "Carrying the First U.S. Aerial Mail, by Earle L. Ovington, Licensed Aviator". It is an advertising piece for the Morrison-Ricker Mfg. Co., promoting their work gloves, a pair of which Ovington used during the 1911-12 flying season and attested to by Ovington in a letter written to the company, a reproduction of which is included in the pamphlet. The letter has five slight stains where it has been lightly affixed to a black backing sheet, otherwise everything is F-VF.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Current Bid$170
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Lot 433

Earle Ovington, six covers commemorating first airmail flight, 1931-61, five of which (from 20th Anniversary in 1931) signed by Earle Ovington; each bears at least one special commemorative cachet (many of the 1931 covers have two; these are AAMC #190, 190a (3), plus an unlisted Tucson commemorative cover); 1961 cover is AAMC #380; also includes photographs, contemporary newspaper clippings, picture post cards, and later articles on Ovington and his early airmail career, Very Fine, a wonderful opportunity for the early birds specialist.
Estimate $250 - 350.
Current Bid$250
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Lot 434
Wiley Post, five vintage photographs, including one of his plane, Winnie Mae, signed by his wife, Mae Post; also three souvenir covers and a few articles and clippings.
Estimate $100 - 150.
Current Bid$50
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Lot 435
Hugh Robinson, handwritten letter dated Jan 26, 1931, from Havana, Cuba; apparently in response to an enquiry, Robinson writes that he is "with the Curtiss Co. of Cuba". He also notes, not only his first Hydroplane Mail flight at the 1911 St. Louis Air Meet, but also "Then Oct-11-1911 I started down the Mississippi from Minneapolis with air mail also to Rock Island Ill., total 375 miles" - a flight that does not seem to have been previously chronicled. Also included is a Dec 1928 C.A.M. 25 first flight cover signed by Robinson as "U S Air Mail Pilot 10/71911" and an illustrated letterhead promoting Hugh Robinson, "America's most popular and successful Aviator" and his daredevil motorcycle act, the "Circle of Death"; the letterhead is identified in Robinson's hand as "Hagenbeck-Wallace Shows, Season 1914". (The Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus was an American traveling circus in the early 20th century that. at its peak, was second in size only to Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey). Both the letter and the illustrated letterhead have several tears, but are otherwise Fine overall.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Current Bid$80
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Lot 436

Rudolph W. (Shorty) Schroeder, pair of covers, one from Schroeder to Brooklyn, NY, listing his aviation CV, the second a commemorative cachet cover for the 25th anniversary of Schroeder's "epic flight into the stratosphere" in 1920; both covers signed by Schroeder; includes an Oct. 26, 1950, letter from Schroeder to Bill Schneider, both covers Very Fine.
Estimate $200 - 300

Schroder set several U.S. and world altitude records, climbing to 38,180 feet in 1920, and was "Commercial Air Mail Pilot License #1". He went on to work for United Airlines as Vice-President for Safety.

Current Bid$100
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Lot 437

Roscoe Turner, 10 covers in all, 9 of which are signed flight covers; includes two 1932 covers from the Bendix Trophy Race (#SH668), in which Turner finished third; a 1933 Bendix New York - Los Angeles cover, and two Los Angeles - New York flight covers, where Turner set a new time record; two 1934 Bendix Los Angeles - New York covers (where Turner bested his own time), plus 1934 and 1935 Bendix Los Angeles - Cleveland covers; contemporary photos (several signed) and newspaper articles, plus two signed letters, one apologizing for not being able to carry the requestor's covers, Very Fine.
Estimate $500 - 750.
Current Bid$250
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Lot 438

Wright Brothers, eight vintage postcards, 1908-10, four French (2 unused) and four U.S.; one is a real photo and another is multicolor; one of the French cards, picturing Wilbur Wright at the controls of his plane, bears a label of the Jean Mermoz Aéro Club's Exposition of French Aviation Souvenirs, Jan 6-8, 1939; also includes a postcard size French press photo of the Wrights preparing for their historic round-trip crossing of the English Channel, June 2, 1910.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Current Bid$100
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Lot 439

Early aviators' memorabilia, 1909-37, over 40 double-sided pages filled with covers, autographs, photos, articles and more about some of the earliest U.S. fliers; includes Lahm, Wiseman, Fowler, Foulois, Brabazon, Baldwin, glider soloists Babcock, Day and Kimball, Willard (fourth U.S. airplane pilot and the first barnstormer), Glenn Martin, Beckwith Havens & Augustus Post, Burge, first parachutist Henry Wacker, Billie Hank Miller ("Early Bird/Pioneer Girl Aviator-1912/Built Own Biplane, Logan, Ohio"), Blanche Noyes, Betty Gillies, Melba Beard, Viola Gentry, and much, much more, Very Fine, must inspect to truly appreciate.
Estimate $400 - 600.
Current Bid$200
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