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The Knapp Collection of Airmail Flights


U.S. Crash Covers
 
 
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Lot 455

1911, plane crash postcard, used card showing the wreckage of the fatal crash of William R. Badger's biplane at the Chicago Air Meet of August 1911, Very Fine.
Estimate $100 - 150.
Current Bid$50
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Lot 456

1920 (Sep 14), cover to Pemberville, Ohio, from Canal Zone, hotel advertising cover, handstamp "Damaged in Air-Mail Wreck/near Toledo O. 9-14-20." unusual external origination, Very Fine.
AAMC 200914; $125 1998.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Current Bid$80
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Lot 457

1923 (Feb 26), Cochranton, Pa., Cleveland to Brooklyn "Damaged in Airplane/Accident Cochranton, Pa/Feb 26 1923." with additional auxiliary markings "Not Found in 378B", "Not in Directory" and "Returned to Writer"; on reverse, in pencil, "Leon Hardt, pilot, was killed" and Brooklyn receiver, Very Fine.
AAMC 230226; $250 1998.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Current Bid$160
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Lot 458

1926 (Feb 12), Bryan, Ohio, "Damaged-in-Air-Plane/Accident. Feb. 12. '26/Bryan, Ohio.", charred with one stamp off, Fine, rare, only two known.
AAMC 260212; $325 1988.
Estimate $250 - 350.
Current Bid$130
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Lot 459

1932 (Mar 19), Calimesa, Cal - American Airways, from Mexico (unusual), with USPO mimeo note of explanation to recipient, badly charred and separated, Fine.
AAMC 320319; $150 1998.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Current Bid$80
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Lot 460

1928 (Nov 25), West Lebanon, Ohio, ephemera, consisting of two pieces of each of the orange and black fabric, plus a piece of the fur lining of the coat of pilot Tildon Johnson who was killed, with notarized affidavit of authenticity, Very Fine to Extremely Fine, rare mementos, only four covers reported.
AAMC 281125.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Current Bid$100
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Lot 461

1932 (Mar 31), Bedford, Ohio, one known, one piece of orange and one piece of grey fabric from the wreck, plus notarized note of attestation, Very Fine to Extremely Fine, rare mementos.
AAMC 320331.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Current Bid$100
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Lot 462

1932 (Jun 2), Fresno, Calif., AAMS 32.10, badly charred remains forwarded to Los Angeles in USPO Penalty ambulance cover with explanatory note, Fine, rare thus.
AAMC 320602.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Current Bid$100
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Lot 463

1932 (Dec 13), McCleland, Iowa, charred remains of cover with USPO explanatory note, franked 7¢ with "Postage due 8 Cents/ M.15" auxiliary marking, Fine.
AAMC 321213.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Current Bid$80
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Lot 464

1933 (Jan 10), Pittsburgh, Pa., three covers, one with attestation, all charred, one in official ambulance cover (franked with 2¢ Washington Bicentennials), two with explanatory notes, Very Fine, lovely and scarce group.
AAMC 330110.
Estimate $300 - 400.
Current Bid$150
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Lot 465

1933 (Jun 4), Upper Zion, Va., badly charred cover "Damage due to/air mail interruption/at/Upper Zion Va", Fine, scarce.
AAMC 330604.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Current Bid$80
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Lot 466

1933 (Jul 28), Kansas City, Mo., AAMS 33.7; three covers each with cachet "Damaged at Kansas City/Jul 28. 33 when plane/fell in the river," two in green, one in magenta (unlisted), Very Fine.
AAMC 330728.
Estimate $250 - 350.
Current Bid$130
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Lot 467

1938 (May 25), Cleveland, Ohio ephemera, cover plus large piece of silver fabric and burnt piece of mailbag with letter of attestation, Very Fine, unusual.
AAMC 380524.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Current Bid$100
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Lot 468

1938 (Nov 29), Point Reyes, Calif., AAMS 38.7; franked by pair of 3¢ Washington coils, cachet "Damage due to air mail/interruption near/Point Reyes, Cal/Nov 29. 1938"; press photo of pilot accompanies, Very Fine.
AAMC 381129.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Current Bid$80
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Lot 469

1939 (Mar 26), Oklahoma City, Okla., charred envelope with cachet "Damage due to air mail/interruption near/Oklahoma City, Okla/Mar 26, 1939.", with accompanying ambulance envelope, Very Fine.
AAMC 390326.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Current Bid$100
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Lot 470

1942 (Jan 12), Las Vegas, Nev., Carole Lombard crash, crash in which Carole Lombard died; cachet "Delay due to/air mail interruption/at/Las Vegas, Nev./Jan 16, 1942,"; with newspaper clipping, Very Fine, four recorded.
AAMC 420116.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Current Bid$100
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Lot 471

1943 (Feb. 22), Pan Am "Yankee Clipper" North America-Europe flight, cover salvaged at Lisbon (Portugal), commercial envelope with pre-printed "HAMILTON and FRASER and ASSOCIATES", Piedmont, California, return address; sent to London, England; with boxed violet straightline "DAMAGED BY SEA WATER" cachet; "EXAMINED BY/10074" tape seals left edge, and British Post Office Seal #RLS54 seals flap, Very Fine.
Nierinck 430222o; SFr 160 ($170).
Estimate $100 - 150

Carrying mail from both the U.S. and South America, the Clipper crashed and sank when landing on the Tagus River. 93 bags of mail were recovered and forwarded to their destinations. Numerous markings are known (Nierinck lists 6 for mail destined to Great Britain alone).

Current Bid$50
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Lot 472

1920-80, crash covers, about 60, with AAMC 20.3 Ill to CA with "Rec'd Oakland/from Airplane/Wreck", 21.4 with label from postmaster WY, 21.5 with purple "S.F.Calif. July 16 1921/Damaged in Air Plane Fire", 22.1 Porcupine Ridge UT with purple "Delayed by forced landing/Air Mail Plane-Porcupine/Ridge Utah Dec 15 1922/Recovered Dec 27 1922", 28.7 Polk PA with tag "Damaged in crash of night air plane near Polk PA on Oct 18 1928", and many more identified by AAMC number, a rare opportunity to find so many identified, please examine, Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate $1,500 - 2,000.
Current Bid$750
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