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The Knapp Collection of Airmail Flights


U.S. Territories Flights
 
 
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Lot 480

Alaska, 1924 (Feb 21), Fairbanks - McGrath - Fairbanks, 2¢ stamped envelope postmarked Fairbanks duplex, Feb 21, 7 a.m., with McGrath receiver at 11:45 (time handwritten) and another Fairbanks duplex at 7 p.m. the same day, all markings on the front; signed by pilot, Carl B. Eielson, Very Fine. Also signed on the back by pioneer Airmail collector and dealer, Harry A. Truby.
AAMC 2/3.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Current Bid$80
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Lot 481

Alaska, 1924 (Mar 26), Fairbanks - McGrath, two cards and a cover postmarked Fairbanks, Mar 26, 4 p.m., with McGrath receivers the same day at 11:30 (time handwritten); all signed pilot Carl Eielson, the cover also signed by the Fairbanks Postmaster, W.T. Pinkerton, Very Fine.
AAMC 4.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Current Bid$100
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Lot 482

Alaska, 1928 (Apr 14), Wilkins Arctic Flight, Barrow - Spitzbergen, cover canceled Barrow, Apr 14, and signed by Wilkins, but not backstamped. Included is a copy of a letter from Wilkins to A.C. Roessler, stating that there was no Spitzbergen canceller available. So the Postmaster, who was also the manager of the Spitzbergen Radio station, known as Svalbard Radio, agreed to backstamp the cover with the station's handstamp. In the letter Wilkins also notes that the 96 covers carried were the only covers to receive the "Apr 14 1928 A.M." c.d.s., Very Fine.
AAMC TO 1071.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Current Bid$160
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Lot 483

Alaska, 1929 (May 16, 19), Fairbanks - Nome - Fairbanks, 2¢ stamped envelope postmarked Fairbanks machine cancel, May 16, 11 a.m., with 5 p.m. Nome duplex receiver at upper left; on reverse is another Nome duplex dated May 19 at 8 p.m. with an arrival at 8 a.m. the next day, Very Fine.
AAMC 53/54.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Current Bid$80
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Lot 484

Alaska, 1929 (Sep 29) (Moscow) - Seward, Alaska - New York, cover with 5¢ Beacon (C11) canceled Seward, Sep 29, and backstamped New York, Nov 2; typed endorsement "Land of the Soviet Plane, Alska to U.S.", signed by all four Russian aviators, Very Fine.
AAMC TO 1095a.
Estimate $100 - 150.
Current Bid$60
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Lot 485

Alaska, 1934 (Aug. 22), U.S. Army Plane Flight, Fairbanks, AK, to Washington, DC, cancelled Washington, DC, and addressed to Brooklyn, with manuscript "This cover was carried in an Army plane from" with original writing x'd out and "FAIRBANKS ALASKA TO/WASHINGTON, D.C." added by typewriter; "Courtesy of Charles N. Howard, 1 of the T.A.C., Plane No. 146"; no backstamp, Very Fine, unlisted variety.
AAMC SH684 var.
Estimate $200 - 300

A squadron of 10 Army Martin bombers made an experimental survey flight from Washington, DC, to Fairbanks. AAMC lists only markings for these Washington-to-Fairbanks covers; no mention of markings or cachets is made for the return flight.

Current Bid$100
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Lot 486

Alaska, 1925-86, first flights, 65 first flight covers, including two scarce early ones, interesting frankings and nice cachets, Very Fine to Extremely Fine, inspect.
AAMC 6, 28.
Estimate $400 - 600.
Current Bid$200
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Lot 487

Guam, 1935 (Oct 5-24), Pan-American Survey Flight, San Francisco - Guam & Return, two covers, one flown Honolulu - Midway - Wake - Honolulu, canceled at Honolulu on Aug 13 & 22 with scarce blue flight cachet signed by Capt. R.O.D. Sullivan; the second flown Wake - Honolulu, Aug 22, bears the more common "chain" cachet; it is endorsed by navigator, Fred Noonan, "Wake Island, Aug 21, 1935, 6:00 A.M." and mailed in Honolulu on Aug 23, to Noonan's wife in Berkeley, Calif.
AAMC TO 1240.
Estimate $300 - 400.
Current Bid$150
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Lot 488

Guam, 1935 (Oct 5-24), Pan-American Survey Flight, San Francisco - Guam & Return, 13 covers comprising San Francisco - Guam (2), Honolulu - Guam, Guam - Honolulu (2), Guam - San Francisco (2), Honolulu - Guam - Honolulu, and San Francisco - Guam - San Francisco (6); five are signed by the pilot, Capt. R.O.D. Sullivan.
AAMC TO 1243.
Estimate $300 - 400.
Current Bid$150
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Lot 489

Hawaii, 1919 (Jul 3), U.S. Army Flight, Honolulu - Hilo, cover canceled Honolulu, Jul 3, with manuscript "‘By airplane’, July 3, 1919" on front and back; minor perf tones, reduced slightly at right, otherwise Very Fine, reportedly only 10 covers were carried.
AAMC SH 532A. Muller 1.
Estimate $400 - 600.
Current Bid$200
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Lot 490

Hawaii, 1920 (Oct 11), Navy Seaplane, Honolulu - Hilo, cover canceled U.S. Submarine Argonaut, Honolulu, Oct 11, and backstamped U.S.S. Beaver, Hilo, the same day, Very Fine.
AAMC SH 678.
Estimate $100 - 150.
Current Bid$50
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Lot 491

Hawaii, 1925 (Aug 31), Attempted Nonstop Flight, San Francisco - Hawaii, two covers carried by Lt. Snody, the first, canceled San Diego, Aug 22, with both flight cachets; the second originated in Philadelphia with a 2¢ Washington and 24c Airmail (C6) canceled Aug 28 with handstamped "Coast to Coast Airmail", typewritten endorsement, "First Airplane Mail, San Francisco - Honolulu, Coast to Coast Airmail" and Aug 30 San Francisco backstamp.
AAMC TO 1033a [2].
Estimate $100 - 150.
Current Bid$50
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Lot 492

Hawaii, 1934 (Jan 10), U.S. Navy Squadron Flight, San Francisco - Pearl Harbor, six covers or cards, one carried by each of the six planes and signed by their respective pilots; all are canceled Aircraft Base Force, San Francisco, Jan 10, and backstamped Pearl Harbor, Jan 11, Very Fine.
AAMC TO 1200.
Estimate $400 - 600.
Current Bid$200
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Lot 493

Hawaii, 1935 (Mar 9), First Flight Over Wake Island, legal-size cover with linoleum-block cachet, postmarked Mar 9 on the U.S.S. Martin "Enroute to Pearl Hbr", signed by the pilot, J.S. Johnson; on the back is a signed statement by Johnson dated Norfolk, Va., Nov 24, 1948, "This cover is genuine and autograph authenticated as my own", Very Fine.
AAMC TO 1228.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Current Bid$150
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Lot 494

Hawaii, 1935 (Jun 13), Nonstop Pan-American Survey Flight, Honolulu - Midway Island, cover with P.A.A. gooney bird cachet postmarked Berkeley, Cal., Jul 18; endorsed by the flight's navigator, Fred Noonan, "F.J. Noonan, Pan American Clipper, Midway Is. to Honolulu, June 17 - 1935" and addressed to his wife in Berkeley, where the cover was posted and canceled on Jul 18, Very Fine. Most likely a unique cover.
AAMC TO 1236 var.
Estimate $300 - 400.
Current Bid$300
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Lot 495

Hawaii, 1934-68, first flights, over 100 covers housed in an album, includes 1935 Hawaii to Midway cover signed by the crew, 1935 first flight Honolulu to Johnston Island, 1936 Pearl Harbor to Hermes Reef, 1937 San Diego to Honolulu, 1937 Manila to San Francisco, 1938 Honolulu to New Guinea, with photos, magazine articles, autographs, luggage stickers, newspaper clippings, correspondence, documents, an impressive collection well worth a careful inspection, Very Fine.
Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.
Current Bid$500
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Lot 496

Puerto Rico, 1928, October 15, W.I.A.E. Later Experimental Flights, 11 covers, seven are franked with US #C11 and 2¢, postmarked San Juan Oct 15 1928 and includes: San Juan to Havanna; Santiago; Key West; Miami; Santo Domingo; Port au Prince and NY, also Santo Domingo franking to Miami on the same day, Haiti October 16 1928, Port au Prince to Miami, then Cuba franked with Lindbergh stamps Nov 1, 1928 Santiago to New York and Nov 4, 1928 Havana to New York, Very Fine, an excellent selection of these difficult-to-locate flights.
AAMC WI8 Note Later Flights.
Estimate $300 - 400

Captain Rowe later made flights to St. Thomas and St. Croix in the US Virgin Islands, The W.I.A.E. carried experimental mail from San Juan to Santo Domingo and Port-au-Prince, on October 15-16, 1928. While not the first service between the points, the covers are extremely scarce. A large number of the existing covers from the services of the W.I.A.E. were lost in the tropical hurricane which hit San Juan in the early thirties.

Current Bid$150
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Lot 497

Samoa, 1931 (May 16), U.S.S. Chicago - Pago Pago, cover canceled at Pago Pago in May 16 with U.S.S. Chicago/Pago Pago duplex handstamp below a violet flight cachet at upper left, Very Fine. Only 150 covers were carried.
AAMC TO 1137A. Muller 1.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Current Bid$80
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