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The Knapp Collection of Airmail Flights

U.S. Possessions Flights
Lot Photo Description
Lot 498

Canal Zone, 1918-23, pioneer and first FAM flights, two pioneer 1918-20 flights in preparation for FAM 3 in 1923, plus FAM 3's First Flight, Very Fine to Extremely Fine, very difficult group.
Estimate $750 - 1,000.
Realized $550.
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Lot 499

Canal Zone, 1925-37, first and subsequent flights, 11 covers in total, including six first flights and five later flights, variously franked, Very Fine to Extremely Fine, nice specialist's lot.
Estimate $400 - 600.
Realized $550.
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Lot 500

Philippines, 1919 (April 4-5), Ruth Law First Aerial Mail Service, issued "To commemorate the first aerial mail service/in the Philippines/April 4 and 5, 1919"; local usage, with 2c Rizal tied by triangular "The champion explorer of the sky/Aerial Mail Service/Bureau of Posts/Philippine Islands/MISS RUTH LAW" violet handstamp; handstamp repeated on back, which shows Miss Law in pilot's outfit, appearing to sit on the edge of a wing; printed "The Aero Club of the Philippines" and "No. 605 A", with handstamp address of Harry Truby in purple; slight ink stain to top of card front, which detracts not a whit, Very Fine.
AAMC 1. 1990 Muller 1: 30,000 points.
Estimate $500 - 750.
Realized $325.
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Lot 501

Philippines, 1927 (Feb. 18), Southern Islands Tournament Flight, seven covers (AAMC #17a, 17b, 17f, 17g, 17k, 17l and 17s), all carried by U.S. Army Seaplanes; stamps, including plate number single, 1926 Madrid-Manila Air overprints and even an Official overprint, tied by airplane special cancel with each envelope also bearing Manila origin c.d.s. and special barred bridge "via U.S. Army Air Service/Manila/Philippine Islands" cachet (AAMC Type 14, less Iloilo - Cebu - Manila, Type 15 with date [Feb. 23 1927] inverted); receivers often on cover face as well; #17s vertical crease at right not affecting stamps, otherwise Very Fine set, very few covers flown: #17a (35), 17b (38), 17f (12), 17g (12), 17k (13), 17l (8), 17s (6).
AAMC 17 vars; $670.
Estimate $500 - 750.
Realized $500.
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Lot 502

Philippines, 1928 (Jan. 28), Manila - San Jose, San Jose - Manila Experimental Army Air Service Flights, 10 covers tracing round-trip flights between Manila and San Jose between Jan. 28 and Oct. 7 (AAMC #20a-20e, 20aa-20ee); stamps tied by biplane "Manila P.I." cancel, with barred bridge "via U.S. Army Air Service/[date]/Philippine Islands" cachet in various colors; origin c.d.s. on face, most receivers on reverse; all also bear color four-line "VIA AIR PLANE/of the/United States Army/in the Philippines" or straightline "Via U.S. Army Air Plane" handstamp, Very Fine.
AAMC 20 vars; $470.
Estimate $300 - 400.
Realized $400.
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Lot 503
Philippines, 1930 (Aug 8), von Gronau Transatlantic Flight, autograph, boldly signed real photo postcard "W v Gronau"; on the back is a long penciled paragraph, in another hand, giving details of the flight and the plane, including the fact that it "had been used by Amundsen in the Arctic and Cpt. Frank Courtney in Atlantic", apparently written by the recipient of the autograph, Very Fine.
AAMC TO 1147 var.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Realized $250.
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Lot 504

Philippines, 1932 (Jul 21-Nov 10), von Gronau Round-the-World Flight, Manila - Java, cover franked with 16¢ postage canceled Manila, Sep 29; with violet Manila flight cachet and magenta descriptive text, backstamped Surabaya, Oct 3, Very Fine.
AAMC TO 1168j.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Realized $200.
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Lot 505

Philippines, 1926-76, first flights, over 250 covers in two albums, some better include Aparri to Manila AAMC 13 Jun 25 1926, Batangas to Manila AAMC 16 Nov 10 1926, Manila to Cebu AAMC 17f Feb 18 1927, Manila to San Jose AAMC 20a Jan 28 1928, San Jose to Manila AAMC 20aa Jan 29 1928, Exhibition Flights Manila to Manila AAMC 22 Feb 22 1928, Shore to Ship Flight AAMC 23 March 1 1928, Zamboanga to Manila AAMC 32 June 26 1928, San Jose to Iloilo AAMC 44c May 11 1931, Fort Stotsenburg to Canlubang AAMC 46 June 10 1931, many of the flight carried fewer than 100 covers, please examine, Very Fine.
Estimate $1,500 - 2,000.
Realized $2,000.
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