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The Knapp Collection of Airmail Flights


Heavier-Than-Air Flights
 
 
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Lot 506

1909, picture postcard of Wilbur Wright in flight, card No. 10 in the series "Nos Aéroplanes" (Our Airplanes); posted Paris to London, Feb 5, 1909, Very Fine.
Estimate $100 - 150.
Current Bid$50
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Lot 507

1909-47, Air Meets and Air Meet Flights, 24 covers, virtually all First Flights; including Muller numbers: 126, 141, 145, 211, 229, 259a, 279, 297a, 356, 413, 421, 421a, 429, 446, 447, 454, 460 and Air-Bleu 23 & 80, Fine to Very Fine.
Muller 27//357.
Estimate $300 - 400.
Current Bid$150
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Lot 508

1909-47, Air Meets and Air Meet Flights, 25 mostly different cards and covers including (Muller numbers) Air Meets: 27, 54, 57, 76, 198, 209, 210 (2), 224, 325, 334 & 357; Flights (all with appropriate semi-official stamps): 80 (2), 93 (2), 94 (2), 95, 105 (2), 106 & 542, Fine to Very Fine.
Muller 27//357.
Estimate $400 - 600.
Current Bid$300
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Lot 509

1909 (Oct 3-17), Paris Aviation Meeting, two special picture postcards, numbers 15 & 22 in the series, each franked with a 5c Sower on the picture side, the first with the special "Port Aviation, Seine-et-Oise" cancel, Oct 16, the other, which has a hand-tinted pink sky, with a normal Corbeil, Seine-et-Oise c.d.s., Oct 9, Very Fine.
AAMC 4. Muller M38.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Current Bid$80
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Lot 510

1910-17, pioneer aviation postcards and press photos, 19 postcards and 25 press photos; the postcards, mostly used, are nearly all 1910-11, one being signed by Gen. Louis Mazier (French Aéro Club pilot's certificate #634); the photos include portraits of fliers Lt. de Sylvestre (in his cockpit) and Col. Désiré Lucca (also includes a 1966 cover signed by Lucca) plus 22 different postcard size photos of early planes and air meets by the French Press Agency, S.A.F.A.R.A.
Estimate $400 - 600.
Current Bid$200
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Lot 511

1910 (Apr 10-25), Nice Aviation Meeting, picture postcard franked with two 5c Sowers and a special commemorative label canceled Gare de Nice, Apr 18; also two other, completely different labels for the event, both canceled to order Nice, May 2, one with a small sealed tear, Very Fine.
AAMC 5. Muller M45.
Estimate $100 - 150.
Current Bid$50
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Lot 512

1910 (Jun 19-26), Rouen Aviation Meeting, two picture postcards franked with 5c Sowers canceled Rouen (dates not clear), Apr 18; one pictures aviator Leon Bathiat preparing his plane for its first flight, the other, dated Jun 26, shows a biplane over Rouen and the Seine, "taken from the Corneille Bridge"; also includes a 4" x 6" press photo of Edmond Audemar in his Bayard-Clement "Demoiselle" at Rouen, Very Fine.
AAMC 8. Muller M55.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Current Bid$80
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Lot 513

1910 (Jul 27-Aug 2), Caen Aviation Meeting, two special picture postcards franked with 5c Sowers and different bicolored Aviation Week labels canceled Gare de Caen, Aug 4 & 14; one pictures aviator and Nieuport monoplane in flight with an inset of pilot, Edouard Nieuport, the other shows a biplane"Hovering over the Prefecture", Very Fine.
AAMC 11. Muller M64.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Current Bid$80
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Lot 514

1910 (Aug 17), "Circuit of the East" Air Race, picture postcard of race winner Alfred Leblanc in his Bleriot monoplane coming in for a final landing above a large crown of spectators at Issy-les-Moulineaux on Aug 17 with an inset portrait of Leblanc; franked with a 5c Sower canceled Issy-les-Moulineaux, Aug 27, just one week after the event; minor toning around the stamp, otherwise Very Fine.
Estimate $100 - 150.
Current Bid$50
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Lot 515

1911, postcard picturing an air race around the Eiffel Tower, with a "Summit of the Eiffel Tower, May 1911" c.d.s.; message reads "Posted from top of Eiffel Tower 900 feet up" 10c stamp on back canceled by normal May 31 Paris c.d.s., Very Fine.
Estimate $100 - 150.
Current Bid$50
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Lot 516

1912 (Jul 31), Nancy - Luneville, a card and two covers, all bearing the special 25c Semi-Official Airmail canceled Nancy, Jul 28, and Luneville, Jul 31; the card was initially posted Jul 26 at Nancy, the covers Jul 27 at Tomblaine and Jul 28 at Malzeville; the first cover has been re-addressed, the second has a repaired tear at the bottom.
AAMC 18. Muller M146.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Current Bid$80
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Lot 517

1918 (Aug 17), Paris - St. Nazaire, picture postcard with red flight cachet franked with 15c stamp tied by Aug 17 "Paris/ Aviation" c.d.s.s with St. Nazaire receiver of the same date alongside, Very Fine.
AAMC 20. Muller 21.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Current Bid$100
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Lot 518

1919 (Mar 4), Military Flight, Paris - London, special card reminiscent of the Mulready envelope with 10c Sower canceled Mar 2; also includes 1.) a Compagnie des Grands Express Aériens "Carnet de Voyage", a large 2-sided fold-out brochure of a 1921 flight from Paris to London taken by a Miss Evelyn Haviland, aboard a Farman Goliath, that has been signed by the pilot, René Labouchere; and 2.) a postcard by the same company advertising there London - Paris Passenger Service, also signed by Labouchere.
AAMC 22.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Current Bid$80
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Lot 519

1922-23, Latécoère Flights, two covers, one Casablanca - Paris via Toulouse (Dec 15, 1922) the other Oran - Casablanca (Nov 25, 1923), the latter franked with French stamps, Fine to Very Fine.
Muller 82 vars.
Estimate $100 - 150.
Current Bid$50
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Lot 520

1923 (Jan 18), Paris/Versailles - Niamey, Niger, cover addressed to Fort Lamy, Chad; postmarked Versailles, Jan 14, and backstamped Niamey (Feb 18) and N'Guigmi (Mar 15), Very Fine. Only 140 pieces of mail were carried.
Muller 115.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Current Bid$100
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Lot 521

1924 (Sep 1), Antibes - Ajaccio, Corsica, picture postcard franked with a 45c Merson tied by Sep Antibes c.d.s. with Ajaccio receiver of the same date alongside, Very Fine.
Muller 106.
Estimate $100 - 150.
Current Bid$50
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Lot 522

1925 (Feb 3), Paris - Dakar, Senegal, cover with special bicolored Lemaitre-Arrachard flight label tied by blue oval cachet with appropriate postmarks; violet cachet on reverse notes the flight as being a world record for the distance of 4600km "in a straight line", Very Fine. Only 300 covers were carried.
Muller 117.
Estimate $100 - 150.
Current Bid$50
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Lot 523

1925 (May 31-Jun 3), Toulouse - Port Etienne - Casablanca - Dakar, cover with postmarks of all stops and signed by the pilot, G. Drouin, Very Fine.
Muller 130.
Estimate $100 - 150.
Current Bid$50
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Lot 524

1925 (Jun 30-Jul 7), Paris - London & London - Paris, two special illustrated, serially numbered postcards, the French card (Muller 133) signed by the pilot, Robert Bajac, the British card (Muller 135) addressed to him in Paris, A lovely pair of cards.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Current Bid$80
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Lot 525

1926 (Jun 11), Paris - Peking, China, postcard canceled Chaville, Jun 11, with Jun 18 Pekong receiver and French Legation in Peking handstamp in the front, along with the blue handstamp of the French airplane engine manufacturer, Lorraine-Diétrich; also includes a postcard portrait of the pilot, Pelletier d'Oisy and a 5" x 7" press photo of d'Oisy and his plane preparing for a 1926 flight to Tokyo, Very Fine. Only 37 covers were carried.
Muller 150.
Estimate $300 - 400.
Current Bid$300
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Lot 526

1926 (Oct 12), Madagascar Flight, Barre - Tanger, Morocco, picture postcard canceled Barre, Oct 11, with Tanger receiver on the front; violet flight cachets on address side; addressed by the pilot, Lt. Bernard, to himself in Tanger, Very Fine.
Muller 160. AAMC TO 1046.
Estimate $300 - 400.
Current Bid$150
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Lot 527
1927-37, Paris - Tokyo pioneer pilots, four double-side pages (eight sides) of photographs and notes of the early pilots who flew the Paris-to-Tokyo route; there's Coste from 1927 (tried Paris - Tokyo in two stops), Girier & Dardilly (1928), Doret & Micheletti (1937) and Libert & Denis (1937), Very Fine, great collateral material.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Current Bid$100
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Lot 528

1927 (Nov 25), Costes-Le Brix Round-the-World Flight, Paris - Buenos Aires, unaddressed cover postmarked Bourget, Oct 10, with a special Oct 20 "Costes y Le Brix" Buenos Aires machine cancel on the front, Very Fine, only 17 covers were carried, signed Schoendorf.
AAMC TO 1063.
Estimate $750 - 1,000.
Current Bid$375
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Lot 529

1928 (Mar 2), Paris - Buenos Aires & Buenos Aires - Paris, six airmail covers, Paris to Buenos Aires and to Montevideo (both backstamped Mar 17); Casablanca to Buenos Aires (Mar 2-17) and to Rio de Janeiro (Mar 2-15); Rio de Janeiro - Paris (Mar 2-14); and Buenos Aires - Casablanca (Mar 12-Apr 1), Fine to Very Fine.
AAMC TO 1069 & var.
Estimate $100 - 150.
Current Bid$50
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Lot 530

1929 (Oct-Nov), Paris - Madrid, two covers; 1.) first attempt, Oct 29, franked with 3.50fr postage and an attractive tourism publicity label canceled at Le Bourget Airport, backstamped Biarritz (Oct 29) and Madrid (Oct 31); 2.) first successful attempt, Nov 19, also franked with 3.50fr postage canceled Le Bourget Nov 19 and backstamped Madrid the same day; re-addressed to the sender, poste restante, at "Bourget Aviation, Seine" and remailed by air from Madrid on Nov 25 with a Paris receiver the same day, 30c in postage dues were added and canceled at Bourget Aviation on Nov 26, Very Fine.
Muller 244, 245.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Current Bid$100
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Lot 531

1930 (Jun 8), Vincennes - Casablanca - Paris, two special "National Aviation Days" cards posted in Vincennes and reposted in Casablanca; one without a Paris receiver.
Muller 264.
Estimate $100 - 150.
Current Bid$50
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Lot 532

1930 (May 12), Paris - Rio de Janeiro and Return, group of nine covers: Paris - Senegal and Paris - Rio (neither with official cachet), two covers Santiago, Chile - Paris (Muller 38, two different cachets), two Rio - Paris (Muller 77), and one Asuncion, Paraguay - Paris (Muller 9); also a 1955 25th Anniversary Flight, Senegal - Brazil, and a Brazil 50th Anniversary FDC.
AAMC TO 1109.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Current Bid$150
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Lot 533

1931 (Mar 14), Paris - Brazzaville, Middle Congo, special envelope franked with B38 tied by Mar 14 Le Bourget c.d.s.s and backstamped Brazzaville, Mar 22; signed by pilot, Marcel Goulette, Very Fine.
Muller 282.
Estimate $100 - 150.
Current Bid$50
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Lot 534

1931-81, Air France first flights, 46 covers mounted on pages, includes 1931 Jan 18 Port Afrien to Karachi cover, 1961 Dec 12 Montevideo to Thailand cover, 1961 Jan 4 Saigon to Japan cover, 1961 Dec 12 Paris to Iran cover, 1960 Feb 12 Berlin to Paris to Tokyo cover, 1958 Nov 24 Phnom Penh to Paris cover, with airline stationery, correspondence, attractive collection, Very Fine.
Estimate $500 - 750.
Current Bid$250
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Lot 535

1933 (Jan 12), First Passenger Airplane Flight, France - South America, special Arc-en-Ciel card with all appropriate markings including Rio de Janeiro & Buenos Aires receivers on the front, Very Fine.
AAMC TO 1175.
Estimate $100 - 150.
Current Bid$50
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Lot 536

1937 (Oct 16), Air France Dispatch Round-the-World Flight, special air letter sheet bearing stamps and canceled at Paris (Oct 16), Natal, Brazil (Oct 21), New York (Oct 25), and Victoria, Hong Kong (Nov 5); finally backstamped on return to Paris on Nov 22, Very Fine.
AAMC TO 1288.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Current Bid$100
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