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The Knapp Collection of Airmail Flights


French Aviators
 
 
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Lot 537
Louis Blériot, bold "L Bleriot" signature on a French postcard picturing Blériot taking off from the Brayelle Airfield in Douai; also several relevant newspaper and magazine clippings from the 1930s and '40s, including a 1935 five-frame comic strip style depiction of Blériot's historic crossing of the English Channel.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Current Bid$100
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Lot 538

Louis Blériot, 12 different early (c. 1909) picture cards featuring Blériot and or his plane; eight are used, mostly in 1909.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Current Bid$100
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Lot 539
Dieudonné Costes & Joseph Le Brix, signatures "D. Costes" and "LeBrix" on World Map showing the route followed on the historic 1927-28 Round-the-World Flight; the map is on the inside of a program, approximately 12" x 8" opened up, for a charity performance by the Pasdeloup Orchestra to benefit a French Aviatorsí Charity Fund; also includes five vintage photos of the fliers and their plane, one of Costes with Robert Thiéry, another, a press photo composite showing Lindberg, Costes and Le Brix as "Conquerors" of the North Atlantic and the South Atlantic.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Current Bid$80
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Lot 540
Henri Farman, bold "H Farman" in blue on a 1908 postcard showing Farman piloting a Voisin biplane on the first cross-country flight in Europe, flying from Châlons to Reims on Oct 30, 1908; the card is entitled (in French) "The First Practical Airplane", Very Fine.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Current Bid$80
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Lot 541

Henri Farman, three postcards picturing Farman and his biplane, two are used (1909 & 1913, the first a real photo), Very Fine.
Estimate $100 - 150.
Current Bid$50
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Lot 542

Roger Sommer, flight endurance record setter, two French picture postcards, c. 1909, from the series, "Masters of Aviation", numbers 151 & 156 featuring Sommer at the controls of the Farman biplane in which he established the then-record of two hours, 10 minutes aloft; 151 is used, 156 unposted, Very Fine.
Estimate $100 - 150.
Current Bid$50
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Lot 543
Gabriel Voisin, bold "Gabriel Voisin" autograph in blue ballpoint on a ca. 1950s postcard reproduction of a French News Agency photo picturing a very early Voisin biplane; also includes a 1910 picture postcard of a very similar plane being flown by Josef Christiaens at the 1910 Champagne Air Meet, Very Fine.
Estimate $100 - 150.
Current Bid$50
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