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The Knapp Collection of Airmail Flights


Early Non-German Dirigibles
 
 
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Lot 83

Europe, 1908-12, dirigible postcards, six in all, one each from Belgium and Spain, two each from Austria and Italy, Very Fine, a difficult group of non-German LTA vessels.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Current Bid$80
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Lot 84

France, 1902-24, pioneer airships postcards, group of 60, featuring French airships, virtually all different, many being real photos with about half used.
Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.
Current Bid$500
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Lot 85

Great Britain, 1903-15, dirigible postcards, group of 15, featuring British airships, all different, 10 are real photos, 12 are used; also includes three Lambert & Butler cigarette cards picturing airships in full color.
Estimate $300 - 400.
Current Bid$150
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Lot 86

Italy, 1913-19, dirigible M.1 flights, 1913 card actually carried aboard, along with 1919 card scheduled to be carried, both with images of the airship, Fine to Very Fine, scarce pair.
AAMC 17. Muller 119a.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Current Bid$200
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Lot 87

Italy, 1926, Nobile Norge Arctic Flight, three covers, Rome - Kings Bay, Rome - Teller, and Rome - France favor, all with the Nobile label, properly tied with large purple oval handstamp, two signed by crew member, Very Fine.
Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.
Current Bid$650
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Lot 88

United States, 1904-10, lighter-than-air vessel postcards, various, including Knabenshue (9), Baldwin, Dixon (2), Jones, Strobel (2) and Van Vranken, plus nine unidentified as to maker and a number of reprinted photographs, Very Fine, rare lot virtually impossible to duplicate now.
Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.
Current Bid$500
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Lot 89

United States, 1930 (Jul 4), National Balloon Race, Thomas G.W. Settle [Navy Balloon No. 1], cover canceled Jul 5 and addressed to Lakehurst; typed inscription "Carried in Navy Balloon No. 1, National Balloon Race…"; on back is a typed statement signed by Settle, the balloon's pilot, "Dropped from Navy Balloon No. 1…", along with a Jul 7 Lakehurst duplex and an NAS Lakehurst time/ datestamp of the same date, Very Fine, see the U.S.S. Los Angeles Curtiss Trophy Race listing for another Settle cover.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Current Bid$100
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Lot 90

United States, 1931-86, lighter-than-air selection, 17 commemorative cacheted covers, Very Fine to Extremely Fine, inspection invited.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Current Bid$80
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Lot 91

United States, 1934 (Nov-Dec), Akron - Miami - St. Petersburg [Blimp Reliance 2] (Frost REL2-A), cover franked with 6¢ Winged Globe tied by St. Petersburg machine cancel, Dec 4, with blue handstamped flight cachet and signature of the pilot, Capt. S.H. Sheppard, Very Fine.
Frost $150.
Estimate $100 - 150.
Current Bid$50
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Lot 92

United States, 1935 (May 21), South Washington, Va., to Akron [Blimp Enterprise] (Frost ENT-A), cover franked with 6¢ Winged Globe tied by Akron duplex, May 21, with blue AAMS flight cachet and signature of the pilot, Karl Lange, Very Fine.
Frost $150.
Estimate $100 - 150.
Current Bid$50
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