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Lot 513

Korea, 1950, U.S. Air Letter sheet from Taegu (Daegu) Air Base to the U.S., franked with a 500wm Li Sun-Sen (113) tied by Taegu c.d.s. and by U.S. Army Post Office, A.P.O. 901 duplex, Oct 3 or 4, 1950, which also ties a pair of U.S. 3¢ Commemoratives; the sheet contains a long, easily-read letter from Charles Grutzner, a Korean War correspondent for the New York Times, to his wife in Brooklyn. Grutzner relates that, because of the War, there was no Korean civil mail service to the U.S., so at the local Post Office, he bought some stamps, affixed this one to the Air Letter, had the clerk postmark it and hand it back. He then took it to the Air Base, A.P.O. 901, where the U.S. stamps were added—in effect, postage dues— and the letter sent on its way. He adds, "Please save this entire cover as it may become a rarity." The letter is then mostly personal but gives some interesting details of his time spent with other reporters, and he wonders "whether China may get into the fight." A unique piece of Korean War postal history., Very Fine.
Estimate $300 - 400.
Realized $700.
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