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1938 Presidential Issue: The Collection of Richard Levy




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Lot 733

1938, 5¢ Presidential (Scott 810), 50-stamp franking on cover sent New York to the Philippine Islands, postage split 20 stamps on front with 30 on reverse (six singles, one pair, two strips of three, one strip of four, two blocks of eight and a block of 16), paying five times the 50¢ per ½-ounce Airmail rate to the Philippines; stamps on front tied by June 19, 1939, New York Church Street Annex duplexes, those on reverse by roller edge-type cancels, with two stamps additionally tied by Manila June 27 receiver, imaged on page 174 of Rustad, The Prexies; opened for display, with small split at right of bottom envelope margin, Fine to Very Fine, a captivating cover.
Estimate $400 - 600.
Realized $400.
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Lot 734

1938, 8¢ Presidential (Scott 813), on Tonga tin can mail cover, paying the 5¢ surface rate plus 3¢ additional ounce, tied by Watsonville, CA, machine cancel dated Oct. 28, 1941; cover addressed to Postmaster Quinsell at Tin Can Island, Tonga Group, South Sea Islands; front bears red "Inward-Tin-Can/-Mail-Cover,/Niuafoou-Tonga,/South-Sea," cachet, along with four Tin Can Mail dispatch handstamps; reverse with additional eight Tin Can handstamps (including Gaelic and (partial) Greek) plus a second boxed "Inward/Tin Can/Mail" cachet; missing back flap, Fine to Very Fine, a seldom-encountered incoming Tin Can Mail cover, scarce.
Estimate $300 - 400.
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Lot 735

1938, 11¢ Presidential (Scott 816), solo use to Denmark, exactly paying the 3-ounce foreign surface rate, the bottom margin Polk is tied by one of two Mar. 12, 1952 Chicago duplexes; merchandise letter additionally bears on front a Customs label at lower left, with Danish crowned posthorn and "J. 4012" label at center right; brown tape sealing corners and back flap; bottom back panel torn on opening, but of no consequence, Fine to Very Fine, one of the rarest 20th century stamp solo usages paying an exact rate, ex Suffet.
Estimate $750 - 1,000.
Realized $950.
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Lot 736

1938, 13¢ Presidential (Scott 818), solo use on cover mailed the last day of 10¢ special delivery rate, from the University of Notre Dame Athletic Department (corner card), with fancy white-on-red "Special Delivery" etiquette at lower left; cover sent Oct. 31, 1944, addressed to Holyoke, MA, with Mr. Fillmore paying the 3¢ First-Class plus 10¢ Special Delivery rate; "last day 10¢ rate" in pencil at front left; light Holyoke receiver (Nov. 1) on reverse, Very Fine, a fascinating, non-philatelic usage, ex Suffet.
Estimate $500 - 750.
Realized $500.
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Lot 737

1938, 13¢ Presidential (Scott 818), on air mail special delivery cover sent Tennessee to Michigan, the bottom right corner margin pair of Fillmores tied by Knoxville, TN, machine cancel dated (difficult to read; Nov. 18, 1955); cover addressed to Detroit, with Nov. 21 receiver on reverse; adhesives pay the 6¢ Airmail plus 20¢ Special Delivery rates, imaged on page 225 of The Prexies by Rustad, Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate $350 - 500.
Realized $225.
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Lot 738

1938, 17¢ Presidential (Scott 822), solo usage: the celebrated Hawaiian use: Registered fee (15¢) and local First-Class (2¢) make up this rare 17¢ rate; stamp tied by mute oval cancel on "Puunui Market" corner ad cover addressed to "Territory of Hawaii/Honolulu Hawaii"; two Honolulu June 10, 1941 Registered handstamps on reverse, Very Fine to Extremely Fine, photographed in various handbooks, scarce and important, ex Suffet, and one of the keys to his collection.
Estimate $3,500 - 5,000.
Realized $3,000.
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Lot 739

1938, 17¢ Presidential (Scott 822), solo usage cancelled by socked-on-the-nose concentric rings on Cleveland, OH, local use #10 cover, returned to sender; the single stamp paying the extremely rare 17¢ rate for Registered local mail (2¢ postage plus 15¢ Registered fee); Aug. 15, 16 and 28, 1940, Cleveland daters on reverse, Very Fine, an amazing 20th century cover, ex Suffet.
Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.
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Lot 740

1938, 17¢ Presidential (Scott 822), on #10 envelope sent Georges Mills, NH to Concord, NH; Johnson is accompanied by 3¢ Jefferson (#807) plus lower left plate number margin strip of three 10¢ Tylers (#815), all tied by mute four-ring bulls-eye cancels; front additionally bears black straightline and violet boxed "Registered", plus black straightline "Return Receipt" and violet two-line "Return Receipt Requested/Fee Paid" handstamps; reverse bears two Georges Mills Registered daters and a Concord receiver, all of Jan. 3, 1952; light corner fold lower right, Very Fine.
Estimate $400 - 600.
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Lot 741

1938, 19¢ Presidential (Scott 824), solo registered usage: stamp tied by mute cancel on cover addressed to Milwaukee, WI; totally non-philatelic and thus rare and desirable, as there are just a handful of ways to make a properly paid 19¢ rate, here comprising the 15¢ Registry fee, plus 3¢ First-Class postage plus 1¢ surcharge for unindemnified excess value; two Port Washington, WI, Registered daters (Sept. 15, 1943) and same-day Milwaukee receiver on reverse; paper clip stains at top center, still Fine to Very Fine or better, a truly elusive cover, ex Suffet.
Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.
Realized $2,000.
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Lot 742

1938, 20¢ Presidential (Scott 825), on cover from New York to Greece, Returned: on oversized envelope, 20 Garfields (three pairs plus 16 singles), plus three 50¢ Tafts (#831) on corner ad cover addressed to Athens; stamps tied by multiple strikes of New York, NY, GPO duplexes dated Feb. 17, 1941; endorsed in red "Via Transatlantic Clipper Air Mail" at lower left; boxed "Not Opened/by/Censor" handstamp lower right contradicted by Egyptian censor's bilingual tape at left and violet handstamp at center; boxed "No Service" and multiple boxed "Retour" handstamps on face; reverse, interestingly, sports a Victoria, Hong Kong, 1 MR 41 handstamp plus a "Returned Letter Office/30 AU/41/Hong Kong" dater as well; paper wrinkles and edge flaws as to be expected from this round-the-world cover, Fine to Very Fine, a great item for the wartime postal historian.
Estimate $300 - 400.
Realized $300.
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Lot 743

1938, 22¢ Presidential (Scott 827), solo airmail special delivery usage, stamp tied by Saint Paul, MN, machine cancel (Nov. 3, 1945) on cover addressed to New Brunswick, NJ, with violet "Via Air Mail/Special Delivery" handstamp at lower left, Very Fine, a magnificent example of this scarce franking.
Estimate $1,500 - 2,000.
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Lot 744

1938, 22¢ Presidential (Scott 827), solo usage on Cornell University Athletic Association pre-printed Registered cover addressed to Buffalo; stamp tied by mute oval cancel and pays 3¢ postage, 15¢ Registry fee, 3¢ return receipt, and 1¢ surcharge for $50 unindemnified value; Oct. 30, 1941, Ithaca plus Oct. 30 and 31 Buffalo Registered daters on reverse, Very Fine, one of the rarest solo usages, ex Suffet.
Estimate $1,500 - 2,000.
Realized $1,900.
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Lot 745

1938, 24¢ Presidential (Scott 828), on airmail cover to Canton, China, a rather exotic combination of stamps to pay the 70¢ per ½-ounce airmail rate to China in 1946, the 24¢ pair and 22¢ single (#827) tied by Aug. 18 Scarsdale, NY, duplexes; cover addressed to Dr. James Henry of the UNRRA in Shameen, Canton; light Sept. 5 Chinese roller slogan cancel on reverse, Very Fine, ex Suffet.
Estimate $500 - 750

Imaged on p. 289 of Rustad, "The Prexies"
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Lot 746

1938, $1 Presidential (Scott 832), on combination rate cover sent from Puerto Rico to the Philippine Islands, a sensational, and certainly incredibly scarce, combination rate cover from one US Possession to another; postage paid by horizontal pair of Wilsons plus 30¢ Fourth Bureau Issue (#700) and 10¢ Planes-and-Map Airmail (#C7), all tied by multiple strikes of San Juan, Puerto Rico duplex dated Aug. 2, 1940; typewritten endorsement "Per Air Mail All Throughout" at top center, with Manila Aug. 14 receiver on reverse; the $2.40 equals four times the 10¢ per ½-ounce Puerto Rico-US Airmail rate plus the 50¢ per ½-ounce US to Philippines Airmail rate, Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate $400 - 600

Imaged in "The Prexies" (Rustad), p. 318
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Realized $550.
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Lot 747

1938, $2 Presidential (Scott 833), used on censored airmail cover sent from Staten Island, New York to Port Elizabeth, South Africa, the very fresh Harding and additional pair of 20¢ Garfields (#825), tied by three strikes of New York, NY, Church Street Annex duplexes; Censor tape at left, with paper tape and two 1942 Christmas Seals sealing the back flap; cover slightly reduced at right on opening (stamps and markings unaffected), Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate $400 - 600.
Realized $200.
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Lot 748

1938, $2 Presidential (Scott 833), on cover from New York to Shanghai, tied, along with 10¢ Tyler (#815), by one of two strikes of July 18, 1946, New York Church Street Station duplex, as well as by July 31 Shanghai slogan roller cancel (repeated as well on reverse); cover appears reduced at left, but is complete and sound, Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate $400 - 600.
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Lot 749

1938, $2 Presidential (Scott 833), solo usage with stamp tied by light, face-free target cancel with Livorno, Italy, 28.3.52 bridge dater alongside; cover, with "S/S President Harding" corner, addressed to Superior, WI, sent Airmail Special Delivery; April 1 receiver on reverse, Fine to Very Fine.
Scott $300.
Estimate $300 - 400.
Realized $325.
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Lot 750

1938, $2 Presidential (Scott 833), on bank tag, $2, 50¢ (#831) and 13¢ (#818) all tied by single mute oval, with Wilmington, VT Registered receiver (Aug. 11, 1947) alongside; sent same day from the Brattleboro branch of the Vermont-Peoples National Bank, Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate $200 - 300.
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Lot 751

1938, $5 Presidential (Scott 834), unique non-philatelic solo usage on a large portion of a waterproof parcel wrapper sent via Airmail Parcel Post; "Army-Air Force Postal Service/500/APO" four-bar cancel reveals this was mailed from an army base in Japan (no date); Tillioum, Washington, arrival dated Aug. 9, 1956 on front, along with straightline "Air Mail" and "Passed Free/U.S. Customs/Airport Office/Seattle, Wash." handstamps at lower left, Fine to Very Fine, the only reported non-philatelic solo use of the $5 Prexie, ex Suffet.
Estimate $5,000 - 7,500

The crowning addition to any collection of 20th century commercial, Prexie or solo covers
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Realized $3,500.
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Lot 752

1938, $5 Presidential (Scott 834), on registered cover, with the 3¢ First-Class postage, 35¢ Registry fee, $4.62 surcharge for unindemnified excess value and 4¢ return receipt fee paid by a single $5 Coolidge plus two 2¢ Nations United for Victory (#907), all tied by two mute double-ring ovals; straightline "Registered Mail" and "Return Receipt Requested" handstamps at lower left front; reverse with "New York, N.Y./12•    27/1946/Reg'y Div." origin in black and same-day "Church St." and next-day "Gracie Sta." daters in violet; corner ad cover for William Holzman & Co., their impressed red wax seal on reverse, imaged in Rustad, The Prexies, p. 330, Very Fine, one of the finest #834 covers available, ex Suffet.
Estimate $1,500 - 2,000.
Realized $3,250.
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Lot 753

1938, Presidential issue, balance of the Richard Levy collection (Scott 803-834, 839-851), Handsomely presented in three large binders, the series is arranged in denomination order, with singles (many with shades), plate blocks (of many of the plates used over the years), First Day Covers variously cacheted, varieties and oddities, plus usages (solo, single, and mixed).

Stamp highlights include a striking 1¢ foldover horizontal strip of 22 (the full sheet width plus gutter plus additional column at right); complete panes of the ½¢ and 1½¢ Canal Zone overprint; 1½¢ St. Louis MO precancels (pairs and a complete pane) showing the part-perforated and imperforate-between varieties; 1½¢ plate block #22880, the second "8" inverted; all three printings of the $1 (#832, 832c, 832g); doctor blade errors, etc.

Nearly every possible usage is here, with Registered, Censored, Airmail, Special Delivery, Certified, Insured, Return Receipt…sometimes with multiple rates on a single cover. There are perfins on cover, a Permit Postage payment form, a couple two-country frankings, even several wartime covers from Alaska and Hawaii to the mainland, which were censored (apparently Territory status didn't warrant trust). Destinations include the usual Hawaii/Alaska/Europe suspects, but we also find Belgian Congo, DWI (a couple decades late!!), Brazil, Curacao, Ecuador, Thailand (returned)…even the Bronx.

Solo usages abound, including many of the difficult to rare denominations; we note 4½¢ sheet, 7¢, 11¢, 16¢ (3!), and $1 (2!!).

The collection holds over 360 covers (including First Days), with highlights including a 3¢ on White House invitation from Eleanor Roosevelt with all enclosures; a 3¢ First Day Cover with pre-Eye and both Electric Eye types; 4½¢ sidewise coil strip of six including a line pair, on Esso Touring Service First-Class Mail piece; 4½¢ plate block on Registered cover; 15¢ (strip of three plus 5¢) to Germany, Returned, "Service Suspended", with the rarely seen interior notice Form OC-12; 50¢ solo on Honolulu Advertiser corner card cover, and much, much more., Very Fine.
Estimate $10,000 - 15,000

Imaged in full online. You'll see numerous empty spaces for covers, but fret not: they're all offered in this sale.

A magnificent, substantial start to an award-winning Prexies exhibition.

Realized $6,500.
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