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Sale 29

The Steve Berlin Collection of Karl Lewis Covers


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Lot 2001

Fujiyama: 1933 (July 12) to New York, A pristine cachet Type V variety (with tree in the foreground; one of only 26 recorded) with caption Type 1A, from the 1933 opening day of the Mt. Fuji Summit Post Office. Franked with 10s postage, the three stamps tied by two strikes of the 8.7.12 Fuji-san Scenic Datestamp. Gray-blue beikokuyuki ("To US") handstamp at left. Reverse bears "C - 4 ." combination notation, with typed ") N (" opening remarque, as well as a gray-blue ornate genkan handstamp sealing the flap. Only 68 covers are known for the year., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,200 - 1,600.
Realized HK$600.
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Lot 2002

Fujiyama: 1933 (Aug. 28) to Ohio, A Type V cachet, with the scarcer pre-printed caption Type 2 (21 recorded by JP). A colorful trio of definitives making up the 10s international letter rate, tied by two strong strikes of the Fuji-san Scenic Datestamp. Blue "To US" handstamp rising from the mountain's summit. "C - 5 ." combination notation, plus a typed simple "N." opening notation (opposed to Lewis' more common ") N (" remarque). Flap sealed by vertical oval kan handstamp. A pretty cover, and one of just 68 known from 1933., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,200 - 1,600.
Realized HK$1,300.
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Lot 2003

Fujiyama: 1934 (July 12) to Oklahoma, Our final Type V cachet in the sale, this one with pre-printed Type 1A caption. Posted on the third day the Mt. Fuji Summit Post Office was open in 1934, the cover bears 10s postage (a 7s orange Tazawa flanked by 1½s blues), all tied by two Scenic Datestamps. Blue (slightly grayed) "To US" handstamp. Combination notation "C - 14." with uncommon typed " N " opening remarque (using quotation marks rather than parentheses). Blue kan vertical oval handstamp sealing flap. Despite Lewis' "do not open" instructions, the cover was opened—cleanly—along the flap. Filler material still enclosed. 46 covers are known for 1934, on 11 posting dates., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,200 - 1,600.
Realized HK$1,200.
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Lot 2004

Fujiyama: 1934 (July 25) to Kansas, Common cachet Type 1Aa, showing a path leading to a bridge over water, with trees and Mt. Fuji in the distance. Three definitives, each portraying the mountain, pay the 10s postage, and are tied by two 9.7.25-dated Scenic Datestamps. In addition to the blue "To US" handstamp at right, note that Lewis retyped/redesigned the address! "C - 27 ." combination notation with ") O (" typed on flap, sealed by a blue vertical oval kan handstamp. Opened at right, and accompanied by original July 19, 1934 letter on brown letterhead mentioning Pacific Coast strike, a previous mailing of 21 postcards, etc., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,400.
Realized HK$1,100.
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Lot 2005

Fujiyama: 1934 (July 30) addressed to Karl Lewis, A cachet Type II (Mt. Fuji with sun; 36 known), caption Type 1A cover, with Lewis' address handstamped in black, with his name added in pen (all reading vertically). A pair of 1½s Tazawas are tied by a clear strike of the 9.7.30 Mt. Fuji Scenic Datestamp with, inexplicably, a black Yokohama foreign mail comb cancel dated 4.8.34 alongside. Reverse lacks either markings or seal, though the envelope was opened at tip of the flap. This is the earliest recorded Mt. Fuji cover addressed to Lewis, and one of only three such known., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,400 - 2,800.
Unsold
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Lot 2006

Fujiyama: 1934 (Aug. 10) to New Jersey, A very pretty, and relatively scarce, Type III ship-design cachet (15 known), with pre-printed caption Type 1A. The four-stamp, four-color franking, tied by two 9.8.10 Mt. Fuji Scenic Datestamps, complement the bold colors of the cover design. Blue "To US" handstamp at upper left, with "C - 1 ." combination notation on reverse (no opening remarque). Flap sealed by double-framed square kan handstamp, with flap neatly opened. One of 46 recorded for the year., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,600 - 2,000.
Realized HK$1,800.
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Lot 2007

Fujiyama: 1934 (Aug. 10) to California, On a true ship cover cachet, not a Fuji Type III cover (the mountain is most definitely not Fuji-san). The cover, showing a path leading under a torii, with a steamer and two sampans on the water, bears pre-printed caption Type 1A, 10s in definitives, two tying Mt. Fuji Scenic Datestamps, and blue "To US" marking at upper right. Combination notation "C - 5 ." only on reverse, with flap sealed by vertical oval kan handstamp in blue. The cover is reduced slightly (and unevenly) at top—but is still fresh with strong colors and an uncommon design., Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,600 - 2,000.
Realized HK$1,600.
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Lot 2008

Fujiyama: 1934 (Aug. 18) to Illinois, A cachet Type VIII cover depicting a moored boat with Mt. Fuji in the background, of which only five are known, with caption Type 1A. The cover is franked with three definitives totaling 10s, tied by two Fuji Scenic Datestamps, with the "To US" handstamp uncharacteristically in black. Combination "C-5." is noted on reverse, which lacks any opening remarque. The reverse also bears a flap-sealing blue vertical oval kan handstamp and, at lower left, a manuscript "Sept. 10, 1934" receiving note by Mr. Kramer. A lovely, scarce cover., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,400 - 1,800.
Realized HK$1,500.
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Lot 2009

Fujiyama: 1934 (Aug. 24) to California, A cachet Type II showing a road with gate and torii, with sun-backed Mt. Fuji in background, of which 36 are recorded. The cover is inscribed with pre-printed caption Type 1A, with postage paid by three Tazawas tied by two Fuji Scenic Datestamps dated 9.8.24. Handstamps front ("To US") and back (oval kan seal across flap) are toned from the filler. The only marking on the reverse is a typed "san" on the flap, between the usual combination number and opening instructions positions. This is the only such marking on covers in this sale. The cover is also addressed cryptically to "B-8." in Ventura, California—who elsewhere in the sale is identified as A.S. Griffith (see Lot #2311)., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,600 - 2,000.
Realized HK$900.
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Lot 2010

Fujiyama: 1934 (Aug. 24) to New York, On an incredibly rare Type IX cachet, only two of which are recorded—and this design shows Mt. Fuji without the sun behind, against JP's description of Fuji with sun. Caption is Type 1A, franking is tri-colored with two Mt. Fuji Scenic Datestamps tying, with blue "To US" handstamp alongside. "C - 5 ." combination notation on back, which lacks opening remarque. Flap, which has been carefully opened, has a blue vertical oval kan handstamp. A lovely, eye-catching cover., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,400 - 1,800.
Realized HK$1,800.
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Lot 2011

Fujiyama: 1935 (July 10) to Missouri, A Type I cachet (though without sun behind the mountain, or boats), with caption Type 1A and with bi-color franking—cancelled on the 1935 opening day of the Summit Post Office. Front also bears blue "To US" handstamp, with back marked with "C-26." combination notation and typed ") N (", as well as blue vertical oval kan handstamp. Opened at right. Only 34 covers are known from 1935, posted on one of eight days during the two months the post office was open at the summit., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,200 - 1,600.
Realized HK$1,200.
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Lot 2012

Fujiyama: 1935 (July 30) to Kentucky, Bearing the only-known typed caption Type 6 (imaged in JP 70:6, p. 351). The 10s in postage (including a 9½s Airmail) is tied by two lovely strikes of the Mt. Fuji Scenic Datestamp, with the blue "To US" handstamp in-between. Typed on the reverse are a "C-6." combination notation plus ") N (" opening remarque. The flap is sealed by a nearly circular kan handstamp. The collector stapled the cover to her album page, with holes and rust stains at left-side and bottom right corners—but these hardly detract from the gorgeous cachet. We're especially enamored of the pure white sail on the sampan, which is painted over the underlying colors., Despite the ghosts of staples past, a Very Fine cover—and unique.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,400.
Realized HK$1,100.
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Lot 2013

Fujiyama: 1935 (Aug. 12) to Illinois, A second of only five known Type VIII (moored boat) cachets, again with caption Type 1A—and one of only 34 covers recorded for 1935. Two Scenic Datestamps tie the tri-color franking, to the left of which is found the blue "To US" handstamp. "C-29." and ") N (" typed on reverse, with flap sealed by blue horizontal oval kan handstamp. If you missed Lot 2008 for this cachet, here's your last chance!, Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,400 - 1,800.
Realized HK$1,300.
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Lot 2014

Fujiyama: 1935 (Aug. 30) to New York, Being a last-day cancellation for the year. The cachet is a Type II (without sun), of which only 36 are recorded, and carries the pre-printed caption Type 1A. The pretty three-stamp, three-color franking is tied by two Scenic Datestamps, with blue "To US" handstamp at upper left. Typed on reverse are the "C-28." combination notation and do-not-open ") N (". Backflap is sealed by blue oval kan handstamp. A very clean cover., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,200 - 1,600.
Realized HK$1,200.
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Lot 2015

Fujiyama: 1936 (July 10) to California (?), A first day of the year cancellation, on an apparently hand-made window envelope! The cachet (Type II) is scarce enough, with only 36 recorded, but this is the only example we have seen, in person or in the literature, on a window envelope. Our first thought was that a client sent the envelope in, or that Lewis reused one he had on hand (they say he was frugal), but a closer look reveals that the window opening is uneven, the imprints from Lewis' typewriter only show on the inside back of the envelope—and there are a comma and period typed on the envelope front at the far right of the window—all pointing to Lewis, having made an error, cutting out the offending address and creating his own window envelope (he was frugal!). The cover is over-franked with 10½s postage, tied by two nice 11.7.10 Fuji Scenic Datestamps, with the usual "To US" handstamp at left. Combination notation "C-25." and handstamped ") N (" on reverse, along with horizontal double-oval kan handstamp, the handstamps turning to black from blue. Opened along flap. For all of 1936, only 15 covers are recorded from five posting dates., Very Fine, An absolute one-of-a-kind.
Estimate HK$ 2,800 - 3,200.
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Lot 2016

Fujiyama: 1937 (July 10) to Missouri, Cancelled on opening day of the Summit Post Office, this is a cachet Type I variety, lacking the sun behind the mountain mentioned in JP, and bearing the less common caption Type 1B. The cover sports postage paying the newly implemented 20s international rate (an 18s Airmail and 2s General Noge), each tied by a Fuji Scenic Datestamp. Blue "To US" handstamp at lower right. Reverse is found with "C-18.N." combination notation typed, ") N (" handstamped in blue, and Lewis' sake gourd insignia as a seal across the flap. Heavy crease on the lower right back panel of the envelope (apparently a production artefact), with the front completely unaffected. One of only 14 covers known for the year, posted on four dates., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,200 - 1,600.
Realized HK$1,300.
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Lot 2017

Fujiyama: 1937 (Aug. 27) to Missouri, Uniquely captioned Type 7 (JP reports only one such inscription, imaging this cover's caption on page 351 of the Dec. 2015 issue)—and cancelled on the closing day for the year of the Summit Post Office. The cachet is a Type I, but again lacking the sun behind mountain called for in JP. Two Scenic Datestamps tie each of the 2s General Noge and 18s Airmail, with the blue "To US" handstamp in-between. Combination notation "C-18.N." typed on reverse, with ") N (" and vertical oval seal handstamped., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,400 - 1,800.
Realized HK$1,200.
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Lot 2018

Fujiyama: 1937 (Aug. 27) to Missouri, Cancelled on the Summit Post Office's last day for the year. A pretty cachet Type III (15 known) variety, lacking the sun behind the mountain, with scarcer caption Type 1B. The striking 20s franking is tied by two Mt. Fuji Scenic Datestamps, with blue "To US" handstamp at far upper left. "C-17.N." combination notation is typed at upper left reverse, with ") N (" and horizontal oval kan seal across flap both handstamped in blue. Minor crease at lower right corner hardly detracts., Fine to Very Fine+.
Estimate HK$ 1,200 - 1,600.
Realized HK$1,200.
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Lot 2019

Fujiyama: 1938 (Aug. 29) addressed to Karl Lewis, A must-have on so many counts: cancelled the last day the Summit Post Office was open in 1938, this is the sole cover recorded for the year—and it's addressed to Lewis himself. Only three Fujiyama covers are known sent to Lewis, this being the third and latest. The cachet is a scarce Type III (15 known), and carries the scarcer Type 1B caption. The four-stamp 4s domestic postage is tied by two grand strikes of the Fuji-san Scenic Datestamp, with Lewis' address handstamped in blue and his name written in in pencil. Note that while a late cover, "Karl" is spelled as it was on much earlier covers. The reverse lacks a combination notation, but does have a penciled ") N (" at top center, a Yokohama 5.9.38 foreign mail comb receiver at bottom center of flap, plus Lewis' "SEP -5 1938" blue straightline receiver stamp running down the right side. Don't miss this chance for a Lewis self-addressed, stamped envelope!, Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,400 - 2,800.
Realized HK$1,900.
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Lot 2020

Fujiyama: 1934 (July 12-Aug. 14), group of three, A lovely trio of common cachet covers, each fresh and bright. The first two (cancelled July 12) are combination "C-8.", while the third (Aug. 14) is a "C-4." July covers both have typed ") N ("; August cover lacks an opening remarque, but gets a Chicago, Ill. SEP 4 1934 wavy-line receiver instead. Each with a different handstamped seal across the flap., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 3,600 - 4,200.
Realized HK$2,600.
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Lot 2021

Fujiyama: 1934 (July 25-Aug. 31) set of five, Each cancelled on a different date (7.25, 7.30, 8.10, 8.24 and 8.31—the last day the post office was open), covering half of the 11 mailing dates known for the year. Four covers have varieties of the Type II cachet, the Aug. 31 cover the odd man out, being Type I (but no sun). The combinations used are "C - 1 ." (2), "C - 8 .", "C - 2 ." and "C - 22." First and last covers with typed ") N (" indicator; middle three lacking opening remarques. Each a different seal at the flap. Two are opened at top, two at right, with July 30 cover unopened. August 31 cover is slightly foxed but still desirable., A Very Fine set.
Estimate HK$ 4,500 - 5,500.
Realized HK$4,000.
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Lot 2022

Fujiyama: 1934 (Aug. 24) Compare-and-contrast pair, Proof positive that Lewis' covers were individually produced, this pair, both cachet Type I (variety: no boats and no sun) and caption Type 1A, produce the same scene but with a daylight or dusk feel. Both covers—cancelled at the summit on the same day—carry 10s postage (different frankings) and two Scenic Datestamps. Combination notations are "C - 22 ." for one (opened at right with filler reading "National Bank of Czechoslovakia", typed ") N (" and clear vertical oval fu-in handstamp); "C - 6 ." for the other (no opening remarque and blue vertical oval kan handstamp)., Very Fine, A great exhibit page on their own.
Estimate HK$ 2,400 - 2,800.
Realized HK$1,600.
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Lot 2023

Fujiyama: 1935 (July 10 & July 30) pair, Cancelled two different days in July (including the opening day for the Summit Post Office), accounting for a quarter of the eight known posting dates for the year. Both are cachet Type I (but without sun; one with boats) and caption Type 1A. Each with blue "To US" handstamp on front and typed ") N (" on back. July 10 cover is combination "C-26.", July 30 cover is "C-22." Square seal handstamp on July 10, Lewis' sake gourd on July 30; July 10 cover further has a circled "44" in black handstamp on reverse. Both fresh., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,400 - 2,800.
Realized HK$1,600.
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Lot 2024

Fujiyama: 1936 (Aug. 31) & 1937 (July 10), a last and a first, A pretty pair cancelled at the summit on the last day the post office was open in 1936 and the first day open in 1937. Both covers cachet Type I (the no sun, no boats variety) and the less common caption Type 1B (these two covers representing 10% of the known population of 21). The 1936 cover is combination "C-9." with black handstamped ") N (" and gray blue vertical oval kan handstamp across flap. The 1937 cover is "C-1 new", with handstamped ") N (" and vertical oval kan seal in blue. 1936 cover with 10s postage, 1937 with 20s, each with two strikes of the Mt. Fuji Scenic Datestamp and blue "To US" handstamp. A lovely couple., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,400 - 2,800.
Realized HK$1,600.
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