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The Steve Berlin Collection of Karl Lewis Covers


Picture Postcards
 
 
Lot Photo Description
Lot 2372

"From Occident to Orient" (No. 140): Mailed to Michigan, 1907 (July 8) from Chefoo, China, A multi-view postcard not listed in Lewis' 1905 catalogue (though discussed in JP 64:5, pp. 300-301, where it is mistakenly described as No. 240). The 22 images tiled on the card depict the ships that would become the First Division of the First Squadron of the American Asiatic Fleet, plus views along their journey from the Mediterranean to Yokohama. A small "placard" amongst the images reads "published by, KARL LEWIS, Yokohama", and his trademark monogrammed sake gourd handstamp is on the reverse. What makes this card truly exceptional, though, is that it was actually posted. The writer's note, on the picture side of the card, reads, "Chefoo, China, July 8 - 07. My dear Mabel:-These are some of the places we have visited. They were made for the U.S.S. Pennsylvania. I mean the post cards were made for the Pa. Best wishes brother Frank." The card is franked by a 4k Russian Offices in China single, tied by one of two Cyrillic "Chefoo/9.7.07" c.d.s.'s. The card discussed in JP was mailed from the Philippines Aug. 5, 1907, this card predating it by a month. As the split-back design of the card became legal in Japan only in April of that year, we have a production window of Apr. 1 to early July, 1907. A beautiful card and a spectacular posting!, Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,400 - 1,800.
Unsold
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Lot 2373

Navy Mess Hall: sent 1909 (Nov. 8) to Missouri from Canton, One of a set of satirical drawings Lewis published (his logo on reverse at upper left), depicting life aboard a US Navy vessel. This shows the mess hall, with crew members eating, brawling, laughing at a comrade who's fallen in the cat's milk dish…and one with gleeful murder in mind. Posted to Missouri, franked by a 4¢ Hong Kong King Edward VII tied by a Canton/NO 8/09 c.d.s. The nearly invisible penciled message on the picture side reads, "This is some of the Navy life at sea. #1 [the figure in the milk dish] that's me." A card as tough as hardtack., Very Fine, though with a light smudge away from cartoon.
Estimate HK$ 1,400 - 1,800.
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Lot 2374

A wonderful selection of 22 Karl Lewis postcards, Comprising numbered items included in his 1905 catalogue, numbered items that do not correspond to the catalogue's listings, and unnumbered cards. The numbered cards, listed in the catalogue, are: #613, 704 (with written message in Japanese; to J. Park Graybell, Jr., who in 1904 became Secretary-Treasurer of the Union Souvenir Card Exchange, just as membership was approved for a certain Karl Lewis of Yokohama!), 774A, 775, 837, 877, 924 (captioned only "A Japanese. garden,"), 1005 (missing "(A relic of old Japan)" in caption), 1035, 1491, 1732 (no "at Mojizuri Ishi" in caption), 2119, 2158, 2172 and 2545. Numbered but unlisted in the catalogue: 609-A ("The United States cruiser 'New Orleans'"; marked, in the waves, with what appears to be "Karl Lewis art."). Numbered hors série: "No. 30. PORT ARTHUR." Unnumbered cards: "China. Pagoda on Tiger Hill, Soo Chow, China./'Published by Karl Lewis, Photographer, No. 102, Honmura Road, Yokohama.'"; a winter street scene (caption in white…against snow; it may be numbered, but we can't tell); a black-and-white photo captioned "Ruins on Admiralty Island"; a hand-tinted photo, "CHINA. Hong Kong."; and "EGYPT. The Water-front of Port Said." (the source for the "Port Said" image on the multi-view card in Lot 2372). All cards are either captioned by Lewis or have his sake gourd logo on reverse (two with the gourd inverted). A variety of backs (solid, split, bordered UPU, etc.). Some used, some toned, but all sound. A beautiful compilation. All imaged online., A Very Fine group.
Estimate HK$ 8,000 - 10,000.
Realized HK$6,000.
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