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Lot 4260

United States, Zeppelin Flights, 1932 (May 6), first transcontinental flight U.S.S. Akron, special Roessler etiquettes, franked 545, 649 pair, proper purple handstamps front and back, San Diego received May 11, special air etiquette C15e (6*) tied; full sheetlet of four labels in four colors tete-beche, C15a-d (6*); and two singles in green and orange, a very useful lot.
Suggested Bid $200
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Lot 4261

United States, First Flights, 1929 (Sep 26-27) FAM-6 First Flight, St. John's, Antigua to portau, Haiti, cover franked with 1s4½d postage tied by Sep 26 stjs c.d.s. addressed to Port-au-Prince and backstamped there on Sep 27, Very Fine. Only 24 pieces of Port-au-Prince mail were carried.
AAMC F6-20d; $130.
Suggested Bid $120
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Lot 4262

United States, Hindenburg Flights, 1935, three covers and two etiquettes, 1936 from 3rd International Philatelic Exhibition in NY, first flight to Germamy and returned, proper purple handstamp, signed Char. F. Anderson, black LZ 29 Frankfurt receiver; pair 20¢ maps on Luftschiff "Hindenburg" envelope to Germany and US air label C186 from the Hotel Commodore, NY; 1931 A.M. 25 covers to Mexico; Zeppelin two etiquettes, one C16 (5*), worth looking at.
Suggested Bid $100
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Lot 4263

United States, Airmail Postal History, 1934 Adams Chicago World's Fair Airmail in-Flight Pick-Up & Delivery Flights, four covers, all cacheted, the first, Oct 21, 1934, is signed by in-flight system's inventor, Lytle S. Adams; the other three, each with a different cachet, are all canceled Oct 31, the last day of the fair, and are signed by Adams and by his pilot, Eddie Gerber.
Suggested Bid $150
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Lot 4264

United States, "FRAUDULENT" handstamps, two different on an Airmail cover from San Francisco to the Hospital Trust, Ltd, Dublin, I.F.S. (Irish Free State), Aug 26, 1936; one with "Mail to this address returned by order of Postmaster General", the other, "Business of addressee declared fraudulent by Order of Post Office Department, New York, N.Y., Sep 10, 1936"; there is no return address, so the letter ended up in the New York Dead Letter as "Minor Letter No. 3073", Very Fine.
Suggested Bid $100


The Hospital Trust, Ltd. was the original name for the Irish Sweepstakes, created to fund Ireland's hospitals. But since lotteries were illegal in the U.S., the business was appropriately declared fraudulent. Many years later, the Sweepstakes were found to be a huge scam. Only 10% of the money raised went to the hospitals, with the rest making the founders and the people who might be valuable to them, very wealthy.

For the complete story of the once wildly-popular Irish Sweepstakes, see
https://www.irishecho.com/2011/02/swept-under-the-rug-2/ .
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Lot 4265

United States, Airmail Postal History, 1938 (May 15), Northwest Airlines Air Express Flight, Portland to Yakima, National Air Mail Week Flight cover with all appropriate cachets; two 3¢ commemoratives tied by May 15 Portland machine cancel, to Kansas City, Mo., Very Fine. According too the 2004 AAMC, volume one, page 119, "No air express covers have ever been reported out of Yakima".
AAMC 26 var.
Suggested Bid $150
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Lot 4266

United States, Airmail Postal History, 1938 (May 15), Northwest Airlines Air Express Flight, Portland to Yakima, National Air Mail Week Flight cover with all appropriate labels and cachets; two 3¢ commemoratives tied by May 15 Yakima machine cancel, to Kansas City, Mo., Very Fine. See illustration in 2004 AAMC, volume one, page 119.
AAMC 26.
Suggested Bid $40
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