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The William S. Langs Stock, Part 2:
U.S. Stamps, Postal History and Zeppelin Flights


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Lot 3712

Samoa, "SWAINS ISLAND" straightline handstamp, neatly struck on a cover sent by ship via Apia, Samoa, Nov 11, 1931, and San Francisco to the Naval Hospital at Great Lakes, Ill., Very Fine, a unique marking.
Estimate $350 - 500

At one time, Swain's Island was a part of the Tokelau Islands, included in the Gilbert & Ellice Islands Colony. However, in 1925, this group was transferred to New Zealand, under the Western Samoa administration. Since then, the island has been the subject of an ongoing territorial dispute between Tokelau and the United States, which has administered it as part of Eastern (American) Samoa. In 1856 Mr. Eli Jennings, an American, settled on the island with his wife, the daughter of a Samoan chief. Alexander E. Jennings, his grandson, posted this cover, with the only marking the island has ever had. It has never had a Post Office and wants none.

Current Bid $180
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