London 2020 Private Treaty Sale

Lot 66

Worldwide, Hot Little Number of a Polar Collection, 1920s-60s, majority appear to be Antarctic, but Arctic items featured as well; the core of the collection is over 450 covers, many signed by expedition members (including Byrd, Helen Dustin (first woman to fly over both poles)), US Naval commanders, etc.; the majority from the US but including Russia, Australia, TAAF, Argentina, Japan (with various Commemorative Date Stamps), etc.; includes material from Byrd's First and Second Antarctic Expeditions (the latter highlighted by covers from each of the five "exploration flights"—with only 100 covers flown on each; Wilkins-Ellsworth Submarine Expedition, including a signed manuscript letter on Expedition letterhead from Sir Hubert; US Navy's Operations Deep Freeze and High Jump (multiple years); IGY tie-ins, etc., even a very small Gimbel Brothers-produced postcard preprinted "The Trans-Polar Flight Expedition/Christiania/Norway" posted Charleston, WV, Mar. 31, 1924, with back printed "North Pole Mail" with return Norwegian postage cancelled King's Bay 18 VI 25; some lovely cachets (handstamped or printed), covers and cards produced by Eric Wowern, scarce and early markings, ship cancels, photo post cards, and more are all here; covers are accompanied by a wealth of collateral material, including newspaper clippings, a staple-bound book, Highlights of the Byrd Antarctic Expedition, a framed photostat copy of the USS Philippine Sea's cruise chart during Operation High Jump, Russian polar-themed stamp issues (mint) 1956-89 complete, an FSAT Bicentennial souvenir sheet presentation pack, and much, much more. A great opportunity for the Polar philatelist; well worth the time for careful review, Very Fine as a whole.


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