Sale Number: 767
Sale Date:
1995 Rarities of the World

Air Post
Lot Sym. Lot Description Est/Cat Realized
296 og 24c Carmine Rose & Blue, Center Inverted (C3a). Position 14, bright and fresh, centered perfectly side to side, just a bit low top to bottom, barest trace of hinging

A VERY FINE EXAMPLE OF THE MOST FAMOUS OF UNITED STATES STAMPS, THE INVERTED "JENNY"

According to Jenny! by George Amick (Amos Press, 1986), the original sheet of one hundred inverted "Jenny" stamps was purchased by William T. Robey on May 14, 1918. Robey bought the sheet at the New York Avenue Post Office window in Washington. Soon after, the sheet was sold to Colonel Edward H. R. Green through Eugene Klein, a Philadelphia stamp dealer. Green paid $20,000 for the sheet, then instructed Klein to divide it into singles and blocks, and to sell all but a few key position blocks.

It is well-known among stamp specialists and professionals that examples of this stamp come in different grades of freshness and condition. Many of the original 100 stamps were mistreated by collectors during the years, despite the stamps' rarity and value. Colonel Green himself allowed moisture to affect some of the stamps he retained. Other examples have become slightly toned from improper storage and climatic conditions. Hinging has caused thins and creases in numerous stamps, and a couple have been "lost" to philately - or very nearly so, as in the case of the copy swept up in a vacuum cleaner.

This stamp is in a remarkable state of preservation, retaining its original color and brightness of paper, as well as its full original gum with only a trace of previous hinging. Ex Col. Green and Charles A. Schafer collections. Small Sanabria handstamp on back. With 1979 P.F. certificate (Image Magnifier)

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297 P 8c-24c 1923 Air Post, Large Die Proofs (C4P1-C6P1). Sunk on 200 x 150mm cards, each signed by Postmaster Harry New, tiny mounting stains in corners (trivial and mentioned only for accuracy), No. C6 with small toned spot, o/w Very Fine, a rare set, only five of each exist (Image Magnifier)

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14,250 0
298 P 10c-20c 1926-27 Air Post, Large Die Proofs (C7P1-C9P1). Sunk on 202 x 154mm card, each signed by Postmaster Harry S. New, very trivial mounting stains in corners, Very Fine and rare, only six sets are known (Image Magnifier)

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9,000 8,000
299 nhbl 65c-$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C13-C15). Complete set of Mint blocks of four, each stamp is an Extremely Fine Gem, Scott Retail for never-hinged singles (Image Magnifier)

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8,300 6,250
300 nhbl 65c-$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C13-C15). Complete matched set of bottom plate no. blocks of six, Mint, each is fresh with rich color and consistently well-centered, Extremely Fine Gem set of plate blocks (Image Magnifier)

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14,750 18,000
301 c Charles Lindbergh. Bold signature "C.A. Lindbergh" on registered flight cover with 10c Spirit of St. Louis (C10) tied by "St. Louis" dumb oval and additional machine cancel dated Feb. 20, 1928 and additonally franked with 15c Gray (696), horse shoe flight cachet, LINDBERGH AGAIN FLIES THE AIR MAIL beautifully ties "Lindy" label with portrait of Linbergh and the Spirit of St. Louis, backstamped with St. Louis Mo. and Springfield Ill. registry datestamps, Extremely Fine, a gorgous Lindbergh piece (Image Magnifier)

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E. 1,000-1,500 1,350
302 c 1937, March 17 (First Attempt), May 21 (Second Attempt) - Round-the-World Flight from Oakland, California. Blue and red printed unsealed souvenir cover signed "Amelia Earhart", 6c Ultramarine & Carmine, 1938 Air Post (C23), tied by Oakland Cal. May 21, 1938 machine cancel with "Air-Mail Saves Time" slogan, typed address to Earhart's husband, George Palmer Putnam, in North Hollywood, on back is the usual Oakland bridge cachet; however, there is a second handstamped cachet in orange "National Air Mail Week, May 15-21, 1938, Ocakland Calif." with illustration of the city around Lake Merritt, in immaculate condition

POSTED ONE YEAR, TO THE DAY, AFTER EARHART DEPARTED ON HER ILL-FATED ROUND-THE-WORLD FLIGHT. THIS AUTOGRAPHED COVER - PREPARED FOR THE 1937 FLIGHT - WAS MAILED IN MEMORIAL TO THE GREAT AVIATRIX.

Prior to the discovery of this cover, only one autographed envelope was known to have been spared from destruction when Earhart disappeared after taking off from New Guinea on the final two legs of the round-the-world journey. The other cover was postmarked in Oakland on Mar. 17, 1937, the date of Earhart's first attempt, which was aborted when her plane crashed in Honolulu. It was supposed to have gone with the bag of mail on May 21 when she daparted Oakland on her second attempt. However, Elmer H. Dimity, a friend and business promoter, took one of the postmarked souvenir covers out of the mail bag and intended to use it in a practical joke when Earhart finally landed - his plan was to meet her on arrival, wave the envelope and exclaim that the mail had arrived before she did. When she disappeared, Dimity retained the unique memento.

This cover, mailed on May 21, 1938, and backstamped with the National Air Mail Week (May 15-21, 1938) cachet, must have been held out of the original mail bags. It was sent to George Palmer Putnam, Earhart's husband, but we do not know who mailed this memorial souvenir. Earhart disappeared after taking off on July 2, 1937, and for a long time rumors circulated that she might have survived. This cover, bearing her portrait and signature not quite eleven months after her disappearance, must have struck an emotional chord in George Putnam when it arrived in the mail.

Offered to the philatelic market for the first time. The 1937 signed souvenir cover realized $23,100 in 1991 (Image Magnifier)

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E. 15,000-20,000 15,000
303 c Amelia Earhart. Signature on envelope that appears to be a prototype souvenir flight cover, pencil "Flown From To [signature] Pilot" and addressed to "Lee Gilbert, Carrier #864 Sta. `6', Los Angeles, Calif.", 8c Winged Globe stamp affixed at upper right but uncancelled, slightly creased at right, still Fine and a remarkable pioneer flight item (Image Magnifier)

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E. 500-750 0
304   Amelia Earhart. Six checks, each bearing her signature, five in a series dated from July 19 to September 5, 1932, payable to Pacific Airmotive Corporation, representing payment for her plane, and the sixth dated December 20, 1932, to her husband, George Palmer Putnam, punch cancels, Very Fine group (Image Magnifier)

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E. 1,000-1,500 2,700
305 c 2c R.F. Overprint Ty. c (CM3 var). Three copies of 2c Allied Nations (907), middle stamp with R.F. overprint on cover to New York, stamps tied by usual "Poste Navale" cds dated Dec. 21, 1944, control label at left, and small slip inside with typed message in French, which translates: "The enclosed card was inappropriate and was confiscated by order of the military authorities", stamps with horizontal crease, Fine appearance, unique rarity noted by Scott in a footnote, p. 198 (1995 Specialized), ex Goodkind (Image Magnifier)

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E. 750-1,000 1,600
306 c 8c R.F. Overprint Ty. f (CM6 var). Cover with 8c Olive Green (C26) tied by "RF" in circle on cover to Normandy Missouri, also tied by "Poste Navele 6-12 44" cds, control label at left, etc., Very Fine, very rare - one of two known (Image Magnifier)

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E. 750-1,000 2,800
307 og 5c Deep Blue, Buffalo Balloon (CL1). Unused, large margins, excellent color and impression, sealed tear at upper left corner and slight corner creasing, otherwise Very Fine, rare semi-official air post stamp (Image Magnifier)

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6,000 2,100
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