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United States and International Stamps and Postal History


U.S. Airmails through Parcel Post
 
 
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Lot 2121
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Airmail, 1926-27 Map & Planes, large die proofs (C7P1-C9P1), die-sunk on full cards approximately 8 x 6 inches, each approved and signed by Postmaster General Harry S. New. Very Fine and rare.
Scott $9,000

A RARE OPPORTUNITY FOR THE SERIOUS AIRMAIL COLLECTOR.

The approval dates for the individual proofs are as follows: 10¢ January 23, 1926 (issued February 15th), 15¢ September 8, 1926 (issued September 18th), and 20¢ January 10, 1927 (issued January 25th).
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Lot 2122

Airmail, 1930 Japanese Seapost Zeppelin cover, Lakehurst-Seville, postcard franked with a block of six 11¢ light blue (563), tied by violet "Tatsuta-Maru, I.J. Seapost, 17.5.30" c.d.s.s, red handstamped cachet for the maiden voyage of the Nippon Yusen Kaisha Line's ocean liner, M.S. Tatsuta-Maru, U.S. Zeppelin flight cachet and green Lakehurst Zeppelin arrival postmarks on front, Seville June 7, 1930 arrival postmark and Spanish Zeppelin Agency cachet on reverse. A Very Fine and exceedingly rare combination. Sieger 64K. Michel 67Gd.
Estimate 5,000 - 7,500

BELEIVED TO BE UNIQUE — THE ONLY ZEPPELIN COVER ORIGINATING ON A PACKETBOAT.

The card was dispatched on board the
Tatsuta-Maru on May 17, 1930. After arriving at San Francisco the card was sent to Lakehurst and connected there with the Graf Zeppelin on which it was carried as far as Seville on the return leg of her South America Flight.

The
Tatsuta-Maru was built as a passenger liner for the Yokohama San Francisco route. She was the first liner to pass under the Oakland Bay Bridge at the opening ceremony in 1936. In 1941 she was converted to a transport ship for the Japanese navy and in 1943 was torpedoed by a U.S. submarine and sunk off of Mikurashima, Japan.
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Lot 2123

Special Delivery, 1894, 10¢ blue, unwatermarked (E4), virtually perfectly centered within absolutely enormous margins, deep color on bright white paper, full, barely hinged original gum. A choice Extremely Fine gem.
Scott $800

A SUPERB EXAMPLE OF THE SCARCEST OF ALL U.S. SPECIAL DELIVERIES — CERTAINLY AMONG THE FINEST EXTANT.

Expertization: 1992, 2002 P.F. Certificates, 2003 P.S.E. graded Certificate (Superb 98 Jumbo).
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Lot 2124
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Postage Due, 1879, 2¢ deep brown, Special Printing (J9), unused, remarkably well centered with wide margins and deep color. A choice Extremely Fine gem.
Scott $9,500

SUPERLATIVE CENTERING AND PROOF-LIKE, ALMOST THREE-DIMENSIONAL IMPRESSION MAKE FOR AN ABSOLUTELY STUNNING EXAMPLE OF THIS VERY SCARCE SPECIAL PRINTING.

Expertization: 1999 P.F. and P.S.E. Certificates.
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Lot 2125

Offices in China, 1919, $2 on $1 violet brown (K16), bottom margin imprint and plate number 5782 block of six, exceptionally well centered. Original gum, never hinged. Post office fresh and Extremely Fine.
Scott $11,000

A CHOICE EXAMPLE OF THIS RARE PLATE BLOCK.

Expertization: 1999 P.F. Certificate.
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Lot 2126

Officials, 1873 Post Office Announcement of Official Stamps, first version, a two-page circular to all postmasters dated May 15, 1873 advising of the abolishment of the franking privilege, taking effect on the first day of July 1873, and that "the Postmaster General is required by law to provide postage stamps and stamped envelopes of special design for each of the several Executive Departments of the Government, for the pre-payment of postages on official matter passing through the mails." The circular goes on to describe the stamps and colors, small tone spot, otherwise Very Fine.
Estimate 2,000 - 3,000

RARE FIRST VERSION PRIOR TO CORRECTION.

In the Official Stamps for Postmasters section, the first version begins paragraph three with: "
Until further notice, stamped envelopes of special design will be furnished to first class offices only." This sentence was later revised to state, "Until further notice, stamped envelopes of special design will be furnished to "Presidential" offices only (that is, offices where the salary of the postmaster is $1,000 and upwards)" Presidential offices included first-class, second-class, and third-class post offices.
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Lot 2127

State Dept., 1873, 10¢ dark green (O62), full top half sheet of fifty with plate "No. 98" and imprint, brilliant color and impression, exceptional centering for such a large multiple, full o.g. with 45 never hinged stamps including the plate block of twelve that is hinged in the selvage only, position 34 is the short transfer variety at upper right, an outstanding multiple with many gem quality stamps; a bit of separation in the upper right not affecting the plate block. F.-V.F.
Estimate 15,000 - 20,000

THE FINEST 10¢ STATE PLATE NUMBER BLOCK AND THE LARGEST RECORDED MULTIPLE.
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Lot 2128
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Justice Dept., 1875, 15¢ purple, overprinted "Sepcimen" (error) (O31SDa), handsome impression, without gum as issued, centered to top and right. Without gum as issued. Fine. Exceedingly rare.
Scott $5,000+

ONE OF ONLY TWO RECORDED EXAMPLES.

Provenance: Hays, Lewenthal, Sheriff
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Lot 2129

State Dept., 1873, $10 green & black (O70), magnificent mint block of four with full top and bottom margin, frame plate "No. 122" and vignette "No." at top and nearly full imprint at bottom, full clean original gum, lightly hinged in top left stamp and selvage only, three stamps n.h., excellent centering for this difficult high value, rich colors with sharp impression. Very Fine. Exceptional multiple of this rare Official issue.
Scott $22,500

ONE OF ONLY TWO RECORDED BLOCKS OF FOUR.

According to Post Office records, only 363 of the $10 State stamps were requisitioned by the State Department.

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Lot 2130

Newspaper, 1875 Special Printing, 84¢ pale rose (PR46), without gum as issued, virtually perfectly centered with gorgeous pastel color. Extremely Fine and choice.
Scott $4,000

A GEM EXAMPLE OF THIS RARE SPECIAL PRINTING WITH EXTRAORDINARY CENTERING AND REMARKABLE FRESHNESS.

Expertization: 1999 P.F. Certificate.
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Lot 2131
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Newspaper, 1894, $6 pale blue (PR101), unused, beautifully centered with wide margins and luminous pastel color. Fresh and Extremely Fine.
Scott $60,000

ARGUABLY THE FINEST EXAMPLE EXTANT OF THIS, THE RAREST OF THE REGULARLY ISSUED NEWSPAPER STAMPS; ONLY FIFTEEN UNUSED EXAMPLES HAVE BEEN CERTIFIED BY THE PHILATELIC FOUNDATION.

Expertization: 2004 P.F. Certificate.
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Lot 2132

Parcel Post, 1913, $1 carmine rose (Q12), right margin plate number single, perfectly centered amid absolutely enormous, balanced margins with deep, vibrant color and flawless, never hinged original gum. Post office fresh and truly Superb.
Scott $750

A CONTENDER FOR THE FINEST $1 PARCEL POST IN EXISTENCE.

Expertization: 1998, 2003 P.F. Certificates.
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Lot 2133

Parcel Post Postage Due, 1913, 10¢ dark green (JQ4), bottom margin plate #6250 block of six, exceptionally well centered with solid perforations. Original gum, never hinged. Post office fresh and Extremely Fine.
Scott $14,000

A FLAWLESS EXAMPLE OF THIS EXCEEDINGLY RARE PLATE BLOCK—PERHAPS THE FINEST IN EXISTENCE.
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