Sale 298

Lot 4270

1914 (22 May) 5pf stationery card to Windhoek, cancelled by "Okahandja/(Deutsch-/Südwestafrika)" segmented c.d.s. and showing three-line "Erste Flugpost/Deutsch*Südwestafrika/Okahandja Windhuk" handstamp in violet, Very Fine and a great airmail rarity.
Estimate 15,000 - 20,000

Expertization: Bothe Certificate.

Provenance: Berker, Grothuesmann

The final stage (Okahandja-Windhoek) was delayed until 24 May, so mail was accepted and cancelled on 22-23 May. Flying in adverse weather conditions, which had already necessitated the two day postponement of his departure, Büchner did not arrive at Windhoek until the 27th, following an emergency landing at Teufelsbach and Brackwater.


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