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Auction: 239 - Lot number: 1218 << Previous   Next >>

Category: UNITED STATES OF AMERICA - Postal History

Description: 1937 PanAm First Survey Flight to New Zealand Cadbury Fry Hudson Ltd (Dunedin NZ) cover endorsed "Per American Clipper - First Flight/New Zealand to USA" with NZ Commerce 1d tied 'AUCKLAND/30MR37/N.Z' cds and USA Oregon Territory 3c alongside uncancelled, signed on face "Captain Edwin C Musick" in blue ink & carried personally by him on the return leg to San Fransisco. Ex Jon Krupnick. [One of the rarest PanAm survey covers, with fewer than five recorded]

According to Jon Krupnick's 'Pan American's Pacific Pioneers' at pp268-274, Colonel Clarence Young - head of PAA's Pacific Division - 'intercepted' (confiscated) the covers from Capt Musick on his arrival at San Francisco as they had been carried contrary to company orders and in contravention of New Zealand postal regulations: at the time PanAm did not have a contract to carry mail from New Zealand. Hence the covers were not cancelled at San Francisco as Capt Musick had intended; they were later found amongst Colonel Young's papers. Capt Musick died in January 1938 when his Samoan Clipper crashed en route to New Zealand on the third survey flight. Musick Point in Auckland Harbour is named after him.

Listed in: Flight Covers , NEW ZEALAND , Autographs , UNITED STATES OF AMERICA , Postal History

Estimate: AUD$ 2500.00T

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