Prestige Philately Auction 239 CatalogueUNITED STATES OF AMERICA - Postal History
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Displaying 10 Lots in Category - UNITED STATES OF AMERICA - Postal History
Hand-illustrated covers comprising 1) c.1930 Halloween motif with printed pumpkins affixed; 2) 1938 of a narcoleptic policeman; 3) 1941 Gomer Pyle type plus letter with illustrated panels; and 4) 'Win the War in 44'.
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1910 'Get your Congressmen to vote for the Panama-Pacific International Exhibition ...' multi-colour postcard sent to Germany with Washington 2c red tied Berkeley CA machine cancel also tying promotional 'Panama-Pacific' poster stamp alongside, a couple of minor blemishes. Message reads in part "... vote to your government to send an exhibit to SF. Then the other small town shall have no fair". The 'small town' was New Orleans, which took the fight to Congress in 1911 but eventually lost out. [See also Lots 574 & 575]
1929 (Jan 19) much-travelled 2c Envelope to "Wake Island/Pacific" with numerous transits including 'TOKIO', Sydney several times where probably endorsed "Try via Honolulu", 'NAURU/19JE29/ CENTRAL/PACIFIC' & manuscript "Not Nauru" in red, Sydney DLO & manuscript "T30". A remarkable cover.
1930s-60s commercial mail with lots of inwards airmails to Australia including larger covers with high-value frankings up to $1 Prexies, brief inspection reveals 1937 registered 'AR' to Netherlands endorsed "Par Avion/Via SS Europa and Air Mail" with Globe 6c & Fourth Bureau 20c x2, 1948 1c Postal Card airmail to UK with 14c Prexie added, 1951 Prexie 5c with 'CHARGE' label and GB Postage Dues 5d block of 18 on the back, 1950s oversize printed matter envelopes with Prexie 12c single, Liberty 12c single and 12c pair respectively, 1961 registered airmail to Australia with Liberty $1 block of 8, 1961 airmail from Guam to Singapore with Liberty 25c single (spotty), 1966 'MISSENT TO MANILA', also official mail, perfins, meter cancels, advertising, stationery, censored mail, PPCs, etc, condition mixed but mostly fine. Weighs 11kg. [This lot was originally sold in our auction of 22.6.2019 for $4792; the purchaser has removed two items only and asked us to re-offer the rest at the original estimate, which will surely prove to be conservative once again]
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.
1941 Jefferson 1c green postal card with typed advertisment for JJ Berliner & Staff, New York report on back sent to Australia with Prexie ½c Franklin tied by New York 'MADISON SQUARE/STATION' machine cancel, Customs Duty 'AUSTRALIA/LONDON' ¼d black & blue unoverprinted revenue affixed at U/L tied on arrival by Adelaide '-3AP41' cds. Printed advertising material 'imported' into Australia was subject to tax; Customs Duty revenue stamps were available at Australian Consulates to pre-pay the tax and avoid recipients being charged postage due.
1942 (May 28) unfranked cover from USA to "...Quartermaster Clk, Formerly in Philippine Islands, American Prisoner in Japan, c/- International Red Cross, Geneva, Switzerland" endorsed "Postage Free" with San Diego d/s carried on the first Prisoner of War mail exchange with Japan by the Red Cross ship Gripsholm, US censor tape but without any Japanese censor markings, some edge faults.
The Japanese invasion of the Philippines commenced within hours of the Pearl Harbour attack but most US POWs were not captured until the fall of the Bataan Peninsula in April 1942 and Corregidor in May 1942. Tett states (Vol 5, p75) only a "small amount of mail from the USA" was carried on this first exchange as very few next of kin had been notified, and does not illustrate a single example. Ruggiero (pp8-9) gives the exact amount as 3719 individual items addressed to US prisoners; by comparison the second exchange in 1943 carried 3,043 bags of mail. The Gripsholm left New York on 18 June arriving Lourenco Marques 22.7.1942 where the mail was transferred to the Conte Verde and Asama Maru arriving at Yokohama on 17.8.1942.
1944 'Prisoner of War Mail' postal card sent unfranked to US POW at "Tokyo Camp, Japan", short message (limit of 24 words imposed) on back, US '5268' censor cachet on face and Japanese censor chops alongside, endorsed "12D" in red crayon to indicate his location.
1946 airmail to Netherlands serviceman at Navy HQ Batavia with Transports 10c & 30c x2 tied New York Bronx Station 'JAN7/1946' cancels paying 70c pre-WWII Pacific Clipper rate, censored on arrival with very fine strike of 'MARINE POSTKANTOOR BATAVIA/No.15' cachet in violet endorsed "Soerabaja" and '[NETHER]LAND/GEOPEN CENSURRDIENST' brown re-sealing label tied '5564' cachet on face, couple of minor blemishes. A most unusual destination with scarce post-war censorship markings. [See also Lot 815 under Cocos Islands]
GUAM: 1937 private lettercard airmail to USA with Airmails 20c Clipper x2 tied 'GUAM/APR/27/5-PM/1937/GUAM' duplex cancel for carriage by PanAm Pacific Clipper service, lengthy personal Mothers' Day message also includes "... Guam is a closed Navy port - this the only ship which puts in ... Guam is a Clipper base as you can see ...", 'ALOHA from HAWAII' label on reverse, a couple of minor blemishes.