Airmail Semi-Official, 1911, 25¢ Vin Fiz (Scott CL2), on lightly tinted paper, cleanly printed in robust color; affixed
to official flight postcard (cut down), the reverse showing a portrait of Rodgers and a portion of the plane; with a small tear; top right corner has come detached (not included) since the most recent certificate was issued, Very Fine, only 10
issued, signed five times, with 1991 P.F. and 2013 E. Diena certificates.
Scott $75,000 on postcard with #374.
Estimate $35,000 - 50,000
The world's first stamp to picture an airplane, the Vin Fiz Flyer was privately issued by
Cal Rodgers' wife during his ground-breaking (air-breaking?) cross-country record flight in 1911. Newspaperman William Randolph Hearst offered a $50,000 prize to the first person to fly coast-to-coast within a 30-day period. Leaving Sheepshead Bay,
NY, on September 17, Rogers landed in Pasadena, CA, on November 5. While Rodgers missed the prize deadline by 19 days, his flight proved the feasibility of trans-continental flight—and of the airplane to move the mail.
In addition to
this example, uncancelled on a piece of a postcard, there exist six uncancelled examples on postcard, four cancelled on postcard, one cancelled on envelope, and one off-cover with original gum.
Scott notes, "Each of the thirteen known examples
is trimmed close to the design on one or more sides." . (Image) (Image2)
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