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Daniel F. Kelleher Auctions, LLC Sale: 730

Worldwide Stamps and Covers
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Sale No: 730
Lot No: 1246
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image U.S., USS Akron Coast-to-Coast Mail, 1932. Presented in five binders, each annotated to a greater or lesser degree, holding over 450 contemporary covers from the Akron's May 1932 flight from Lakehurst, NJ, to Sunnyvale, CA, plus photos, press clippings, US Post Office Department documents, along with later commemorative items, etc. Covers include picture postcards showing zeppelins, AC Roessler covers (one binder dedicated to them), Roessler's zeppelin-illustrated Air Mail labels on piece and as unused sheetlets of four (each label in a different color), etc. Present are a range of cachet types and illustrations, with frankings including commemoratives, Kansas and Nebraska overprints, a Schermack Type III coil, bisects of 2¢ Washingtons, even a few Columbians (!) used. The Washington Bicentennial is a nice tie-in, with various labels or cachets, plus one cover with the complete set (#704-715) tied—with the cover signed by Charles E. Rosendahl, Akron's first commander. Several memorial covers or cards are here as well, along with covers signed by various other postal or naval personalities with ties to the ship.

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The USS Akron and her sister ship, the USS Macon, were experimental-design zeppelins commissioned by the US Navy. Custom-built to be the first flying aircraft carriers, they were envisioned as scouting ships, the airplanes onboard serving as defenses but later repurposed to expand the zeppelin's range. At 785 feet long, Akron was one of the largest flying objects ever built, and she and Macon hold the record as the largest helium-filled airships.

Commissioned by First Lady Lou Hoover on August 8, 1931, Akron was put through a set of short-range flights to test her abilities and train her crew. Her early performance was mixed—not living up to the hype generated by press and officials—but as a prototype, she was serving her purpose: finding what worked, what didn't, and giving designers and operators the data they needed for improved designs.

In part to quell official and public grumblings, a coast-to-coast publicity flight from New Jersey to California was announced for February 28, 1932. Collectors had only a week to prepare and send covers to Lakehurst for carriage aboard Akron. The Post Office Department announced on February 20 that the amount of mail to be carried "will be limited, probably to not more than 150 pounds." A ground accident on February 22, however, scuppered the flight, and it was not until April 28 that she was deemed airworthy again.

Finally, in the early morning of May 8, 1932, the ship set off for California with nearly 42,000 pieces of mail aboard. Akron's path took her down the eastern seaboard, across the gulf states, Texas and Arizona, to Camp Kearney in San Diego and on to Sunnyvale, CA. Difficulties along the way (technical and meteorological), and a mooring mishap at Camp Kearney that left two dead, marred the flight's completion. But as is often noted cheerfully in crash cover write-ups, "the mail survived" and was processed and returned to senders.

Akron continued flying, both for publicity (up the Pacific Coast to Canada) and in service (over the Atlantic in search operations, further testing her aircraft trapeze release-and-capture system, etc.). Her final flight came on April 3, 1933, along the New England coast to assist in calibrating radio detection finder stations. Encountering heavy weather (and most likely un-recalibrated barometric altitude readings), Akron's tail fin struck the ocean shortly after midnight on April 4, breaking up and sinking the ship in very short time. Only three crew members survived.
Estimate $5,000 - 7,500. Suggested Bid $5,000-7,500 (Image)

Suggested Bid $5,000-7,500

Opening US$ 3,500.00
Sold...US$ 3,500.00


Closed..Nov-01-2019, 15:48:11 EST
Sold For 3500

Sale No: 730
Lot No: 1253
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Cat No: Collection

image U.S., Better Postal History Collection, 1857-2010. Several hundreds of covers & cards, with scores of navy covers including hand painted cachets, advertising with some illustrated, picture postcards, great selection of RPO's, cacheted event covers, first flights, stampless covers many with contents, used postal stationery, maiden voyages, space related, zeppelins, Canal Zone, with a nice selection of #26 & 65 covers and a decent Postal Card collection from #UX1 through 1990; mixed condition, a wonderful lots with many sale able items, examine, Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate $1,200 - 1,800. Suggested Bid $1,200-1,800 (Image)

Suggested Bid $1,200-1,800

Opening US$ 1,500.00
Sold...US$ 1,500.00


Closed..Nov-01-2019, 15:52:02 EST
Sold For 1500

Sale No: 730
Lot No: 1255
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Cat No: Collection

image U.S., Airmail Postal History Collection, 1926-1931. Well over (400) flight covers in four albums and on pages,the vast majority are CAMs, first jet flights, balloon races, airport dedications and special events, the better includes block of four C18 on 10/5/1933 first day cover, C18 on a 10/6/1933 Miami first day cover, lots of the first airmail frankings, Germany C36 on zeppelin picture postcard, and Germany C42on polar cover, mosty fresh, a great way to restock, please examine, Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate $1,000 - 1,500. Suggested Bid $1,000-1,500 (Image)

Suggested Bid $1,000-1,500

Opening US$ 1,200.00
Sold...US$ 1,200.00


Closed..Nov-01-2019, 15:53:50 EST
Sold For 1200

Sale No: 730
Lot No: 1259
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Cat No: Collection

image U.S., Zeppelin Flight Cover Collection, 1930-1940. Over 100 covers, with 1936 Hindenburg from New York to Czechoslovakia,1925 U.S. New York to Bermuda, 1928 Graf Zeppelin New York to Germany, 1928 first "Round-The-World flight Los Angeles to Lakehurst, 1930 Spain to San Francisco, with a few U.S.S. Los Angeles covers to round out the collection, above average condition, please investigate, Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate $1,000 - 1,500. Suggested Bid $1,000-1,500 (Image)

Suggested Bid $1,000-1,500

Opening US$ 1,400.00
Sold...US$ 1,400.00


Closed..Nov-01-2019, 15:56:24 EST
Sold For 1400

Sale No: 730
Lot No: 1265
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Cat No: Collection

image U.S., Stampless Cover Collection, 1834-1861. Over (150) stampless covers, a few without any postal markings, many coming into or leaving Connecticut, a few better has red Madison CT town cancel, red San Francisco CA town cancel, Coffee Creek IN manuscript town cancel, red Lebanon NH town cancel, and a cover from Bristol CT to Thomasville CT with some better marking, mostly fine cancels, many with contents, please review carefully, Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate $750 - 1,000. Suggested Bid $750-1,000 (Image)

Suggested Bid $750-1,000

Opening US$ 750.00
Sold...US$ 750.00


Closed..Nov-01-2019, 15:59:42 EST
Sold For 750

Sale No: 730
Lot No: 1266
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Cat No: Collection

image U.S., Tennessee Postal History, 1830-1890. Intriguing collection of all things Tennessee with (41) stampless & (29) stamped or stationery, stampless includes manuscript Kingston, Maryville, Romeo, Spring Hill, Spring Creek, & Kingsport, hand stamps Knoxville arc, Greenville, red Nashville, red Gallatin, Mt. Pleasant, Lebanon, Pontotoc, franked covers include Mt. Julet, purple sawtooth oval Rockwood, Boring (S/R 5), Lemons Gap (S/R 5), and Thula (S/R 5), mixed condition, review, Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate $750 - 1,000. Suggested Bid $750-1,000 (Image)

Suggested Bid $750-1,000

Opening US$ 750.00
Sold...US$ 750.00


Closed..Nov-01-2019, 15:59:56 EST
Sold For 750

Sale No: 730
Lot No: 1268
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Cat No: Collection

image U.S., Postal History Selection, Mostly 19th Century. About twenty items which include seven certificates, includes: USPO postmark on stampless cover similar in style to 7LB18 (ex- Morris); #7 used on dated printed notice Richmond to Gravel Hill, Va; #10A VF stamp on small Boston paid tied FL; #20 folded address sheet; #24 horizontal strip of three on cover; interesting 3¢ 1861 pink-ish color tied by straightline "BALTIMORE" RR postmark, noted on reverse ex-Waud; #134 on cover; #135 (2) and pair #136 on cover to Paris, couple fancy cancels on 3¢ banknotes; #205 to London; two interesting postage due covers using J15 and J16; plus a few postcards, each cover comes with write-ups from previous owner including price paid which totals in excess $1400, generally Fine to Very Fine, small useful group.
Estimate $500 - 750. Suggested Bid $500-750 (Image)

Suggested Bid $500-750

Opening US$ 950.00
Sold...US$ 950.00


Closed..Nov-01-2019, 16:00:52 EST
Sold For 950

Sale No: 730
Lot No: 1272
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Cat No: C23

image U.S., Group of Airmail Covers with 1938, 6¢ Eagle (Scott C23). Over 40 covers franked with C23, better includes 1944 block of fifteen plus single with block of four #831 on censored cover to England, 1944 two strips of five C23 with pair 571 from CA to CT, 1939 cover with C23 & 815, 810 & 825 to Lebanon, and 1940 two singles C23 & E15 to Canada with "Duty Free" hand stamp, valuable and sale able, Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate $500 - 750. Suggested Bid $500-750 (Image)

Suggested Bid $500-750

Opening US$ 250.00


Closed..Nov-01-2019, 16:02:57 EST
Sold For 0

Sale No: 730
Lot No: 1282
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Cat No: Collection

image U.S., Ephemera Collection, 1860-2000. With advertising pamphlets, postcards, advertising cards, religious cards, valentines, Christmas cards, stock certificates, stationery from the Playboy Club, labels, Masonic, exposition, railroads, concert programs, dance cards, needle cases, road maps, documents, trade cards, worldwide currency, plus a 1933 & 1937 FDR Inaugural programs, stereoviews, stamp designer signatures, postal stationery, a great lot for a paper dealer, inspect closely, Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate $300 - 400. Suggested Bid $300-400 (Image)

Suggested Bid $300-400

Opening US$ 250.00
Sold...US$ 250.00


Closed..Nov-01-2019, 16:08:26 EST
Sold For 250

Sale No: 730
Lot No: 1285
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Cat No: Collection

image U.S., Train, Bus & Ship Cover Collection, 1940-1960. Over 500 covers with RPO's, HPO's, and maiden voyages, from the 1930s to the 1970s, with narrow gauge railroads, maiden voyages of the S.S. Manhattan, S.S. Washington, Normandie, Queen Mary, S.S. Panama, R.M.S. Queen Elizabeth, with many fascinating cachets, please examine, Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate $200 - 300. Suggested Bid $200-300 (Image)

Suggested Bid $200-300

Opening US$ 150.00
Sold...US$ 150.00


Closed..Nov-01-2019, 16:10:09 EST
Sold For 150

Sale No: 730
Lot No: 1295
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Cat No: Collection

image U.S., First Day Cover Collection, 1930-1940's. Over (2,000) first day covers, includes Famous Americans, North Dakota, Golden Gate, New York World's Fair, many with official labels, Inauguration, Panama Canal, and printing, many with blocks of four, some multicolored cachets, an impressive lot, Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate $750 - 1,000. Suggested Bid $750-1,000 (Image)

Suggested Bid $750-1,000

Opening US$ 1,500.00
Sold...US$ 1,500.00


Closed..Nov-01-2019, 16:15:46 EST
Sold For 1500
Sale No: 730
Lot No: 1305
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Cat No: Collection

image U.S., First Day Cover Accumulation, late 19th Century to 1980's. 44 albums, filled with first day covers (and some album pages containing mint blocks), with albums of White Ace pages, White Ace cover albums (that can contain up to 100 covers each) and a special Artopages collection of seven albums, of covers and blocks from 1948-1969 plus airmails, each with lovely artistic pages, a couple small boxes filled with covers, one of which contains 19th century U.S. banknote covers and commercially used earlier Worldwide covers, generally Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate $500 - 750. Suggested Bid $500-750 (Image)

Suggested Bid $500-750

Opening US$ 450.00
Sold...US$ 450.00


Closed..Nov-01-2019, 16:22:40 EST
Sold For 450


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