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93 [1912 10 aur King Frederik VIII] (VF) on 25 (July or August) 1912 picture post card mailed from REYKJAVIK to Bremen, Germany. This stamp as correct solo use is much scarcer than the catalog values suggest, at least compared to other stamps with similar on-cover catalog value. However, this card is even more unusual because the picture post card is of a GREENLANDIC scene, showing the JULIANEHAAB "colony" from the water. This COLORED card is an early lithograph of a photo in black/white with HAND WATERCOLORING. Such cards of Greenland, especially this early, are remarkably unusual in any form. This example was published by the Stender firm in Denmark (their number 9016) and was probably sold by a stationery store in Iceland (the maling side bears the blue handstamp of "Verzlunin / Edinborg / Reykjavik", a well-known general goods store). We can wish and hope that the card was actually obtained during a tourist or merchant ship visit to Greenland, and that it was just mailed at the store, but that cannot be proven.
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85.00

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206, 229 [1939 40 aur Geyser; 1939 2 kr Viking perf 14] (VF) on 5 March 1945 commercial airmail cover to the U.S., with U.S. censorship. Very clean and attractive. Nice blue airmail label and fully intact U.S. censor tape. The 40 aur Geyser is scarce as a simple used single stamp; it is quite hard to find on an attractive non-philatelic cover. The 2 kr Viking, while not scarce as a used stamp, is surprisingly hard to find on nice covers.
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60.00

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208Ac pair, 208Bd, 225 pair, 226 pair [1947 60 aur and 1 kr Geyser Perf 11.5; 1945 25 aur red-brown Fish and 1946 35 aur Fish] (VF except 208Bd F-VF) on 19 April 1949 airmail EXPRESS cover to the U.S. with large red and black (printed on white paper) EXPRES label. New York receiving postmarks. Express covers are not often seen.
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1936 VATNAJØKULL Swedish-Icelandic Glacier Expedition official cover dated 22 May 1936, bearing the complete set of four 1935 Matthias Jochumsson stamps (Scott #195-8), sent REGISTERED MAIL to Reykjavik, and with a 29 May Reykjavik receiving postmark on reverse. The cover bears a typical generic blue-formular "R" registry label with black handstamped "VATNAJÖKULL" name and numbered 47. I believe that this is one of only two registered cover from this expedition that I have had -- they must be extremely scarce with the registry label. The black handstamp "VATNAJÖKULL" was additionally applied directly on the cover -- the only such example I have had. Contemporary scientific articles about the expedition state that they members reached the main camp (where the "post office" was) on 19 May -- however, I am not aware of any postmarks earlier than this 22 May example; this may be a "first day" use. The bridge postmark handbook indicates that this postmark was used 1936-1938. The "post office" was operated by the expedition members and the postmark was used only during the short expeditions (summers only); the 1937 and 1938 expeditions were shorter with far fewer members. I do not recall ever seeing an example of the postmark used in 1937 or 1938. A wonderful and rare example; one of only four -- and one of only two registered -- expedition covers I have had in 44 years.
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325.00

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1936 VATNAJØKULL Swedish-Icelandic Glacier Expedition official cacheted cover dated 14 June 1936, bearing a 4-block of the 5 aur 1935 Matthias Jochumsson issue (Scott #196), to Reykjavik. Vertical fold in center of cover; not obvious, well away from the stamps, cancels, and cachet. The bridge postmark handbook indicates that this postmark was used 1936-1938. The "post office" was operated by the expedition members and the postmark was used only during the short expeditions (summers only); the 1937 and 1938 expeditions were shorter with far fewer members. I do not recall ever seeing an example of the postmark used in 1937 or 1938. A wonderful example; one of only four expedition covers I have had in 44 years.
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325.00

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1961 Vatnajökull Expedition official cacheted NUMBERED cover, bearing Scott #C30-1, 12 June, registered within Iceland, with Reykjavik and ASGARDUR-GARD (postmark only in use 1958-1968) backstamps. Very fresh.
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1959 Vatnajökull Expedition official cacheted UNNUMBERED cover, bearing Scott #302-4, 8 June, registered within Iceland. With official insert card. Envelope a little aged.
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1960 Vatnajökull Expedition official cacheted NUMBERED cover, bearing Scott #309-10, 7 June, within Iceland, with Reykjavik backstamp. Very fresh.
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1960 Vatnajökull Expedition, on private (business) envelope, bearing Scott #303, 7 June, within Iceland, with Reykjavik backstamp. Very fresh. Though certainly philatelic, one of only two "commercial looking" covers I have seen in 38 years from any of the expeditions.
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1962 Vatnajökull Expedition official cacheted NUMBERED cover, bearing Scott #325-6, 3 June, unaddressed. With official insert card. Superb.
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1963 Vatnajökull Expedition official cacheted NUMBERED cover, bearing Scott #332, 5 June, With official insert card.
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1963 Vatnajökull Expedition official cacheted UNNUMBERED cover, bearing Scott #329, C29 (sells for $8.50 used), 5 June, unaddressed. Superb.
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1963 Vatnajökull Expedition official insert card, bearing Scott #332, 5 June. Very faint water mark at bottom edge, but scarce.
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10.00

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1963 Vatnajökull Expedition official insert card, bearing Scott #C29 (sells for $8.50), 5 June. The #C29 pictures part of the glacier.
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229 [1939 2 kr Perf 14, Viking (Thorfinnur Karlsefni, "first" colonist in America from Europe)] (VF) SOLO USE on March 1947 INSURED cover from EGILSSTADIR with SEYDISFJÖRÐUR (31 March) transit and AKUREYRI (14 April) receiver cancellations. Hand-written "Eg" insured label. Insured for 105 kroner; probably a money letter, though is not marked "talið" (counted). Correct rate: 50 aur for letter postage to 20 grams plus 150 aur insurance fee (up to 300 kronur). Inconsequential light crease and tiny opening tears. Icelandic insured covers, especially before 1960, are extremely scarce. Solo uses of this stamp are also very scarce.
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90.00

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C9, C10 [1931 30 aur, 1 kr ZEPPELIN Overprints] (VF, Fine+) on 30 June 1931 registered post card to Germany (Heinrich Keimel), with usual green triangular handstamp and Friedrichshafen machine receiver. If the stamps were removed from the cover, they would sell for $310 [1/2012] with this centering. Correct franking for a post card. Very fresh and attractive.
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325.00

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C15, C16a, C17-20 [1934 Airmail Scenes] (VF) on 5 December 1934 registered (label on reverse) airmail cover to AALBORG, Denmark, with receiving postmark. If removed from the cover, the stamps would sell for over $100! A very pretty, neat little cover.
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140.00

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C15, C17-20, 219 [1934 10, 25, 50 aur, 1, 2 kr Airmail Scenes and 5 aur Fish] (VF) on 12 November 1945 registered airmail cover TO CANADA. Though the sender was a well-known stamp dealer, this cover, addressed to a person at a bank, could very reasonably be a totally commercial use (and if not, then it is still a commercial philatelic use). If this was a philatelic cover, the dealer would have used a 20 aur Airmail to complete the set instead of the 5 aur Fish. The rate is exactly correct for a 15 gram registered airmail cover at this time (60 aur surface to 20g, 60 aur registration, 90 aur per 5g air surcharge). The stamps on the cover would sell for about $90 [1/2012]. A very unusual use.
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170.00

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146 [1925 20 aur National Library/Museum] (VF) on 10 August 1926 PAQUEBOT cover to Denmark, machine canceled at BERGEN, Norway, and with light violetish red Bergen "Paquebot" handstamp. Typical of "fishing boat mail" posted en-route on the North Atlantic or handed to fishing boat captains at small coastal villages. Very attractive and fresh.
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145.00

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147 [1925 35 aur Reykjavik, Esja Mountain] (VF) on 23 January 1929 PAQUEBOT cover to the U.S., machine canceled at "KØBENHAVN / OMK" (with "KØB DANSE VARER" slogan), Denmark, and with Danish "FRA ISLAND" handstamp. Typical of "fishing boat mail" posted en-route on the North Atlantic or handed to fishing boat captains at small coastal villages. Very attractive.
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110.00

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147 [1925 35 aur Reykjavik, Esja Mountain] (VF) on 1929 PAQUEBOT cover to the U.S. (addressed to the Hudson Motor Car Company, Detroit), hand canceled at "KØBENHAVN / OMK 7", Denmark, and with Danish "FRA ISLAND" handstamp. Typical of "fishing boat mail" posted en-route on the North Atlantic or handed to fishing boat captains at small coastal villages. Very attractive.
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130.00

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112 pair, 120 [1922/1920 5 aur Olive Green and 25 aur Brown/Green Christian X] (VF) on 13 July 1931 PAQUEBOT cover to the U.S. machine canceled at "EDINBURGH / 1931 B", Scotland, and with Edinburgh italicized black "PAQUEBOT" handstamp. While generally typical of Icelandic "fishing boat mail" posted at Edinburgh, I have not previously encountered this machine postmark on Icelandic mail.
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150.00

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Iceland #112 [1922 5 aur Olive Green Christian X] and Denmark #94 [1921 10 øre Green Wavy-Line] (F-VF) on ICELANDIC - DANISH - NORWEGIAN TRIPLE COUNTRY cover hand canceled on 17 June 1929 at BERGEN and with black Bergen "Paquebot" handstamp, to København, Denmark. The sender may have been confused about what stamps were required or perhaps simply used whatever stamps were at hand. I have never before in 38 years had such a use. Spectacular!
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225.00

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Denmark #192 [1927 15 øre Typographed Caravel] (VF, cover creased through stamp) on beautiful 10 June 1929 shipmail cover TO ICELAND, posted at sea. Upon arrival at Reykjavik, it received a black boxed "Skipsbrief" (ship letter) handstamp and was machine canceled. Very attractive Danish hotel illustrated advertising cover. Non-philatelic uses of this handstamp are quite unusual as are Icelandic-canceled foreign stamps.
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180.00

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Iceland #117 [1920 15 aur Christian X, still in active use at the time] (F-VF) on 7 July 1934 Icelandic picture post card (real photo of Leif Ericsson statue) mailed aboard and WITHIN the SWEDISH cruise ship M/S Kungsholm, as it crossed the Arctic Circle, presumably after most recently having visited Iceland. Small spot near top. Canceled and handstamped with the seemingly full range (five different) of the official postal cancellations and handstamps available in the ship post office. Though I have handled hundreds of Kungsholm covers mailed at sea around the world, this is the first in 38 years that I can recall being mailed WITHIN the ship and probably one of less than five that have borne Icelandic stamps or markings.
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150.00

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