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U.S. Scott #637 [1927 5c blue T. Roosevelt, Perf 11 x 10.5] (VF) solo use on August 14, 1928, airmail cover from TOLEDO, OHIO to MASSACHUSETTS with BOSTON "AIR-MAIL SAVES TIME" transit machine postmark on reverse. Unusual large, bold, violet "AIR PLANE MAIL" handstamp. This is early use in the "simplified per ounce" era -- 31 July 1928 was the end of the more complicated "per zone, per ounce" era. This 5 cents rate ran 1 August 1928 through 5 July 1932 when it increased to 8 cents. Slightly roughly opened, but a very attractive example of this new rate and with an unsual handstamp.
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AAMC Crash Cover #290106, 1929 January 6: Fort Crook Nebraska (now near/at Offutt Air Force Base, Bellevue), 12:48 AM; Boeing Air Transport, Boeing 40 aircraft; CAM-18 San Francisco to Chicago. The pane of pilot Norman Potter struck a tree as he was landing. The pilot was injured, but survived. The plane was destroyed by fire. 235 pounds of mail, burned and charred, was salvaged and forwarded from Omaha with 2-line cachet in purple. The mail was forwarded, usually in a official post office "penalty" envelope, with an included explanatory note from the Omaha post office (and/or [?] sometimes a Chicago post office note for mail they handled). This example is extremely nice and attractive with the violet handstamp, the stamps okay and away from the burned area, with the Omaha notice, and with the original "penalty" envelope. It is not often that all the components are present. The AAMC lists the crash cover and the notice with two different prices ($65 each); I do not know if those prices are additive, but I have assumed they are not. This example is remarkably complete and in remarkably nice quality, thus it deserves some premium.
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U.S. Scott #C12 x6 (4-block and pair) [5 cent Globe and Wings, Perf 11 x 11 Flat Plate] (Fine, F-VF) on 1930 FAM Route 10 (actually listed in the catalog for FAM 6 carried under contract for FAM 10) first flight cover leg "ST. THOMAS / V.I. / #1 duplex" (U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS) to FRENCH GUIANA. AAMS FAM #F6-42a (5th edition, 1981); 581 pieces of mail carried on this leg. Originated and canceled 4 October 1930 at "PHILADELPHIA / GERMANTOWN STA.", via Miami, to ST. THOMAS where it was held for the 11 November flight -- and then RE-CANCELED at ST. THOMAS. Arrived "CAYENNE / GUYANE-FRANCAISE"; the arrival occurred on 12 November, but the mail was not backstamped until 20 November pending instructions from Pairs (according to AAMS 5th edition). The origination of the service was planned for 21 October, but was delayed due to a revolution in Brazil (the endpoint of the service). From Cayenne, instructions routed the cover back to Germantown instead of onward to Brazil, but there are no further postmarks. Two different airmail labels: international blue label covering an ornate domestic label. Very interesting and attractive. Early first flight covers involving St. Thomas are unusual -- this was just 12 years after the Danes sold DWI to the U.S.
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U.S. Scott #C9 [1927 20 cent Planes and Map] and C10 [1927 10 cent Lindbergh] (VF, F-VF) on 1931 FAM Routes 5 and 6 first flight cover leg "ST. THOMAS / V.I. / #1 duplex" (U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS) to MATURIN, VENEZUELA. AAMS FAM #F6-79 (5th edition, 1981). Originated and canceled 10 February 1931 at ST. THOMAS and with 11 November violet handstamp. Large and ornate, violet arrival undated handstamp on reverse. Attractive violet handstamped cachet picturing a plane in flight and outline of South America, with the text "COMPLETING THE LINDBERGH CIRCLE". (Lindbergh was involved in pioneering the Central and Northern South America routes.) Very interesting and attractive. Early first flight covers involving St. Thomas are unusual -- this was just 13 years after the Danes sold DWI to the U.S. A scarcer flight cover.
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