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Lot #1397
LARGE LOTS AND COLLECTIONS FRANCE Catapult Flights
1928 (August) "Ile de France" covers, collection of 54 covers and cards, with "Premier Liaison Postale Aerienne Transatlantique Par Hydravion Lance Par Catapulte de L' Ile de France, Pilote: Lieutenant de Vaisseau L. Demougeot" cachets, covers with U.S. franking and cachets "Via S.S. Ile de France", others with similar endorsements, addressed to Punjab, India, another to Barranquilla, Colombia, some with Roessler cachets, few newspaper clippings and picture postcards, generally fine-v.f. (SS Ile de France was a French ocean liner built in Saint-Nazaire for "Compagnie Generale Transatlantique". While not the fastest vessel in the world, it briefly pioneered the quickest mail-system between Europe and the United States. In July 1928, a seaplane catapult was installed at the ship's stern for trials with two CAMS 37 flying boats)
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Price Realized
$1,600.00

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