Rare Stamps & Postal History of the World including the Fred Blau Collection
March 3-4, 2020

We are pleased to announce our March 3-4, 2020 Auction, featuring the Fred Blau collection of Palestine Aerophilately and Military Mail, followed by United States and Possessions, with Dr.Ernesto Arosemena's Canal Zone, continuing with selections from Asia, Western European countries, South and Central America, Middle East, as well as extensive Great Britain and British Commonwealth, Poland with an exceptional collection of World War II Occupation proofs & essays, Russia, Vatican City, etc., and ending as usual with Large Lots and Collections. This is a live public auction taking place in our NYC Galleries as well as on CherrystoneLIVE.

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Lot #131
Fred Blau POLAND Flight Covers
1930 (7 June) first flight Warszawa to Gaza, red cachet indicating first air mail Poland with LOT via Vienna to India, v.f., only 13(!) carried to Gaza (Fi.101d, 4,000zl)
Envelope
Price Realized
$350.00

Lot #132
Fred Blau POLAND Flight Covers
1936 (27 Oct) Experimental mail flight Poland to Palestine, stage Bucharest to Haifa, registered cover, attractively franked, with "P.L.L./LOT" cachet, v.f., backstamped on arrival, returned to sender, only 18 (!) carried (Fi.128c, 3,000zl)
Envelope
Price Realized
$240.00

Lot #133
Fred Blau POLAND Flight Covers
1936-37 selection of 14 mostly first flights Lwow and Warszawa to Jerusalem, Haifa or Tel Aviv, different frankings and cachets, one making complete round trip, various cachets, some bilingual (Polish and Hebrew), some toning and cover wear, mostly fine or better
Envelope
Price Realized
$525.00

Lot #134
Fred Blau POLAND Flight Covers
1937 (23 Nov) Palestine to Poland, Lydda to Warsaw leg, registered and flown LOT cover addressed to Romania, with label (in French) indicating "burnt, ripped open, dirty from destruction of the airplane on 23 November 1938 in the mountain of Pirin" (a LOT Douglas DC-2-115D (registered SP-ASJ) crashed in Bulgaria's Pirin Mountains in bad weather, killing all six on board. The aircraft was operating a scheduled Thessaloniki-Sofia passenger service and crashed during a heavy snow storm on Mount Jel-Tepe. It was found four days later by a search group of 3000 Bulgarian soldiers). Cover in reasonable condition, Haifa, Hadar ha Carmel and Lydda departure, Sofia and Sveti Vratch transit and Bucharest (11 Dec) arrival pmks. Also accompanied by copies of the articles about the crash (The Palestine Post). Only 2 (!) pieces of mail were found in the wreck (Fi.134, 13,000zl)
Envelope
Price Realized
$2,000.00

Lot #135
Fred Blau POLAND Flight Covers
1938 (22 July) accident mail, cover (mostly burned, enclosed in cellophane), addressed to Tel Aviv, with 29 July arrival postmarks, carried by LOT, Lockheed L-14H Super Electra Airplane from Warszawa-Cernauti-Bucharest-Athens-Tel Aviv. Shortly after take-off from Cernauti, the plane exploded and crashed near Compulung (Romania), the crew and 10 passengers (among them two American physicians) were killed. It was the most tragic accident of LOT (Fi.139a,10,000Zzl - $2,591)
Envelope
Price Realized
$3,500.00

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