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 #103
PALESTINE 1929 Orient Flight drop mail Zeppelin Flights
1929 Orient Flight cover from Friedrichshafen, franked with 2M Eagle, canceled 24 March and addressed to Athens, with 30 March arrival markings on back, two red Orient Flight cachets (unusual), v.f. On the return flight, the airship flew twice over Athens, since due to bad weather, mail could not be dropped the first time. Dropped the second time, a bag containing about 480 letters was found two days later by a shepherd delivering milk to Athens (Si.23c, unpriced)
Envelope
Price Realized
$240.00

Lot #104
PALESTINE 1929 Orient Flight drop mail Zeppelin Flights
1929 Orient Flight, picture postcard (Zeppelin in flight) franked with 1M Eagle (surface defect), canceled on board "Luftschiff Graf Zeppelin" 27.3.29, with faint Orientfahrt cachet, drop mail Split, with 27 March arrival postmark, signed Roger Koerber. On the way back to Germany, the airship cruised over Split and a few cards, written on board were dropped (Si.23d, €800)
Envelope
Price Realized
$1,600.00

Lot #105
PALESTINE 1929 Orient Flight drop mail Zeppelin Flights
1929 cover with blue 2m franking, canceled on board, drop mail Vienna, with "Wien 28.III.29" arrival pmk, very rare. The airship passed over Vienna and this letter was privately dropped out of a window by a crew member, It was found in the street in Vienna and placed into a mail box, receiving same day arrival pmk (Si.23g, €1,000)
Envelope
Price Realized
$2,500.00

Lot #106
PALESTINE 1929 Orient Flight drop mail Zeppelin Flights
1929 card addressed to Vienna, with five-line "Im Luftschiff L.Z.127 Graf Zeppelin" (from Munich to Friedrichshafen) cachet, franked with 10pf Eagle, canceled "Wollmetshofen 1 Apr 29", with message on back stating that "the airship coming from Munich flew over our village Wollmetshofen and continued in a westerly direction to Krumbach. It flew very low because of heavy fog. The mailbag was found the next day". This private drop card was tossed out by a crew member Thassler, addressed to Georg Sobetzky. A unique item, with 1987 Sieger certificate (Si.23i, €2,750)
Envelope
Price Realized
$6,750.00

Lot #107
PALESTINE 1929 Orient Flight drop mail Zeppelin Flights
1929 15pf stationery card with L.Z. 127 cachet, also red on-board cachet, drop mail Rome, with "Roma Centro 27.3.29" arrival pmk, v.f. A rare card, dropped "privately" over Rome and therefore did not receive the commemorative cachet (Si.23bb, €1,000)
Envelope
Price Realized
$1,400.00

Lot #108
PALESTINE 1929 Orient Flight drop mail Zeppelin Flights
1929 picture postcard ("Graf Zeppelin") with faint L.Z. 127 cachet, also red on-board cachet, drop mail Tel Aviv, with "Tel Aviv A 27 Mar 29" arrival pmk, also "T" handstamp. This card was privately dropped by Mr. Doering, a crew member. As it was not postpaid it received additional "25" charge and red "Nachgebuehr 2M" was added in Germany, some toning, rare card (Si.23e, €1,600)
Envelope
Price Realized
$850.00

Lot #109
PALESTINE 1929 Orient Flight drop mail Zeppelin Flights
1929 picture postcard franked with two different 50pf adhesives, canceled on board "Luftschiff Graf Zeppelin" 25.3.29, with Orientfahrt cachet, drop mail Athens, v.f., with 30 March arrival postmark, signed Sieger. Only a few cards are known, this may be the only one posted on board (Si.23c, unpriced)
Envelope
Price Realized
$500.00

Lot #110
PALESTINE 1929 Orient Flight drop mail Zeppelin Flights
1929 cover from Friedrichshafen, franked with 2M Zeppelin, canceled on board, Rome (Ferrovia) drop, with 25.3.29 arrival pmk, fine. While cruising over Rome, one bag containing about 600 pieces of mail was dropped. This cover was then forwarded by train to Germany (Si.23ba, €600)
Envelope
Price Realized
$750.00

Lot #111
PALESTINE 1929 Orient Flight drop mail Zeppelin Flights
1929 cover with blue L.Z. 127 cachet on backflap, drop mail Jerusalem, with "Jerusalem 27 Mar 29" arrival pmks, also "Visit the Palestine and Near East Exhibition Tel Aviv April 1929" slogan cancels. This cover was privately dropped out of a window over Jerusalem. As it was not postpaid it received additional "30" charge and red "Nachgebuehr 2M" was added in Germany, very rare (Si.23f, €1,150)
Envelope
Price Realized
$2,300.00

Lot #112
PALESTINE 1929 Orient Flight drop mail Zeppelin Flights
1929 Orient Flight - letter pouch without tag, originally tied by cord to the top of the mailbag No.1 at Friedrichshafen on March 24, 1929 for drop over "Er Ramle". Four mailbags were dropped on March 27, 1929, one mailbag attached to a small parachute drifted away and was never found. This label is apparently the only one surviving
Price Realized
$1,000.00

Lot #113
PALESTINE 1929 Orient Flight drop mail Zeppelin Flights
1929 Orient Flight, original linen mail bag opened at top, dropped over Tel Aviv, with blue crayon and corresponding "Tel Aviv B 26 Mr 29" arrival postmark, faint "Im Luftschiff L.Z.127 Graf Zeppelin" (from Germany to Orient) cachet, overall toning and stained, still a valuable collateral item. It was in this bag, that five cards were privately dropped over Tel Aviv
Price Realized
$475.00

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