U.S. & Worldwide Stamps & Postal History
August 10-11, 2021

Welcome to our Summer 2021 Sale of U.S. and Worldwide Stamps and Postal History, taking place August 10-11, 2021, at our Teaneck galleries and over the internet via CherrystoneLIVE. Our 1,372 lot sale begins with a solid section of United states including many rarities and graded items. The Foreign section includes Austria, with local issues, France, Germany and Italy, with their Colonies, specialized Liechtenstein, outstanding Poland, with exceptional Krakow overprints, Russia, Great Britain and British Commonwealth, as well as South and Central American countries. In addition, this sale includes a strong selection of 150+ large lots and collections, ranging from single country albums to specialized collections, multi-carton worldwide properties and large cover lots.

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Lot #1053
POLAND Internment of Polish Soldiers in Switzerland
1940 two perforated souvenir sheets, one bilingual Polish & French inscriptions, the other French only, also unused stationery card with pre-printed franking and unaddressed cover with Lauterbrunner military camp cachet, v.f.
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Price Realized
$150.00

Lot #1054
POLAND Internment of Polish Soldiers in Switzerland
1940 two registered covers, each headed "Comite International de la Croix-Rouge Geneve", sent from Geneva (17 June and 3 October), one addressed to Pawliszczew-Bor, the other to Starobielsk, each to enquire about Polish Prisoners of War, Capt. Jan Ursyn Zamarajew and Capt. Mieczyslaw Wojciechowski, with Moscow and Smolensk arrival markings, returned ("Inconnu" and "Parti" handstamps), some cover mending, fine-v.f. Both of the addressees were murdered by NKVD (After the Katyn massacre April-May 1940, most of the correspondence to Starobielsk, Kozielsk and Ostaszkow Prisoner of War Camps was destroyed by NKVD. Registered mail was usually returned to senders, including Red Cross and other institutions, without explanation)
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Unsold
Lot #1055
POLAND Internment of Polish Soldiers in Switzerland
1940-45 selection of 10 covers, mostly free-franked and addressed to the Red Cross in Geneva, most bearing cachets of YMCA and "Service d'aide aux Internes Militaire en Suisse" Internment Camps on Switzerland, sent from Fehraltord, Tessin, Semione, Palagnedra, Giswil, De Cevio, Sursee, Fribourg, San Carlo-Val Bavona and Affeltrangen, fine (during their internment in Switzerland, Polish soldiers built over 450 kilometers of roads, dug canals and built bridges. Apart from working for the Swiss economy, the soldiers were obliged to defend the Swiss Confederation in case of German invasion)
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Unsold
Lot #1056
POLAND Internment of Polish Soldiers in Switzerland
1941 postcard from Lt.Krzyzanowski in Huttwil Internment Camp, showing "Bewachungstruppen Feldpost" (Border Guards Fieldpost) free-frank cachet, addressed to Lt. Zbigniew Ziemski, Polish forces in Perth, Scotland, with bilingual cachet "H.Q.1st Polish Parachute Brigade" (Polish Eagle), fine and scarce usage
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Unsold
Lot #1057
POLAND Internment of Polish Soldiers in Switzerland
1941-43 eight covers or cards to and from University Level Camps, one registered from Carnoustie (Scotland), with Polish Army in Great Britain 75gr used in combination with 8p George VI franking, sent to Winterthur, opened by British and Swiss censors, also registered cover from German Occupied Warszawa, opened by German and Swiss censors, others from "Camp d'Internement Militaire Universitaire Fribourg" and Winterthur to Basel and Geneva (one addressed to "Service d'Aide intellectuelle aux Prisonniers de guerre B.I.E.", etc. (the capitulation by the French left the Polish troops in a quandary. Units continued to fight despite Petain's call for armistice and demobilization. Polish units were cut off by the retreat and many decided to sneak around German strongholds to avoid capture. Brigadier-General Bronislaw Prugar-Kietling defended the Belfort area with 545 senior officers, 2,373 officers and 12,912 troops. The First Division fought on until the 18th June and the 2nd Division decided to escape across the border into Switzerland, as the first German tanks overran the remains of the Franco-Polish defenses. At the border the Polish soldiers abandoned their arms and became interned under the control and protection of General Henri Guisan. The interned Poles were encouraged to return to their studies and many took this option. The Universities of Fribourg and Zurich together with the HEC at St. Gallen and a Lycee camp at Wetzikon provided a wide variety of courses, particularly in the sciences and math. For others, the farms, mines and forests provided work. Some work details were based in the mountains building roads, bridges and trails that are still in use today)
Envelope
Price Realized
$250.00

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