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 #1037
POLAND Polish Prisoners of War in the Soviet Union
1939 (7 Dec) Russian 20k stationery card, sent Jan 25, 1940 from NKVD POW (requesting war clothing and sending Holiday Greetings to his family) Camp Starobielsk to Przemysl, with Soviet occupied Feb 2, 1940 arrival postmark, fine (In 1939, during the Russian invasion of Poland, some 14,500 Polish officers were captured and interned in three P.O.W. camps in the Soviet Union. The next time the world heard of these prisoners was a news broadcast on April 13, 1943, from Radio Berlin. It stated that the German Army had discovered mass graves at Katyn, containing the bodies of Polish officers. Eight graves were opened and 4,253 bodies exhumed. All were dressed in Polish uniforms, with badges of rank and medals intact. No watches or rings were found on the corpses. It was established that the bodies were of Polish officers from the camp at Kozielsk, situated in the grounds of a former Monastery, near Orel. Two other camps, at Starobielsk (3,891 men) and at Ostashkov (6,311 men) were wound up and closed in the first days of April, 1940. Whatever happened to these 10,000 odd officers has never been established. They were never seen alive again. From evidence obtained after the war, all prisoners of Kozielsk camp were shot by Stalin's NKVD)
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Price Realized
$150.00

Lot #1038
POLAND Polish Prisoners of War in the Soviet Union
1939 (23 Oct) Russian 20k stationery card (two additional stamps removed), sent from Starobielsk Prisoner of War Camp by General Aleksander Kowalewski, return address "NKVD Camp Starobielsk" and sent to Warszawa, filing fold and archival punched holes at left, rare early POW card (General Kowalewski surrendered to the Soviet Army on 19th September, 1939 and after a short detention in Starobielsk, was transferred to Kharkov and murdered by the NKVD)
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Price Realized
$160.00

Lot #1039
POLAND Polish Prisoners of War in the Soviet Union
1940 two Soviet stationery cards, one sent 5.5.40 from Yelenovka, addressed to the Polish Red Cross in "Lublin or Warszawa" ("help me find my family"), the other from Lwow (26.5.41) to a Soviet Camp, with "Jurino-Marisa" and "Lwow CCCP Zh.D.P.O." markings, the latter folded, the former with Red Cross arrival datestamp
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Price Realized
$260.00

Lot #1040
POLAND Polish Prisoners of War in the Soviet Union
1940 (11 Feb) Russian 10k stationery card, with additional 30k franking, sent from NKVD Prisoner of War Camp "Kozielsk" to German occupied Poland, by Major Godycki-Cwirko, enquiring about members of his immediate family in Warszawa, showing transit markings of Moscow and Berlin, with German military censor cachet, card folded, but intact (Major Godycki-Cwirko was murdered in Katyn forest in 1940)
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Price Realized
$260.00

Lot #1041
POLAND Polish Prisoners of War in the Soviet Union
1940 (26 Jan) postcard from Warszawa to NKVD POW Camp Starobielsk, with Moscow 26.2.40 transit and 5.III. endorsement on back, stamp removed and filing fold, interestingly sent using a Polish postmark, without any German or Russian censor markings. The addressee, Capt. Edward Wrzesniewski was one of the few officers who survived the Katyn Massacre. He was later incarcerated in Pavlishchew Bor and Griazovetz
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Price Realized
$150.00

Lot #1042
POLAND Polish Prisoners of War in the Soviet Union
1941 (Mar) German stationery card (father writing to daughter) with additional unoverprinted franking sent from occupied Krotoszyn to Novouzienskij Selsoviet in Kazakhstan, with Alma-Ata transit and arrival pmks (20 Mar 41), red German censor cachet, scarce usage
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Price Realized
$170.00

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