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Lot #653
ITALY Flight Covers
1926 (19 Mar) Balloon No. 5 "Capitano Augusto Ferrero", special Aereoclub Verona cachet, signed by pilot Maggiore Leone, addressed to Milano, with arrival pmk, only 22 covers carried (Longhi 1426)
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$280.00

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Lot #654
ITALY Flight Covers
1932 General Umberto Nobile, correspondence from Russia to Maria Nobile (his daughter), selection of eight picture postcards from Moscow to Rome, two registered, mostly with greetings from "Papa" message, fine-v.f. (In 1931, Nobile left Italy to work for the next four years in the Soviet Union, where he helped with the Soviet semi-rigid airship programme. Details of the Soviet Airship Program are sparse, but there is an obvious Nobile influence in the design of the airships USSR-V5, and SSSR-V6 OSOAVIAKhIM. He was allowed to return to Italy to teach in December 1936, before going to the United States in 1939 to teach aeronautics at Lewis University in Romeoville, Illinois. When Italy went to war with the United States, he was permitted to remain in the US, but declined the offer of US citizenship and instead returned to Italy in May 1942. After a brief stay in Rome, he moved to Spain, where he remained until Italy surrendered to the Allied forces in September 1943. At that time, he returned to Rome to see to the safety of his only child Maria)
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$450.00

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Lot #655
ITALY Flight Covers
1932 General Umberto Nobile, selection of seven picture postcards from Moscow to Rome, all addressed to his wife Carlotta, one showing the paw imprint of his dog, generally with greetings from "Umberto" message. In addition, there is an earlier picture postcard sent in 1927 from Umberto to Carlotta from Kyoto Japan, plus incoming 1924 card from United States to Umberto and 1960 from Sweden
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Lot #656
ITALY Flight Covers
1934 Rome to Buenos Aires, cover and card with 5L and 3L franking, each supplemented with additional stamps, both with special cachets, the former applied on reverse, transit and arrival pmks, fine-v.f.
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$230.00

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Lot #657
ITALY Flight Covers
1934 Rome-Buenos Aires, specially prepared wrapper, franked with 2L overprint and additional 25c adhesive, with perfectly struck cachet on front and arrival on back, little adhesive soiling, otherwise fine (Longhi 3065, €500)
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$180.00

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