Lot 1311, Canada #15 1867 5c Beaver cover with More-to-Pay, franked with three 5c Beaver and mailed at Kingston SEP.06.1867. Addressed to Picton with same day backstamp. There is a MORE-TO-PAY handstamp on front plus two blue crayon notations “85” and “13”. Cut down at left, else very fine. Est $150, realized $220.00
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Lot 1224 was noticed by one of our lotters in an otherwise ordinary and nondescript group.
1918 Peck flown registered air mail cover, Montreal to Toronto, franked with 5¢ Admiral and 2¢ War Tax Admiral. Cachets are dated JU.23.1918, but flight took place on JU.24 due to the weather. There were stops for gas at Kingston and Deseronto. Has Toronto, JU.24.1918 receiver on back. Only 124 pieces were flown, of which only a small percentage were registered. Flown in a Curtiss JN-4 “Canuch” aircraft. Opened at top. CV $2500 in Airmails of Canada.
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