Lot 978, 1930 Maryland Free State first flight, Calcutta to Alameda California

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Lot 978, 1930 Maryland Free State first flight, Calcutta to Alameda CaliforniaLot 978 1930.MAR.9 “Maryland Free State” First Flight from Calcutta to Alameda California, piloted by Geysendorffer and Scholte, franked with 1a KGV definitive and a USA 2c cancelled at Alameda on MAY.12. Handstamped “AIR LINER / MARYLAND FREE STATE” and signed by pilot Scholte. Addressed to Stephen Smith, with his signature on back. The cover has small toning spots else very fine. A rare cover, with only 26 covers flown, from the Pont Collection. This was the example Mr. Pont exhibited in the early 1930s. Estimate $1,000.

Lot 1436, 1929 Croydon to Calcutta flight “Maryland Free State,” sold for C$1,638

Lot 1436, 1929 Croydon to Calcutta flight Lot 1436 CVR 1929.MAY.31 Croydon to Calcutta Flight on the “Maryland Free State”, a newspaper wrapper endorsed “printed matter”, with single line cachet handstamp (front and back) addressed to Smith in Calcutta, with manuscript note on back reading “J.B. Scholte / pilot C-aadr / :Maryland Free State” / carried from London to Calcutta / June 10th, 1929″ with JUN.10 Calcutta receiver. Vertical crease at left and stain on back, still a very rare item with only one cover and 13 newspapers flown. From the Pont Collection. Estimate $350, sold for C$1,400.00 plus 17% buyer’s premium.

Lot 1453, 1930 First Flight Cover from Calcutta to Alameda California

Lot 1453, 1930 First Flight Cover from Calcutta to Alameda CaliforniaLot 1453, 1930 First Flight Cover from Calcutta to Alameda California (back)Lot 1453 1930.MAR.9 “Maryland Free State” First Flight from Calcutta to Alameda, California, piloted by Geysendorffer and Scholte, franked with 1a KGV definitive and a USA 2c cancelled at Alameda on MAY.12. Handstamped “AIR LINER / MARYLAND FREE STATE” and signed by pilot Scholte. Addressed to Stephen Smith, with his signature on back. A rare cover, with only 26 covers flown. From the Leon Victor Pont Collection of early India First Flight postal history. Estimate $1,000.