Lot 825 1933 Balbo Flight Cover to Germany, mailed Shediac NS (JUL.25.1933 duplex) to the British Consul in Berlin, Germany via General Balbo Italian Air Squadron flight. Sent via Rome, Italy (AUG.8 backstamp) and arrived in Berlin on AUG.14. Apparently returned to North Sydney NS one month later on AUG.26 (backstamp). The cover is franked with three $1 Mount Cavell (#177) and a 20c Harvesting Wheat (#175), with special blue cachet on front. The Airmails of Canada and Newfoundland (1997) indicates that only 70 pieces were carried from Shediac to Rome on JUL.25. Most of the mail carried by Balbo’s squadron with Canadian stamps were from Shediac or Montreal to Chicago (490 pieces for that). A rare and very fine piece of air mail history. AAME CV$1,000.
Lot 386 Canada 1899 Overpayment of the old UPU Registered Rate to India, mailed Shediac NB on AUG.28.1899 (squared circles) registered to Madras, British India, through St John NB, London England (SEP.6), SEA POST OFFICE (SEP.18), Triplicane (SEP.25) and Mylapore (SEP.25). 2c stationery cover is uprated with a 2c Map, two different Provisionals and a 2c Numeral, paying the old UPU rate of 10c, overpaying by 3c. The new 7c (2c + 5c) rate took effect on January 1st, and not everyone must have known, or some would say they refused to acknowledge it. Very fine. From the Robert Lunn Map Stamp Collection. Estimate C$200, sold for C$1,000.00 plus 15% buyer’s premium.