Flying high: Charles Lindbergh-themed airmail could be worth a packet

Early next month America's oldest philatelic auction house, Daniel F Kelleher, will be offering a vast auction of nearly 3,000 lots as part of its New York City ASDA Sale.

There are a number of fascinating highlights, notably the final instalment of the Beane Family holdings of United States stamps & postal history. However, for some stamp collectors and all aviation collectors, a different collection will stand out.

That is the Robert Spooner Gold Medal collection of Charles Lindbergh, which features a marvellous array of rare and seldom offered flights & collateral material.

Two of the highlights include: A 1933, North Atlantic Survey, Godthaab, 1st stop, picture post card inscribed "July 25, 1933" in Lindbergh's own hand, mailed in Reykjavik and with Danish postage applied for transmittal from Copenhagen, where it was postmarked upon receipt August 23, 1933

Extremely fine and rare, this is one of three cards carried from Godthaab Colony. It is estimated at $4,000-6,000.

Lindbergh signed postcard
Lindbergh signed postcard

Lindbergh fans and investors may like another lot even more. This is a CAM 2 Interrupted Flight (Crash), typed and signed report of September 16, 1926 by Lindbergh, who was the pilot.

This is simply an incredible three page typed report of the crash that occurred near Ottawa, Illinois, after he encountered fog on his way to Chicago:

"I turned back and attempted to drop a flare and land; but, the flare did not function and I again headed for Maywood hoping to find a break in the fog…", "Several times I descended to the top of the fog, which was eight to nine hundred feet…, My motor cut out at 8:20P.M., and I cut in the reserve….at 5,000 ft. the motor sputtered and died.

"I stepped up on the cowling and cut over the right side of the cockpit pulling the ripcord…." "I crossed my legs to keep from straddling a branch or wire, guarded my face with my hands and waited."

After he walked over to a car, "The occupants asked whether I had heard an airplane crash and it required some time to explain to them that I had been piloting the plane".

The piece is in very fine condition and is also expected to sell for $4,000-6,000 in the auction which takes place in New York (not the company's native Connecticut) and online. Collectors interested in classic airmail should also take a look at this 1932 Newfoundland invert.

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