Lot 434P.C. Beamer, Bicycle Store, Hilo, Hawaii, printed corner card on cover bearing United States 5¢ dark blue (281) tied by "Hilo, H. Isls Jul 11, 1902" duplex to Mexico, reverse with Honolulu (7.12), San Francisco (7.22) transits and C. Victoria (7.28) arrival cds; small edge tear and reduced at right, Very Fine.
Peters-Uota No. PCB-CC-1 Estimate $200 - 300.
Lot 4351917 Hawaii Prisoner of War S.M.S. "Geier" Mail, three covers postmarked with "Schofield Barracks, Hawaii" duplexes and two bearing blue "Prisoner of War" and "S.M.S. "Geier" " straightline handstamps addressed to Honolulu, and third with dark blue "Prisoner of War" straightline handstamp addressed to Sweden, latter with censor tape, Very Fine and rare group.
Estimate $750 - 1,000.
SMS "Geier" was an unprotected cruiser of the Bussard class built for the German Imperial Navy (Kaiserliche Marine) and commissioned in 1895. "Geier" was still en route to the German base in Tsingtao when war broke out in Europe in August 1914. She slipped out of still-neutral British Singapore days before Britain declared war on Germany and crossed the central Pacific in an attempt to link up with Maximilian von Spee's East Asia Squadron. While at sea, she captured one British freighter, but did not sink her. In need of engine repairs and coal, "Geier" put into the neutral United States port at Honolulu, Hawaii in October 1914, where she was eventually interned. After the American entrance into the war in April 1917, the US Navy seized "Geier" and commissioned her as USS "Schurz" and placed her on convoy duty.
Lot 4361935 Howland Island Oceanic Islands Survey, cover with "Oceanic Islands Survey" illustrated bird handstamp and matching "Howland Island, Nov 30 1935" two-line handstamp on cover to Honolulu, Oahu, signed "Dana Comau" at top right, Very Fine.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Howland Island is an uninhabited coral island located just north of the equator in the central Pacific Ocean, about 1,700 nautical miles (3,100 km) southwest of Honolulu. The island lies almost halfway between Hawaii and Australia and is an unincorporated, unorganized territory of the United States. Geographically, together with Baker Island it forms part of the Phoenix Islands.