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1938 Presidential Issue

Lots 1194-1203 Lots 1204-1213 Lots 1214-1216

Lot 1194    

1938, 3¢ Jefferson, s.e. at left, tied by "Rivers, Ariz., Sep 16, 1942" duplex on cover endorsed "Taro Kobara, 49-5-C, Rivers, Arizona" Relocation Center to Phoenix, Ariz.; reduced slightly at top, Very Fine and scarce use from relocation center.
Scott No. 807    Estimate $150 - 200.

The Gila River War Relocation Center was an American concentration camp in Arizona, one of several built by the War Relocation Authority (WRA) during the Second World War for the incarceration of Japanese Americans from the West Coast. It was located within the Gila River Indian Reservation (over their objections) with a peak population of 13,348 operating from May 1942 to November 16, 1945.

Realized: $260

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Lot 1195    

1938, 4¢ Presidential, in combination with 1938, 10¢ Presidential (815) on New York corner card mailer to Sumatra, Netherland Indies, with "Consignees Mail" and "Shipping Documents" endorsement handstamps, tied by "Tandjong, Priok, 21. 7. 41" port of entry cds's, bold "Paquebot" handstamp and censor tape and handstamps at left, Very Fine.
Scott No. 808    Estimate $300 - 400.

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Lot 1196    

1938, 4¢ Madison, tied by "Army-Air Force, Postal Service, 94, Nov 20, 1958" machine cancel on legal-size local cover from Washington Heights in Tokyo, Japan to Major at APO 925 in Fuchu, Tokyo, Very Fine and rare solo 4¢ local use.
Scott No. 808    Estimate $150 - 200.

Although this is a late Prexie use, it is an unusual local 4¢ rate from APOs within Tokyo, Japan. The local letter rate was increased to 4¢ on August 1, 1958.

Realized: $80

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Lot 1197    

1938, 5¢ Presidential, tied by "Los Angeles, Calif. Dec 9, 1941" machine cancel on green cover to Trinidad, purple triangle censor handstamp; 5¢ faulty from creasing, otherwise Very Fine and scarce use only 2 days after Pearl Harbor Attack.
Scott No. 810    Estimate $200 - 300.

Realized: $100

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Lot 1198    

1938, 5¢ Monroe, 1941-43 correspondence group with solo franking tied by New York machine cancels on legal-size airmail covers to New Caledonia at the 5¢ surface rate; each censored differently, 1941 with Sydney censor tape and handstamp; 1943 (Jan.) with U.S. and New Caledonia censor tapes; and 1943 (Feb.) with U.S. (Chicago) and New Caledonia censor handstamps, Very Fine and scarce war-time trio to New Caledonia.
Scott No. 810    Estimate $150 - 200.

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Lot 1199    

1938, 5¢ Monroe, used with 1¢ defense tied by "U.S. Army Postal Service, A.P.O. 488, May 1, 1946" duplex (Yunnanyi, China) on airmail cover to Los Angeles, Cal. with red printed "By B.O.A.C. to Lagos, Nigeria via Calcutta and Cairo, and thence by P.A.A. to destination", return address of "U.S. 21st Field Hopt., A.P.O. 627" in Kumming, China, Very Fine and unusual APO use from China printed airmail endorsement.
Scott No. 810    Estimate $150 - 200.

Reverse.

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Lot 1200    

1938, 13¢ Millard Fillmore, sheet margin single, tied by "Chapel Hill, N.C., Nov 11, 1939" duplex on special delivery cover to Narberth Pa., purple "Special Delivery" handstamp with "Postage Due" below crossed out, flap sealed with "Yours in Trust" forest fire label, Narberth (11.12) arrival backstamp, Very Fine and rare solo 13¢ Prexie Special Delivery use.
Scott No. 818; $500    Estimate $400 - 600.

Realized: $375

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Lot 1201    

1938, 14¢ Franklin Pierce, tied on 6¢ Airmail entire by "Honolulu, Hawaii, Mar 29, 1941" slogan machine postmark, to Los Angeles, Cal. cancel; few filing pinholes, still Very Fine, scarce usage, similar usage pictured in Helbock Prexie Book.
Scott No. 819    Estimate $200 - 300.

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Lot 1202    

1938, 15¢ Buchanan, two singles, used with 10¢ Prexie (815), tied by "Washington, D.C. Nov 6, 1943" machine cancel on cover to Miss Ella Grimmestad, Red Cross Nurse aboard the S.S. 'Gripholm' at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; censor tape at left and purple censor handstamp; cover opening tears at right and some censor tape residue at left, Fine and interesting use.
Scott No. 820    Estimate $200 - 300.

From 1942 to 1946, the United States Department of State chartered Gripsholm as an exchange and repatriation ship, carrying Japanese and German nationals to exchange points where she then picked up US and Canadian citizens (and British married to Americans or Canadians) to bring home to the USA and Canada. This was the third voyage of a total of 12 round trips made by the S.S. "Gripsholm", carrying a total of 27,712 repatriates. Miss Grimmestad was in charge of the American Red Cross nurses for the 1943 exchange.

Realized: $525

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Lot 1203    

1938, 17¢ Andrew Johnson, tied by dumb registry oval, purple "San Francisco, Calif., Registered, Feb 11, 1944" backstamps and matching "Registered" boxed handstamp on cover to local street address, Very Fine and scarce solo 17¢ local registry use.
Scott No. 822    $3,600.

Realized: $475

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