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Sale 100: Gems of Philately

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United States Postal History

Lot 2003    

Canal Zone Postmaster Gerald Bliss Photo/Autograph Album with Amelia Earhart Signature, this one-of-a-kind of flight log book and photo album was assembled by Gerald D. Bliss who was the long time postmaster at Cristobal, Canal Zone. His tenure in office was during the golden age of aerophilately and, by virtue of his position, he interacted with all of the pilots (Charles A Lindbergh, Frederic Noonan, Basil L. Rowe, etc) of pioneer flight and early scheduled Pan American Airlines first mail flights. Mr. Bliss was the person who postally handled all of the first flights that went in and out of the Canal Zone. He maintained these friendships after he retired in 1934, and was invited to accompany the 1934 Pan American goodwill flight from Miami to Buenos Aires and back. During this trip he assembled a detailed log with some stamps, postmarks, photographs of the various personalities he met at each stop, and then arranged for them to autograph the pages of the scrapbook he was preparing. This is a one-of-a-kind piece of aviation memorabilia.

In 1937 right before Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan began their round the world tour, they stopped in Miami and Fred Noonan introduced Mr. Bliss to Ms. Earhart. In remembrance of their relationship Mr. Noonan signed Mr. Bliss' 1934 flight log autograph album and Ms. Earhart agreed to as well, signing "Amelia Earhart" on May 29th 1937. Two days later they took off on their ultimate flight, never to be seen again. The photograph taken on this day with the album may well be one of the last ones taken of them before they began their flight.
Estimate    $10,000 - 15,000.


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