Airmail Blocks I just received..... :)

Discussion in 'United States Stamps' started by kacyds, Apr 14, 2012.

  1. kacyds

    kacyds New Member

    As most of you know, I collect US Plate Block Airmail stamps. Well, I just received these that I just purchase. I know that the C4 is not a plate block, but is a block. lol

    Scott# C4
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    Not well centered, but for the price, I couldnt pass it up.
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  2. kacyds

    kacyds New Member

    U.S. #C4 1923 8¢ Radiator and Propeller

    Issue Date: August 15, 1923
    City: Washington, DC
    Quantity: 6,414,576
    Printed By: Bureau of Engraving and Printing
    Printing Method: Flat plate printing
    Perforations: 11
    Color: Dark green

    Strangely, in the early days of airmail service, mail dispatched by air took longer to reach its destination than mail sent by train. People discontinued using airmail because it was less efficient and the rate was too high. Often, mail was lost entirely, due to accidents!

    Postmaster General Irving Glover foresaw the possibilities for airmail service. He drew up plans for “night flights,’’ in order to prove that airmail service was a time-saving device. The U.S. (from New York to the Pacific Coast) was divided into several zones. Airmail delivery for a one-ounce letter, from one zone to the next, was 8¢. This necessitated the issuance of a new airmail stamp, and this design was created.

    U.S. #C18 1933 50¢ Zeppelin at Chicago Expo
    Century of Progress Issue

    Issue Date: October 2, 1933
    City: New York, NY
    Quantity: 324,070
    Printed By: Bureau of Engraving and Printing
    Printing Method: Flat plate printing
    Perforations: 11
    Color: Green

    In 1933, the city of Chicago hosted a World’s Fair known as “Century of Progress.” Exhibits from all over the world were shown. Germany decided to send the Graf Zeppelin on a “Century of Progress” flight to Chicago via South America. The rate was 50¢ per one-half ounce for letters or post cards carried on the flight. Collectors dubbed this stamp the "Baby Zepp."

    One of the most attractive U.S. airmail stamps ever, the #C18 sold poorly at the time it was issued. Eventually 90% of the stamps were destroyed – today it may be scarcer than its price reflects.
  3. Larry L. Taylor

    Larry L. Taylor Active Member

    Congrats on the Baby Zepp plate block.

    I haven't worked up the gumption (yet) to work toward filling the early airmail plate block voids in my collection.:( For the time being, I've not gone earlier than C25. I kinda went hog wild :D on eBay earlier this year with early (1920's - 2 cent reds) and onward, trying to complete my US plate blocks thru to SC# 1173. Actually, I've been working on completing my whole US (regular mail) plate block collection, including those damnable express and priority mail blocks:mad: . Good thing those aren't collected in blocks of 6?

    After I heal financially from that tryst, I'll start thinking about another direction in which to enhance my collection.
  4. Jay

    Jay Well-Known Member

    Whoa! Nice Zeppelins and the centering on the C4's are just fabulous! CONGRATS Kacyds!!
  5. kacyds

    kacyds New Member

    Thanks fellows, I am excited. :D
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