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Booth Family Center Philatelic Collection

 Collection — Box: GTM Shared Box 25, Folder: 9
Identifier: GTM-0027

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of three philatelic items that were removed from other collections.

It includes a United States 1893 Columbian Exposition Issue's 1-dollar stamp (Queen Isabella) on an auction card which was sent from H.R. Harmer to Virginia Murrary Bacon in 1946. The item was purchased by Robert Low Bacon.

It also includes a postcard, franked with a United States $1.30 Graf Zeppelin stamp, sent to Robert F. Wagner by O.J. Butler depicting an airship over the U.S. Capitol Building. The postcard has an April 26, 1930 postmark from Washington DC and has three additional stamps: a large diamond handstamp in violet commemorating the First Europe Pan-America Round Flight in English, a circular handstamp in red commemorating the trip in German (Luftschiff Graf Zeppelin S├╝damerikafahrt 1930), and a faint blimp-shaped hand stamp in green (upside down, at the bottom of the diamond stamp) indicating it was received in Lakehurst.

The last item is an air mail envelope postmarked November 29, 1957 at Pole Station, Antarctica with a U.S. Navy Operation Deep Freeze cancellation, and bears two cachets: an octagonal handstamp in violet commemorating the IGY, and a drawing in black of two penguins captioned South Pole 1956-57-58. The envelope is signed by Paul Siple, who led the 1957 International Geophysical Year expedition, was a member of numerous Antarctic expeditions, and who co-developed the wind chill index. The PAS initials on the penguin artwork would appear to indicate that he was also the designer of this cachet.


  • 1893 - 1957


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Immediate Source of Acquisition

The items in this collection were removed from the Robert F. Wagner Papers and the Robert Low and Virginia Murray Bacon Papers. The source of the Paul Siple autographed envelope is unknown.

Processing Information

These items were removed from the original collections by Special Collections staff at some point prior to 2020. The items that are included in this collection were identified and described by Stephen Fernie. The collection has been rehoused in an acid-free box and folder.

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Repository Details

Part of the Georgetown University Manuscripts Repository

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