Monday, August 08, 2005

The Oregonian reports an Oregon collector owns three covers postmarked Aug. 6, 1945, and signed by Enola Gay pilot Paul Tibbets.

Tibbets, now 90 and in frail health, flew the B-29 Superfortress that dropped the 1st atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan 60 years ago.

Ken Martin of the American Philatelic Society is quoted as saying, "Of the estimated 5.5 million stamp collectors, only about 1,000 collect World War II covers. Collectors of atomic bomb covers are even more specialized and number less than 100."

Martin estimates the covers to worth about $100 each only because of Tibbets' signature.

To read the entire article, click here.

For more about Atomic Bombs on Stamps, click here.
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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM