This site will provide a pictorial overview of Salvation Army (SA) philately. SA stamps have been issued in more than 40 countries since 1932. By 2019, there are 53 main issues with 153 SA stamps from all over the world. FOR DETAILED INFO, CLICK ON THE IMAGES
Salvation Army FDC from Jamaica 1987 with Souvenir Sheet. Issued 08.10.1987 and postmarked Kingston. The cover pictures General Eva Burrows. The sheet is noted as Minisheet 702 in the Stanley Gibbons catalogue. It is very rare to see this cover with souvenir sheet.
A very pictorial flight cover from the Netherlands Indies was obtained. It’s a First Flight cover from the K.N.I.L.M. and commemorate the opening of the Soerabaja – Makassar route. It has Salvation Army stamps from the 1936 issue on it, but not full set. Very nice cover. I’ve seen this cover occassionally on Ebay, but never with SA stamps before.
The Swiss Salvation Army stamp 1982 has been issued on special Werbestempel or Sonderstempel envelopes. These covers have some very pictorial PMs from various towns, e.g., Sion, Reichenback and Zurich tram. Nice covers.
This is an official and quite ordinary US FDC, but the postmark is unofficial and very rare. A specialist retailer noted: “There is no catalog which lists catalog values or prices for Unofficial First Day of Issue cancels. Unofficial cancels are generally fairly scarce on ANY stamp issue, as one had to be in attendance in the one city of issuance, and then go to some other location to secure the cancels ON THAT SAME DAY. So distance and time were needed. We are specialists in this area, and have a feel for approx value, and how often we have seen the cancels on items over the years. I must say i do not recall ever owning these NY World’s fair cancels on the Salvation Army issue, and so these also have two areas of collectors who might have interest in them.” (http://trentonstampandcoin.com/)
The centenary of the Salvation Army Movement in the Isle of Man was commemorated on four stamps in 1983. General William Booth is featured on the 12p stamp. The founder visited the island in May 1897. Four official postmarks were used, Douglas, St. Sanctain, Ramsey and Castletown. The shown FDCs here have gutter pairs and Ramsey PM on the official post office issue. FDCs with gutter pairs are quite rare.
Salvation Army 75th anniversary in Switzerland, issued 05.03.1958. This Holland-America Line FDC is unlisted in the Salvation Army FDC catalogue and has not been observed before. Must be a rare item.
A few countries have issued Salvation Army scout covers. I have now listed those I have collected here, see also the menu. It is mostly Norway and Sweden who have the tradition of making a special PM to the national scout camps. The catalogue numbers refers to ArGe Pfadfinder’s catalogue about European scout covers and postmarks. The below cover is the first registered Norwegian scout PM; issued at the “Concordia” international girls’ guide camp in 1954.
Faces of Australia official Post Office FDC issued 01.01.2000 with three pictorial postmarks: 2 x Sydney (Opera and Clock) and 1x Darwin. Extremely rare with PMs from different locations!!! How on earth did they do that?
UK Lawrence A Grech FDC with set of Salvation Army stamps. Limited quantity. Rarely seen on Ebay. Catalogue value £25 – but covers with set are sold massively above catalogue value, due to the scarcity. Estimated £80+ (a similar cover was sold for > £200 on Ebay, October 2017).
These two US covers show rocket launches from Vandenberg Air Force Base near Lompoc, California. The covers have different illustrative designs and have the Salvation Army stamp Scott 1267 attached.
The House of Senate used to make FDCs for each stamp issue. Here is the cover with the Salvation Army stamp at the centenary in 1982. This cachet is unlisted in the SA catalogue and is seldom seen around.
An unlisted Swiss FDC just turned up on Ebay. The cachet pictures the bonnet as on the stamp. The issue commemorated the 75th anniversary for the Salvation Army in Switzerland. The cover is cancelled with French PM. Not seen before. Likely very rare! See also other Swiss FDCs with single stamp.