This site will provide a pictorial overview of Salvation Army (SA) philately. The first SA stamps were issued in 1932 (Dutch East Indies). By 2019, there are 53 main issues with 153 SA stamps from > 40 countries . FOR DETAILS, CLICK ON IMAGES
I’ve obtained a few more of the Salvation Army meter mark covers. The international HQ used this meter mark as an addon on quite a few Christmas FDCs. The local post office next to the HQ is London E.C. which is the PM used on the meter mark.
This Danish Christmas cover was issued in 1998 and the stamps were cancelled in Copenhagen. It pictures some singing salvationists with a Chrismas Kettle. The Salvation Army Centenary stamp of 1989 was added.
This 100 Jahre Zuri-tram cover was used with another stamp in the anniversary serie: the 100 Jahre Zuricher Strassenbahn stamp. The shown cover does not not FD cancel and has the Salvation Army centenary stamp SG 1047 on it. It’s very rare to see this tram cover with Salvation Army stamp. I doubt that an FDC with this combination exists.
The Salvation Army Centenary stamps in the UK (and the world) was issued 09 August 1965. The cachet maker Holmes Tolley made a special designed cover with a Salvationists / banner – illustration to the issue. Covers with 4 blocks are not often seen, at least with this rare cover design!
This Swiss centennial FDC was issued 23.08.1982. The cover is quite common with centennial congress cancel. Strangely, it is seldom seen with first day cancel. The cachet depicts typical SA motifs: an outdoor meeting, two soldiers singing and playing guitar and a Christmas kettle. Issued with single Salation Army stamp (SG 1047).
The Plilatelic Club Royal Air Force, Bruggen have issued FDCs in quite limited editions, some as small as 17 – 25 pieces per issue. Their Salvation Army FDC from 1965 was issued in a limited number of 50!! It has the characteristic Field Post Office Bruggen PM. No. 5 in the serie was sold in May 2020 for £141, i.e. a very attractive issue. The pictured cover is number 1!!! Estimated value £150++
A new unlisted Danish Salvation Army FDC was observed on an online auction. The stamp commemorated the centenary of the Salvation Army in Denmark (which was actually in 1987; the stamp was issued two years after the anniversary). I’ve not seen this cachet before. It pictures the old Post Office (Det gamle postkontor) in Holstebro. Likely a rare item.
This cover was issued at the Brisbane Exhibition in August 1980. The Salvation Army Community welfare stamp was added and cancelled on the first day of issue for the stamp. The cover is an ordinary Post Office Kangoroo souvenir cachet, and is unlisted in the SA FDC catalogue. The exhibition postmark is very pictorial!! Presented as this months prospect. Likely very rare!!
A Swiss Maxicard of William Booth was obtained. Issued to the Jubileum Congress, held 25 – 26 September 1982, a month after the issue of the Salvation Army centenary stamp. Thus, it has not first day of issue cancel. Rare and nice Maxicard, seldom seen for sale, likely issued in limited edition.
This country combo was just observed on Ebay. It is a US William Booth cachet (Fleetwood) cachet with UK stamps postmarked on first day of issue for the stamp set (09.08.1965) – cancelled in Preston. Likely a connoisseur cachet – only a few similar have been observed on various web sites, i. e., with UK stamps on US covers. Sold on Ebay April 2020 for £43 (reference cover – not in my collection).
“Stamp news” (Frimerkenytt) was issued by the postal authorities. This issue is no 7 – 1987, and tell about the forthcoming issue of the stamps commemorating the Salvation Army centenary in Norway. The stamps and first day cancel have likely been added on a private initiative. This FD sheet is unlisted in the SA FDC catalogue and is likely unique, as also indicated by the local and unofficial PM (Skudesneshavn). Local PMs are generally much less common than the official PO postmark. Two nature stamps have also been added; they had first day of issue on the same date (18 Febr 1988).
This unlisted cover was just observed on a UK FDC seller’s site. It’s a business cover on a British Legion / Beeston Branch official cachet with set of Salvation Army stamps attached. I’ve not seen this cover before. Probably issued in a very limited edition.