Pope Paul John II visited Africa (Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Zaire, Kenya and Morocco) in August 1985. The shown cachet is very rare, not seen before, and shows the Pope / Il Papa meeting Presidente Sese-Seko Mobutu on Kinshasa Airport. It has one of the Zaire Salvation Army stamps from the 1980 set added (SG 1008). The cachet was produced by the Italian cachet maker “Tre Stella”.
This cachet pictures William Booth – Founder & First general of the Salvation Army. The picture is a copy of a picture from an early 1900s UK postcard commemorating William Booth, who died in 1912. Unknown cachet maker, possibly “Freemason”? The cover is numbered SA 4.83 in the Salvation Amry FDC catalogue. It must be very rare, I’ve not seen this on Ebay or elsewhere before.
Rare photos of Salvation Army missionaries with the Netherlands Salvation Army Centenary stamps. I’ve not seen these before. They are not FDCs but still very interesting SA philatelic items.
Two First Day Sheet (Eerstedag-Blad) issued with the Salvation Army Centenary in the Netherlands, 10 Febr 1987. One was issued by the Hague Maxi, the other one has no name of the issuer. The stamps are set of two; the International Year of the Homeless and SA Centenary. These maxicards are not often seen around.
Salvation Army postmark on London Souvenir sheet FDC, issued 07.05.1980. The postmark is a centenary logo for the Belfast Centenary 1880 – 1980, here used on a Cotswold cover. Cat. value: (BFDC) £15
UNLISTED US FDC with the Salvation Army world centennial stamp. Issued 02.07.1965. Unlisted Madison Hotel – Illinois cachet. This cover came from one man’s unique collection of FDCs using HOTEL envelopes. SCARCE item, probably one of a kind!