Monthly Archives: December 2021

1908 – UK – Empress of Ireland postcard

1908 – Empress of Ireland Postcard

1908 – UK – Empress of Ireland Postcard, sent 2 Oct 1908 from Liverpool. RMS Empress of Ireland sank six years later (in 1914) near the mouth of the Saint Lawrence River following a collision in thick fog with the Norwegian collier Storstad. The worst peacetime marine disaster in Canadian history – 1012 of 1477 died. The passengers included 167 members of the Salvation Army. These travelers, all but eight of whom died, were members of the Canadian Staff Band of The Salvation Army who were traveling to London for an international conference.

SA 6.2 – Jamaica – RARE FDC

SA 6.2 – Soldiers & Flag (UK cover)

Salvation Army World Centenary commemorated on Jamaica stamps. This cover seems to be a country combo, with Jamaica stamps on a UK cachet (Soldiers & Flag – UK cover, SA 5.2). Postmarked in Kingston with set of two SA stamps (SG 242 – 243). Issued in very limited quantity – likely a private initiative from a salvationist sending to friends in the UK. The Jamaica stamps were issued only two weeks after the UK centenary issue, and there must have been very little time to organize this issue.

1986 – UK – Goodwill FDC

Goodwill Centenary with the special goodwill logo on the cover. This cover is very seldom seen with full set of Industry year stamps. With only one stamp it is more common. The picture was just discovered on a UK FDC seller’s site. Very high catalogue value with full set: £150 in the BFDC Bradbury 2018 catalogue. NB! Reference cover, not in my collection.

1986 – Goodwill – Reference cover

1980 – Zaire – RARE FDCs

Salvation Army official Post Office FDCs on Zaire’s traditional Coat of Arms cachet. The stamps commemorated the Salvation Army Centenary in the USA, as well as picturing some local SA work. Strangely, these official PO covers are not often seen on Ebay.

SA 14.1a - Coat of arms
SA 14.1b - Coat of arms
SA 14.1c - Coat of arms - minisheet

These two Netherlands Christmas stamp sheet were issued by the capital city postal group in 1992. They were used for a national Christmas card and stamp campaign, intended as support for the Salvation Army. The franking amount was 50 cents per stamp. I have not seen these on any covers and I’m not aware of whether there was an official first day of issue.

1992 - Netherlands Christmas sheet I
1992 - Netherlands Christmas sheet