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Switzerland 1958 – Stamps’ day

1958 – Stamps day – Switzerland

The month’s prospect: Rare cover used on the Swiss Stamps Day in 1958. Italian special postmark: “Giornata del Francobollo” (Stamps day). Cancelled 07.11.1958 (not FDC). Cachet picture: Tag der briefmarke – Giornata del Francobollo. The Swiss anniversary sets have been added – SG 587 – 590. The Salvation Army bonnet is pictured on the SG 590 and commemorates the SA’s 75th anniversary in Switzerland. Rarely seen with this stamp set!!

Switzerland – Franchise stamps – update

From 1911 to 1943 the Swiss Post issued some franchise stamps to support charity organizations like the Salvation Army. The overprinted numbers 146 and 369 were used for the Salvation Army. The 146 overprint was used from 1911 – 1925 and the 369 overprint was used from 1926 to 1943. (Source: Heilsarmee-Briefmarken). Here are these overprints shown on a nice private and four official Salvation Army covers in good condition. Very nice & rare items!!

1921 - 146 overprint (Heilsarmee)
1925 - Franchise stamps 146 overprint
1926 - Franchise stamps 369 overprint
1927 - 369 overprint (SA overprint)
1937 - Franchise stamps 369 overprint

SA 3 – Swiss Parliament – unlisted FDC

SA 3 – Swiss Parliament – Bern

Unlisted FDC, likely very rare! Picture of the Federal Palace of Switzerland – (Swiss Parliament  / Bundeshaus) in Bern. Issued: 05.03.1958 with French PM (Berne). Anniversary stamp set 1958 (Werbemarken), including the Salvation Army (bonnet) stamp (SG 590). This particular FDC was a private initiative of a Swiss stampdealer in Lugano. The shop was closed in the sixties, and the stock left untouched until recently, when his grandson discovered these covers.  He guessed that only 5 – 10 covers like this are still around.

1986 – UK – Goodwill centenary maxicard

1986 – Goodwill Centenary – Maxicard

Goodwill Centenary Maxicard issued in 1986 (First day of issue for the stamp). Special Centenary postmark. Issued by the Historic relics with  industry year stamp. Rare first day maxicard. Not seen before. If set, this set & postmark has a very high value in the BFDC catalogue ( £120). Estimated value: £10 +. Here is the official FDC by the Historic Relics. 

2020 – Liberia – Signed proofs

Salvation Army’s 155th world anniversary issued by the Republique of Liberia, with both souvenir sheet with set of four SA motifs and a souvenir sheet picturing a SA Christmas kettle. Here are two proofs signed by minister / post master general, no 001!!

SA 59.1a - signed proof
SA 59.1b - Signed proof

SA 4 – US – Unlisted FDC – soldiers

SA 4 – Soldiers – Unlisted cover

Salvation Army world centennial celebrated on an unlisted US FDC.  Text: A century of Service to God and man. The cachet pictures two soldiers. Stamp: single Stanley Gibbons 1249. Must be rare, I have not seen it before. The picture seems to be a simple imitation of that seen on the centenary coin issued to the same anniversary. See picture of it on this cover.  or on the SA_4.20 cover

2020 – Liberia – SA 155th Anniversary

Many  African countries have issued stamps to the Salvation Army’s 155th anniversary. Though these are mainly made for collectors, they are official stamps, licenced by the national  PO authorities. This time it’s the Republique of Liberia, with both souvenir sheet with set of four SA motifs and a souvenir sheet picturing a SA Christmas kettle.

SA 59.1a - Salvation Army 155th Anniversary
SA 59.1b - Salvation Army 155th Anniversary

China – SA Missionairies in China

SA Missionnairies China

This postcard was postally used in 1936 (the stamp is removed and it’s difficult to see in which country).  The PC is part of an international series which shows aspects of Salvation Army work. It is numbered 505 and shows SA missionnairies on a Chinese river boat. “By this and other novel means of travel the message of deliverance is carried to multitudes who never before have heard the Saviour’s name”. The SA’s ministry opened in mainland China in 1916 and quickly expanded across the northern and eastern provinces until 1949, when it withdrew from the mainland due to hardship after the Chinese Civil War.  The SA established some new work in China in 2017