Category Archives: Salvation Army FDCs

SA 3 – Switzerland FDCs w/ singles

The Salvation Army celebrated its 75th anniversary in Switzerland 1958 with the characteristic bonnet pictured on the anniversary stamp. The Swiss FDCs of this anniversary serie was mostly issued with set of four different stamps. Here are a collection of cachets with single SA stamp. I just obtained the SA 3.2 with single stamp and have  not seen it  before.

SA 3.1 - Official PO - single
SA 3.2b - Anniversaries - Single - French PM
SA 3.9 - National HQ - single
SA 3.11 - Bonnet - French PM

US & UK country combo

SA 5 – UK & US combo on SA 4.22 cachet

This months prospect is a Salvation Army world centennial country combo: US cachet Red Shield / text (Farnam – M#12) with US & UK stamps. Cancelled in Preston (UK) on the first day of issue for the UK stamps (09.08.1965). Likely a connoisseur FDC: The US cachet and stamps were issued one month before the UK FDC. Extremely RARE – only two known items issued.

1987 – Switzerland Balloon FDCs

Three Zeppelin Balloon covers were just obtained. They cover the history of the Hindenburg balloon, including the disaster in May 1937 (50 years anniversary).  Rare cachets, not seen before, must be scarce. These are Aerogramm covers with prestamped 65c + Automat stamp + the Stanley Gibbons 1109 with the Salvation Army “Helping Hand overprint (SG 1138).

SA 23A - Zeppelin - Hindenburg
SA 23A - Zeppelin - Hindenburg II
SA 23A - Zeppelin - Hindenburg

1995 – Guyana FDC with sticker

SA 33.1 – Official PO w/ Red Shield

When commemorating the Salvation Army Centenary in Guyana, four orchid stamps were overprinted with “Salvation Army 1895 – 1995”. The official FDC has the usual coat of arms print. The shown FDC has an extra Red Shield sticker, not seen elsewhere. In addition to the official PO cover, the Salvation Army Philatelic circle issued a specially designed cachet for the anniversary. Both covers are rarely seen on auctions. Estimated value with the sticker is £50 +

SA 25 – Norway Dramnex FDCs

At the time of the issue of the Norwegian SA stamp (18.02.1988), a National Philatelic Youth Excibition was held in Drammen – the Dramnex Exhibition. Two special postmarks was used; a Dramnex PM specially made for the exhibition and a Drammen PM picturing a local known site; Bragenes torg. Here are two different version shown double cancelled with these two PMs.

SA 25 - Dramnex w/ 2 Dramnex PMs
SA 25 - Dramnex w/ 2 Drammen PMs

1988 – Antigua – Unlisted FDCs

These unlisted Antigua & Barbuda FDCs was just found on Ebay. The cachet seems to be made by the “Salvation Army World Services” and 3 SA black & white SA shields are pictured. Not seen before, must be rare! I’ve named them SA 26.3.

SA 26.3a - SA World Services - 3 SA Shields
SA 26.3b - SA World Services - 3 SA Shields

SA 5.5 – UK – Booth/Open air

SA 5.5c – Ord. & phosphor sets

The international Salvation Army Centenary was commemorated on these UK stamps. Between 1962 – 67, UK stamps were printed with & without phosphor bands (ref.: Bradbury catalogue). Covers with both sets of stamps are rare. I’m a bit uncertain about cat. value, but have seen £60 mentioned (combined value of FDC with & without phosphor; £25 + £35).  Estimated value (expected salesprice on Ebay) is £25 – £30 and probably much more if the cachet is rare.