Category Archives: Salvation Army FDCs

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.

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

SA 56 – Djibouti – SA 155th Anniversary

Several African countries have issued stamps to the Salvation Army’s 155th Anniversary in 2020. This is the Djibouti issues, commemorating the Salvation Army’s War Services, e.g., the Red shield services. The issue include two war services stamps  (200 & 400FD, small and large), stamp sheet of the 200fd stamps and a minisheet with picture of William Booth.

SA 56.1 - War Services (small stamps)
SA 56.2 - War Services (large stamps)
SA 56.3 - War Services - stamp sheet 200fd
SA 56.4 - William Booth

SA 25.5 – Norway – Registered covers

Salvation Army centenary in Norway 1988, commemorated on Norsk FDC Service cachet. These are registered covers with local PM (Kristiansand). Very unusual. Seems to be issued in a limited edition. I have not seen these before, but due to the number on the cover, they seem to have been issued in at least 3000 ex.

SA 25.5 - Norsk FDC - Local PM!!!
SA 25.5 - Norsk FDC - Local PM!!!

SA 16 – Canada – Unlisted FDC

SA 16 – Red Shield Campaign – Unlisted

Salvation Army Centenary in Canada. The centenary stamp was  issued 25.06.1982. This is a plain cover, addressed to the Salvation Army, Red Shield Campaign Office in Ottawa with a local PM: the Ottawa Postal Museum. It is unlisted in the SA FDC catalogue. Not seen before. Information on the SA Historical & Philatelic Association FB site (Rob Kerr): It was likely issued by the Public Relations and Development office for that region. This envelope would have been the standard door to door Red Shield Campaign envelope. I don’t recall them being provided with postage affixed. Likely someone took the envelope and affixed the postage and had it cancelled at the postage museum in Ottawa.

1995 – Unlisted Guyana FDCs

These two unlisted Guyana FDCs were just observed on Ebay. The stamps have Salvation Army overprint. The original issue of the stamps was in July 1985. The overprinted stamps were issued in April 1995 and commemorated the national SA Centenary. This cachet has the Guyana RED Coat of arms – a standard Post office cover that has been seen also on other FDCs from the country. It is unlisted in the SA catalogue, and as it has not been seen before (to my knowledge), it is likely very rare.

SA 33.1b - Guyana Red Coat of Arms
SA 33.1c - Guyana Red Coat of Arms