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.
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!!
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
Rare Swiss Salvation Army FDC from the SA 75th anniversary in Switzerland. Issued 05.03.1958. Postmark: Bern (German text). The cachet pictures the SA stamp and the cover was issued by the National Head Quarter. Very seldom seen!
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.
Salvation Army World Centenary, commemorated on a set of Jamaica stamps. Postmarked Kingston. The cachet is a small Jamaica Government Service cover. Addressed to the UK. Rare cover, not registered in the SA catalogue.
New Swiss Salvation Army FDC cachet discovered: “After 5 days return to…..”. The Salvation Army stamp was issued to the 75th anniversary of the SA in Switzerland, along with other anniversaries. Issued 05.03.1958, postmark: Bern (German). Stamps: Stanley Gibbons 587 – 590 (SA stamps is no. 590). Unlisted in the SA FDC catalogue, not seen before.
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.
Yay! I just found this on Ebay with no competition on the bidding. A bargain. Must be extremely RARE, only seen once before! It was sold August 2020 in a lot for CA$ 220. Issued by the Brockville stamp Club, Ontario.
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.
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.
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.