Category Archives: Salvation Army FDCs

1965 – US – Ben Kraft FDC

SA 4 – Handpainted Ben Kraft

This Ben Kraft FDC was just discovered on Ebay. Ben Kraft was a cachetmaker who made handpainted US FDCs in the 1950s & 1960s and he often had a humorous touch to his paintings. Some of them are still possible to obtain for affordable prices, others are quite rare and expensive. I was certain that he must have made a design for the Salvation Army issue in 1965, and it was very satisfactory to finally find it. The picture is Mickey Mouse as Santa Claus with a Salvation Army Christmas kettle, an illustration that actually has been seen also on a later Grenada 1983 FDC. The cover is unlisted in the SA FDC catalogue and is likely very rare!!

1932 – Netherlands Indies FDC

SA 1.1 – SA Community welfare FDC

The first country to release stamps to commemorate the Salvation Army’s work was the Netherlands Indies (or Dutch East Indies), renamed Indonesia in 1948. The work started in 1894. Like in many other countries there was fierce opposition to the work. Seven years later a disastrous flood led to the government handling over the management of a Beggars’ Colony to the SA, where the natives were taught to earn a living. A set of four charity stamps was issued in 1932 to commemorate the event. There was an add-on on the postal value to support the SA in their work. Only plain FDCs are known from this issue. (Source: Ken Daws. The world of SA stamps, 1996).

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 +