The Salvation Army Centenary stamps in the UK (and the world) was issued 09 August 1965. The cachet maker Holmes Tolley made a special designed cover with a Salvationists / banner – illustration to the issue. Covers with 4 blocks are not often seen, at least with this rare cover design!
This Swiss centennial FDC was issued 23.08.1982. The cover is quite common with centennial congress cancel. Strangely, it is seldom seen with first day cancel. The cachet depicts typical SA motifs: an outdoor meeting, two soldiers singing and playing guitar and a Christmas kettle. Issued with single Salation Army stamp (SG 1047).
The Plilatelic Club Royal Air Force, Bruggen have issued FDCs in quite limited editions, some as small as 17 – 25 pieces per issue. Their Salvation Army FDC from 1965 was issued in a limited number of 50!! It has the characteristic Field Post Office Bruggen PM. No. 5 in the serie was sold in May 2020 for £141, i.e. a very attractive issue. The pictured cover is number 1!!! Estimated value £150++
A new unlisted Danish Salvation Army FDC was observed on an online auction. The stamp commemorated the centenary of the Salvation Army in Denmark (which was actually in 1987; the stamp was issued two years after the anniversary). I’ve not seen this cachet before. It pictures the old Post Office (Det gamle postkontor) in Holstebro. Likely a rare item.
This cover was issued at the Brisbane Exhibition in August 1980. The Salvation Army Community welfare stamp was added and cancelled on the first day of issue for the stamp. The cover is an ordinary Post Office Kangoroo souvenir cachet, and is unlisted in the SA FDC catalogue. The exhibition postmark is very pictorial!! Presented as this months prospect. Likely very rare!!
This country combo was just observed on Ebay. It is a US William Booth cachet (Fleetwood) cachet with UK stamps postmarked on first day of issue for the stamp set (09.08.1965) – cancelled in Preston. Likely a connoisseur cachet – only a few similar have been observed on various web sites, i. e., with UK stamps on US covers. Sold on Ebay April 2020 for £43 (reference cover – not in my collection).
“Stamp news” (Frimerkenytt) was issued by the postal authorities. This issue is no 7 – 1987, and tell about the forthcoming issue of the stamps commemorating the Salvation Army centenary in Norway. The stamps and first day cancel have likely been added on a private initiative. This FD sheet is unlisted in the SA FDC catalogue and is likely unique, as also indicated by the local and unofficial PM (Skudesneshavn). Local PMs are generally much less common than the official PO postmark. Two nature stamps have also been added; they had first day of issue on the same date (18 Febr 1988).
This unlisted cover was just observed on a UK FDC seller’s site. It’s a business cover on a British Legion / Beeston Branch official cachet with set of Salvation Army stamps attached. I’ve not seen this cover before. Probably issued in a very limited edition.
Two new Norwegian FDCs were just observed. Never seen them before. Both covers are cancelled in Larvik. Must have been a local corps member who had a philatelic interest. These are reference covers, not in my collection.
I’ve learned this from an US FDC dealer: “Uncacheted FDCs that have an added cachet is usually called an “add-on” cachet. These are done after the stamp has been issued – usually several years later. This cachet can be either hand painted – hand colored, computer generated, rubber stamp ink or sticker added. However created, the cachet “enhances” the cover and usually makes it quite attractive. These add-on cachets are usually done in small quantities and thus are really quite scarce! The value of an add on cachet FDC is simply determined by the market place – what one will buy. Many artists are now painting cachets on older issues and have quite a following. Auction prices can be quite high!” (Source: US FDC seller dwa7).
Ben Kraft has made handpainted add-ons on US FDCs spanning from 1940 to at least 1990. Some of them are possible to obtain for affordable prices, others are quite rare like this SA cover. The SA cover has a picture of Mickey Mouse as Santa Claus with an SA Christmas kettle.
Salvation Army world centennial in 1965. United States handwritten FDC with text: “A man may be down, but he is never out.” Trumpeters for the Lord! This is a REFERENCE COVER: Rare handwritten item. A few similar items have been observed and they seem to be originals from the time.
Yeah!! This Australian Salvation Army Fleetwood cover was just obtained. I have been looking for this FDC for years. It’s very seldom seen on online auction and was probably issued in limited edition!! The cachet pictures SA officers on a visitation and it was cancelled in Melbourne.