The Salvation Army centenary in Belgium was commemorated on the Christmas stamp issued 18 November 1989. Here is a lux Sonstamp FD Sheet which was issued in a limited edition of 500. This is the French version (Noel), note that this is no. 001!
One of the Guernsey stamps in the “Stories from the Great War” set pictured the Salvation Army volunteer Ada Le Poidevin. The cover above with single stamp is an unofficial cover issued by Rob Kinnon-Brettle (Kinnon Covers). He persuaded the post office to cancel with the official First Day of Issue postmark. Limited edition – only 50 covers were issued!!! Below is the official FDC with full set shown.
Salvation Army FDC from Jamaica 1987 with Souvenir Sheet. Issued 08.10.1987 and postmarked Kingston. The cover pictures General Eva Burrows. The cover is quite common with set of the four stamps, but rarely seen with souvenir sheet. The sheet is noted as Minisheet 702 in the Stanley Gibbons catalogue.
This is an official and quite ordinary US FDC, but the postmark is unofficial and very rare. A specialist retailer noted: “There is no catalog which lists catalog values or prices for Unofficial First Day of Issue cancels. Unofficial cancels are generally fairly scarce on ANY stamp issue, as one had to be in attendance in the one city of issuance, and then go to some other location to secure the cancels ON THAT SAME DAY. So distance and time were needed. We are specialists in this area, and have a feel for approx value, and how often we have seen the cancels on items over the years. I must say i do not recall ever owning these NY World’s fair cancels on the Salvation Army issue, and so these also have two areas of collectors who might have interest in them.” (http://trentonstampandcoin.com/)
The centenary of the Salvation Army Movement in the Isle of Man was commemorated on four stamps in 1983. General William Booth is featured on the 12p stamp. The founder visited the island in May 1897. Four official postmarks were used, Douglas, St. Sanctain, Ramsey and Castletown. The shown FDCs here have gutter pairs and Ramsey PM on the official post office issue. FDCs with gutter pairs are quite rare.
Salvation Army 75th anniversary in Switzerland, issued 05.03.1958. This Holland-America Line FDC is unlisted in the Salvation Army FDC catalogue and has not been observed before. Must be a rare item.
Faces of Australia official Post Office FDC issued 01.01.2000 with three pictorial postmarks: 2 x Sydney (Opera and Clock) and 1x Darwin. Extremely rare with PMs from different locations!!! How on earth did they do that?
UK Lawrence A Grech FDC with set of Salvation Army stamps. Limited quantity. Rarely seen on Ebay. Catalogue value £25 – but covers with set are sold massively above catalogue value, due to the scarcity. Estimated £80+ (a similar cover was sold for > £200 on Ebay, October 2017).
The House of Senate used to make FDCs for each stamp issue. Here is the cover with the Salvation Army stamp at the centenary in 1982. This cachet is unlisted in the SA catalogue and is seldom seen around.
An unlisted Swiss FDC just turned up on Ebay. The cachet pictures the bonnet as on the stamp. The issue commemorated the 75th anniversary for the Salvation Army in Switzerland. The cover is cancelled with French PM. Not seen before. Likely very rare! See also other Swiss FDCs with single stamp.
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!!
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).