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.
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.
Finally! I’ve been looking for this rare Swiss Salvation Army FDC for a long time and it just turned up on Ebay. The SA stamp celebrated SA’s 75th anniversary in Switzerland in 1958. French postmark (catalogue value CHF 70). Globe cachet, extremely rare to see on Ebay or other online auction sites (I’ve actually not seen it before). Estimated value at least £40++
This unlisted Canadian FDC was just observed on Ebay. It was issued by the Brockville Stamp club and must be extremely RARE, I have not seen it before!!! It was sold August 2020 in a lot for CA$ 220. NB! This is a reference cover – not in my collection (the picture is edited from another Brockville FDC as only the upper half of the Salvation Army cover was visible in the original listing).
A new set of stamps was issued by Sierra Leone in June 2020. The stamps commemorate the 155th Anniversary of the Salvation Army. The Salvation Army “opened fire” in Sierra Leone i 2010. The stamps are produced by an agent who releases commemorative stamps on behalf of the government as a mean of gaining revenue from collectors. As they have official permission, it is a genuine issue. However, these stamps will likely not appear in any post office in the Sierra Leone itself.
Two new UK covers were just discovered. They were issued to the Salvation Army Centenary in 1965 and the cachets picture the young Queen Elisabeth. I’ve not seen these before and they are unlisted in the SA FDC catalogue. One of the covers have even a prestamped 3d on it.
Four faces of Australia FDCs with a Salvation Army soldier pictured on SG 1946. These covers are very rare because they have unofficial/local and pictorial postmarks. One of them has even different PMs from 3 locations!!!
This Kamloops FDC was issued at the Salvation Army Centenary in 1982. It is postmarked in Kamloops with the Maple Leaf cancel (PM 2). NB! Extremely RARE!!! This is a reference cover – not in my collection!! In the SA FDC catalogue it has the number SA 16.5
Guinea issued some Salvation Army stamps in April 2020. The Salvation Army does not have corps in Guinea. The stamps are produced by an agent who releases commemorative stamps on behalf of the Republic as a mean of gaining revenue from collectors. As they have official permission, it is a genuine issue. However, these stamps will not appear in any post office in the Guinea itself. NB! The souvenir sheet with an SA band has allegedly a picture of the founder. The picture is wrong – it’s probably Bramwell Booth, the founder’s son.
Handpainted Helping Hands motif on Christmas FDC – Painted on a 1965 Salvation Army FDC. Date: Double dated: 18 Oct 1990 & 02 July 1965. The Helping Hands motif has also been issued on other Salvation Army FDCs, see for example the Helping Hands logo on a Swiss SA FDC (SA 17.2). The artist is Wildermuth (his cachets are quite popular).