An unlisted Norwegian FDC was just obtained. The cachet is a business cover from Trondheim (A. Sivertsen) with 2 x 4 block of the Salvation Army centenary stamps. Cancelled at a local post office in Trondheim (Rosenborg). Very rare cachet, has not seen this before. Must certainly have been issued in limited edition.
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.
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.
A multistamped US Salvation Army FDC (SA 4.22 – Farnam Red Shield FDC) was just obtained. In addition to commemorating the Centenary of the Salvation Army (SG 1249), it has stamps picturing various other voluntary organizations, for example Red Cross and Scouts. Very RARE combo, has not been observed before, but somewhat similarly stamped as this SA 4.24 combo.
A Private Espresso cover with the Helping Hands overprint was obtained. Very rare postmark (Ulisba). The cover is Multistamped with 2 x 4 block + 1 Stanley Gibbons 1138 Unwetter in der Switzerland stamp (Helping Hand overprint on SG 1109).
A picture of a new Norwegian Salvation Army cachet was just sent to me by a friend. Not seen before and supposedly extremely RARE! It was cancelled in Mo (no. 8600) and was issued by the Polar circle Philatelic Club. This is a REFERENCE cover which is not in my collection!
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).
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 +
A Swiss multistamped 1982 FDC was just obtained. It has a very rare postmark; from 9105 Schonengrund. The PM seems to be a special tourist PM, with the text: “Ferien Wandern Erholen” (Holiday Hiking). The item is a private and registered cover, possibly unique.
At the time of the issue of the Norwegian SA stamp (18.02.1988), a National Philatelic Youth Excibition was held in Drammen – the Dramnex Exhibition. Two special postmarks was used; a Dramnex PM specially made for the exhibition and a Drammen PM picturing a local known site; Bragenes torg. Here are two different version shown double cancelled with these two PMs.
These unlisted Antigua & Barbuda FDCs was just found on Ebay. The cachet seems to be made by the “Salvation Army World Services” and 3 SA black & white SA shields are pictured. Not seen before, must be rare! I’ve named them SA 26.3.
The international Salvation Army Centenary was commemorated on these UK stamps. Between 1962 – 67, UK stamps were printed with & without phosphor bands (ref.: Bradbury catalogue). Covers with both sets of stamps are rare. I’m a bit uncertain about cat. value, but have seen £60 mentioned (combined value of FDC with & without phosphor; £25 + £35). Estimated value (expected salesprice on Ebay) is £25 – £30 and probably much more if the cachet is rare.