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).
A new, unlisted Danish Salvation FDC was just sold on Delcampe. Issued by the Brønshøj philatelic club to the SA’s 80th Anniversary in Denmark. The cover is unlisted in the SA FDC catalogue and I’ve not seen it before. NB! Reference cover, not in my collection.
This cover is an official cachet from the Divisional HQ in Hamilton. It’s signed by two officers and the Postmaster and has the Maple Leaf postmark (PM 2). It is unlisted in the SA FDC catalogue. Probably very rare, I’ve not seen this cover before.
Although this aerogram does not have a Salvation Army stamp from the February 1983 Isle of Man issue, it is still listed as an SA FDC in the Salvation Army FDC catalogue. Limited quantity, seldom seen on Ebay. It has the St. Sanctain special postmark (PM2) used with the SA centenary issue and a prestamped QE 24p. The add-on picture is similar to SA 19.7
Pope Paul John II visited Africa (Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Zaire, Kenya and Morocco) in August 1985. The shown cachet is very rare, not seen before, and shows the Pope / Il Papa meeting Presidente Sese-Seko Mobutu on Kinshasa Airport. It has one of the Zaire Salvation Army stamps from the 1980 set added (SG 1008). The cachet was produced by the Italian cachet maker “Tre Stella”.
This cachet pictures William Booth – Founder & First general of the Salvation Army. The picture is a copy of a picture from an early 1900s UK postcard commemorating William Booth, who died in 1912. Unknown cachet maker, possibly “Freemason”? The cover is numbered SA 4.83 in the Salvation Amry FDC catalogue. It must be very rare, I’ve not seen this on Ebay or elsewhere before.
Rare photos of Salvation Army missionaries with the Netherlands Salvation Army Centenary stamps. I’ve not seen these before. They are not FDCs but still very interesting SA philatelic items.
Two First Day Sheet (Eerstedag-Blad) issued with the Salvation Army Centenary in the Netherlands, 10 Febr 1987. One was issued by the Hague Maxi, the other one has no name of the issuer. The stamps are set of two; the International Year of the Homeless and SA Centenary. These maxicards are not often seen around.
UNLISTED US FDC with the Salvation Army world centennial stamp. Issued 02.07.1965. Unlisted Madison Hotel – Illinois cachet. This cover came from one man’s unique collection of FDCs using HOTEL envelopes. SCARCE item, probably one of a kind!
This Danish Christmas cover was issued in 1998 and the stamps were cancelled in Copenhagen. It pictures some singing salvationists with a Chrismas Kettle. The Salvation Army Centenary stamp of 1989 was added.
This 100 Jahre Zuri-tram cover was used with another stamp in the anniversary serie: the 100 Jahre Zuricher Strassenbahn stamp. The shown cover does not not FD cancel and has the Salvation Army centenary stamp SG 1047 on it. It’s very rare to see this tram cover with Salvation Army stamp. I doubt that an FDC with this combination exists.
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).