Category Archives: Salvation Army History

1891 – UK SA Bank

1891 – Salvation Army Bank – One penny and one shilling. The SA Bank, later called Reliance Bank Limited, was founded in 1890 by William Booth. When he needed to attract investments to finance mortages on property vital to the work of the movement, his response was to set up the Army’s own bank. The stamps was likely used as a receipt for deposits in bank-books (Source: ISAPHJ May 2016).

1891 - SA Bank - penny
1891 - SA Bank - shilling

1985 – Canada – Ottawa Centenary

1985 – Ottawa centenary

10 block with poster stamps to celebrate the Ottawa centenary of the Salvation Army. The SA had the national centenary in 1982, these poster stamps was issued a few years later. Note: Likely rare to see a full block of these  stamps. Text: During 1985 the SA in Ottawa will celebrate 100 years of service in the Nation’s capital. We invite you to use the Centennial stamps on your personal mail to help us celebrate!

Salvation Army Cindarellas

I’ve now set up a SA Cindarella overview, see the menu.  The first poster stamp on this site portraits Brigadier Mary Murray of the Salvation Army.

1916 – Brigadier Murray

As General Booth said:  “I insist on the equality of women with men. Every officer and soldier should insist upon the truth that woman is as important, as valuable, as capable and as necessary to the progress and happiness of the world as man.” He proved that he meant what he said when he placed Brigadier Mary Murray in charge of the SA’s “naval and military league” at the time of the great war. She, together with two other officers, went to Belgium and France in 1914 to see what help could be given to the men of the British expeditionary force. The result of this was a service which eventually provided forty camp centres near the war zones, and later a war graves visitation service for bereaved relatives, initially under the direction of another woman officer, adjutant Mary Booth. (Source: greatwarci.net). Remark from seller: This poster stamp was issued around 1916, nice, very scarce item.

1981 – South Africa – Cottrill

1981 – Commissioner Cottrill

Info sheet about Commissioner Mr. & Mrs Cottrill’s visit to Southern Africa in 1981. Stamp: RSA flower 5c. The sheet is SIGNED by the commissioners, the territorial commanders and the local chief secretary. Commisioner WS Cottrill was the Chief of the Staff of the world-wide SA at the time. He was born in South Africa where his parents were SA missionaries. He completed his formal education in New Zealand before WWII and left NZ for the Army’s International Training College (London) in 1937. In 1940 he married Captain Kathleen Ward. See more info about the commisioners on the backside