1962 – Chile – Official Salvation Army cover (Ejercito de Salvacion”. Sent to Switzerland. Nicely franked. Sent from the Salvation Army Social services in Santiago – Chile (see backside).
Old Swedish Postcard with Salvation Army motif: Lassie meeting police and drunken man. “Dear lieutenant. Please save a poor soul now”. Backside. Very old, humoristic postcard.
Nice Netherlands Antilles – Seamen’s Welfare cachet, issued 16.07.52, which was First day of issue for the stamp set (Seaman’s Pension Fund set, Stanley Gibbons 336 – 340). Postmarked in Curacao – Willemstad. The cachet has the logo of the Salvation Army’s Seamen’s home in Curacao.
From 1911 to 1943 the Swiss Post issued some franchise stamps to support charity organizations like the Salvation Army. The overprinted numbers 146 and 369 were used for the Salvation Army. The 146 overprint was used from 1911 – 1925 and the 369 overprint was used from 1926 to 1943. (Source: Heilsarmee-Briefmarken). Here are these overprints shown on a nice private and four official Salvation Army covers in good condition. Very nice & rare items!!
Goodwill Centenary Maxicard issued in 1986 (First day of issue for the stamp). Special Centenary postmark. Issued by the Historic relics with industry year stamp. Rare first day maxicard. Not seen before. If set, this set & postmark has a very high value in the BFDC catalogue ( £120). Estimated value: £10 +. Here is the official FDC by the Historic Relics.
This postcard was postally used in 1936 (the stamp is removed and it’s difficult to see in which country). The PC is part of an international series which shows aspects of Salvation Army work. It is numbered 505 and shows SA missionnairies on a Chinese river boat. “By this and other novel means of travel the message of deliverance is carried to multitudes who never before have heard the Saviour’s name”. The SA’s ministry opened in mainland China in 1916 and quickly expanded across the northern and eastern provinces until 1949, when it withdrew from the mainland due to hardship after the Chinese Civil War. The SA established some new work in China in 2017
1935 – Netherlands Indies – Salvation Army special postmark. Date: 30 May 1935. I’ve seen this special SA slogan postmark (with the Salvation Army Crest) used on some covers after 1936, but I’ve not seen this as early as 1935 before. Note: The stamps are not Salvation Army stamps.
Congo – Official Salvation Army cover, cancelled April 1962. Postmarked Brazzaville, Congo on an official Armee du Salut cover from the equatorial Office in Congo. Multistamped. Very unusual and nice cover.
From 1911 to 1943 the Swiss Post issued some franchise stamps to support charity organizations like the Salvation Army. The overprinted numbers 146 and 369 were used for the Salvation Army. The 146 overprint was used from 1911 – 1925 and the 369 overprint was used from 1926 to 1934. (Source: Heilsarmee-Briefmarken). The official SA cover also has an extra “Armee du Salut” slogan PM (St. Aubin Colonie Agricole). The agriculture facility was called “Le Devens” and was administered by the Salvation Army from 1912.
This Salvation Army cover from the Netherlands Indies is addressed to Major WB Pearce in Bandoeng. It has been signed by William Booth’s daughter, Evangeline Booth, who was the General of the Salvation Army from 1934 to 1939, when the cover was dated. It was used during the “far-Eastern Conference of the League of Nations” in Bandoeng in 1937 and carries the SA Child Welfare stamp set. Although the general traveled a lot, it is unlikely that she was in Bandoeng at that time and the cover is most likely signed later.
Old Official Salvation Army cover. DHQ Philadelphia “On Salvation Army service”. At the moment, I believe this is the oldest cover I have in my collection.
The Salvation Army’s ministry opened in mainland China in 1916 and quickly expanded across the northern and eastern provinces until 1949, when it withdrew from the mainland. Ministry and social services were retained in Hong Kong. In 1985, at the invitation of the Yunnan Provincial Government, the SA provided disaster relief and recovery in mainland China. This opened the door to further collaborations and partnerships which resulted in a wide geographical distribution of service and a greater recognition of the organization’s presence. The below cover was issued at the 100th Anniversary of the Commencement of the Salvation Army in China. Very limited edition, made by Kinnon Covers.