I’ve obtained a few more of the Salvation Army meter mark covers. The international HQ used this meter mark as an addon on quite a few Christmas FDCs. The local post office next to the HQ is London E.C. which is the PM used on the meter mark.
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.
A Swiss Maxicard of William Booth was obtained. Issued to the Jubileum Congress, held 25 – 26 September 1982, a month after the issue of the Salvation Army centenary stamp. Thus, it has not first day of issue cancel. Rare and nice Maxicard, seldom seen for sale, likely issued in limited edition.
A new UK Christmas FDC 1998 was just observed, issued: 02.11.1998 (First Day for the stamp set). It had Salvation Army logo on automat PM and very rare postmark: Holy Island Berwick on Tweed. The text on the automat PM is the SA logo for that period: “For God’s sake still caring – at work in over 90 countries”.
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.
This is a nice souvenir Issue cover from the World’s fair, September 1965. I’ve seen this cover quite a few times but never with the Salvation Army stamp (SG 1249). The same postmark also exists on an FDC commemorating William Booth.
The Kettering corps postmark on a United Kingdom Christmas 1998 FDC. The Salvation Army began its work in Kettering in 1873 (125 years anniversary). The special designed postmark is here placed on a BPCPA cachet. Nice cover!
This very pictorial flight cover from the Netherlands Indies is a First Flight cover from the K.N.I.L.M. It commemorates the opening of the Soerabaja – Makassar route and has some Salvation Army stamps from the 1936 set on it. Very nice cover. I’ve seen this cover occassionally on Ebay, but never with SA stamps before.
The Swiss Salvation Army stamp 1982 has been issued on special Werbestempel or Sonderstempel envelopes. These covers have some very pictorial PMs from various towns, e.g., Sion, Reichenback and Zurich tram. Nice covers.
A few countries have issued Salvation Army scout covers. I have now listed those I have collected here, see also the menu. It is mostly Norway and Sweden who have the tradition of making a special PM to the national scout camps. The catalogue numbers refers to ArGe Pfadfinder’s catalogue about European scout covers and postmarks. The below cover is the first registered Norwegian scout PM; issued at the “Concordia” international girls’ guide camp in 1954.