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.
World Jamboree cover w/ combo Salvation Army & Scout stamps. The scout stamps were issued partly to sponsor the national scout organization to travel to the World Jamboree held in the Netherlands that year. The cover also has the characteristic Salvation Army postmark on it.
Two Blinded Veterans FDCs issued 13 Aug 1981. These are prestamped covers with the 18c blinded veterans “stamp”, it’s imprinted on the cover. One of them also notes that 1981 was the International year of disabled persons. Very rare combo covers!!
This is an Interpex cachet – used at the United stamps exhibition, 04 July 1965. It has the Salvation Army stamp on it, but sadly, it is not an FDC as the stamp was issued only two days earlier. There is also a cindarella stamp “Fight Communism” attached on it (this was some years after the McCarthy period).
The Catskill Mountain House, which opened in 1824, was a famous hotel near Palenville, New York, and in the Catskill Mountains overlooking the Hudson River Valley. In its prime, from the 1850s to the turn of the century, it was visited by three U.S. presidents (U.S. Grant, Chester A. Arthur, and Theodore Roosevelt) and the power elite of the day. In the 1960s it must have been used as a Summer School Facility. The cachet showcase the facility and has the Salvation Army stamp from 1965 on it (not FDC).
125th Anniversary of the SA in the Netherlands was celebrated in 2012. Here is a very pictorial poster card with the anniversary stamps. It is not an FDC, it was cancelled 19 March 2012 – the First day of issue was 27 February 2012. The card has the text: “A man may be down – but he’s never out!” – The poster seems to have been used in a home service fund campaign in 1919.
Christmas 2011 FDC – KJV (King James Bible) with Scarborough Citadel 130th Anniversary Postmark (Salvation Army Crest – special 130th Anniversary logo). Pictorial cover with Souvenir sheet postmark. Cat value £ 10 (BFDC).
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”.
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.