Category Archives: Salvation Army special covers

US – Catskill Mountain House

1966 – Catskill Mountain House

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).

2012 – Netherlands Poster card

2012 – Poster card

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.

1985 – Zaire – the Pope’s visit

1985 – Pope visit Kinhasa

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”.

UK – Salvation Army slogan PM – update

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.

1992 - PO Christmas FDC w/ SA slogan PM
1994 - Christmas FDC w/ SA slogan PM
1994 - Christmas - SA PM & meter mark
1995 - Christmas FDC w/ SA slogan PM
1996 - Christmas FDC w/ SA slogan PM
1997 - Christmas FDC w/ SA slogan PM
1998 - Christmas FDC w/ SA automat PM
1999 - Christians' tale FDC - SA slogan PM
2001 - Christmas FDC w/ SA slogan PM