1965 – US – Ben Kraft FDC

SA 4 – Handpainted Ben Kraft

A “new” Ben Kraft handpainted cachet turned up on Ebay, picturing an eagle.  Text: 1865 – 1965 – 100th anniversary”, the century anniversary for the International Salvation Army. Unlisted in the SA FDC catalogue, has not been seen before. This is likely an “add-on” cachet, handpainted after the original issue.  Such cachets are usually done in small quantities and thus are really quite scarce!  Ben Kraft was a well-known add-on painter and auction prices can be quite high! (Source: US FDC seller dwa7)

2001 – Peru – SA cover

2001 – Scout / Salvation Army cover

2001 – Scout / Salvation Army Aerogram cover sent to the US. Stamps: Salvation Army & Scout stamps. Date: 16 April 2001 (?). Very rare to see this stamp on ordinary letters. The cover is a postal stationary w/ preprinted stamp, issued to the National Scout Jamboree in Trujillo.

1908 – UK – Empress of Ireland postcard

1908 – Empress of Ireland Postcard

1908 – UK – Empress of Ireland Postcard, sent 2 Oct 1908 from Liverpool. RMS Empress of Ireland sank six years later (in 1914) near the mouth of the Saint Lawrence River following a collision in thick fog with the Norwegian collier Storstad. The worst peacetime marine disaster in Canadian history – 1012 of 1477 died. The passengers included 167 members of the Salvation Army. These travelers, all but eight of whom died, were members of the Canadian Staff Band of The Salvation Army who were traveling to London for an international conference.

SA 6.2 – Jamaica – RARE FDC

SA 6.2 – Soldiers & Flag (UK cover)

Salvation Army World Centenary commemorated on Jamaica stamps. This cover seems to be a country combo, with Jamaica stamps on a UK cachet (Soldiers & Flag – UK cover, SA 5.2). Postmarked in Kingston with set of two SA stamps (SG 242 – 243). Issued in very limited quantity – likely a private initiative from a salvationist sending to friends in the UK. The Jamaica stamps were issued only two weeks after the UK centenary issue, and there must have been very little time to organize this issue.

1986 – UK – Goodwill FDC

Goodwill Centenary with the special goodwill logo on the cover. This cover is very seldom seen with full set of Industry year stamps. With only one stamp it is more common. The picture was just discovered on a UK FDC seller’s site. Very high catalogue value with full set: £150 in the BFDC Bradbury 2018 catalogue. NB! Reference cover, not in my collection.

1986 – Goodwill – Reference cover