1983 – Grenada – SA motif – Christmas Kettle

SA 19B – SA Theme – Christmas Kettle

Disney FDC – Grenada. Mickey Mouse & Goofy stand in front of a Christmas Kettle – resemblance of a Salvation Army motif; the Christmas Kettle. Very similar to this motif on a US Ben Kraft cachet.  Issued: 18 Nov 1983. Disney cachet with set of stamps including the Mickey Mouse & Goofy Christmas Kettle. Text: “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas”

1958 – Unique Switzerland FDC

SA 3 – Lausanne 1955 cover

This cover was found on a Swiss auction, never seen before and likely unique. The attached stamps are various anniversaries issued on 1958, including the SA 75th anniversary in Switzerland. Local Postmark – Ebnat – Kappel (small municipality in Switzerland). The cachet is of 1955, from the Exposition Nationale de PHilatelie in Lausanne, 3 years before the stamp set was issued.

1965 UK – Davaar Island

Davaar Island, situated at the mouth of Campbeltown Loch on the eastern coast of Kintyre in Argyll and Bute, Scotland, is a tidal island accessible via a natural shingle causeway near Campbeltown during low tide. In 1854, a lighthouse was constructed on the northern end of the island. It was automated in 1983. Presently, Davaar Island is only inhabited by caretakers and sheep. During the 1960s, local stamps were issued for Davaar Island, serving the purpose of allowing visitors to have their mail posted there and carried by the boatman to the nearest General Post Office Post Box in Campbeltown on the mainland.  The boatman service ceased operations in the early 1970s. The postage rates for Davaar Island were double those of the UK (Source: Davaar Island stamps).  Thus, post sent from Davaar had both UK and Davaar stamps, see for example these covers with Salvation Army stamps on the frontside and Davaar stamps on the backside.

1965 - Davaar Island Globe w/ SG 665
1965 - Davaar Island Globe bs i
1965 - Davaar Island Globe bs ii
1965 - Green Davaar Island Europa
1965 - Davaar Island Lighthouse w/ SG 665
1965 - Davaar Island Europa bs.
1965 - Black Davaar Island Europe bs.

UK – Sanda Island Post

Sanda is a small, privately owned island off the southern tip of the Kintyre peninsula in Scotland, and began issuing its own local carriage labels in 1962. Some cachets have both UK and Sanda stamps, see for example these covers with Salvation Army stamps on the frontside and Sanda stamps on the backside.

1965 - UK - Sanda Island w/ SA stamp
1965 - Sanda Island - Green Europe SG 666
1965 - Sanda Island - Black Europe SG 666
1965 - Green Sanda Island Europe backside
1965 - Black Sanda Island Europe backside
1965 - Sanda Island - blue w/ SG 665

Sa 25 – Norway – Postgiro FDC

SA 25 – Postgiro envelop FDC

The Salvation Army Centenary in Norway was commemorated on two stamps in February 1988. This is a business cachet FDC, on an official “PostGiro” envelope. The Postal Service launched postgiro in Norway in 1943, providing a bank service through post offices. Customers were given forms and special “blue” envelopes, like this one, for convenient payment processing. At its peak, the postgiro office employed approximately 1,900 individuals, as long as bank services still relied on manual processes. In 1995, it merged with Norges Postbank to form Postbanken, aligning postgiro and bankgiro systems. On December 1, 1999, Postbanken was acquired by Den Norske Bank (Source: Store Norske Leksikon).


SA 14 – Zaire – Proof sheet

SA 14 – Zaire 1980 – PROOF sheet

The Zaire 1980 Salvation Army stamps were released to celebrate the Salvation Army Centenary in the USA. Recently, a sheet of proof stamps including the complete set and the minisheet of General and Mrs. Brown was found on eBay. Although imperforated versions of each stamp have been seen before, this particular arrangement is unfamiliar. It is unclear whether these are post office proofs or a different type of print. If anyone has information regarding this, kindly get in touch through my “contact me” site.

1980 – Australia – Info sheet & photo

1980 – Info sheet with photos

Text: “The photo shows Captain Wendy Oliver and Captain Russell Adams who were serving at the Melbourne Courts. The photo were taken in the back streets of Collingwood. The large color photo show the final design of the Salvation Army centenary stamp, designed by John Spatchurst.” Signed by the designer and the officers.