1988 – UK – Ealing Corps Centenary

1988 – Christmas FDC – Ealing Centenary

This UK Christmas FDC was issued in 1988 and is a special SA cachet to commemorate the Ealing Corps Centenary. It has the full Christmas stamp set on it and is cancelled at the Philatelic counter London EC1 (Post Office next to the SA International HQ).  The cover has also been issued with fewer stamps. An extra handstamp “Ealing Citadel PM, Leeland Road” is also added. An experienced UK FDC dealer remarked: “Very Scarce Cover Design. Not seen before! Pristine condition”. High estimated value due to its scarcity (£75 +).

1988 – RARE country combo

1988 – Rokne Country Combo – Ref. cover

Knut Rockne Country Combo, United States & Norway. Issued 09 March 1988.  PM: Notre Dame (Indiana, US) & Voss, Norway. Knut Kenneth Rockne was a Norwegian-American football player and coach at the University of Notre Dame. Rockne is regarded as one of the greatest coaches in college football history. The Norwegian SA stamp has been added, cancelled at Rockne’s birthplace in  Norway (Voss). Remark:This is a reference cover (not in my collection). Sold on Ebay August 2019 ($ 6). RARE country combo!!!

1995 – Guyana FDC with sticker

SA 33.1 – Official PO w/ Red Shield

When commemorating the Salvation Army Centenary in Guyana, four orchid stamps were overprinted with “Salvation Army 1895 – 1995”. The official FDC has the usual coat of arms print. The shown FDC has an extra Red Shield sticker, not seen elsewhere. In addition to the official PO cover, the Salvation Army Philatelic circle issued a specially designed cachet for the anniversary. Both covers are rarely seen on auctions. Estimated value with the sticker is £50 +

1971 – US – Care FDC combo

1971 – Care FDC w/ SA stamp

This months prospect is a US Care FDC combo, with the 6 year earlier issued Salvation Army stamp on it. The FDC was issued: 27 Oct 1971. The cachet pictures a painting of a child. Stamps are: Care + three other including the SA stamp SG 1249. Several combo covers from the US has now been found, e.g., with the Servicemen (1970, Rush lamp (1979), Non-profit (1980), Volunteer issue of 1983, United Way (1987) and Honoring (1999). All themes that have prompt someone to add the stamp of the voluntary organization Salvation Army on the cover.

SA 25 – Norway Dramnex FDCs

At the time of the issue of the Norwegian SA stamp (18.02.1988), a National Philatelic Youth Excibition was held in Drammen – the Dramnex Exhibition. Two special postmarks was used; a Dramnex PM specially made for the exhibition and a Drammen PM picturing a local known site; Bragenes torg. Here are two different version shown double cancelled with these two PMs.

SA 25 - Dramnex w/ 2 Dramnex PMs
SA 25 - Dramnex w/ 2 Drammen PMs

1988 – Antigua – Unlisted FDCs

These unlisted Antigua & Barbuda FDCs was just found on Ebay. The cachet seems to be made by the “Salvation Army World Services” and 3 SA black & white SA shields are pictured. Not seen before, must be rare! I’ve named them SA 26.3.

SA 26.3a - SA World Services - 3 SA Shields
SA 26.3b - SA World Services - 3 SA Shields

SA 5.5 – UK – Booth/Open air

SA 5.5c – Ord. & phosphor sets

The international Salvation Army Centenary was commemorated on these UK stamps. Between 1962 – 67, UK stamps were printed with & without phosphor bands (ref.: Bradbury catalogue). Covers with both sets of stamps are rare. I’m a bit uncertain about cat. value, but have seen £60 mentioned (combined value of FDC with & without phosphor; £25 + £35).  Estimated value (expected salesprice on Ebay) is £25 – £30 and probably much more if the cachet is rare.