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1980 – Zaire – RARE FDCs

Salvation Army official Post Office FDCs on Zaire’s traditional Coat of Arms cachet. The stamps commemorated the Salvation Army Centenary in the USA, as well as picturing some local SA work. Strangely, these official PO covers are not often seen on Ebay.

SA 14.1a - Coat of arms
SA 14.1b - Coat of arms
SA 14.1c - Coat of arms - minisheet

1965 – Rare UK FDC

Sa 5.13 – Handpainted – RARE!!

The month’s prospect is this rare SA Centenary FDC issued 09.08.1965. Postmarked Durham. Handpainted flagbearer (by – Chalmers/Riches?). Only seen once on Ebay, and to my luck, it was a “buy it now” auction with a bargain price. Cat. value £25 – £35. Rare UK FDCs will often be sold massively above catalogue prices. Estimated value: £80 – 100

Switzerland 1958 – Stamps’ day

1958 – Stamps day – Switzerland

This month’s prospect: Rare cover with this stamp set, used on the Swiss Stamps Day in 1958. Italian special postmark: “Giornata del Francobollo” (Stamps day). Cancelled 07.11.1958 (not FDC). Cachet picture: Tag der briefmarke – Giornata del Francobollo. Stamps: The Swiss anniversary set: SG 587 – 590. The Salvation Army bonnet is pictured on the SG 590 and commemorates the SA’s 75th anniversary in Switzerland.

China – SA Missionairies in China

SA Missionnairies China

This postcard was postally used in 1936 (the stamp is removed and it’s difficult to see in which country).  The PC is part of an international series which shows aspects of Salvation Army work. It is numbered 505 and shows SA missionnairies on a Chinese river boat. “By this and other novel means of travel the message of deliverance is carried to multitudes who never before have heard the Saviour’s name”. The SA’s ministry opened in mainland China in 1916 and quickly expanded across the northern and eastern provinces until 1949, when it withdrew from the mainland due to hardship after the Chinese Civil War.  The SA established some new work in China in 2017

SA 25.5 – Norway – Registered covers

Salvation Army centenary in Norway 1988, commemorated on Norsk FDC Service cachet. These are registered covers with local PM (Kristiansand). Very unusual. Seems to be issued in a limited edition. I have not seen these before, but due to the number on the cover, they seem to have been issued in at least 3000 ex.

SA 25.5 - Norsk FDC - Local PM!!!
SA 25.5 - Norsk FDC - Local PM!!!