Four faces of Australia FDCs with a Salvation Army soldier pictured on SG 1946. These covers are very rare because they have unofficial/local and pictorial postmarks. One of them has even different PMs from 3 locations!!!
Two First Day Sheet (Eerstedag-Blad) issued with the Salvation Army Centenary in the Netherlands, 10 Febr 1987. One was issued by the Hague Maxi, the other one has no name of the issuer. The stamps are set of two; the International Year of the Homeless and SA Centenary. These maxicards are not often seen around.
The Plilatelic Club Royal Air Force, Bruggen have issued FDCs in quite limited editions, some as small as 17 – 25 pieces per issue. Their Salvation Army FDC from 1965 was issued in a limited number of 50!! It has the characteristic Field Post Office Bruggen PM. No. 5 in the serie was sold in May 2020 for £141, i.e. a very attractive issue. The pictured cover is number 1!!! Estimated value £150++
This cover was issued at the Brisbane Exhibition in August 1980. The Salvation Army Community welfare stamp was added and cancelled on the first day of issue for the stamp. The cover is an ordinary Post Office Kangoroo souvenir cachet, and is unlisted in the SA FDC catalogue. The exhibition postmark is very pictorial!! Presented as this months prospect. Likely very rare!!
The Salvation Army centenary in Belgium was commemorated on the Christmas stamp issued 18 November 1989. Here is a lux Sonstamp FD Sheet which was issued in a limited edition of 500. This is the French version (Noel), note that this is no. 001 in the series!
The Swiss Salvation Army stamp 1982 has been issued on special Werbestempel or Sonderstempel envelopes. These covers have some very pictorial PMs from various towns, e.g., Sion, Reichenback and Zurich tram. Nice covers.
A few countries have issued Salvation Army scout covers. I have now listed those I have collected here, see also the menu. It is mostly Norway and Sweden who have the tradition of making a special PM to the national scout camps. The catalogue numbers refers to ArGe Pfadfinder’s catalogue about European scout covers and postmarks. The below cover is the first registered Norwegian scout PM; issued at the “Concordia” international girls’ guide camp in 1954.
Very colorful British birds FDC; a Salvation Army cachet issued by Historic Relics. The cover celebrated the Centenary of the Harwich Citadel Corps (“One houndred years of worship and service”) and has a special Centenary postmark. Very rare cover! the Catalogue value is high (£ 110 – BFDC 2018) – Estimated value at least £ 70 (sold for £65 on Ebay Spring 2017). The cover is among the first issued by “Historic Relics”, I’ve traced covers from this issuer back to 1979.
In 1984 the Salvation Army reaffirmed the Gospel of Christ and chose the slogan: “Christ – Hope of the world”. The logo was also pictured on a cachet issued by Historic Relics. In addition to a UK issue, at least two other regions/countries (Isle of Man and Zaire!!) issued the cachet with related Salvation Army stamps.
This months prospect is a Salvation Army world centennial country combo: US cachet Red Shield / text (Farnam – M#12) with US & UK stamps. Cancelled in Preston (UK) on the first day of issue for the UK stamps (09.08.1965). Likely a connoisseur FDC: The US cachet and stamps were issued one month before the UK FDC. Extremely RARE – only two known items issued.
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 +).
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 +