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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!!!

1937 – Cover signed by the General

1937 – Volkenbond conference – Signed!

This Salvation Army cover from the Netherlands Indies is addressed to Major WB Pearce in Bandoeng. It has been signed by  William Booth’s daughter, Evangeline Booth, who was  the General of the Salvation Army from 1934 to 1939, when the cover was dated. It was used during the “far-Eastern Conference of the League of Nations” in Bandoeng in 1937 and carries the SA Child Welfare stamp set. Although the general traveled a lot, it is unlikely that she was in Bandoeng at that time and the cover is most likely signed later.

SA 3.3 – RARE Swiss FDC

Finally! I’ve been looking for this rare Swiss Salvation Army FDC for a long time and it just turned up on Ebay. The SA stamp celebrated SA’s 75th anniversary in Switzerland in 1958. French postmark (catalogue value CHF 70). Globe cachet, extremely rare to see on Ebay or other online auction sites (I’ve actually not seen it before). Estimated value at least £40++

SA 3.3 – Globe – French PM

2000 – Australia Faces FDCs

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!!!

SA 35.1b - Official PO - RARE PMs
SA 35.1b - Pictorial PM - Sydney
SA 35.1b - Pictorial PM - Mallacotta
SA 35.1b - Pictorial PM - Jannali

1965 – UK – Field Post Bruggen

SA 5 – RAF Bruggen – limited ed. (50)

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++

SA 5 – RAF Bruggen – limited ed. (50)

1980 – Unlisted Australian FDC

SA 15 – Brisbane Exhibition – Unlisted FDC

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!!

Salvation Army Scout 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.

N-023 – SA guides world camp – Concordia

1980 – UK – Harwich Citadel Corps Centenary

1980 – Birds FDC – Harwich citadel

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.