Tag Archives: US Salvation Army FDC

SA 4.59 – US – SA flag

SA 4.59 – Maxicard SA Flag

This Salvation Army Maxicard picturing the SA flag just arrived.  An old (US?) version of the Salvation Army Crest is also pictures in white inside the red color of the flag. Single (Stanley Gibbons 1249) SA stamp with PM2 – New York. Rare maxicard – I’ve only seen it once on Ebay. It is marked with “PF 8, Atlanta”.

SA 4.58 – US – The Army mother

SA 4.58 – Maxicard Cathrine Booth

This nice Maxicard picturing Cathrine Booth – The Army mother, has just arrived. Rare – I’ve only seen it once on Ebay. The Army mother cited in “Cathrine-Booth” by Booth-Tucker: “Let us ask ourselves not how little, but how much we can possibly spare for the glory of Him who, though He was rich, yet for our sakes became poor, that we through His poverty might be made rich and thus prove that we love in deed and not in word only”

SA 4 – US – Unlisted FDC – soldiers

SA 4 – Soldiers – Unlisted cover

Salvation Army world centennial celebrated on an unlisted US FDC.  Text: A century of Service to God and man. The cachet pictures two soldiers. Stamp: single Stanley Gibbons 1249. Must be rare, I have not seen it before. The picture seems to be a simple imitation of that seen on the centenary coin issued to the same anniversary. See picture of it on this cover.  or on the SA_4.20 cover

SA 4.83 – Unlisted US FDC

SA 4.83 – Reverend William Booth

This cachet pictures William Booth – Founder & First general of the Salvation Army. The picture is a copy of a picture from an early 1900s UK postcard commemorating William Booth, who died in 1912. Unknown cachet maker, possibly “Freemason”? The cover is numbered SA 4.83 in the Salvation Amry FDC catalogue. It must be very rare, I’ve not seen this on Ebay or elsewhere before.

SA 4.19d – World’s fair exhibiton

SA 4.19d – World’s Fair – PM4

This is an official and quite ordinary US FDC, but the postmark is unofficial and very rare. A specialist retailer  noted: “There is no catalog which lists catalog values or prices for Unofficial First Day of Issue cancels. Unofficial cancels are generally fairly scarce on ANY stamp issue, as one had to be in attendance in the one city of issuance, and then go to some other location to secure the cancels ON THAT SAME DAY. So distance and time were needed. We are specialists in this area, and have a feel for approx value, and how often we have seen the cancels on items over the years. I must say i do not recall ever owning these NY World’s fair cancels on the Salvation Army issue, and so these also have two areas of collectors who might have interest in them.” (http://trentonstampandcoin.com/)

1965 – US – Ben Kraft FDC

SA 4 – Handpainted Ben Kraft

This Ben Kraft FDC was just discovered on Ebay. Ben Kraft is known for making handpainted add-ons on US FDCs. His covers spans from 1940 – 1980s and he often had a humorous touch to his paintings. Some of them are still possible to obtain for affordable prices, others are quite rare and expensive.  The SA cover is quite rare and has a picture of Mickey Mouse as Santa Claus with a Salvation Army Christmas kettle, an illustration that actually has been seen also on a later Grenada 1983 FDC. The cover is unlisted in the SA FDC catalogue.

General info about add-ons: Uncacheted First Day Covers that have an added cachet is usually called an “add-on” cachet.  These are done after the stamp has been issued – usually several years later.  This cachet can be either hand painted – hand colored, computer generated,  rubber stamp ink, sticker added or even printed on a press.  However created, the cachet “enhances” the cover and usually makes it quite attractive.  These add on cachets are usually done in small quantities and thus are really quite scarce!  The value of an add on cachet FDC is simply determined by the market place – what one will buy.  Many artists are now painting cachets on older issues and have quite a following.  Auction prices can be quite high! (Source: US FDC seller dwa7)