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/)
This Ben Kraft FDC was just discovered on Ebay. Ben Kraft was a cachetmaker who made handpainted US FDCs in the 1950s & 1960s 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. I was certain that he must have made a design for the Salvation Army issue in 1965, and it was very satisfactory to finally find it. The picture is 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 and is likely very rare!!
A multistamped US Salvation Army FDC (SA 4.22 – Farnam Red Shield FDC) was just obtained. In addition to commemorating the Centenary of the Salvation Army (SG 1249), it has stamps picturing various other voluntary organizations, for example Red Cross and Scouts. Very RARE combo, has not been observed before, but somewhat similarly stamped as this SA 4.24 combo.
This unlisted US FDC was just obtained on an auction. It was issued by the Ocean County Stamp Club and I’ve not seen it before. Must be rare.
An extremely rare US FDC turned just up on Ebay. It was a girl scout cover where the Girl Scouts congratulate the Girl Guards & Sunbems on the 100th Anniversary of the Salvation Army. The Girl Guards emblem is pictured. I have not seen this around before, but it is pictured in the SA FDC catalogue as no SA 4.41.
A new US combo FDC was recently discovered on an auction. Combo FDCs are quite rare, and I haven’t seen this one before. The catalogue number on the cachet is SA 4.3 – an Artcraft cachet that pictures William Booth and the centennial medal. The combo issue has a “religious freedom” stamp attached as well as a 500th Anniversary of the printing of the Holy Bible stamp.
Stamp Posters w/First Day Cancels (SPFDC) are the forerunners of the USPO Souvenir Pages which have been issued since 1972. The USPO began distributing Stamp Posters to post offices in 1959. These 8 x 10-1/2 inch posters soon caught the eye of stamp collectors. Soon, some collectors had the idea of affixing a copy of the stamp(s) depicted to the poster and having the stamp(s) first day cancelled. Exactly, when collectors began this activity is uncertain, but by 1963, a stamp dealer started a service where he would apply the stamp(s) to copies of the posters for mailing to subscribers (Ranto). Usually, his work can be identified because he folded the posters twice for cancelation and mailing to his customers. All SPFDC are scarce, and many are rare, especially if they are flat (unfolded). In fact, SPFDC are unknown for quite a few issues. The shown poster bulletin here is unfolded and rare!
Some Salvation Army United States FDCs were issued in very limited edition, for example handpainted cachets. R. Dyer’s handpainted FDC (SA 4.65) picturing a female salvationist is seldom seen on auctions and is a much sought after cover design. Similarly, the D.E. Crist cahcet (SA 4.48 – also named as W.K. Smith in the SA catalogue) seems to be a rare cachet. It was seen sold on Ebay in 2016 for > $100. DE Crist was an active cachet maker during the 1960s era. I’ve seen these covers just twice on Ebay the last couple of years. I also list a couple of other US cachet that are rarely seen; the Pennant cachet with the Salvationist couple / Red Shield (SA 4.34), and the Clarence Reid cachet, which was issued in a limited edition of only 25 copies according to the respected US FDC dealer James McCusker.