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C of A - Military - World War I
1915 stampless cover to the Red Cross in Geneva endorsed on the flap "abs Willy Baumeister Prisoner of War/Langwarrin Camp/Australia - Victoria" with Melbourne cds, 'CENSORS OFFICE/GPO/ MELBOURNE' h/s & 'PASSED' h/s all on the face, 'GENEVE' arrival b/s. [Emery at p282 states "...was principally a supply base but housed some POWs". The camp closed in 1915]
C of A - Military - World War II
German annotated display of POW mail from camps in Australia to Germany (8, with various postcards - one with printed 6d indicium - or lettersheets) or Italy, another used internally, & a beautiful Italian Red Cross POW postcard to an Italian POW in Australia, condition a bit mixed. Also includes four Deutsches Rotes Kreus/Präsidium letters enquiring about the whereabouts of German servicemen. An interesting lot. (Qty 11)
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1943 Red Cross POW Envelope with solid bar at the base, to an Australian soldier in Java, Japanese Red Cross h/s & "chop" both in magenta, a few characteristic blemishes. Very scarce POW destination. [POW mails were exchanged with the neutral Portuguese at Mozambique!!]
1945 (June) stampless Italian Red Cross POW postcard between Italian POWs in Italy & Australia, 'GENOVA FERROVIA' cds & oddly with 'PW MIDDLE/EAST 116' transit h/s in violet, 'POW CAMP/MYRTLEFORD, VIC.' h/s applied on arrival in Australia & Australian Censor h/s.
MANDATED TERRITORY OF NEW GUINEA: 1934 (June) stampless OHMS cover with printed 'POST/FREE' (at upper-right), 'CONFIDENTIAL/ STATISTICS' (at lower-left) & 'The Director of Agriculture/RABAUL', 'MANUS' cds in violet, two vertical folds. A rare free mail item of a type not previously seen by us.
NEW ZEALAND - Postal History
1886 OPSO cover to the United States with very fine 'POSTAGE/[crown]/FREE' handstamp in violet, Wellington squared-circle & boxed 'PAID ALL' h/s in purple, 'SAN FRANCISCO CAL/PD.ALL' arrival cds in red on the face.
NEW ZEALAND - Military & Censor Mail
FIRST WORLD WAR: 1915 OAS PPC to NZ with very fine octagonal 'MILITARY FORCES/FRANKED/[signature]/FIELD/ SERVICE/SECRETARY/YMCA (NZ)' cachet in rosine partly overstruck with 'NEW ZEALAND/ 11DE15/NO 1/STATIONARY APO' cds, message headed "Zeitoun Camp".