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C of A - Postal History
1919 unfranked Swiss Consulate at Sydney cover to "Mr H Krischke" in the German Concentration Camp at Liverpool with 'FOR INTERNED CIVILIAN' h/s in violet, couple of minor blemishes. [Presumably contained a letter from Germany forwarded via neutral Switzerland]
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1921 (Oct 16) commercial cover with rare franking of KGV 1d red + 4d violet x3 (the single partly overlaps the pair) tied by light Sydney cds, red/white RL, slightly truncated at left & light soiling. A remarkable cover. [The rate was 2d per ½oz x5 + 3d registration]
1921 (Dec 1) usage of KGV 5d Registration Envelope to New Zealand with Kangaroo Third Wmk 6d blue tied by Sydney cds, red RL label. [The rate was 2d per ½oz x4 + 3d registration. NB: the stamp appears to have Extensive Retouching at Left, especially in the upper-half. No such variety is recorded in the ACSC]
1922 usage of 1½d Postal Card for Royal Society of Victoria to New York with bold 'T/30c' h/s & 5-line 'THIS LETTER WAS POSTED INSUFFICIENTLY PREPAID/...' cachet in violet, US 'DUE/6/CENTS' h/s and precancelled Postage Due 1c & 5c affixed, stained on the reverse.
1923-40 complete 'PARCELS POST' labels including eleven different editions, various frankings mostly with Roos to 2/-, several with scarce parcel roller cancels, condition variable with some creasing but all highly presentable. The basis for an interesting collection.
1924 usage of 'THREE/HALFPENCE' on 2d red Letter Card ('MOSMAN'S BAY') to Sussex with Hobart Krag machine cancel with British Empire Exhibition slogan (very scarce from Hobart).
1929 (Aug 12) catalogue envelope (247x177mm) for Joseph Charles by air to Tasmania with scarce franking of Small Multiple Wmk 1/- Roo & KGV 1/4d pair plus 3d Airmail (fault) tied by Perth Krag machine cancel, 'ST HELENS/19AU29/TASMANIA' arrival b/s, folds clear of the stamps. The 1/4d is rare on domestic mail. [Sent as Printed Matter, the rate was 1d per 4oz x2 + airmail supplement of 3d per ½oz x15 = 47d for an article weighing between 7½ & 8oz. At the time, the final leg Melbourne-Launceston was by sea]
1930 commercial cover from France with 10c pair, 50c & 1fr strip of 5 tied by 'TOULON' cds, Australian Customs blue/white 'ASSESSMENT LABEL' on the face endorsed "Free & another example on the reverse, a bit knocked-about but these labels are rarely seen on cover. [See also Lot 1149]
1931 large-part parcel wrapping (249x116mm) to USA with Kangaroos SMult Wmk 2/- pair & 5/- (Cat $1500 on cover) tied by 'REGISTERED ELIZABETH ST/22JA31/MELBOURNE' cds, blue RL alongside, San Francisco transit, 'Supposed liable to US/Customs Duties' and 'PASSED FREE/US CUSTOMS/BOSTON MASS' cachets in violet on face, wax seal removed and a couple of minor marks affecting one 2/- unit.
1934 KGV ½d large stationery envelope (245x165mm) STO for McMillan & Co, London sent to Victoria with Australia-London Customs Duty 'ONE/CENT' on ½d red & brown overprint pair on face tied 'CANCELLED' cachet, plus Royal Institute of International Affairs cover with 'TWO/CENTS' on 1d gold & blue and un-overprinted ¼d 'mixed franking', 1935 with 'THREE/CENTS' on 2d green & orange and 1937 with 1d gold & blue all similarly tied on face of large covers, a few minor blemishes. Apparently stamps overprinted in US currency were surplus to requirements and were sent back to London to be used up there.
1934 (Dec 11) form for 'RECEIVED TELEGRAM' from Sydney with 'DARWIN/NT' cds, with the envelope to Scotland endorsed "RECEIVED AT DARWIN FOR ONWARD TRANSMISSION BY AIR MAIL" with scarce 'PAID/DARWIN NT' cds. The first Australia-England flight departed Brisbane 10.12.1934 per "Hippomenes"; then per "Arethusa" ex Darwin 12.12.1934.
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1935 JB Were & Son cover (358x254mm) airmail to London with 'LATE FEE' boxed cachet in violet, Kangaroos CofA Wmk 10/- x3 & 5/-, Anzac 1/- and Hermes 1/6d pair + KGV 1d all tied by 'LATE FEE/MELBOURNE VIC' cds, vertical fold not affecting stamps, a little battered at the edges with the Hermes pair, 5/- & one of the 10/- creased &/or with small tears. [The rate was 1/6d x26 plus 1d late fee = £1/19/1d]
1938 envelope with photo of 'The beautiful Mt Riverview Lookout, Blaxland' in crimson, KGV 2d tied by 'GLENBROOK/NSW' cds. Lovely!
1938-49 mostly commercial covers all with 5d Ram frankings including registered, airmails including EAMS to GB x2, advertising covers, 'PB' perfin, postmarks, destinations including Belgium, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, Holland (with large 'OAT' cachet) & Philippines, uses in TPNG, etc, condition variable but a very good "single-stamp" lot.
1939-44 inwards airmail covers including from Argentina 1939 at 1p95c rate, India 1941 twice censored, Panama 1944 at 90c rate with postal tax unpaid but forwarded after additional 1c affixed and cachet crossed-out, USA x2 at 70c PanAm Clipper rate, also surface mail from England forwarded to Trinidad, South Africa with Hobart black censor label, USA to New Hebrides via Sydney, condition mixed but mostly fine.
1939-45 airmail covers including to Holland at 9d rate repaired with Dutch labels, to Hong Kong x5 variously at 9d 11d x2 1/- & 1/6d, to New Guinea serviceman at 4d, to Northern Ireland at 9d endorsed "across Canada", to Sweden at 7d for airmail from London only, to Swiss Red Cross at 5/9d with 5/- Robes, to UK at 11/8d with 10/- Robes and registered at 6/1d with KGVI 3d x3 & 1/4d x4, to USA at 4/8d per PanAm with Hong Kong censor, also surface rates to USA with Clarrie King illustrated cover to USA with KGV '3½d' on 3d surcharge and at 1d printed matter, plus 1947 KGVI 5/10d Myer Emporium parcel label airmail to England (aging marks), variety of censor markings, condition mixed but many fine.
1939-46 airmail covers to variety of destinations including Belgium, Burma, Canada forwarded to Barbados and back again with transit d/s, China, Denmark x2 with London jusq'ua or 'OAT' cachets, Hong Kong, India, New Guinea, Portugal at 1/11d rate, Virgin Islands with superb 'CHRISTIANSTED/VI' arrival, plus range of surface mail items including to the Azores, Costa Rica, Hawaii, Tanganyika and KGVI 5½d Registration Envelope to India, a few registered, variety of censor markings, condition mixed but many fine.
1940 cover to Holland with KGVI 3d blue tied Sydney '3 APR/1940' slogan cancel with 'Amsterdam Maart 1948/Door oorlogsomstandigheden/met vertraging ontvangen' label pasted on the face. [The label translates as "Amsterdam March 1948 Received with delay due to war conditions". Applied to mail which was transiting through France at the time of the German invasion of Holland & which was stored in the cellar of a French castle (!) where it was not discovered until early 1948]
1940 (Sep 24) airmail to UK with 5d Ram and Kangaroos 2/- x3 paying 6/5d per ½oz rate for carriage to Hong Kong and PanAm Clipper FAM-14 & FAM-18 services via USA, couple of minor blemishes.
Italy's entry into WWII closed BOAC's Empire Route via the Mediterranean, the only alternatives for airmail to England being the Horseshoe Route via South Africa at 1/6d per ½oz or the PanAm Clipper double-ocean service via Hong Kong. Being more than four-times the cost, the PanAm service was rarely used before July 1941 when their FAM-19 California Clipper service via Auckland at 4/- per ½oz commenced. The BOAC Bangkok-Hong Kong feeder service was suspended at the end of August 1940 due to Japanese pressure and temporarily re-opened for only two flights in early-October. Unless this item was carried on one of those flights, the only other way for it to fly to Hong Kong would have been on the CNAC 'Over The Hump' service from Rangoon via Chungking, China.
1940 (Nov 7) large envelope (305x240mm) with rare franking of Kangaroos £1 grey (with smudged thumbprint; undercatalogued at $4000 on cover) + Robes 5/- & 10/- and 9d Platypus all tied by 'GPO SYDNEY/ AIR /7NO40/ 1 / NSW-AUST' cds, 'CALIFORNIA/CLIPPER' h/s in violet x2, opened for inspection & resealed with plain brown paper plus a single standard Censor label & two strikes of Sydney Passed cachet in violet, three folds well clear of the stamps, repaired opening tears on the reverse. [Only the second £1 Roo cover we have handled]