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1936 cover with imprint of Captain Irving Johnson (Springfield, Mass) to "John Clunies-Ross/Keeling Cocos Island/Via Singapore" with Bermuda (!) 1½d & 2½d tied by 'ST GEORGES' cds, minor blemishes. A remarkable origin/destination item. [Probably contained a letter of thanks for hospitality extended during the visit to Cocos of the US Schooner 'Yankee' on its 1935 round-the-world voyage]
INDIAN OCEAN SURVEY FLIGHT PER 'GUBA II': 1938 (May 24) Archbold Expedition cover from New York to Hollandia overprinted to commemorate that flight & the 1939 return via Australia, the Indian Ocean & Africa, with Dutch Indies 10c tied by 'HOLLANDIA/10.5.39' cds, Australian 5d Ram tied by 'ROSE BAY EAST/3JE39/NSW-AUST' cds, superb 'C&W LTD/12JUN39/COCOS' b/s & uncancelled Seychelles 6c, autographs of "Richard Archbold", "Russell R Rogers Pilot" & three other crew members, a bit stained on the reverse.
The Australian Government contracted the flying boat 'Guba II' to undertake a survey flight from Australia across the Indian Ocean to Africa to assess the feasability of such a route in the event of disruption to the London-Singapore- Sydney route. After having spent a year flying in and around New Guinea, 'Guba' left Port Moresby 12.5.1939 for Sydney & Melbourne for an overhaul of the plane's systems. On 3.6.1939 it flew non-stop Sydney-Port Hedland (WA), then on towards Cocos & beyond.
INDIAN OCEAN SURVEY FLIGHT PER 'GUBA II': 1939 (May 12) Archbold Expedition cover from Papua to New York via Australia, the Indian Ocean & Africa, with Papua 1/- Air tied by Port Moresby cds, Australian 5d Ram tied by 'ROSE BAY EAST/3JE39/NSW-AUST' cds, 'C&W LTD/12JUN39/COCOS' b/s, Seychelles 2c x3 tied by VICTORIA/JU17/39/SEYCHELLES' cds, KUT 15c tied by 'KISUMU/23JU/39/KENYA' cds, Belgian Congo 50c tied by 'COLQUIHATVILLE/24-6-39' cds & USA 2c tied by New York arrival cancel of AUG4/1939, faint blemishes & small closed tear at top clear of the stamps. [Kim Dwyer's similar cover - with the Cocos cds on the face - sold for $2300]
INDIAN OCEAN SURVEY FLIGHT PER 'GUBA II': 1939 cover to New York with appropriate stamps & postmarks of Australia, Seychelles (obscuring a superb strike of the 'C&W LTD/COCOS' cds), KUT, Belgian Congo & the USA, minor soiling.
INDIAN OCEAN SURVEY FLIGHT PER 'GUBA II': 1939 (June 3) Sydney-KUT-Sydney boomerang cover with superb 'C&W LTD/12JUN39/COCOS' cds on the reverse, registered for the return flight per Imperial Airways with KUT 50c tied by 'KISUMU/23JU/39/KENYA' cds, Sydney arrival b/s of 6JY39, minor stains on the reverse. [Kim Dwyer's long registered cover sold for $1092]
1941 (Feb 19) cover from USA at 5c rate with Oakland, CA cancels to "Governor [sic] Ross/Cocos Islands/Indian Ocean", triangular 'PASSED FOR - TRANSMISSION/ 6 ' cachet in violet applied at Singapore on face.
COCOS ISLANDS POSTAL HISTORY
MAIL PER ROYAL NAVAL FRIGATE: 1950 Leigh-Parkin airmail cover to the United States with makeshift 'R COCOS/0002' label & superb 'C&W LTD/ 29NOV50/COCOS' b/s, Singapore 15c & $1 tied by 'MAXWELL ROAD/11DEC50/SINGAPORE' cds & Singapore 'R' label added, three New York backstamps. [A frigate departed Cocos 1.12.1950 for Singapore]
Singapore recognised Cocos' de facto postal arrangements when it suited them but drew the line at purporting to register mail from there, requiring that the process be done in Singapore. Such registered covers are rare: makeshift 'R' label #19 is on a cover dated 11JUN51, suggesting an average of fewer than three articles per month.
MAIL PER ROYAL NAVAL FRIGATE: 1950 (Nov 10) cover to "Cable and Wireless Ltd for Cocos/PO Box 146/Singapore/China" (!!) with USA Prexie 3c only, 'T12 CTMS' h/s & 'POSTAGE DUE...CENTS' h/s both in purple, Singapore Postage Due 12c meter impression in green & oval 'COCOS IS/("10 4 51")/PER ("Frigate")' b/s, stained on the face. A most unusual cover. [Delivered 16.4.1951 per frigate en route Singapore-Colombo. There was, of course, no facility for collecting Postage Due on Cocos so the fee was charged to Cable & Wireless Ltd in Singapore &, presumably, recovered through internal accounting]
1955 Opening Day/Inaugural Flight group all with the flight cachet in violet comprising OHMS cover with 'POSTMASTER-GENERAL' imprint at L/L, unusual illustrated - Arthur Bergen ? - cover, large illustrated (map) cover to GB with Australian-pattern 'COCOS ISLAND' 'R' label, usage of Aerogramme Envelope & Letter Card, cover to New Hebrides with 'AERIAL SERVICE/COMPLETED SYDNEY' h/s, underpaid covers to NSW & USA x2 all with Postage Due affixed, and commemorative cover to Hobart with the cachet in rosine (very scarce: Ex Kim Dwyer). [The cachet shows the flight as being from Cocos to Perth. In fact, the route was Cocos-Darwin]
1955 Opening Day/Inaugural Flight OHMS cover with 'POSTMASTER-GENERAL' imprint at L/L, to USA with Kooka 6d & Lyrebird 1/- x2 tied 'COCOS ISLAND/23NO55' cds paying the 2/- airmail rate + 6d surcharge paid to Qantas. With the enclosed PMG's With Compliments card.
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1957-63 1957 airmail cover with 'EDWARD C PARKER JR/BRIGANTINE YANKEE' imprint on the flap & endorsed "Brigantine Yankee/Cocos Keeling Islands", to Michigan with Indonesian 4r tied by 'DENPASAR' cds, minor faults. Rare commercial mail.
NEW GUINEA "G.R.I." Overprints - Postal History
MAIL TO AMERICA: 1915 (Mar 18) cover to Pennsylvania endorsed "OHMS" & sealed with a largely very fine 'KAISERL DEUTSCHE POSTAGENTUR/STEPHANSORT' wax seal across the flap, 'O.S./1d' on DNG 3pf SG O1 & 'G.R.I./3d. - Rabaul/(Deutsch Neuguinea)' registration label SG 33 tied by oval Rabaul d/s unusually in blue & American 'REGISTERED' h/s in purple, Sydney & Chicago transit & Philadelphia arrival b/s, horizontal fold at the base. [The 1d rate applied only for Forces mail to Empire destinations. The correct rate was 2½d & the cover should have been taxed]
MAIL TO AMERICA: 1915 (May 10) cover to New York State with combination franking of NWPI ½d & 2d plus 'G.R.I./3d. - Rabaul/(Deutsch Neuguinea)' registration label SG 33 tied by oval Rabaul d/s in violet & American 'REGISTERED' h/s in purple, 'CENSORED' h/s in violet of Rabaul & scarce 'PASSED BY CENSOR/25DE15/=CS=' cds of Sydney in rosine (NB: Christmas Day), red/white 'OPENED BY/CENSOR' labels tied to the reverse by the rare 'PASSED/ ("31.12.15")/DCC AUST' cachet of the Deputy Chief Censor, Chicago transit b/s, light horizontal fold at the base & a little aged.
UNITED STATES: 1915 (Sep 14) cover with 'Hamburgische Sudsee-Aktiengesellschaft/Hauptfiliale Rabaul' imprint at top with ½d type b pair & 1d type c tied by Rabaul cds, 'PASSED BY CENSOR' h/s, violet/white 'OPENED BY CENSOR' tape affixed at Sydney & unusually with 'PASSED BY CENSOR/=CS=' cds in red alongside, corner fault at U/L.
UNITED STATES: 1917 (Mar 23) OHMS cover with Treasury cachet at L/L, 6d type c - ½d convenience overpayment - tied by Rabaul cds, German 'R' label, '[crown]/PASSED CENSOR/23MAR17/RABAUL' unusually on the reverse, Sydney transit & New York arrival b/s.
UNITED STATES: 1921 & 1922 registered covers to New York or Texas, the first with 2½d & 3d, the other with ½d 2½d & 3d, black/white 'R' labels (the first with scarce 'B' at L/R), both with Sydney transit & US arrival b/s. [The postal rates at this time apparently were poorly understood. Previously, the letter rate was 2½d, increasing to 3d because of the war tax. But from 1.10.1920 the rate was 4d for the first ½oz]
UNITED STATES: 1923 (July 4; Independence Day!) mission cover with imprint at U/L, New Colours 2d scarlet x2 tied by Rabaul cds, slightly truncated at left.
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UNITED STATES: 1924 (Feb 19) cover with Fifth Setting 6d grey-blue SG 110a (small corner fault) & New Colours 2d scarlet punctured 'OS' tied by 'RABAUL/NEW GUINEA' cds, rubber registration h/s, three New York b/s, light central fold. [On 1.10.1923, the foreign letter rate was reduced to 3d for the first ½oz plus 1½d per additional ½oz; convenience overpayment of ½d]
1923 (late) OHMS cover to Kansas with New Colours 2d scarlet punctured 'OS' SG O19 tied by light Rabaul cds & 'LEAVENWORTH/KANS' arrival. [Paid for British Empire rate only, but not taxed]
1925 OHMS cover to Kansas with rare franking of Kangaroo 3d - torn before being affixed - & New Colours 4d pale ultramarine both punctured 'OS' SG O8 & O21 tied by 'RABAUL/6JL25/NEW GUINEA' cds, Sydney & Seattle transit b/s, Delia arrival b/s & redirected with 'KAW STATION/KANSAS CITY, KANSAS' h/s twice in red & Kaw Station arrival b/s. A lovely cover: one of the most attractive 'OS'-franked covers we have seen.