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Displaying 1 - 20 of 51 Lots in Category - Censored Mail
Mostly military/wartime covers with a few World War I including 1916 OAS from Tanganyika (?) with black/green 'OPENED UNDER MARTIAL LAW' label across the flap; World War II including Australian War Savings booklet with "Spitfire" 6d x15 affixed within, Australian POW Postcard - no camp indicated but probably in Thailand - to NSW, China 1940 uprated Postal Card to NSW, commercial airmails including 3 from 'BRITISH CONSULATE/Curacao' to USA, 1942 Guatemala-USA with 'BRITISH LEGATION/V' h/s & franking including a bisect, some parcel fragments including high value frankings from GB & Malaya; post-WWII including Austria 1953 to NSW with Costumes 40g & 10s; etc, condition variable.
(Qty 140 approx)
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C of A KGV - Single Watermark
71zz Smooth Paper 1d red vertical "pair" with characteristic slightly trimmed perfs at right and an unmistakable COIL JOIN between the units + LMult Wmk ½d green tied to commercial cover to Samoa by Sydney machine cancellation, Samoa censor h/s in violet. An exciting new discovery. This is the first such coil pair we have recorded on cover , making this one of the most important KGV frankings we have handled.
The ACSC records that KGV coils were produced from sheet stock, and that undoubtedly genuine examples - including four attached to coil starters - exist. However, they are neither listed nor priced because of the potential for easily creating fakes. Usage on cover or piece is the best evidence that coil stamps of this period are genuine. A 1920 cover with a single 1d red coil stamp with the join still attached sold at a Melbourne auction of 27.8.2011 for $3220. It was noted there as "...the first proving item..." The cover offered here, bearing as it does a "complete pair" with the join, is a far more desirable item.
C of A - Postal History
Box of mostly pre-decimal commercial covers the majority to overseas destinations including Brazil, Italy, Hawaii, Ireland, Hungary, Dutch Indies & Sabah, with numerous airmail covers including a few Clipper items & a good range of rates to 9/- including 5d Empire Air Rate, 1/2d Thylacine on PPC to Germany etc, a number of unusual make-ups including with se-tenant issues, many WWII censor covers with variety in the censor labels & cachets, 1945 to GB with rare Queensland red & blue airmail label, 1953 7d Aerogramme uprated with 3d Wheat, 1934 illustrated advertising cover for Warwick Presbyterian Boarding Schools (Qld), condition rather mixed.
(Qty 150 approx)
Display pages of Queensland WWI Censor covers with sans serif 'PASSED BY CENSOR.' 95x6mm on underpaid PPC to France & cover to Japan, 77x10mm on registered cover to Jamaica & Printed Matter cover to Holland, 82x10mm on cover to the USA and on cover from Japan, seriffed type 87x5mm on Printed Matter cover to the USA, and 'PASSED CENSOR/BRISBANE' cds in red on cover to France, PPC to Siam & cover from Italy, a few minor defects but the strikes are generally very fine to superb.
Display pages of South Australian WWI censor covers with small 'passed' on postcard to USA with KGV 1d red perf 'OS', 'PASSED.' h/s in violet on covers to Denmark Italy Sweden & Switzerland (the last two with red/white 'Opened by Censor' labels), on PPC from Japan and unusually on cover from 'DIAPUR/VICTORIA' to Holland, and in red on two covers to USA, triple-oval 'PASSED BY/4TH MD.../CENSOR' h/s on covers to Holland & Switzerland and on PPCs from Japan & South Africa, smaller 'PASSED BY/4TH MD/CENSOR' h/s superb strike on cover to the USA.
1901-18 commercial covers to the United States including 1901 Boer War patriotic cover, 1905 registered with SA ½d 2d & 3d, 1913 with superb 'VICTOR HARBOR/SA' squared-circles & small 'Victor Harbor' h/s on large registration label, 1915 double-rate with KGV 1d red & 4d orange, 1918 two underpaid to screen actress Mary Pickford but the fines apparently not collected, Nov 1918 taxed for unpaid War Tax, 1920 with War Tax paid, etc, several other WWI covers with various censor handstamps, generally fine to very fine.
1915-18 censor covers from Queensland to Switzerland (a dealer's cover with combination franking of 2d Roo + ½d Queensland), Holland or Denmark, each with red/white 'OPENED BY CENSOR' label, and from Adelaide to Holland with German 'Militarischerseits unter/Kriegsrecht geoffnet/Berlin D17, ben....1917/Uberwachungsoffizier' label, minor blemishes.
1941 unusual size envelope (185x197mm) to USA with 'CALIFORNIA/CLIPPER' h/s & rare franking of Robes £1 block of 4 (a few faults) + 4d Koala & 2/- Roo tied by Sydney cds of 24JY41, minor wrinkles. One of the highest-rated World War II airmail covers we have recorded, making this a wonderful item for the airmail enthusiast or the collector of KGVI issues. [NB: this cover does fit on a standard album page]
The Clipper rate to the USA was 4/8d for the first ½oz + 4/7d for each successive ½oz. Total postage of £4/2/4d = 988d. Postage for a letter weighing between 8½ & 9oz was 4/8d + 4/7d x17 = 991d, indicating underpayment of 3d (or an unlikely overpayment of 4/4d). [NB: Kevin Nelson's entire packet wrapping to GB with Robes 10/- strip of 5 & £1 strip of 4 sold at the Prestige auction of 27.11.2010 for $7187]
THURSDAY ISLAND: WWI sans serif 'PASSED BY CENSOR.' h/s (96x6mm) in violet on PPCs ("Thursday Island" and "Hamond Island Natives") to London both with 'SINGAPORE' transit cds; and on 1915 cover - a bit soiled - with enclosed letter headed "Thursday Island/June 13th 15/Radio Station" & a real photo PPC of the sender. [Letter states "...I am in a very funny little place now - such a lot of black people live here besides a lot of Japanese..."]
(Qty 5 items)
C of A - Military - World War I
Box with WWI POW covers from Trial Bay x2, Holdsworthy or Liverpool Camps, then WWII bundle from one correspondence (most with the stamps torn-off), and fifteen mostly OHMS covers from POW Camps including 1946 from Bridgetown, Kununoppin, Northam, Quairading & Tambellup all in WA, condition variable.
Photo-album with 1915-16 correspondence from & about Pte Oscar Stahl including Perth YMCA letterette with photo in blue on the reverse from Black Boy Hill Camp (faults on the address panel), group of letters to his mother (one stated to be from Gallipoli), letter & telegram advising he was wounded, etc, condition variable.
(Qty 22 items)
Exhibit pages of 1916-18 Troopship mail from the 17th to 41st Convoys with a good range of Censor handstamps many of which identify the specific ships, includes mail from South Africa, Sierra Leone, Cape Verde Islands & Canal Zone, 22nd Convoy cover to USA & taxed, 41st Convoy Ceylon PPC with scarce 'TRANSPORT/CENSOR/CEYLON' cachet, several YMCA items including Melbourne YMCA postcard, Gratuitous Distribution Letter Card with Poem on the Reverse, condition rather mixed. A good lot of this popular material. Ex Michael Blake.
(Qty 41 items)
Batch of Troopship postcards mostly identified by Convoy, many real photo types including several outstanding photos by JE Barnes (Kew) etc, generally fine to very fine & mostly unused. Ex Michael Blake.
Hospital Ships 1) folded lettersheet with superb straight-line 'HMAHS Kanowna' cachet in violet slightly obscured by 'AUSTRALIAN IMP FORCES/8MA16/BASE/POST OFFICE' cds used in Egypt, to Tasmania; 2) Australian Red Cross cover with triple-oval 'No 1 AUSTRALIAN HOSPITAL SHIP/KAROOLA' cachet - dateline removed - in violet, to South Australia; and 3) 1916 illustrated folder (104x155mm) with portraits of KGV & Queen Mary as used for the 1911 Coronation Postal Cards, with three fabric swatches pinned within headed 'Souvenir/No 1 Australian Hospital Ship/TSS Karoola' & bearing the names of the "cargo" of '448 Returning Wounded Heroes', minor silverfish damage at upper-right otherwise remarkably fine.
(Qty 3 items)
Covers (3) & KGV 1d Postal Cards x2 all to Australians known to be POWs at Cassel (2, both with large circular camp cachet), Crefeld, Dülmen or Gottingen, the last forwarded to Dülmen, various British & German cachets, also a stampless PPC from Switzerland to an Australian POW at Friedrichsfeld bei Wesel. Nice group.
The interesting balance of the consignment including 1916 Melbourne YMCA cover with 'MILITARY CAMP MARIBYRNONG' cds, 1916 cover with 'METHODIST SOLDIERS TENT/SEYMOUR CAMP' imprint in red & the similarly headed letter, 1916 with superb 'PASSED - BY CENSOR/ 3 /[crown]' ('3' reversed) cachet in blue used at Palermo Hospital Camp of the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force in Sicily, 1917 PPC from a soldier in Macedonia to NSW, 1918 usage of Church of England Australian Fund for Soldiers Overseas cover from a soldier en route to Mesopotamia, illustrated "Touring Brakes Leaving AIF & War Chest Club London" envelope x2 (one with 'OVERSEAS WAR MEMORIAL' label on the face), etc, also display pages of "Inglis Correspondence" from brothers in Egypt Palestine & France, and repatriation items x13, condition variable but generally good to very fine.
(Qty 47 items)
1915 usage of 1d Roo Postal Card with three different Prisoner of War handstamps in green, to West Sumatra but apparently missent to GB where superb 'PRISONERS OF WAR/[crown]/INFORMATION BUREAU' cachet applied, unusual usage of LONDON WC OFFICAL PAID' cds in red indicating POW mail was free, superb 'SIBOLGA' arrival cds, corner bends at upper-right & lower-left. A most unusual POW usage to an unusual destination. [The letter, in English, states "...The number of letters we may write is much restricted but there is no limit for letters from abroad. All the prisoners here have to work 4 hours every day with axe and shovel...The war has cost me...a great deal of money..."]
1915 usage to Victoria of an unusual printed OAS envelope of a type not previously seen by us with ACMF crest on the flap, 'MILITARY CAMP/AERODROME HELIOPOLIS' cds in blue & oval 'FRANKED/BY.../FOR CO 21ST BN/AIF' cachet in violet.
1916 1d scenic Letter Cards with military views, all different, unused. Ex Michael Blake.
1916 real photo PPC of Mitcham Military Camp (SA) featuring dozens of tents, chopping wood, underground oven & a group of bare-chested soldiers on a makeshift raft, a couple of minor inkspots, used under cover. [The writer, Sapper WW Evans, says "...Tell me which you think is me..."]