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Displaying 41 - 60 of 52 Lots in Category - Military & Censor Mail
SINAI - MULTINATIONAL FORCE & OBSERVERS: Interesting collection of 1980s covers from various contingents including Australians x4 (all commercial plus a rare inwards airmail cover), New Zealand, France, Norway, inwards from Colombia, Fiji x2, Holland x9, GB x11, Uruguay x2, etc, many are commercial but the majority are to collectors, also what is stated to be a full set of 12 unused mail despatch labels with boxed 'UN BASE POST OFFICE/TEL AVIV ISRAEL' including to Nepal Senegal Finland & Fiji. Plus a batch of non-philatelic annual reports. [** NB: this is a collection of Sinai covers, NOT Gaza as stated in the printed catalogue **]
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NEW ZEALAND - Postal History
1914-15 Gallipoli Campaign material including 1914 PPC with rare 'AWAPUNI' Camp cds, 1914 cover to ".../Expeditionary Camp/Palmerston North" of which there is no record, Convoy mail x6, Egyptian PPC with superb Indian-pattern 'PASSED BY CENSOR/FORCE IN EGYPT/ 14 ' cachet in red allocated to No 2 NZ Rifle Brigade as part of the Western Frontier Force, cover with very fine strike of the rare 'HEADQUARTERS/OTAGO/ 27AUG1915/MOUNTED RIFLE/REGIMENT' datestamp in rosine (ERD) & endorsed at L/L "(initials) OC No 2 Mobile Sect/NZVC", 1916 OHMS cover endorsed "Returned Letter" with largely superb strike of the rare double-framed 'NEW ZEALAND/ADVANCED BASE APO/FEB 17 1916/RETURNED/LETTER BRANCH' d/s in violet, Aug 1915 two covers with scarce 'FIVE RIVERS' cds from different senders to the same soldier at Gallipoli (inwards mail is rare), cover to GB with 'HEADQUARTERS/.../NZ DIVISION' cds of 3DE15 (recorded at Gallipoli 3-7.12.1915 only), two pieces of rough cardboard used as postcards one with message headed "Galipolli/ 4-7-15" [sic], 1915 defective cover to a member of the 15th North Auckland Regiment endorsed "Deceased" in blue pencil & with very fine but confronting 'KILLED IN/ACTION' cachet, cover & two PPCs from convalescent camps on Malta, and 1916 cover with double-framed 'NZ EXPEDITIONARY FORCE/No FIELD AMBULANCE' d/s & 'NEW ZEALAND/RIFLE/BRIGADE/...' cds posted from Egypt after the evacuation of the Dardenelles in December 1915, and just before the troops were sent to the Western Front, condition rather mixed as is to be expected with campaign mail.
1939 (Sep 5) commercial registered airmail cover to GB with scarce franking of 12c 20c 25c & 75c (Cat £70 x3), two strikes on reverse of the first type 'PASSED BY CENSOR' h/s (#H.1) & very fine 'PASSED BY CENSOR/MOMBASA/ 3 ' h/s on the face. Very early civil censored mail: War was declared 4.9.1939. [The rate was 12c + R1 airmail surcharge + 20c registration]
1940 (Feb 10) commercial registered cover to GB with scarce franking of 2c, 30c Tortoise & 1r Pirogue and outstanding strike of 'PASSED BY CENSOR/Seychelles No 1' cachet (#H.IV.1) in violet. Superb!
1943 (Apr 16) registered airmail to GB with 2c plus 9c 20c & 30c pairs, very fine strike of the by-now worn 'PASSED BY CENSOR/-------No 2' cachet (#H.IV.2a) in black, minor blemishes. [Hopson & McCloy state at page 54 "Two examples...are recorded". From July 1942, the airmail rate was reduced to an all-inclusive fee of 1r. This cover may have been carried in a closed bag - which would explain the absence of transit markings - from Seychelles by RAF Catalina that flew to Diego Suarez on 19.4.1943]
1943 (Nov 10) cover to a convent in Ireland with 50c pair & a very fine example of the rare 'OPENED BY CENSOR LL...' label (#H.T.LL) tied by chamfered-boxed '[crown]/PASSED' cachet (#H.V), British censor label at right & Irish censor cachet in red.
1944 (Apr 8) usage of formular aerogramme to GB opened & resealed with plain labels & with superb '[eagle]/ RAF/CENSOR/596' cachet used on Seychelles, 18c cancelled in transit at RAF Mombasa with 'EA/APO 81' cds.
1944 vice-regal cover with printed crown on the flap & endorsed by the Governor "WM Logan/Govt House/Seychelles", to GB with 9c x2 paying surface rate tied by cds of JY27/44 but 2c 30c & 50c added to make up 1r airmail rate & cancelled AU2/44. These envelopes with the printed crown on the flap were a local expedient when the Governor's stationery was exhausted: this & the next lot represent a new discovery not recorded by Hopson & McCloy. [Privileged mail was not subject to censorship. Three squadrons of Catalinas arrived 27.7.1944, one plane departing 3.8.1944]
1944 (Nov 15) vice-regal cover with printed crown on the flap & signed by the Governor "WM Logan/Govt House", to GB with 1r black. [Hopson & McCloy note at p45 that BOAC's 'Golden Hind' service made five flights Kenya-Seychelles- Kenya, and that "...these did carry...civilian mail but little was sent...". The service was extended from Seychelles to Ceylon on one occasion only. The return flight arrived from Colombo 16.11.1944 & left the next day for Kisumu. Mail identified as per 'Golden Hind' is rare]
1944 (Nov 30) airgraph form from the Seychelles Postmaster to GB, advising of a rate reduction - from Sep 1944 - from 50c to 18c for the service. Flown per 'Golden Hind' service. The only civilian airgraph known to both our vendor & a major collector of airgraphs. [Airgraphs were introduced by 27.5.1942. Examples from the Seychelles are extremely scarce, with most of those recorded being RAF types. The rate reduction coincided with the introduction of the 18c aerogramme rate]
1944 cover endorsed on reverse "O'Toole/RAF Seychelles/.../I certify on my honour..." & with rare '[eagle]/RAF/ CENSOR/42' cachet (introduced Sep 1944), to GB with 1r black cancelled in transit with 'EA/6XII44/APO 81' cds used at Port Reitz (KUT), light vertical fold & minor soiling. Rare carriage per 'Golden Hind' which departed Seychelles 5.12.1944.
1945 (Aug 6) usage of KGVI 20c Registration Envelope size F with rare albeit philatelic franking of 5r Pirogue on reverse, to Kenya self-censored by the sender with military censor h/s #7428, 'ELDORET' arrival b/s. [6.8.1945 was the last day of military censorship on the Seychelles]