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Displaying 1 - 20 of 28 Lots in Category - Postage Dues
WESTERN AUSTRALIA: 1904 local double-rate cover underpaid with 2d only, 'T'-in-circle h/s & mss "4d" in blue, CofA Postage Dues scarce "mixed-issue" franking of Blank Tablet 3d + Filled Tablet 1d (Perf 11¾x11) BW #D10 & D21 tied by 'P R/ AU12/04/PERTH WA' (Post Restante) cds, a couple of very minor blemishes.
1914 (Apr 14) stampless Royal Insurance cover with Sydney continuous-machine cancel & 'MORE TO PAY/2D/+' h/s, Kangaroos First Wmk 2d grey affixed in lieu of Postage Dues & tied by 'COONABARABRAN/NSW' cds, curious endorsement "Two penny stamps were attached here at Connabarabran but instantly removed for the 2d shown at bottom", a few blemishes. Peculiar!
1933 (Feb 20) cover with KGV 1½d red + invalid usage of Victorian Stamp Duty ½d mauve tied by 'ARARAT/VIC.' cds, oval tax h/s & Postage Due 1d tied by 'BALLARAT/ 2 /VIC' cds, opened-out. Colourful.
MAIL TO UK & EMPIRE
1905 (Apr 24) cover to Canada with Western Australia 2d only tied by superb Fremantle duplex, mss "Tax 1d" but hexagonal 'T/5' (= ½d) only for single deficiency plus superb Canadian '2' (cents) h/s. Outstanding quality.
MAIL TO OTHER COUNTRIES
1912 (June 13) usage to Sweden of Fullface 1d Letter Card ("SETTLER'S HOME VIC" in purple) with SA ½d added & tied by 'NORTH ADELAIDE' cds, endorsed "20c/T" & on arrival struck with 'T'-in-octagon h/s, 'LOSEN/("16") öre' postage due label affixed and 1ö and 15ö postage adhesives added in lieu of Postage Dues, carefully opened (in the European manner) without removing the margins. Outstanding & beautiful item: acquired for $3024 at our auction of 26/9/2003. [The message appears to be written in both Swedish & Esperanto]
1913 (May 8) usage of NSW 1d Letter Card to Austria but uprated with Kangaroo ½d only so large 'NSW/T/20' shield h/s applied, Austrian Postage Dues 10h pair affixed to the reverse & tied by 'MODLING 1/BESTELT' cds, the sender's address given within as "Revd Father Roth/Catholic Mission Wiriki/Taveuni Fiji Islands", very minor blemishes.
1914 (July 29) underpaid cover to Germany with 1d only tied by Perth machine cancel, 'T/30' h/s applied & forwarded, 'UNDELIVERABLE/LPS' h/s in purple applied at London where it was opened & resealed with a London Postal Service label, on return to Perth 'CMF/OPENED BY CENSOR' label (H&P #5CSL 1.1; LRD - recorded 6 weeks only) affixed, large 'PASSED BY/12FEB1915/CENSOR' d/s (H&P #5CC 1.3; ERD - recorded three weeks only) and double-boxed 'UNDELIVERABLE/RETURN TO SENDER' h/s both struck in blue, DLO b/s in red. An extraordinary cover, having been posted well before war broke out on 5/8/1914, returned from a transit point, and subjected to censorship on its return! Acquired for $1725 at our auction of 5/9/2009 and thus one of the last items added to the exhibit. [Haynes & Pope at page 448 illustrate a similar - but not underpaid - cover & state that the 'UNDELIVERABLE/...' h/s - said to be struck in green - is the only recorded example]
1917 (Nov 27) illustrated double-rate advertising cover for WJ Deane & Son music publishers (including reference to a patriotic anthem), to the United States with 2½d Roo only tied by Sydney machine cancel & '[flag]/STICK FOR/AUSTRALIA' propaganda label at lower-left, & 'NSW/T/50' h/s, 'US CHARGE/TO COLLECT 10 CENTS' h/s & unusually with Parcel Post Postage Due 5c x2 affixed, a couple of minor blemishes. Unusual & striking. Ex Ray Kelly: acquired for $1687 at our auction of 2/9/2006. [In -/1/1913, the US Post Office introduced Postage Due stamps specifically for use on parcels. From 1/7/1913, these stamps were authorised for use on all classes of mail]
1919 (Dec 8) cover to Pennsylvania with KGV 1d red & 1½d brown tied by Sydney Krag machine cancel with 'HELP REPATRIATION/BUY/WAR SAVINGS CERTIFICATES' slogan, the ½d War Tax not paid so struck with light 'NSW/T/5' h/s, US 'T - COLLECT/("2") CENTS' h/s & pre-cancelled Postage Due 1c pair obscuring the NSW h/s. [Because the war tax was not a postage element, the non-payment appears to have been treated as attracting only the single deficiency. But, see the next lot. The illustration is on page 34]
1920 (Feb 25) cover to France with Kangaroo 2½d indigo tied by Adelaide cds, the ½d War Tax not paid so struck with superb 'T/10CTS' h/s, on arrival French Postage Dues 1c single & strip of 4 + 5c tied by 'BEAUNE/COTE D'OR' cds, very minor blemishes. Most attractive.
1920 (Oct 25) Renmark Hotel cover underpaid to France with KGV LMult Wmk 1½d red-brown pair tied by 'RENMARK/STH AUSTR' cds, 'T'-in-oval h/s & mss "6d" both crossed-through & 'T/60cts'-in-circle h/s applied, French Postage Dues 30c gutter pair - very scarce on cover - tied by triangular h/s, minor blemishes. [Being in the first month of the new rate, the sender was probably unaware of the rate increase. However, the cover was also over-weight so the deficiency was 1d for the first weight step & 2d for the second step. The illustration is on page 34]
1923 (Feb 14) over-weight cover to Ohio with Kangaroo 3d olive Die IIB only tied by Sydney machine cancel & very fine shield 'NSW/T/30' h/s, very fine 'Chicago Postage Due/Ill 6 cents' h/s in purple & Postage Dues 2c x3 with 'CINCINATTI/OHIO' pre-cancels affixed, minor blemishes.
1929 (Sep 30) cover to a ship's passenger at Naples with KGV 1½d red tied by light 'ARARAT/VIC' cds & superb 'T/25c'-in-octagon h/s alongside, Naples machine with tobacco slogan on the reverse, superb P&O 'SURCHARGED LETTER/PLEASE PAY___AT PURSER'S OFFICE' h/s in violet, Italian Postage Due 5c & 20c x6 (one damaged) tied to the reverse by Naples cds, minor spotting on the reverse. An excellent example of a bog-ordinary stamp used in uncommon circumstances. [The illustration is on page 42]
No longer available
1936 (Oct 2) underpaid cover to a dentist in New Caledonia with KGV 2d tied by 'SYDNEY/NSW/POSTED/ OVERSEA BOX' slogan cancel, shield 'NSW/T/16 2/3' h/s in red, 'NOUMEA' arrival b/s & New Caledonia Postage Due 1fr Deer tied by the cds, small opening fault at the top.
1936 (Oct 7) underpaid cover to the "Union Steamship Co/Beira/Portuguese East Africa" with South Australian Centenary 2d tied by Melbourne 'SOUTH AUSTRALIA/CENTENARY/CELEBRATIONS/1936' slogan cancel, 'T/16 2/3c'-in-octagon h/s & large boxed '.../Will you kindly return this/envelope to your correspondent...' (!) in violet on the reverse, Mozambique Company Postage Dues ½c green & 1c black irregular strips of 3 tied to the reverse by '.../BEIRA' cds. A facially unassuming cover to an exotic destination and with a wonderful "flip-side".
1934 (July 6) cover to a London accommodation address with only the internal airmail fee paid with 3d Air tied by superb 'SHIP MAIL ROOM/MELBOURNE' cds, octagonal 'T/30c' h/s in error crossed-through & similar 'T/40C' h/s applied, London tax marking & Postage Due 2d black pair tied by London cds, re-directed within London, minor blemishes. [Before 1939, Melbourne had no designated Air Mail Section, & all international mail was handled in the Ship Mail Room]
1934 (Dec 4) cover to South Africa endorsed "Australia-Egypt/and Egypt-South Africa" with rare franking of KGV 1/4d greenish blue horizontal pair tied by superb 'AIR MAIL/BRISBANE QLD' cds, the 1d short-payment was apparently detected only upon arrival where 'T/2D'-in-circle h/s & Postage Due 2d added. There is a curious use of boxed 'PAR AVION/JUSQUA...' h/s suggesting air transit was only as far as Cairo. However, the Cairo b/s is dated 22DEC & the Durban cds is 29DEC which seems too quick for surface mail from Egypt. [Breckon and Walker both give "December 1934" as the starting date for the regular Australia-England route & rates. This cover of 4th Dec suggests the starting date was actually 1/12. The all-air rate to South Africa was 2/9d]
1937 (Oct 4) underpaid double-rate cover to London with NSW Sesquicentennial 2d block of 6 only cancelled at Adelaide, superb 'T'-in-oval h/s & endorsed "Over ½oz/480cts", British 'More to Pay/("4/-") Above ("½") oz/SW1' h/s & Postage Dues 3d pair 4d vertical strip of 3 & 2/6d tied by London cds, two vertical folds hardly detract.
1937 (Dec 1) wholly unpaid cover to England with Melbourne slogan cancel, 'T ("360")' h/s & British manuscript "3/-" tax endorsement, Postage Due 1/- blue vertical strip of 3 tied to the reverse by 'WEYMOUTH/DORSET' cds, minor defects. [Treatment of this cover is unusual. It was standard procedure to forward underpaid mail by air, but unpaid mail was generally sent by sea]
TO THE AMERICAS
1938 (Apr 20) cover to "Asuncion/Paraguay" endorsed "Australia London Panama via Iran (?)" but amended in blue pencil to "Aust-London + in USA to Paraguay" with 1/6d Hermes & Kangaroo 2/- maroon tied by 'LUTWYCHE/ QUEENSLAND' cds. The rate was 4/3d - for additional air sevice beyond London - so the cover was underpaid 9d. However, a 9d Roo was apparently affixed at Brisbane (who paid for it?; could the postal clerk have known the sender?) & tied by the Air Mail cds, 'CORREO AERO/[plane]/20.5.38/[Zeppelin]/ASUNCION PARAGUAY' arrival b/s, a few blemishes. Very unusual, and an excellent destination.