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Displaying 221 - 240 of 240 Lots in Category - Postal History
NEW ZEALAND - Postal History
1916 (Mar) cover endorsed "...Motuihi...Prisoner of war!" on the flap, to Germany with 'From Prisoner of War/Free' h/s (typed?) at lower-left & superb 'PASSED BY THE/MILITARY CENSOR/N.Z.' h/s in violet, with the enclosed letter headed "Motuihi 2.3.1916". Exc Gordon Darge. [The 2-line Free marking appears to be produced by the same typewriter as the address & the enclosed letter! This suggests that the inmates were responsible for the endorsement! NB: Startup & Proud's illustration at page 47 is a caricature only]
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1916-18covers to Apia with Auckland meters x3 comprising ½d on window-face envelope, 1½d single and 1½d plus circular 1d added, the latter two sealed with ½d 'Auckland Provincial Wounded Fund' labels (one with minor fault), also two covers with KGV 1½d black (both stamps faulty), all with boxed Censor 2 or 3 cachets of Apia on face in green or violet, some blemishes but overall fine.
No longer available
1917PPC with remarkable combination of three different Hospital Ship "Marama" cachets including the rare fancy oval 'NEW ZEALAND HOSPITAL SHIP No 2/1OCT1917/MARAMA' d/s in black, some minor silverfish damage.
1918British OHMS cover to "NZEF Headquarters/London" with 'NZ MTD FIELD AMBULANCE' h/s & superb 'ARMY POST OFFICE/22MR18/SZ 32' "skeleton" cds used at Bir Salem, superb strike of the defective 'DAMAGED BY IMMERSION/IN SEA WATER I.S.' h/s (variant held together by two rubber bands!) applied at London, some immersion faults but remarkably fine & attractive. Ex Gordon Darge. [Carried per SS "Kingstonian" which, on 11/4/1918, was torpedoed by German submarine U68]
1921(May 9) Whangarei-Auckland flight NZAMC #28b with Victory 6d tied by Whangarei cds, 'PER AERIAL MAIL' h/s in black, endorsed "Received enclosed to postmaster/Whangarei" in rosine, Cat $1200. 36 items carried. [Superior to Jim Stapleton's similar cover that sold at the Prestige auction of 18.11.2006 for $1207]
1942Union Steamship Co large cover to London endorsed "Surface + Air" franked with Arms 4/- x2, 5/- x2 & £1 x2 plus 1935 Pictorials 4d x2, 5d x19, 8d x 11 & 9d x4 and KGVI 1d & 3d tied 'WELLINGTON C/18MR42' cds paying £3 18/- rate (a few faulty or toned), censored with brown tape & 'Opened ...' label, minor edge faults.
PAPUA - 1901-1942 The BNG & Papua Stamps Period - Postal History
1927(Jan 29) commercial cover to the Northern Territory with Bicolours 1½d x3 tied by 'BUNA BAY/PAPUA' cds, straight-line 'REGISTERED' h/s, Brisbane (7.3) & superb 'DARWIN NT/13AP27/AUSTRALIA' arrival b/s, minor soiling. Transit by the scenic route, taking a remarkable 46 days to arrive.
1939-41airmail covers 1) from Samarai x2 with complete strikes of the large 'PASSED BY CENSOR/...Asst Censor' cachets both to GB with Pictorials 6d & 1/- or Airmails 5d & 1/- (underpaid 1d but not taxed); 2) from Port Moresby x2 with red/white 'OPENED BY CENSOR' labels, domestic airmail to Queensland with 5d Pictorial or to GB - repaired central opening tear - with Airs 3d pair & 1/-; and 3) to Tasmania with 5d Air & Hobart 6 Dots label tied by ' 6 / PASSED/BY/CENSOR/ 1 ' cachet in red; condition variable.
1943-45 Army 'MESSAGE FORM's for the Australia New Guinea Production Board (PCB) both plain language & enciphered messages, many with 'ARMY/PM---/SIGNALS' d/s or with 'PM' omitted, many with various ANGAUR cachets, one with pre-WWII 'RESIDENT MAGISTRATE/EASTERN DIVISION' d/s, condition variable. A very interesting group of these scarce documents.
AEROPHILATELY:1932-39 comprising 1932 AAMC #P51 with 'REGISTERED/KOKODA, PAPUA' cachet, #P86/7 x3 including two registered one signed "O Denny" on face, 1935 RAAF Southampton Flying Boat items #P89X unlisted Port Moresby-Daru intermediate, #P89 Daru-Port Moresby intermediate signed "AE Hempel OIC" , #P90 & 90a both similarly signed plus #P90X Port Moresby-Darwin-England cover stated to be one of only four carried onwards to the UK & postcard-size photo of three "Southamptons" in flight, 1936 Melbourne Cup flight #P108 x2 one signed "Tommy O'Dea Pilot" plus #P108a carried on to England, also 1939 (Jan 15) "Guba" Port Moresby-Samarai #P141aX unlisted stated to carry "a party to Samarai, returning next morning, and also taking a small mail." (AAMC lists only a Hollandia flight; Cat $1750), fine condition, Cat $3300 + three unlisted items.
AEROPHILATELY:Two folios of mostly Papuan and some New Guinea covers with a few better usages, various flights including covers signed by pilots, 1938 two real photo PPCs of arrival of Carpenter's plane (one with former Prime Minister Billy Hughes in the foregound), etc, condition variable.
AEROPHILATELY:1935 (Sep 27) Port Moresby-Darwin AAMC #P90 with 2d Bird & 6d Air Mail manuscript cancelled "A11-1/Port Moresby/28-9-35/[signature]" overstruck with 'DARU/ 28SE35/PAPUA' cds, Darwin b/s of 27NO35, vertical fold & minor blemishes. An enigma. [The AAMC states Hempel departed Moresby 27/9/1935 but this cover suggests he left a day later. Why two months to reach Darwin?]
PITCAIRN ISLANDS - Postal History
1947-53personal correspondence group (letters enclosed) including 1948 airmail to Edward Douglas Jr in Hawaii with KGVI 3d and 6d, 1949 illustrated airmail to USA with KGVI 1/- single, 1953 Christmas card to New York with KGVI 3d single and 1956 fold-out views cards x2 to USA with KGVI 2d single or KGVI ½d and 1½d (faulty) all from Jessie Clark, 1950 to USA with Wedding 1½d from Lucy Christian, also 1948 from USA to Solomons and 1947 from Galapagos to USA with 'POST OFFICE/GALAPAGOS' Tin Can Mail cachet and US 5c tied APO '662' cds, plus 1951 letter describing voyage from Galapagos to Easter & Pitcairn Islands, minor problems.
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ENVELOPES: 1992-95 standard-size issues only for domestic & international usage illustrating the rapid inflationary impact on denominations, there are a great many commercial usages including upratings.
POSTAL CARDS:Mostly unused group of QV Postal Cards including Specimen Overprints & 6c Reply-Half with 'REPLY' Barred-Out, plus apparently commercial 1911 usage of the '3 Cents' on 6c 'LOCAL' issue uprated with KEVII 2c & 3c, also philatelic usages including three with 'LIGNE T/PAQ FR No 4' marine sorter d/s, condition variable.
ENVELOPES:1895 15c blue "Square" Format H&M #E2a to an Armenian at "Trebizonde/Turquie d'Asie/Mer Noire" (= Black Sea; extraordinary origin/destination usage) with light 'TREBIZONDE/TURQUIE D'ASIE' arrival; 1895 30c brown Envelope H&M #E3 registered to Missouri with 12c Die II tied by code '5' cds & 'ST LOUIS MO/AUG 11 1895' arrival d/s in purple; and 1902 'SIX CENTS' on 8c carmine Envelope "Rectangle" Format H&M #E5b to England with two strikes of the scarce 'PRASLIN BAY ST ANSE' cds & code 'B' (upright) transit cds; a little aged. A rare trio.
1926Pacific Islands Survey Flight per Group Captain Richard Williams return sector from Tulagi to Rabaul (New Guinea) AAMC #102var, printed 'THE RESIDENCY/TULAGI/...' in blue on the flap & endorsed "Aerial Mail" at upper-left, repaired opening fault at the top. A great rarity of Australian & Pacific Islands pioneer airmail covers. Sergio Sismondo Certificate (2006). [Plus four 1930s Australian flight covers]
As stated in the AAMC, the majority of the 50 covers were "flown the entire route" from Melbourne & return, but several outward intermediates are recorded. However, this apparently official cover, from the Government Resident in Tulagi to the Australian judge in Rabaul, is the only one recorded from a return sector. [Tom Frommer's outward & inwards - from Papua - illustrated covers sold at Mossgreen's auction of 4.4.2017 for $15,600 & $13,800 respectively]
1940stampless cover to London with triangular 'PASSED BY 38 CENSOR/("initials")' h/s (Little #Hi; rated 9) & self-censored '("HFrench") Captain/Officer Comdg B Company/SCC KAR' cachet, Berbera b/s of 23AP/40. With the enclosed letter on Somaliland Camel Corps letterhead. Ex John Little.
SOUTH AFRICA - (Provinces)
NATAL:1899 stampless cover endorsed "Active Service No stamps obtainable/AEJ Murray RN" (= Royal Navy) & - at lower-left - "Please forward at once to Berea", to Durban with very fine 'FRERE/DE25/99/NATAL' cds, superb GPO cds of the same date & 'DURBAN/26DE/99/NATAL' both on the reverse. Ex Gerald Ellott.
1917 South Africa ½d Postal Card with 'KARIBIB' cds and '105' censor, two 1919 German Postal Cards to Swakopmund both with 'PASSED BY CENSOR' English & bilingual cachets, 1924 Germany PPC to Windhuk with South African overprinted ½d & 1d Postage Dues, postmarks including two with Railways ovals (one on 4d 'SWA' overprint Registration Envelope alongside 'ARIAMSVLEI' cachet), 'EXHIBITION' and 'MARIENTAL' altered German-era cds, 1936 1d 'SWA' Postal Card uprated for 6d airmail rate to Germany, etc, condition variable.