Prestige Philately Auction 160 CatalogueCatalogue by themePost Restante
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Displaying 5 Lots in Category - Post Restante
MAIL TO OTHER COUNTRIES
1906 (Feb 6) double-rate usage of NSW 3d Registration Envelope with 1d & 2d pair tied by Sydney cds & 'R'-in-oval h/s, to Germany ('BREMEN' b/s) where readdressed to "Monte Carlo/posterestante", large-part 'MONTE-CARLO T B/PRINCIPALITE MONACO' arrival b/s, ironed-out horizontal bend. [The illustration is on page 20]
1914 (June 22) usage of Victorian 1d Letter Card to "Poste Restante/Djibouti/Somali Coast" uprated with Roos ½d & 1d tied by 'CARLTON/VICTORIA' cds, 'ADEN' transit & 'COTE FRANCAISE DES SOMALIS/DJIBOUTI' arrival b/s, boxed 'PARTI SANS/LAISSER d'ADDRESSE' (= Left Address) & 'RETOUR/A L'ENVOYEUR' (= Return to Sender) handstamps & superb 'DEAD LETTER OFFICE/MELBOURNE' b/s in red. Ex Guy Linfield: acquired for $1760 at a Sydney auction in 2006. An oustanding destination item, greatly enhanced by the State/CofA combination franking.
MAIL TO UK & EMPIRE
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]
TO THE AMERICAS
1939 (July 19) cover to "Habanna Cuba/Poste restante" endorsed "The quickest/[route?]" with QM 1d green & 1/- Lyrebird pair tied by Melbourne cds, very fine octagonal 'T/33 1/3c' h/s, boxed 'ADMON DE CORREOS/HABANA CUBA/AGO 8 1939/LISTA E....' d/s in red partly across the stamps, forwarded to "Calabazar" where festooned with Postage Dues 1c x20 + Postage 2c pair & 10c Plane in lieu of Postage Dues all tied by 'CALABAZAR/HABANA' cds. A bit worn but a super item! Rates to Latin America were complicated by the various stages that could be flown. Walker lists four contemporary rates to Cuba, none of which conforms to this item. Breckon cites only two rates, but including 2/3d for a letter carried by air to England & subject to on-forwarding by air, which applied here. This cover, between two members of a Jewish family, would have gone by air to England, by ship to the United States, then by air to Havana. NB: the Cuban postal clerk made a fundamental error in construing the tax marking as indicating the amount due in local currency. In fact, the correct amount of postage due was only 7c, one-fifth of what was levied!
1903 (Apr 15) local usage of Western Australian ½d Postal Card with ½d tied by Perth duplex & 'P_R/PERTH WA' poste restante cds at lower-left, advice of athletics committee meeting on the reverse; also 1905 usage from Fremantle to a goldmining company at 'BROWN HILL' (arrival b/s) with printed advice for Dalgety & Co. [Western Australia was alone in having a town postcard rate of ½d. It was revoked from 9/2/1903, only 2 months before the first item here was posted. The illustration of both items is on page 64]