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Displaying 13 Lots in Category - Switzerland
C of A - Postal History
1918 two covers endorsed "Letter for enemy country enclosed" to Switzerland each with the rare boxed 'PASSED BY/CENSOR SD/...' (small letters) cachet in violet applied at Sydney, plus a cover without the endorsement & the standard cachet in red for comparison.
C of A - Military - World War I
1918 YMCA cover with header '...WITH THE/BRITISH PRISONERS OF WAR INTERNED IN HOLLAND' & a plain cover similarly inscribed, both with the Australian sender's details at lower-left & different "free mail" cachets, to NSW, minor defects; and 1918 stampless Swiss PPC to an Australian POW at Friedrichsfeld Camp with German camp censor's cachet & boxed 'F.a.' h/s (= time expired) h/s indicatin he had been repatriated. A very scarce trio.
PRISONERS OF WAR MAIL: VICTORIA: 1915 (Apr 15) plain POW cover to Switzerland with very fine strike of the rare 'PRISONERS OF WAR DEPOT/LANGWARRIN' cachet in green & superb Melbourne cds, Geneva arrival b/s of 12.V.15, minor blemishes. With the complete 'OPENED BY/CENSOR' label removed to expose the cachet.
Europe and World in four cartons with oddments and collection remainders in albums, stength in Poland, Netherlands, Hungary, Switzerland, France, Greece and Italy.
LIECHTENSTEIN: 1931 philatelic cover to Olinda Vic endorsed "MIT LUFTSCHIFF GRAF ZEPPELIN" with Zeppelin 2f tied 'VADUZ/JUNI1931/ZEPPELIN-POST/nach/LAUSANNE' cachet in red, 'VADUZ/10.VI.31/(LIECHTENSTEIN)' cds and 'LAUSANNE/10.VI.31/POSTE AERIENNE SUISSE' transit d/s alongside, then by surface mail to Australia, docketed "11.7.31" at base which may be arrival date, a couple of very minor blemishes. The only such cover recorded to Australia.
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SWITZERLAND: 1935-37 group including 1935 postcard to Ballarat Vic at 90c rate, cover to Melbourne (b/s) endorsed "Londres-Karachi" at 190c rate and another to Adelaide (b/s) endorsed "Brindisi-Darwin" with Airmails 35c x2 & 1f, 1935-36 to Brisbane at 100c single rate and 170c double rate x2, 1937 to Sydney at 230c rate unusually routed via Hungary with Budapest & 'MATYASFOLD/937APR-7/REPULOTER' transits and 'RANDWICK/16AP37' arrival, etc, condition mostly fine. Very attractive.
SWITZERLAND: 1938 cover to Victoria rated "4g" weight with League of Nations 30c & Helvetia 80c tied 'ZURICH/-7.6.38' cds, Melbourne '24JUN/1938' arrival b/s, light central fold & some staining (possibly from immersion in water). Carried on Imperial Airways Flying Boat flight IE660 during which Ceres made a forced-landing in Lake Dugari, Central India when caught in heavy monsoon rain en route from Karachi to Singapore and was unable to continue, being stuck in soft mud in the shallow lake; the mail was carried by bullock cart for 32km and by car for a further 15km to join the railway at Lake Gwalior, where the relief aircraft Capella was waiting to continue the service. Sanford #380612.
SWITZERLAND: 1939 registered to NSW endorsed "5gr v Chiasso" with Scenes 10c & 120c tied 'LOCARNO/-3.III.39' cds, red & black R label, Brindisi '-4.3.39' transit and Sydney '14MR39' arrival b/s, light central fold & minor blemishes. Carried on Imperial Airways Flying Boat flight SE95 during which Carpentaria was damaged by a Chinese junk on 9.3.1939 while moored at Bangkok and the mail load had to be transferred to Canopus to complete the service.
SWITZERLAND: 1939 to Queensland with 'g("5")/uber-via/("Chiasso 2")' cachet and single Airmail 1f tied 'GENEVE 10/28.XI.39' cds, Brisbane '12DEC/1939' arrival b/s and early 'OPENED BY CENSOR' label with single line of text & 'PASSED BY/CENSOR 3' cachet on face, light central fold & partly-repaired faults. Carried on Imperial Airways Flying Boat flight SE199 during which Corio suffered tail damage at Tiberias Palestine on 4.12.1939 and the mail load had to be transferred to Coogee to complete the service.
SWITZERLAND: 1941 registered to Sydney endorsed "via Geneva, Lisbon & USA" rated "33g" weight with Scenes 30c, Arms 2f pair & Symbolische Bilder 5f granite paper tied 'LUGANO/29 IX 41/LETTRE' cds, underpaid & taxed with 'Taxe reclame Fr "3.40"/GENEVE 1 Exp lett' boxed cachet, carried by PanAm Trans-Atlantic & Trans-Pacific Clipper services via Lisbon and USA with New York, San Francisco & Honolulu transits and Sydney '27OC41' arrival b/s, censored in Bermuda with 'EXAMINER 6071' labels affixed and distinctive '36705' registered letter serial number in red on back, couple of minor blemishes. Scarce and attractive item.
SWITZERLAND: 1942-45 covers all with 1941 Airmail Scenes frankings and all censored (except the earliest posted in January 1942) with two or more USA, GB, German & Australian labels each, two endorsed for PanAm Atlantic Clipper service but others with arrival b/s showing 8+ weeks travel most likely carried by BOAC Horseshoe Route, noted two registered each with 2f values (one a scarce single franking) both with New York and Honolulu b/s carried by US Army Transport airmail service to Hawaii and onwards by ship, condition quite variable. Important group ideal for further study.
SWITZERLAND: 1945 (Jan-April) covers carried by BOAC to NSW with Pfyffer 1f single frankings x3 (one faulty) each with a different-sized 'OAT' oval cachet in red applied at London and Sydney censor labels & cachets, one with GB censor label underneath, plus another to Sydney with Pax 1f Dove tied 'CHUR/31.V.45/BRIEFAUFGABE' and 'g/("3")/uber-via/("Basel 2")' cachet by air to London where red-bars jusq'ua marking applied to airmail etiquette and onwards by surface where censored on arrival, fine except as noted.
1914 WWI Ahmednagar Prisoner of War Camp Mail comprising 'PRISONER OF WAR LETTER' envelopes with printed camp name x3 (one with red triangle corner), British 'Prisoner of War' envelopes x2 with hand-written return addresses, and postcards with pre-printed messages on back x3 (two in German; one in English), all sent to Germany or Switzerland, variety of cancels & censor cachets and one with 'PW 162' censor label, condition generally fine.