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Displaying 12 Lots in Category - War Tax Stamps
1919 (Jun 5) usage of Kangaroo 1d red Die II Official Envelope with 'OS'-of-Dots-in-the-Die Type 2 ('O' = 13 dots; 'S' = 11 dots; top serifs on 'U' & 'I' of 'AUSTRALIA' are Covered) uprated with KGV Sideface ½d green with solid 'OS'-in-the-Die HG DB5 on cream stock for Deputy Commissioner of Maternity Allowances, Melbourne Krag machine with 'HELP REPATRIATION/BUY WAR SAVINGS/CERTIFICATES' slogan, repaired flap fault that in no way detracts from this extraordinary & very rare "doubleton", of which only one other example has been recorded. Ex Charlie Fawcett, Julie Resch and John Sinfield: acquired for $11,200 at our auction of 20/11/2004. [NB: no Kangaroo ½d 'OS' die was prepared]
1919 (July 24) usage of KGV "Star" 1d red/grey Envelope uprated with "Star" ½d green, to Sydney with KGV 1d red x2 added & tied by 'BLAYNEY/NSW' cds, repaired opening faults on the reverse. [An unusual double-rate - 1½d x2 - item that demonstrates how the ½d war tax was applied to the article, not to the rate. This was the only Post Office issue Envelope that was uprated; all other re-ratings are PTPO emissions]
1920 (April 10) cover to Ballarat with KGV 1½d brown tied by superb Melbourne Krag machine cancel, ripped open at right & resealed with stamp selvedge from a sheet of KGV Rough Paper 1d red, very fine strikes front & back of the very rare 'Opened by/Burglars/P.O. Ballarat' handstamp. Illustrated in "Australian Philatelist" (Spring 1989): a copy of the article is included. [Believed that only one other cover from this incident has been recorded]
1920 (June 16) cover to Brisbane with KGV 1½d brown tied by light 'THURSDAY ISLAND/ 2 /QUEENSLAND' cds, 'TJ Farquahar/Pearler/Thursday Island/...' imprint at upper-left, minor staining. Very scarce island advertising. [The illustration is on the next page]
MAIL TO UK & EMPIRE
1920 (Feb 23) double-rate cover to South West Africa with Kangaroos Third Wmk 3d olive tied by Melbourne machine, superb oval 'SWAKOPMUND-___' defaced German-period TPO d/s & light boxed 'PASSED BY CENSOR/DOORSELATEN DOOR CENSOR' h/s in violet. [Censorship lasted into the 1920s in most former German Colonies]
1941 (Dec 12) National Bank cover to Hong Kong with 'SHIPPING DOCUMENTS ONLY' h/s & '2½d' on 2d tied by Sydney slogan cancel, 'OPENED BY CENSOR/ .. ' label tied by 'PASSED BY CENSOR/S.63' h/s in violet, 'RETURN TO/SENDER' "fickle finger" h/s & DLO cds of 20FE42 both in red. [½d war tax was introduced 10/12/1941 so this is a very early usage. The Japanese attacked Pearl Harbour 7/12/1941 after which mail to threatened areas was not forwarded. Again, this is a very early example, before the introduction of 'SERVICE SUSPENDED' handstamps]
MAIL TO OTHER COUNTRIES
1919 (March 29) illustrated advertising cover for the Oceanic Steamship Co (with a map of the company's Pacific routes & promotion of the splendid steamers "Sierra", "Sonoma" & "Ventura"), to Pennsylvania with KGV Single Wmk 1½d black-brown x2 tied by Sydney machine cancel. [The illustration is on page 34]
1919 (May 12) Union Bank cover to a Dutch shipping company in Borneo with Kangaroos Third Wmk 3d olive-green tied by Sydney continuous-machine cancel, 'WELTEVREDEN' transit & 'PONTIANAK' arrival b/s. Unusual destination. [Pontianak, on the west coast of Kalimantan, straddles the equator, causing it to be widely known as Kota Khatulistiwa = Equator City. The illustration is on page 34]
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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 (Mar 24) illustrated advertising cover for Joubert & Joubert Import/Export Agents to France with KGV 1½d red-brown x2 tied by Melbourne Krag machine cancel, poor arrival b/s.