1920 Australian YMCA cover sent to Minnesota with manuscript endorsement "Posted at Pitcairn/Island collect 2d" in red pen, via New Zealand with 'LYTTELTON/-6NO20' transit and scarce 'CHRISTCHURCH/-6NO20/PAID' d/s in blue - with 'PAID' crossed-out - on face, first taxed 'TO PAY/4d' but crossed out and 'COLLECT/2d' cachet at upper right with international 'T/20/CENTIMES' tax marking alongside, 'Postage due 4 cents/Seattle, Wash' h/s in violet & on arrival Postage Dues 2c pair with 'SAINT PAUL' pre-cancels affixed, couple of minor edge faults hardly detract. Ex Vadheim.
Until the commencement of a regular mail service in 1920, mail from Pitcairn was sent on any passing ship. David Lume "Pitcairn Islands Philately" (2nd Ed; 1999; page 3) states "... in June 1921 ... the New Zealand and British governments agreed to accept and deliver unstamped mail from Pitcairn" and various concessional 'No Stamps Available' cachets were introduced. This item was carried on the regular mail service before the introduction of the postage concession - hence the "collect 2d" endorsement - and appears to be one of the first such items of mail to transit through New Zealand, which would explain the confusion over whether it should be marked 'PAID' and how much tax to charge.
Auction Category: PITCAIRN ISLANDS
Postmarks , UNITED STATES OF AMERICA , Postage Dues , Military World War I , NEW ZEALAND , Postmarks - Instructional/Informative Markings , PITCAIRN ISLANDS