Category: WESTERN AUSTRALIA - Postal History
1876 OHMS cover to "The Royal Postmaster/Heligoland" with Perth cds, '[crown]/PAID' & very late usage of the 1850s undated double-oval 'GENERAL POST OFFICE/[crown]/PERTH/WESTERN AUSTRALIA' handstamp (PMI #PO1), Swiss 'AMBULANT/11 III 76/No 1' & '.../12 III 76/No 28' TPO transit backstamps and European 'P.D.' (= Paid to Destination) h/s. A fantastic origin/destination cover. [PMI records the oval h/s 19.9.1854 to 23.9.1858 only: see also Lot 289875.
In 1814, Heligoland (or German, Helgoland) was ceded by the Danes to the British who, in 1890, exchanged it for the German rights in Zanzibar and Witu on the East African mainland. Thereafter, except for seven years immediately after World War II, Helgoland was controlled by Germany.
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