Prestige Philately Auction 233 CatalogueCOCOS ISLANDS POSTAL HISTORY - 1949-53 Tin Can Mail
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Displaying 14 Lots in Category - COCOS ISLANDS POSTAL HISTORY - 1949-53 Tin Can Mail
1949 Leigh-Parkin airmail cover to GB with superb 'Cocos-Keeling/("2 12 49")/Is' cachet in violet at upper-left & Australian 1/6d Hermes tied by Perth Christmas slogan of 6DEC/1949. Per the RMS 'Orion'. [This was Leigh-Parkin's first experience of the tin can service, prior to the creation of his distinctive cachets]
1949 airmail cover from Cape Verde via Lisbon (b/s) to "ER Leigh-Parkin/PO Box 146/Singapore" with very fine 3-line John Bull 'Mail From the/STRATHAIRD/Barrel - Cocos' handstamp & superb 'C&W LTD/28JAN50/COCOS' arrival b/s. An amazing origin-destination cover.
1949 underpaid airmail cover from England with 'T/("84c")' h/s, to "ER Leigh-Parkin/PO Box 146/Singapore" with superb 'MALAYA/048/POSTAGE DUE' meter b/s of 27XII49 in green, 3-line 'Mail From the/STRATHAIRD/Barrel - Cocos' handstamp & very fine 'C&W LTD/28JAN50/COCOS' arrival b/s. [Absent from Kim Dwyer's collection. David Flaat's cover - not taxed - sold for $1035]
1950 Leigh-Parkin airmail cover to GB with very fine 'Cocos-Keeling/("13 1 50")/Is' cachet in black at lower-left & Australian 1/6d Hermes tied by Perth Australia Day slogan of 18JAN/1950. Per the RMS 'Strathaird'. [On 13.1.1950, two Cocos boats went to meet the liner but were wrecked in heavy seas. The mail & the crews - including John Clunies-Ross - were rescued by the 'Strathaird', which continued on to Perth. The crews arrived back on Cocos per the 'Wave Monarch' on 31.1.1950: see Lot 2431]
1950 Leigh-Parkin double-rate airmail cover to GB endorsed "Per RMS Orion" & with very fine boxed 'TIN CAN MAIL/COCOS KEELING IS' cachet in violet, Australian 1/- Lyrebird & 2/- Aboriginal Art tied by Perth United Nations Day slogan cancel of 5OCT/1950. [This was the first mail for which the boxed cachet was used]
1951 airmail cover from GB with KGVI 4d x3, to "ER Leigh-Parkin/Cocos Islands/PO Box 146/Singapore", superb 'ORION/Barrel' & boxed 'COCOS' cachets in violet, the latter with '5JAN51' h/s added. Superb: one of the finest items from the Leigh-Parkin Correspondence. [These are probably the two rarest markings of Cocos. Absent from Kim Dwyer's collection, & David Flaat's cover was unattractive]
1951 Leigh-Parkin surface cover to South Africa with very fine 'Per WAVE BARON' h/s & boxed 'TIN CAN MAIL/COCOS KEELING IS' cachet both in violet, Ceylon 15c Orchid tied by Colombo 'BUY/CEYLON/TEA' slogan of 22JAN/1951. This was the only Tin Can mail per the Fleet Oiler RFA 'Wave Baron'. Kim Dwyer's and David Flaat's similar airmail covers to GB sold for $2185 & $1150 respectively]
1951 Leigh-Parkin airmail cover to GB with very fine 'Per RMS ORION/("12 8 51")' circular cachet & superb boxed 'TIN CAN MAIL/COCOS-KEELING IS' cachet both in violet, Australian 1/6d Federation tied by Perth slogan cancel, very minor water stains. [The barrel was a flour tin with the lid soldered-on. On this occasion, the soldering was sub-standard & some water entered the barrel]
1951 Leigh-Parkin double-rate surface cover to Sydney with Orient Line cachet at upper-left plus superb 'Per RMS ORION/("12 8 51")' circular cachet & boxed 'TIN CAN MAIL/COCOS-KEELING IS' cachet both in violet, Australian KGVI 3d blue pair unusually cancelled at Adelaide, minor water-staining mostly on the reverse.
1951 airmail cover endorsed on the flap "R MacLean/The Cocos-Keeling Islands/Colony of Singapore", to North Borneo with Orient Line cachet for SS 'Orontes' plus very fine boxed 'TIN CAN MAIL/COCOS-KEELING IS' cachet in violet, Australian 3d Parkes & 6d Kookaburra tied by Perth slogan of 28SEP/1951. An extraordinary non Leigh-Parkin origin-destination cover. [R MacLean was the Island administrator. The airmail rate to British Borneo was 9d per ½oz]
After World War II, overpopulation on the islands became a serious issue. More than 1600 Cocos Malays were re-settled, many of them in North Borneo.
1951 airmail cover endorsed on the flap "WH Jowett/DCA/Cocos Island' to Tasmania with undated 'Per RMS ORION' cachet & fine boxed 'TIN CAN MAIL/COCOS-KEELING IS' cachet both in violet, Australian 1d Princess & 5½d Emu tied by Perth Federation slogan of 23NOV/1951 paying 3½d domestic letter rate plus 3d per ½oz airmail, 'HOBART' arrival cds, minor blemishes. Ex Kim Dwyer: acquired for $368. [From the last regular Tin Can Mail from Cocos]
1953 non Leigh-Parkin airmail cover to Norfolk, GB with boxed 'TIN CAN MAIL/COCOS-KEELING' cachet unusually in black front & back, Ceylon 75c tied by Colombo cds of 7JA53. An enigma: the vessel is unidentified. Orient Line steamers en route to Ceylon passed Cocos at night & no other recorded shipping movements fit this date.
1953 non Leigh-Parkin airmail cover to Norfolk, GB with boxed 'TIN CAN MAIL/COCOS-KEELING' cachet in violet on face & reverse, Australian 2/- Aboriginal Art tied by Perth slogan cancel of 8MAY/1953.
1953 Orient Line cover to Sussex with GB Coronation 2½d tied by very fine strike of the Malay 'COCOS/5OCT53/ISLAND' cds, minor blemishes. At the request of Cable & Wireless to P&O, this was the last barrel mail. [The letter on RMS 'Otranto' stationery from the addressee's wife is headed "At Sea/Indian Ocean/1.10.53" & states "...we are going to pass close to the Cocos Islands...& it is proposed to drop overboard a barrel containing mail...this will be the last occasion...the Tin Can Mail will be performed..."]
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