Prestige Philately Auction 233 CatalogueLETTER CARDS - Stampless OAS Gratuitous Distribution Letter Cards
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Displaying 6 Lots in Category - LETTER CARDS - Stampless OAS Gratuitous Distribution Letter Cards
'2nd AIF EMBARKING' (Massed Troops with 'WE'RE HERE' Flag): Plate A in black on stampless Gratuitous Distribution OAS Letter Card used from "France" to Tasmania with British FPO 3W cds & hexagonal censor h/s, Launceston censor h/s & superb 'LATROBE/TASMANIA' arrival cds, forwarded to Sydney, reinforced along the central fold, minor blemishes. Not listed in the ACSC because We consider this distinction to lack substance]
The message - references to location obliterated - states "...It will be nice to be in a civilised land again. None of us were sorry to leave the sand & smells of Egypt..." He was to learn there was nothing civilised about the Western Front.
'2nd AIF EMBARKING' (Massed Troops with 'WE'RE HERE' Flag): Plate A in purple-brown on stampless Gratuitous Distribution OAS Letter Card addressed to South Australia but with no postal markings & reinforced along a central vertical fold. The only recorded example in purple-brown. [The full message headed "July 18th 1916/Egypt" states "...a nice mail of twenty letters came to hand last night...the letters were dated from June 4th to June 14th..."]
POEM ON THE REVERSE: On thin unsurfaced pale buff stock with 'CAPE TOWN/22SEP16/KAAPSTAD' cds & manuscript "Passed Censor/M Barnett" (?), very minor blemishes.
POEM ON THE REVERSE: On thick unsurfaced off-white stock to Tasmania with 'PASSED BY CENSOR' h/s in violet & message headed "At Sea", remarkably for such issues with the margins intact.
POEM ON THE REVERSE: On thick semi-surfaced dark grey stock to Victoria with '4TH LH BDE/10SE18/FIELD PO' cds, British censor h/s in violet, minor defects.
POEM ON THE REVERSE: On thick unsurfaced pale grey stock, post-Armistice usage most unusually with GB 1½d tied by 'SUTTON VENY CAMP/31AU/19/WILTS' cds. [The writer states "...I am sailing about the 5 Sept on the Plessey...we are going through the Suez Canal where the Euripides is sailing around the Cape..."]