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Due to unforeseen circumstances the next part of Commercial Philately in Australia has to be held over to the next issue. We are repeating a useful article written by Rod Perry from May 2018. With two great Australian Colonial/Commonwealth collections scheduled for next couple of months, Chartwell (Spink) and Besançon Part II (Corinphila), I've provided a "warm-up", which was first featured in Australasian Stamp News, January 2011. “Kevin Nelson” Australian covers auction The eagerly awaited auction of The Kevin Nelson Collection, entitled Commonwealth of Australia Postal History 1901-1941, conducted by Prestige Philately, 27 November 2010, was an event I was not about to miss. And disappoint the sale did not. This was the most important collection of Australia to be offered at auction since the Arthur Gray Kangaroos in February, 2007. The Nelson Postal History was not important so much in aggregate value; Kevin’s traditional collection of Kangaroo’s in 2003 realized several times the aggregate of the Postal History. Rather, its importance lies in it being the first international Gold Medal collection of its kind, a pioneering effort. The collection started life more broadly as a Kangaroos on Cover collection; Kevin had retained that section from his traditional collection. The collection gradually, courageously evolved to embrace Commonwealth Postal History for the whole of the period from Federation until the attack on Pearl Harbour, the event which redefined postal services, amongst almost everything else. In his catalogue introduction, Gary Watson of Prestige Philately states “One thing that should amaze you is the estimates: compared to what stamp items of equal importance would command, they are cheap!!” Hear, hear, Gary. Let’s then review some of the results. I’ve attempted to present a balance between the more unexpectedly high realisations, and those I regard as exceptional value for money, Buyer’s premium excluded. My thanks to Prestige Philately, in particular Leo Djuhari, for providing the high quality resolu6 - Stamp News

tion scans. Figure 1. Striking cover which did not grace most of the great Victoria collections Lot 1008 (Figure 1) is the only unsold lot in this review. A unique, particularly attractive Boyd’s Express cover, it was for many years in a Melbourne collection of Australian Locals (Boyd’s produced a novel Local Stamp c1890s), and I bought it at the auction of the philatelic estate in the 1970s. The cover was subsequently featured in an article in The Philatelist, June 1978. I collected Victoria at the time, but was then more interested in earlier material, and sold the cover to Bill Hornadge, founder of Stamp News. The cover realized $440 at the Hornadge sale in 2005, which may have been less than Bill paid me more than 25 years earlier. At the Nelson sale it was passed in at reserve of $380 on a $500 estimate. Frankly, I would not have been surprised if it had sold for $1000+. Puzzling. Figure 2. Attractive, scarce/rare elements, nice

package for the price Lot 1015 (Figure 2) was a compelling solo Official use of 4d Kangaroo. The convergence of a rare stamp (i.e. punctured “T” for Tasmania Govt.), scarce type Hobart registration label, scarce Official registration envelope, and neat cancellation, I would have expected would fetch more than $625 (estimate of $800 was closer to my mark). After all, the same stamp punctured “OS” on cover, of which availability is somewhat greater, has realized up to $500 and more.

Figure 3. Beauty In the Eye of the Beholder Dept. Lot 1021 (Figure 3) was not for the “Buy Only Perfect Quality” School of Philately, yet “perfect’, as an example of its kind, it indeed is. Only two of this “Opened by/Burglars/P.O. Ballarat” handstamp are recorded (this has another strike on reverse, I’m not aware if the other has). The Ballarat West (Vic) P.O. was broken into in April 1920, and an estimated 500/700 postal articles were torn open, in a search for negotiable instruments. What could be salvaged was pieced together by P.O. staff, and a hastily produced handstamp was produced to explain the trauma. Curiously, this example has been repaired utilizing selvedge of KGV Rough paper 1d red! (selvedge salvage?) Although other covers involved in mail robberies are recorded, this appears to be the only instance of a handstruck marking having been employed. Estimated at $2000, it realized $5000. Expensive? Well, more than I would have preferred, but now proudly reposing in one of my collections (“NQR: Misadven-

tures in the Australian Postal System”). Postal History par excellence. [In a remarkable coincidence, on 6 December 2010, the day I submitted this copy, a Melbourne newspaper carried the heading “Armed robbers strike in Ballarat”. Some things never change.]

Figure 4. One of the more attractive State/Kangaroo combination covers Lot 1066 (Figure 4) was ex Arthur Gray, where it realized US$425 (then about AU$525). In my April 2007 column, I commented on this item: “There are at least three factors making it desirable. Firstly, combination State and Kangaroo frankings are sought-after by those in the know, representing as they do a combination use of the stamps of two philatelically separate ‘countries’. Next, 24 Jan 1913, the day the article was serviced at Stock Exchange P.O. (Melbourne), is the earliest recorded commercial use on cover of a 6d Kangaroo; the ‘Philatelic’ cover for the 6d . . . is a day earlier. Finally, the 2½d Victoria was added subsequently to meet the Late fee required for posting a letter to a foreign destination after the advertised closing time for that day’s mail. The use of a Victoria stamp was necessarily reverted to as a 2½d denomination in the Kangaroo series would not be issued until a few days later, in January 1913.” I featured this cover in 2007 as a “bargain”. In Nelson it realized $1700, which suggests I wasn’t wrong. Actually, it still is not expensive. Were it not for the truncation of cover at left, I would happily pay $5000. Figure 5. Large covers not the problem, rather it’s small minds Stamp News - 7

franking of punctured “OS” 3d Airmail (+ KGV 2d), the Type B issue, paying domestic airmail surcharge on WA Official cover. A very nice example of usage of this 3d, of which only a small number are recorded; a snip at $300.

Lot 1080 (Figure 5) is a stunning item, in the Philately as Art league. A quadcolour franking, including rare use of 1st wmk. 1/- (a “dry ink” printing) and 2nd wmk. 2/-, the latter being one of only two recorded postal articles bearing that issue. Of course, one can hardly be choosey where such great rarity is involved, but it is a pity that a philatelic moron has in years past noticeably reduced the length of the cover at both sides. Doubtless, this “fashioning” was effected to make the item “fit” a standard album page. Why couldn’t the ends have been folded back to achieve the same result? At least my trusty book press could overcome that compromise. Or, better still, why couldn’t a double page have been utilized to exhibit the item in its full splendour? Where larger than “standard” size items are involved, smaller than standard size brains can rain on your parade. The item realized $9000 (estimate was $5000), which is justified for such an important franking, despite my gripe.

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Figure 7. Fabulous usage item, price trending upwards Lot 1128 (Figure 7) is a favourite of mine. I owned it in 1994, when it was acquired at auction for $440. At Nelson, it realized $3000 (estimate $2000), which is respectable. However, this is the record franking of the 6d optd. “OS”, a very scarce stamp on cover, in any shape or form, and I’ll wager that the next time this appears at auction, the realisation will continue to show an upward trend.

Figure 8. Nice franking, fortunately not compromised by scissor-wielding philatelic terrorist Lot 1137 (Figure 8) was an attractive example of the quintuple “Clipper” rate (5/10d per ½oz. x5) to U.K. via N.Z. and U.S., the franking including a £1 Robes. Fortunately, this larger than standard item has not been reduced in dimensions (as in Figure 5). Just a few years ago, this would have been

expected to realize a sub-$1000 sum. It achieved $2200 (estimate $1500). There are very few nice £1 Robes covers to satisfy the growing demand. Lot 1143 (not illustrated here) included franking of an attractive strip of four of the £1. It made $6250 (estimate $5000), bought by a Trader, for his collection! Now there’s confidence in the cover market for you.

Figure 9. 10/- Kangaroo, readily available mint, not so on cover Lots 1141 (Figure 9), and 1142 (not illustrated here) were 1940 Clipper rate covers, from the same correspondence to U.K., bearing a 10/- Kangaroo, etc. These are rare late commercial usages of this stamp, which had been replaced by the 10/- Robes on 1 April 1938. The Company which sent the items apparently maintained an in-house stock of postage. That practice is not so unusual, although one seldom sees such high denomination stamps “in stock”. The lots sold for $1400 and $1150, respectively (estimates $1250 and $1500). Not a lot for nice 10/- Kangaroo covers, given 10/- Robes covers have sold for up to $500, and they are considerably more readily available. Figure 10. One of the two recorded £2 Kangaroo covers The Arthur Gray £2 Kangaroo cover, which is one of two recorded bearing this stamp (the other being Lot 1144 - Figure 10), sold in 2007 for US$13500 (remember, Buyer’s premium is excluded from realisations in this article); then about AU$17000. At that time I stated, in the April 2007 column: “A good result, to be sure, but an item such as this has a very bright future, and the buyer may rest assured that

time will vindicate his courage in securing this great showpiece.” That buyer has since on sold the Gray cover for a reputed $35000. For those with way too much time on their hands, there is a history of the Gray cover provided in my Stamp News column of June 2004 (in which I quote Arthur Gray as saying his cover should be worth $30000! [who would have reckoned on Arthur being a cover visionary?]). Go to www.rap. and look for “Rod’s columns” in menu at top, scroll down to find the article, entitled “Will covers outperform during the next 50 years?” The Nelson cover, by most counts, is not quite the equal of the Gray cover (the £2 in the former has a rounded corner, for example), yet it realized $21000 (estimate $15000). Why are such items powering along? Simple: used £2 Kangaroos off cover (CofA wmk. as are those on the two covers) are 1000s of times more available than one on cover. Collectors who want to exhibit something very special are unlikely to find it amongst the 1000s of soulless used off cover. Exhibiting is all about one upsmanship, and savvy exhibitors are prepared to pay for the privilege of having best-of-kind material.

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a short-lived 7/1d per ½oz. wartime air mail rate to South America via trans-Pacific route, and a fine example of its kind it is; I’ve seen two immediate postwar covers via this route, when the rate had reduced to 5/1d per ½oz. It realized $1200 (estimate $1000), which is encouraging. Airmail rates and routes is a highly worthy field for specialization; rarities for a song abound.

paid the concessional 9d airmail postcard rate to U.K., and is a rare Canberra Duke of Gloucester Visit card, to boot. $440 against what I regarded as a conservative estimate of $500 is value, indeed. The 1927-40 Commems on commercial articles really are underappreciated by the market at present. The higher denominations are seldom seen on attractive items, such as this subject. Imprint blocks are everywhere, in comparison.

Figure 12. Hard to find would be a more attractive ½d Kangaroo solo Lot 1179 (Figure 12) was an attractive 1913 advertising card for Robur Tea, bearing appropriate ½d Kangaroo franking for Printed matter, which sold at estimate of $400. Not expensive, wouldn’t you agree?

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Figure 14. 1930s fashion: will it ever return? Bondi Beach fans pray never. Lot 1205 (Figure 14) is a rather striking item, if not particularly rare. I was surprised at the estimate of $500, and even more so by a sale price of $440. I couldn’t get the one I had on my website, priced at $75, pulled quickly enough. And mine didn’t have a damaged stamp! Figure 15. Philately as Art, with few peers Lot 1246 (Figure 15) I’ve had in my sights, ever since Richard Juzwin brought it back from the U.K.,

not many years ago. Richard, then, was virtually obligated to first offer the item to Kevin Nelson. When I learnt Kevin was selling, I thought to myself: patience is a virtue. The lot opened at its estimate of $6000, and I had no reason to expect it wouldn’t fall to me shortly thereafter. Sadly, I hadn’t envisaged that one of the great traditional Kangaroo collectors was turning his attention to commercial usage. The lot went for $17000, me the underbidder. I take some degree of solace in knowing that I wasn’t going to get the item, no matter how high I went. Passionate collectors are poetry in motion. For years, some readers may recall, I’ve recommended that a collector or two ought to take up the Kangaroo usage challenge. I should not, therefore, be surprised that my good intentions have come back to bite me! My State/Kangaroo combination usage collection is, may I immodestly suggest, a best-of-kind collection, which I suppose it ought to be after 25 years of aggressive buying. My motto for that collection, and most collections I attempt, takes a leaf out of the line in a Queen tune: I want it all, I want it all, and I want it now. Those words are barely

audible as I pen these words. Why is this item Philately as Art? Interestingly, it is also Kevin Nelson’s pick as “the best item in the collection”. The convergence of the rarity on any postal article of the 1st wmk. 2/- (two usages are recorded), in combination with the Tasmania 10d “Tablet” (a commercial usage item may exist, although I can’t recall seeing one), tied by a superb strike of a rare cancellation, the whole upon a document which is a rare survivor in its own right, the sum of which is irresistible to a philatelic connoisseur, and this philatelic critic. It is also bears the highest denomination State/Kangaroo stamp I’ve recorded (the 2/-). There is not a mint £2 Kangaroo in existence which I would rather own than this subject. Unless there is a mint one with the centre inverted. My hearty congratulations to the purchaser. You, Sir, have a contender for the Mona Lisa of all Australian Commonwealth Postal History. Incidentally, that same lucky purchaser reminded me at the auction that we first met in my original Melbourne office, just on forty years ago. Figure 16. A courageous purchase in the 1990s vindicated

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Lot 1248 (Figure 16) was offered to a friend by the Juzwin’s in the 1990s, for $1400. I was asked “What do you think?”, and I think I said “Don’t let it go”, or words to that effect. Circumstances caused my friend to have to part company with the item, and Kevin Nelson was the subsequent owner, at a very fair return. Both Gentlemen have been vindicated for their faith in this item; it realized $11500 (estimate $5000). This is the only entire postal article bearing the £2 Small Multiple wmk. According to ACSC £2 “imprint pairs can be rated as no more than very scarce, with perhaps as many as 30 surviving”. The imprint pairs, nevertheless, catalogue $15000 (2004), which suggests to me the subject item has considerable blue sky potential, still. I certainly know which of these two types of items I would prefer to own. Figure 17. Another from that lengthy inventory of items I should have retained Lot 1249 (Figure 17) was owned by me and sold in

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a 1990 auction for, duh, $340. In the Nelson sale it fetched $7250 (estimate $6000). I’m a slow learner. I heartily confer with Gary’s comment in the catalogue intro: “Collecting covers is for the more adventurous souls, for those who relish a challenge, and those for whom the appreciation of a postal artefact goes far beyond the stamps affixed to it.” Despite the success of the Kevin Nelson sale, I have a feeling that in not too many years to come, some of us will look back upon the offering as one which contained many an opportunity lost. Rod Perry has been a philatelic trader since 1962 and a Stamp News advertiser since the 1960s . He founded Rodney A Perry Auction Galleries (now Millennium Philatelic Auctions) in 1971. As a collector he has exhibited nationally and internationally. Rod prefers his usedstamps on cover and likens taking a stamp off its original cover toconverting a tree to woodchips. Past editions of this column may be accessed on Rod’s ‘’

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Rare Tasmania cds “COMSTOCK” - COMPLETE strike just $A500:

Tasmania cds town cancels on Pictorial Stamps have a mega cult following. Always have had. Single cancels fetch up to $3,620 - lots of them are into 4 figures each - witness here - To get top dollar the strikes must be COMPLETE. And we have that right here - a 100% full strike on piece. Half a cancel is not good, even if it has town name - the DATE is essential to be present. Here we have “COMSTOCK - FE 21 - 02 - TASMANIA” Comstock was a tiny speck of a Mining office on the map, near Western Coast Zeehan, that mined Silver and Lead. The PO was opened 23 September 1901, and closed March 1903, so clearly few strikes were made, much less survived. High rated “RRRR” scarcity rating. Top end Tassie cds on Pictorials are absolutely Blue Chip. Bought well, so not $3,620, or even $2,000 - but just $A500! (Stock 495KQ)

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Stamps in the News - Globally! Gangsta’s paradise in India? Reported @

The postmaster general of Kanpur has suspended an official, a day after the Kanpur postal department released Rs 5 stamps with the images of gangsters Chhota Rajan and Munna Bajrangi. He attributed the mistake to a clerical error. He told reporters that an internal investigation was going on to find out how the mistake occurred and why a clerk failed to identify the gangsters. The department has suspended the officer in charge of the philately section of the main post office for negligence. Apparently, 12 stamps each with the My Stamp sheetlets – Rajan left, Bajrangi right photos of the gangsters were released under the “My Stamp” scheme. Under this scheme, launched in 2017, anyone can pay Rs 300 to get stamps printed with their phoStamps the victim of military tos or those of their family members after providing proper identification. standoff This time, someone provided the photos of the Reported @ gangsters and the stamps got printed as no one noticed the faux pas. China has cancelled plans to jointly launch comThe postal department said it was trying to ensure memorative stamps with India, an apparent reflection that such an incident is not repeated. Clerks have of strained relations over a military standoff at the been instructed to assess documents more carefully, Asian neighbours’ border. and not create stamps if the person whose photo is China’s State Post Bureau had planned with India submitted is not physically present. to jointly launch a stamp in April commemorating While Rajan is currently in jail in Mumbai, Ba2020 as the 70th year of bilateral relations and a jrangi was murdered in Baghpat jail in 2018. special stamp showing the Mogao Caves, in China’s Gansu province where the Buddhist grottoes reflect the two countries’ cultural links. The Post Bureau announced on its website that these plans had been cancelled. It did not elaborate. However, a Chinese embassy spokesperson in New Delhi, tweeted, “Regarding cancellation of joint issue of commemorative stamp to mark 70th anni of dipl ties btw #China & #In14 - Stamp News

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dia, the reason is Indian side had not given feedback before launch time agreed by both sides. China State Post Bureau made the notice according to customary practices.” India says Chinese claim on cancellation of event to jointly release stamp ‘factually incorrect’ India said the joint release of commemorative stamps was one of the activities agreed with the Chinese side last year but there had been no discussion on any launch date with any Chinese authorities for this activity. This controversy comes just days after the Chinese envoy in India participated in the opening ceremony of “Beautiful China, Beautiful India” online Photo Exhibition in New Delhi, which the embassy said is part of celebrations for the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and India. Things between China and India have been tense since June, when at least 20 Indian soldiers were killed in the western Himalayas after being attacked by Chinese troops using rocks and clubs.

The running of the bulls in 2021

Postal administrations across the world have started issuing Lunar New Year stamps for 2021. The Year of the Ox runs from 12 February 2021 to 31st January 2022. The Ox is the second in the 12-year cycle of the Chinese zodiac and if you’re born under this sign you’re believed to be intelligent, dependable, honest and hardworking. Issuing countries include Aland, Armenia, Canada, China, Christmas Island, Great Britain, Guernsey, Isle of Man, Japan, Jersey, Kyrgyzstan, Liechtenstein, New Zealand, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, USA, Vietnam.

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Stamps in the News - Globally! Pyongyang portal promo

Reported @ With only a couple of days left before the end of 2020, North Korea has launched its latest website on the global Internet The Korea Stamp site is operated by the country’s national stamp issuer to sell North Korean stamps to collectors worldwide. The site includes a catalogue of several thousand stamps dating back to just after the end of the Second World War in 1946. Newer stamps are apparently for sale, each costing between a few U.S. cents and a few U.S. dollars. The site lists email addresses for the head office in Pyongyang and branch offices in Beijing, Dandong and Moscow. Details on the country’s stamps were previously available as a sub section of the North Korean Naenara website. Users have reported problems with the shopping cart function.

Tall timbers in Malaysia

Reported @ Pos Malaysia has unveiled its newest stamp collection entitled ‘The World’s Tallest Tropical Tree’.

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The world’s tallest tropical tree which measures 100.8 meters tall and weighs an estimated 81,500 kilograms is a Yellow Meranti or Shorea faguetiana. The tree can be found in the forest of Danum Valley, Sabah. The miniature sheet stamp is designed in a special size, the largest stamp ever produced by Pos Malaysia measuring 180mm x 35mm. It has a special embossed effect on the trunk all the way up to the canopy and costs RM8.50 The Shorea faguetiana tree produces winged fruits that spin like a helicopter when falling to the ground, featured on 90 sen stamps. This tree is testament to preservation efforts in Danum Valley, a conservation area where logging is prohibited. It is hoped that the stamp will serve as an educational tool for young stamp collectors nationwide on Malaysia’s natural forest reserve and the importance of preservation.

Sweet scents in France Reported @

A postage stamp with the silhouette of a Chanel No.5 fragrance bottle and a heart will be released in France to help celebrate Valentine’s Day in 2021. Each year of the past two decades, France’s post-

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Margo Campbell al system La Poste has produced limited-edition stamps linked to a French luxury house to commemorate the day of love. For Chanel, 2021 is particularly important as it is Chanel No.5’s centenary year. In 1921, Gabrielle Chanel launched the iconic fragrance named after her lucky number. The scent, created by perfumer Earnest Beaux, was revolutionary, including containing aldehyde notes and coming in a streamlined lab-like bottle. Two versions of the stamps will be available: 1.2 million of the 2.16 euro edition in red, black and pink, and 2.52 million of the 1.08 euro version in orange, black and red.

Israel gives peace a stamp

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World’s tallest tropical tree stamp from Malaysia

In recent months, Israel has embarked on a historic round of diplomacy, opening new ties with Morocco in North Africa, once home to a large Jewish community, and the Buddhist nation of Bhutan in the Himalayas. In case you had any doubt as to the propriety of these moves, the Israeli Post Office wants to reassure you that there is proper biblical precedent for peace making. That seems to be the subtext to a new series of three stamps (and a related souvenir sheet), on the theme of “Meetings of Peace.” The stamps feature the pact made by Abraham and Abimelech, King of Gerar, at Beersheba, as recounted in Genesis; the envoys of King Hiram of Tyre, who built a palace for King David ; and the envoys of King Berodach-baladan of Babylonia, who were welcomed to Jerusalem by King Hezekiah. The souvenir sheet features the better known meeting of King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba.

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Stamps in the News - Globally! Com, has announced that the US-based company’s Swiss affiliate needs to register as a postal service provider by the end of January. That could have an impact on work hours, salaries and other “usual work conditions in the sector,” PostCom said. PostCom have found that at least part of Uber Eats’ business falls under postal legislation. Food packages meet the criteria for postal service, and “the nature of the contents isn’t relevant when it comes to the properties of a package.” Previously, Uber Switzerland challenged the obligation, arguing that it was not in contractual relationship with restaurants for which the deliveries were made.

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The post office isn’t normally the place one would look to find high stakes intrigue. Maybe that’s why Taisuke Kawasaki allegedly thought it would be a perfect place to commit a stamp fraud to the tune of 130 million yen (US$1.2 million). Kawasaki was a manager at a Japan Post branch in the Osaka Prefecture. There he could easily see that where companies sent a large amount of mail at once, rather than attaching a stamp to each piece, the stamps are simply purchased and then disposed of. In 2017 Kawasaki got the idea to simply keep the stamps for himself rather than tossing them. He would then sell them to what are called “ticket shops,” that specialize in the resale of items such as transportation tickets, gift certificates, and postage goods. He allegedly did this until June of 2018, accumu18 - Stamp News

lating about 120 million ($1.1M). It would seem the thrill of reselling stamps blinded Kawasaki to the scale of his crime, which led to it being detected in an audit of his branch by the National Tax Agency. In the ensuing police investigation, Kawasaki is said to have admitted to the embezzlement. He was terminated from his job and criminal charges have been filed. The Japan Post branch also issued a statement apologizing and promising that it will take measures to prevent such a crime from occurring again. Readers of the news responded with incredulity at the laxity of procedures that had made the fraud possible.

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Six former Subpostmasters have made history by having their convictions quashed at Southwark Crown Court. The six were all prosecuted by the Post Office between 2004 and 2012 for crimes ranging from false accounting to theft, fraud and false representation. In December a judge quashed their convictions after the Post Office indicated at the beginning of November it would not oppose them. Their cases had been referred to the crown court by the Criminal Cases Review Commission as part

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The six exonerated subpostmasters and families of a wider group of 47 Subpostmasters. The CCRC determined their prosecution was an abuse of process as it relied on inaccurate data from the Post Office’s unreliable Horizon IT system. Speaking outside court shortly after her conviction for fraud had been overturned, Jaswinder Barang said: “It’s the worst thing, to be found guilty for something that you haven’t done. I am a law-abiding citizen and that’s the way I want to spend the rest of my life.” It is the biggest group of referrals ever made, in a scandal described as the biggest miscarriage of justice in modern history. Over 20 years, subpostmasters were prosecuted for theft and false accounting. The subpostmasters claimed that unexplained accounting shortfalls were caused by faults in the Post Office’s retail and ac-

counting computer system used in branches. The Post Office always denied that Horizon was to blame for unexplained shortfalls, but in December 2019, a multimillion-pound group litigation ended with the Post Office conceding that it was wrong, apologising and paying £57.5m in damages. The scandal ruined the lives of many subpostmasters and their families. Some served prison sentences, were bankrupted, received criminal records and heavy fines. They were humiliated, with some suffering physical and mental illness as a result. There is at least one suicide linked to the scandal.

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Kay White in 1941 much, retirement has never “felt right”. Mick Gibson has been covering his 14-mile Derbyshire for more than 30 years. “The views I have every day are stunning,” he said. “Many of my customers are more like friends. I keep telling people it’s my last Christmas at work but it’s never felt right to finish.” Royal Mail confirmed Mr Gibson is the oldest postman working on deliveries in the UK. Meanwhile, in Shropshire, Britain’s oldest postmistress, who has managed the same Post Office branch for 60 years, has retired at the age of 93.

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Kay White began working at Claverley Post Office, near Bridgnorth, Shropshire, during the Second World War in 1941 when she was just 14. She became postmistress in 1960 aged 33 when the post office building was bequeathed to her. Ms White said: ‘I am the oldest postmistress or master in the country. I have never wanted to do anything else. I was born here and lived here all my life.’ Ms White added: ‘We had to close for 10 weeks in lockdown. It is a shame this pandemic stopped me from working on my 60th anniversary and doing what I thoroughly enjoy doing. ‘ Ms White gazumps the previously acknowledged record for the world’s oldest postmistress, held by Jean Lawson at the Wiseleigh Post Office in Victoria, Australia. Ms Lawson retired from her role at the age of 92. She lived to 109 and was at the time, Victoria’s second oldest resident.



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Postal Stationery Welcome to the postal stationery column for February 2021. This month’s column includes new issues from Australia Post, postal stationery at AusVipex 2020 and looks at some aspects of Tongan Postal stationery. Postal Stationery at AusVipex 2020 AusVipex 2020 was Australia’s first virtual National One-Frame Exhibition. Before the COVD-19 Pandemic, Australia’s National One-Frame exhibition for 2020 was planned for Hobart. To replace that Exhibition, the Australian Philatelic Federation (APF) decided to hold a virtual one-frame exhibition. Four postal stationery exhibits were entered into the exhibition, one of which Michael Blinman’s NSW Embossed Stationery 1838-50 won the Best in Show Award and a Large Gold Medal. The embossed postal stationery issued by New South Wales were Australia’s (and the world’s) first postal stationery predating by two years the issue of the Mulready envelopes by the United Kingdom in 1840. As Michael says in his exhibit, the lettersheets (Figure 1) were issued on 1 November 1838, on the initiative of Postmaster-General James Raymond with an albino embossing which were valid for posting in the Sydney Local area. Lettersheets were embossed with a colourless circular seal 29mm in diameter, with the wording “General Post Office Sydney New South Wales” around the rim, anachronistically showing the arms of William IV rather than the arms of Queen Victoria. They were sold for 1/3 per dozen (later reduced to 1/ - per dozen or 8/per 100), and remained in use until the 1 May 1851. The public could also submit their own lettersheets, and envelopes for embossing at a charge of 1/8 per 25 impressions. The other exhibits were Tasmania Unframed Queen Victoria Postcards (Allen Shatten) Large Vermeil; The Small 18 Cent Australian Embossed Pre-stamped Envelope: A Preliminary Study (Peter Tozer) Vermeil; and The Early Postal Cards – Bohemia (John Tinney) Large Silver. Postal Stationery in the Australia Post 2020 Impressions Catalogue Two postal stationery items were included in the Australia Post 2020 Impressions Catalogue. The first

Figure 1 New South Wales Embossed Stationery Figure 2 75th Anniversary of the End of WWII Stamped Envelope Figure 3 50th Anniversary Of The Transcontinental Railway Prepaid Postcard 22 - Stamp News

Ian McMahon for $99. The second was a miniature version of the 50th anniversary of the transcontinental standard gauge railway prepaid postcard (Figures 3-4) sold as part of a collection for $69.95. At 6.5 x 9 cm this postcard seems impractical for use through the post being smaller than Australia Post’s minimum recommended size for letters of 8.8 x 13.8 cm. Redesigned Express Post Envelopes The Express Post envelopes have been redesigned (Figure 5) to be more in keeping with the design of the current prepaid express post satchels and began appearing in Post Offices in September 2020. The medium and large envelopes have been reported to date. PSSA On-Line Meeting – Postal Stationery of Queensland The Postal Stationery Society of Australia (PSSA) held on-line meetings on Queensland Postal Stationery with Bernard Beston (Figure 6) on 22 October and 25 November 2020 with part 1 covering the postcards and registered envelopes, and part 2 the lettercards and wrappers. The final part will take place in February 2021 and will cover the STO envelopes. Details will be placed on the PSSA website.

Figure 4 Reverse of 50th Anniversary Of The Transcontinental Railway Prepaid Postcard Figure 5 Prepaid Express Post Envelope 2020 Figure 6 PSSA Meeting Postal Stationery of Queensland was an overprinted version of the Victory in the Pacific stamped envelope to mark the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II (Figure 2). This envelope sold as part of the 75th Anniversary of the End of WWII Collection

Catalog of Postal Stationery Airgraphs by Wayne Menuz This catalogue (Figure 7), published by the United Postal Stationery Society (USA), is about postal stationery airgraphs; that is airgraph forms which have am impressed postage stamp (Figure 8). This 80-page, full-color book covers the issues of the eight countries that issued these WW II forms prepaid, rather than as formulars (which were the vast majority). It also includes a detailed history of the development of the Airgraph idea and an in-depth and copiously illustrated description of the production processes. The book gives insight into the magnitude and scale of this innovative solution to the problem the United Kingdom, its Dominions and colonies faced to provide rapid communications between the large number of its far-flung troops and their families at home. The British operational system was complex and constantly evolving, and these are explained in detail. The catalogue portion includes many items never previously listed, and untangles the erroneous listing attempts of others. An up-to-date and accurate assessment of the catalogue values of Airgraph forms (the mint paper forms) and Airgraphs (the developed photographic prints sent to the addressees) is included. All items are illustrated, and in colour. Available for USD$34.00, postpaid to Australia and can be ordered Stamp News - 23

Postal Stationery from UPSS Publications at Tongan Postcards And Lettercards This article examines De La Rue correspondence relating to the printing of early issues of Tongan Postal Stationery. On 21 August 1891, W Campbell, the Postmaster General of Tonga, wrote to De La Rue requesting that the Company supply samples of postcards and envelopes. De La Rue replied on 14 December giving a detailed quote for the cost of supplying the postcards and envelopes and enclosing samples of each. The quote covered the costs of providing inland postcards on both thin and stout paper, international postcards and internal and foreign rate envelopes. It also covered the cost of printing the stamps in either one or two colours. De La Rue’s quote ranged from 32/6 for printing 1,000 postcards on thin stock with a one colour stamp to 62/- for 1,000 postcards

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Ian McMahon on thin stock with a two colour stamp. Similar cards on thick stock were 35/- and 64/6 shillings for 1,000 cards with one and two colour stamps respectively, international cards were 36/6 and 65/- and the envelopes were 32/- and 56/-. The cost per 1,000 was substantially reduced for larger quantities. De La Rue supplied samples (Figure 9) of the envelopes (in sizes 8 ¼ and 13) and the postcards (Figure 10) on thin and thick paper and a card for international use. The stamps used on the samples were the 2d stamp of the 1897 adhesive stamp series on the envelopes and the 1d adhesive stamp depicting the breadfruit tree of the same series on the postcards. A sample of an international envelope was included with a 2d stamp instead of the 2½d stamp required for international mail, ‘for illustrative purposes only’. Postcard specimens were supplied with the wording ‘TOGA POST CARD’ and ‘THE ADDRESS ONLY TO BE WRITTEN ON THIS SIDE’ but De La Rue was happy to be advised of the Tongan Government’s requirements. These postcards and envelopes were never issued although no mention is made in the records as to the reason for this. On 21 July 1905, the Western Pacific High Commissioner requested a supply of stamped pictorial postcards from De La Rue for the Government of Tonga. De La Rue replied on 1 August 1905 saying that they could provide the requested 50 000 pictorial postcards at a cost of 47/6 per thousand with delivery in three months. The cards provided (Figure 11) were imprinted with the 1d black and red stamp of the 1897 series which features a breadfruit tree and had one of ten different multicoloured views printed on the reverse (Figure 12): Nukualofa (one view), Nukualofa (three views), A Native Village, Blowholes Houma, Pine-Apple Plantation, Stripping Bark for Tappa Making, The British Residency, The Haamoga, The Orange Groves of Tonga, and Tufumahina. A second series of pictorial postcards were ordered by the Crown Agents on 8 March 1910. This time the views were to be in black and white from photographs representing the scenery and public buildings of the island. The size of the cards was to be 5½ inches by 3½ inches. De La Rue were asked to quote on supplying 4,000 cards of each of two views printed on the reverse and also to quote for

Figure 10 De La Rue Mock-up for Postcards Figure 11 1906 1d Breadfruit Tree Postcard Used to Sydney Figure 12 Pine-Apple Plantation, Tonga, Multicolour View Stamp News - 25

Postal Stationery lithographing the stamp on front of the postcards if the card were to be supplied with the views already printed. They were also asked to supply samples. The letter also enclosed a photograph of the King of Tonga for the preparation of an embossing die for a 1d embossed lettercard stamp with the inscription Peni a Taha Moe Koga. De La Rue Above : Figure 13 1½d King George II Die were asked to estimate Proof for Lettercard the cost of the die which Right : Figure 14 1d King George II Die would be sent out to Proof for Postcards Tonga. De La Rue replied on 31 March 1910 enclosing samples of the views and the prices for lithographed cards. Their quote was 36/9 per thousand for 8,000 cards printed with two different views and 10/6 per 1,000 for printing the stamp only on cards provided with the views already printed assuming that in the latter case the cards would be in sheets of ten. They quoted from 15/4 per 1,000 for 20,000 lettercards to 39/0 per 1,000 for 1,000 cards to produce the lettercard, printed with stamp and lettering only, perforated and gummed. They provided two designs for the stamp for the lettercards, the first using an existing engraved die of the head of the King and the second a design that would require a new die. Figure 15 1910 King George II Postcard Used to Switzerland The plates for these would cost 8 pounds and 20 pounds respectively. They noted that embossed stamps were not appropriate for use in producing lettercards as the embossing was entirely crushed out in the process of perforating the cards. The photograph of the King was returned. In a letter dated 27 July 1910 the British Consulate in Tonga provided two sets of ten views and requested that 25 000 postcards be provided using each set. Valentine and Sons would provide the cards and De La Rue would only need to print the lithographed 1d stamp depicting King George II of Tonga on the front of the card. The letter asked that the inscription be

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Figure 17 Blowholes at Liku, View in Brown Figure 18 Beach at Haapai, View in Brown Figure 19 Shipping at Vavau Wharf, View in Brown changed from the sample to read peni e tama (one penny) rather than peni e tama moe koga (one and a halfpence).

They also requested that 2,000 lettercards be printed but that the rate should be changed to 1½d and the stamp amended to read peni e taha moe koga. In a dispatch dated 7 November 1910 the British Consul confirmed that the designs for the postcards and lettercard stamps had been approved by the Government of Tonga (Figures 13 and 14). He also confirmed that 50,000 postcards had been ordered from Valentine and Sons of Dundee with the views printed on the reverse and no printing on the front and asked for a quote on the printing of 50,000 cards rather than the 8,000 previously quoted on. The cost of printing the cards was to be charged initially to the Government of Fiji. De La Rue replied on 11 November 1910 that the cost of printing the stamps on these cards would be 4/1 per 1,000 and enclosed samples of the lettering for both the postcards and the lettercard and asked if the lettering for both should be done in red. The postcards with 1d red stamps featuring King George II in an oval were printed with 10 different views in black (Figure 15 and 16), and with 10 different views in brown (Figures 17-19). The ten views in black were: Haamoga Amau; Flying Foxes, Hihifo; Presentation of Kava; Nukualofa from Wharf; The palace and chapel Nukualofa; Vavau Harbour; Neiafu, Vavau; Swallow Caves, Vavau; Cocoanut [sic] in Various Stages; and Three Steaded Cocoanut [sic]. The cards illustrated in brown are: Cocoanut [sic] Palm Avenue, Haapai; Beach at Haapai; Palace Haapai; Hospital at Nukualofa; Shipping at Nukualofa Wharf; Ovava, Captain Cook’s Tree; Shipping at Vavau Wharf; Hospital at Vavau; Government Offices; and Blow Holes at Liku. The lettercard has a 1½ d claret stamp featuring King George II in a rectangle. It is printed on blue card and was issued in 1910. On 12 July 1911, a second printing of the lettercards was requested. This printing was to have the lettering on the back altered to read. ‘Should any other matter be enclosed in this lettercard, full letter rates will be charged’. 10,000 of this lettercard were supplied at a cost of 8 pounds 10 shillings (17/- per thousand). On 14 April 1930, the Crown Agents wrote to De La Rue saying that the Government of Tonga had authorised the destruction of the original flat die of the 1d stamp used for printing postcards. Stamp News - 27

Cinderella Corner Introduction

Welcome to the February edition of Cinderella Corner. This issue continues the discussion from last month concerning the many ‘building’ cinderellas issued as part of the 1934 – 1935 Melbourne Centenary celebrations. Next month’s Cinderella Corner will conclude the discussion; it is hoped that the breadth of these labels is then extended following reader feedback.

Paterson’s Pty. Limited

Paterson’s Pty. Limited was an interior furniture and furnishings store. Established by brothers Simeon (1861 – 1925) and George Walter Nathan (1862 – 1932), the industry reported success during the turn of the 20th Century, where many furnishing establishments enjoyed similar statewide prosperity. The cinderella illustrated in Figure 1 measures 28mm x 38mm and is perforated 11 on all four sides. It features the text:vPATERSON’S PTY. LIMITED. / MELBOURNE CENTENARY

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The towering building featured on this label is located at 173 – 181 Smith Street in Fitzroy. The building was constructed over a century ago, in 1911, and was one of several retail entities built along the bustling Smith Street during the early years of the 20th Century.

Pears Pty. Ltd.

Pears new furniture warehouse opened on Chapel

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Street, Prahran, in March 1927. It was one of several Pears’ buildings, including several in regional Victorian locations. Just over a decade later, in 1938, the previously mentioned Paterson’s Pty. Limited purchased all Pears’ stores, including their stock, and assumed control in July that year. The two cinderella labels (blue and white; brown and white) illustrated in Figure 2 each measures 28mm x 38mm and are perforated 11 on all four sides. They each features the text: MELBOURNE CENTENARY / PEARS PTY. LTD. PRAHRAN. / FURNITURE WAREHOUSE

Pitmans Shorthand

Pitmans Shorthand was developed by Isaac Pitman (1813 – 1897). It was the most widely used shorthand, first proposed in 1837, and in part led to Isaac being knighted by Queen Victoria in 1894. The cinderella illustrated in Figure 3 measures 27mm x 42mm and is perforated 11 on all four sides. It is one of the scarcest of the building labels explored in this and last month’s Cinderella Corner pieces. The cinderella features the text: MELBOURNE CENTENARY 1934 1935 / PITMANS SHORTHAND / THE UNIVERSAL SYSTEM

The building featured on the cinderella is Pitman House, located on Collins Street, Melbourne. In the Sands & McDougall Melbourne or Victorian Directories, it was listed, in 1935, as the central location for Sir Isaac Pitman & Sons Ltd. Publishers. This British organisation was founded by Pitman and his sons, Alfred and Ernest, in 1886 and soon became one of the world’s leading educational publishers. In addition to Melbourne, Sir Isaac Pitman & Sons Ltd. Publishers had offices located in several cities worldwide, including Toronto, London, New York, Johannesburg and Tokyo. The publishing division was bought, just shy of a century later in 1985, by Pearson. Figure 4 illustrates a striking example of this label cancelled on the front of an August 1934 cover from Sir Isaac Pitman & Sons Ltd. to Dunedin, New Zealand.

Read’s Prahran

Reads Emporium was a bustling department store built in 1914. The cinderella illustrated in Figure 5 measures 28mm x 38mm and is perforated 11 on all four sides. It features the text: MELBOURNE CENTENARY / READ’S PRAHRAN Stamp News - 29

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The building illustrated in Figure 5, located on the iconic corner of Chapel Street and Commercial Road, Prahran, remains relatively unaltered and is heritage listed. It was built on the site of the Prahran Hotel, for Charles M. Read, and continues to dominate the busy Melbourne intersection. The seven-storey palazzo style complex, defined by its twin green

domes, is currently occupied by residential apartments.

Richmond Furnishing Co. Pty. Ltd.

Richmond Furnishing Co. was a popular furniture and furnishings warehouse located on Swan Street, near Richmond Station, Melbourne. It flourished at the turn of the 20th Century. The company was founded by George Walter Nathan and his brother, Simeon, who were mentioned earlier as having also founded Paterson’s Pty. Ltd. Alongside a third brother, Benjamin, the Nathans were prominent and wealthy members of the furniture and furnishings landscape. The cinderella illustrated in Figure 6 measures 28mm x 38mm and is perforated 12 on all four sides. It features the text: RICHMOND FURNISHING CO. PTY. LTD. / MELBOURNE CENTENARY

Scott’s Hotel

The pink and cream 1934 cinderella illustrated in Figure 7 measures 27mm x 38mm and is perforated 11 on all four sides. It features the text: MELBOURNE CENTENARY / SCOTT’S HOTEL. This hotel was built in 1860 at 444 Collins Street, Melbourne, by Edward Scott. Known as ‘the city home of country people’, Scott’s Hotel was built over the previous Clarendon Family Hotel. Remodelling 30 - Stamp News

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commenced in 1913, and the hotel was then renowned as the gathering place for horse breeders and owners. It featured six floors and ceased trading in 1961, after being purchased by the Royal Insurance Company, and was demolished a year later in 1962. When the Scott’s House building illustrated in Figure 7 was demolished, it reportedly ended Victoria’s oldest continuously licensed site, as the place once occupied, in the 1830s to the 1850s, one of Melbourne’s first pubs: The Lamb Inn.

Scottish House

The building that accommodated the shipping company McIlwraith, McEacharn Ltd. was known as Scottish House. It was built under the guidance of the notable architect, Charles Debro, between 1907 and 1908. The company itself formed several decades earlier, in 1875, by Scots Malcolm Donald McEacharn and Andrew McIlwraith. The cinderella illustrated in Figure 8 measures 28mm x 38mm and is perforated 11 on all four sides. It features the text: MELBOURNE CENTENARY 1934 1935 / SCOTTISH HOUSE / Mc ILWRAITH, McEACHARN. LTD. MELB. Scottish House was designed as a six-storey office block, and with its fine stonework and elegant design, it was hailed as an architecturally significant.

Stokes & Sons Pty. Ltd.

Thomas Stokes arrived in Australia in 1854. He set up a small factory business the following year in Melbourne as a “Die-Sinker and Electroplater”. The business was then later registered, after several name changes, as “Stokes & Sons Pty. Ltd.” and expanded to Flinders Lane, Melbourne. Many exhibition medals were struck by Stokes over a period of 36 years, from 1870 to 1906. The cinderella illustrated in Figure 9 measures 29mm x 38mm and is perforated 11 on all four sides. It features the text: MELBOURNE CENTENARY 1934 – 35 / STOKES & SONS PTY. LTD. / ESTABLISHED 1860 The four storied Calendonian building illustrated in Figure 9 was the centre of Stokes & Sons’ operations from 1888 until 1935, when the company shifted premises to Albert Street, Brunswick.


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DISCOUNT SALE FEBRUARY 2021 Visit us at our premises by appointment, Opposite Upper Ferntree Gully Station. 9.30 – 5.30 Monday – Saturday to view any of the lots in this sale, plus a whole lot more! Suite 1, 1174 Burwood Highway Upper Ferntree Gully, Vic. 3156 Orders up to $100 are strictly net. $101-$250 deduct 10%, $251-$500 deduct 15%, $501-1000 deduct 20% Orders over $1000 deduct 25% Orders over $2500 deduct 30% Layby welcome for orders above $500. Scans or colour photocopies of individual items are available on request. Many smaller items, including many that are not on this list may be found in our eBay listings. Our store name is 21st-century-auctions Postage and insurance extra, Free within Australia above $500 for items purchased at full price. We accept Visa, MasterCard & PayPal at no fee. Hours generally 9.30am – 4.30pm Mon – Fri, but we will often answer the phone after hours. All of our items carry our 14 day satisfaction guarantee. EXCEPTING Collections, packets and mixtures, these may not be returned for any reason unless grossly misdescribed. Collections & Lots IMPORTANT! When buying collections and lots you are buying at a fraction of retail for the individual stamps. There are times when some stamps may not be perfect; we simply do not have time to check every item. We regret that we are not able to accept individual stamps or sets for return from these lots. Our 14 day guarantee covers return of complete lots for credit only against future purchases, not for a refund. 1. Br. Commonwealth Anguilla – Turks & Caicos 1977 Royal Visit overprints on Hagner pages. Approx 28 mint unhinged sets & minisheets. Very cheap at $1.50 per set. Price $42 (CD9) 2. Norway, commercial mail 1977 – 84. 40 covers with a variety of frankings & postmarks. Mostly to Stavanger and including some advertising covers. Also includes 4 covers to Switzerland bearing 3.50 Lighthouse stamp, each from a different town. Neat lot at under $1 each, $35 (CD31) 3. Australia Official Unaddressed First Day Covers in near new $75 PW Blue Padded Illustrated FDC album. 55 covers total, appears complete for the period July 1991 – August 1994 except for the 1993 Dinosaurs 2 value peel and stick set. Includes the 1994 Year of the Family PNC, counter printed stamps, box link, etc, etc. Cost at the time would have been around $250 including the album. Price at less than a half at $2 a cover, the very nice album comes free! $110 (CSE4) 4. United Nations New York 1960 – 1963 100 different mostly official unaddressed First Day Covers in near new Heavy Duty Black Gold Blocked cover album with slipcase. Album alone would have cost easily $50, plus 100 covers that retail an average of $2 = $250. Priced well under a half at $110. (CSE5) 5. United Nations New York 1952 -1960 98 different mostly Artcraft unaddressed or typed First Day Covers in near new Heavy Duty Black Gold Blocked cover album with slipcase. Album alone would have cost easily $50, plus 98 covers that retail an average of $3 = $344. Priced well under a half at $149. (CSE5B) 6. Special deal, save $45, the above 3 lots priced at $394 for $349 (CSE5C) 7. Australia Aerogrammes, by the Kilogram! Wide range of mint and FDC used decimal, some higher face values here. Great value at about 25c

each. Some duplication. Start a new collection at bargain basement prices. Roughly 250 in 1kg for $62.50. (CSE7) 8. Worldwide complete sheets, mostly good thematics. By the Kilogram. Wide range of mint unhinged and cto used. Some in complete sets. Sheet sizes from 15 to 50 of a stamp. Mostly 1970’s – 1990’s. All large and colourful. No Arab States. Paper the Den or spare room! Under 5c a stamp. Good value at $249 per kg. (CSE8) 9. Australian Territories and Pacifics, 100 different postally used. May include AAT, Christmas Is., Cocos (Keeling) Is., Norfolk Is., Nauru, Samoa, Pitcairn, Cook Is., Fiji. Very hard to find postally used. Price $49 (CSE9) 10. Germany. Vast Dealer stock mint & used, with much unhinged in 6 x 64 page quality stockbooks, inc. Lighthouse & Davo. Commences States, through Germanias, Inflation period, 3rd Reich through to about 2005. Also German & Allied Occupation issues. Much better noted inc. 80pfg Berlin Red Ovpt x 5 used cat £38 each, Berlin Bells 30pfg Clapper Left used, cat. £110. Must be around 25,000 stamps here with many hundreds of complete sets. Great lot for the specialist or re-seller. Price $2495. Lay-by available. (CSE10) 11. Pitcairn Is. 1940 KGVI Definitives – 1996 Supply Ships fresh mint unhinged (4 KGVI stamps have a little gum toning, and so the set is counted as hinged) Virtually complete in as new $495 Black Padded Ka-Be Hingeless Album. Very few stamps missing, and most of these are shade variations and inverted watermarks. Sydney retail for the stamps is $1215, plus the very nice album = a total value of over $1700. Priced well under a half at $795 the lot. (CSE11) 12. Channel is. & Isle of Man 1958 – 1978 in Gibbons Red Padded Illustrated Album. Appears near complete Mint Unhinged for the period, plus some booklets and postage dues. Small amount of duplication here and there. A very few earlies are lightly hinged. Some Wally decided to put prices in ball point on the pages, so we have not put any value on the album at all. Sydney retail around $495. Priced very well at $295 (CSE12) 13. Norfolk Is. Commercial mail. All small envelopes mostly Airmail to Sydney, 1970’s and ‘80s. Includes a range of better values. Hard to source. Some a bit aged. Mostly to Doubleday Book club, plus councils, insurance companies and individuals. 28 pieces in total, cheap at under $3 each. $75. (CSE15) 14. Ka-Be Blue Great Britain Hingeless Album 1840 – 1978 near new, with a few stamps. Would cost $395 to replace. Really great quality album, well under half price. Would actually suit using this to re-house the collection above. Price $175 (CSE17) 15. Australia Pre-stamped envelopes, mint. Wide range of issues with values to 45c. Cheap lot, 100 different for $39 (CSE18) 16. Germany 1959 – 1999 in Blue 32 page stockbook. Mass of issues mint unhinged and cto from West Germany, East Germany and Unified Germany. Counted over 100 minisheets, inc. better like 1959 Beethoven and 1972 Olympics mint unhinged. Minor duplication. Plus must be at least 200 sets. Valuable and impressive lot! Price $595 (CSE19) 17. East Germany in green 16 black page stockbook mint unhinged. Seems pretty complete from mid. 1970’s to about 1984. Counted near 125 complete sets, mostly all different. A very good lot and cheap at around $1.25 per set. Price $159 (CSE21) 18. Great Britain 1980 – 1984 FDC’s & Packs in luxury Dark Blue Padded Stu-

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DISCOUNT SALE FEBRUARY 2021 art Double Cover Album. Imported by original owner from the UK. 29 covers and 4 packs. Most FDC’s are the Stuart brand, which are in higher demand, and much scarcer than the Post Office ones. Good degree of completion in FDC’s for the period. Cover album alone would be at least $40 to buy today. Very cheap at $89 (CSE22) 19. The Collection of Australian Postage Stamps of King George VI 19371952. This set of 2 Albums contains all 91 stamps issued during these 16 years, all in superb mint unhinged condition. This collection was assembled and sold by Sherwood Philatelic in the 1980s and was designed to complement the single year collections sold by Australia Post since 1981. The albums open up to reveal the stamps on special display sheets in the centre and with background information printed at the sides. The album size of 21cm x 30cm is of a similar size to the Australia Post year collections, and a protective slip-case and dust cover is included for the 2 albums. The price reflects the scarcity of the folders. These are now highly collectable, and rarely available on the secondary market. Seen on eBay for $2068.95. our price around 20% of that at $395 (CSE27) 20. Great Britain The Story of the Penny Black and it’s Contemporaries - a 56 Page Book PLUS a Genuine Penny Black Stamp, as packaged and sold by Sherwood Philatelic in 1987. The Penny Black was the world’s first adhesive postage stamp used in a public postal system and first issued in Great Britain in May 1840. This is a brand new 1st Edition book first published in 1980 by the National Postal Museum London. Leading Australian stamp and coin dealer, Sherwood Philatelic, added a small insert inside the front cover of this book containing a genuine Penny Black stamp, and only a strictly limited number of these were sold from their store in Camberwell Victoria in 1987. Seen on eBay at $6000, our price under 10% of that at $600 (CSE29) 21. Greenland 200 different Mint Unhinged. Great starter collection, price $145 (CJU4) 22. As above, but 100 different, price $69.50 (CJU5) 23. The 1983 Commonwealth Collection. As new Sumptuous Dark Blue & Gold Blocked Leather bound album with slipcase, for-word by HM Queen Elizabeth II. Contains full mint unhinged sets from 57 countries, plus Black Prints from Cana and Falkland Islands. Originally marketed at $625 in the 1st ever TV promotion of a stamp collection Worldwide. Price just 20% of the original price! $125 (1 available) (CJU8) 24. Great Britain used dealer stock 1953 – 2006. All organised by SG number and priced. Housed in 2 x 64 page stockbooks, 1 Schaubek, 1 Lighthouse. Many 1000’s of stamps and many 100s of complete sets. A wonderful lot for a re-seller. Quantities range from 1 to 10 of each. Noted Graphite lines, early Phosphor Commems. Many better high values rarely seen postally used and with Commemoratives to £1.12 and definitives to £5. Easily 5000 – 6000 stamps here. Great opportunity for someone at $795 (CJU9) 25. Australiana. Australian Trains & Paddlesteamers 1993 - 2003. 27 covers and postcards housed in as new Red Padded Hagner Binder and on 10 Hagner pages, some double sided. Cost of album & Hagners alone around $50. Very attractive lot at only $79 (CJU11) 26. Papua New Guinea, 1960 – 1978 semi specialised collection in Lighthouse as new Green leather grain album and Slipcase. Includes unhinged

and very fine cds used. Commences 1960 Postage Dues MUH & used, with surcharges complete ex. SG1. Shells defins. Complete to $2 used x 8 sets, plus some used blocks, 1973Stamp Anniv. used similar, then 1973 Self Govt. Blocks of 4, 6 & 10, both muh & postally used, 1974 Royal visit complete MUH sheets of 50, plus postally used 7t in block of 12, Large Birds Heads in MUH & used, plus blocks and pairs and much, much more. Counted 850 stamps, inc. 7 booklets. Also many imprint blocks. Very good value at under 60c per stamp. Album and slipcase alone cost $125. Price $425. (CJU14) 27. Australia Pre-Decimal mint unhinged collection in Seven Seas Green Padded Album & Slipcase as new. Commences 1914 6d Kookaburra and is NEAR complete (less Kangaroos & KGV Heads & perf OS issues) to 1965 ICY. Missing only 3d KGVI Die 1a & KGVI £1 Robes thin paper. 3 stamps have faults, the 6d Kookaburra and 3d Kookaburra Minisheet are creased. The Kookaburra minisheet is hinged in the margin and the 5/- Harbour Bridge is lightly hinged, with some light gum toning. The Kingsford Smith OS Overprints are cto. Other than that, here we have a very nice clean collection. The as new binder & slipcase retail at $50 and the Sydney Retail for the Stamps is $3925. So a total retail value here excluding the Album Leaves, which are little aged in places is $3975, Price $2625 (CJU16) 28. Norfolk Is. Decimals 1966-2002 compete mint unhinged, housed in as new Seven Seas Hingeless Album, with pages 1947 – 2002. Album new cost approx. $425. Stamps retail at $1695. Total value $2120. Price $1275 (CJU17) 29. West Germany 1950 – 1974 in as new Lighthouse Hingeless Album with Slipcase. Would be 95% complete, either postally used or mint unhinged with just the odd gap from 1954, and all mint unhinged from 1969. 1949 – 1953 is 75% complete used. A very nice lot. Album alone retails at $400 plus the stamps cat. very high. So we figure it at $575, that is around $15 a year for the stamps and half price for the nearly new album. $575 the lot (CJU18) 30. Western Australia 1882 - 1897 Internal revenue stamps, nice lot of mint & postally used on album pages. Comprises various printings inc. 1d x 7 used, 3 mint, 3d x 7 used, 6d x 2 used & 1/- x 1 MNG. 20 stamps in total cat. £492 = $925. Price $595 (CJU27) 31. Australia West-East Air Service 1929 - 1931. Range of 11 flight covers priced to sell at $860. Includes inwards mail from UK, with airmail advert. from booklet pane, Germany 1R Red Zeppelin on cover to Adelaide etc. Very clean lot extensively written up. Price $675 (CJU29) 32. Philatelic Literature, old reference books, magazines, catalogues & auction catalogues. 4.5kg lot for $45 (CAP10) 33. Br. Commonwealth in large green stockbook, Queen Victoria – QE II. Mainly West Indies, but with other bits & pieces and some World inc. early Cuba.. Mostly Mint/Mint unhinged. Noted Bermuda KGV to 1/-, KGVI to 12/6d, Cayman Is. KGV to 1/- etc. Not much if any after 1969. Many complete sets in QEII period. Some toning here & there. 500 plus, mostly all different. Has to be worth 50c per stamp, price $249 (CAP11) 34. Paintings on stamps. Lovely collection mint unhinged or cto on 58 as new Hagner Sheets and Burgundy 4 ring binder. These alone cost $125 plus to buy new. Would have to be 850 – 900 different here. Noted a very nice lot of French Art Stamps, a few of these have adhered to the pages, due to the Gum Arabic used. Also some nice Paraguay, Cook Is. etc. 500 different paint-

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DISCOUNT SALE FEBRUARY 2021 ings on our packets list is $80, so 850 would be around $170, and these are way better than the average packet material. So a total value here including the binder & Hagners would be about $295. Price for the lot $195 (CAP19) 35. Stanley Gibbons History of the Olympics in Dark Blue Album. Mint unhinged stamp for each event from different participating countries with illustrative text. Lovely album in as new condition. Cheap lot for only $29 (CAP23) 36. Canada 1973 – end of 1995 Official Unaddressed collection in $75 as new Maroon PW FDC album. 82 different covers with mostly pictorial cancels, values to $2. Very cheap at $125 (CAP25) 37. Papua New Guinea, 25 different complete mint unhinged sets just $49 (CMAP2) 38. Western Samoa, 25 different complete mint unhinged sets & minisheets, price $49 (CMAP3) 39. Nauru, 25 different complete mint unhinged sets & minisheets, price $49 (CMAP4) 40. Norfolk Is. 25 different complete mint unhinged sets & minisheets, price $49 (CMAP5) 41. 125 different complete mint unhinged sets as above only $225, save $20 (CMAP6) 42. 250 different complete mint unhinged sets from the countries above, also including some Pitcairn Island. Normally $99, now save $50, Price $449 (CMAP7) 43. Commercial Mails from all over the World. Most if not all Airmailed Covers. All Very nice range of covers 1980’s to recent that sell for up to $3 each. Price per lot of 100 all different covers $98 (CMAP17) 44. Worldwide First Day Covers, all in nice clean condition. Many of these sell for up to $4 each. Price for lot of 100 all different $98 (CMAP18) 45. Papua New Guinea & Pitcairn Is. Early - 2005 Collection in near new $75 Lighthouse Maroon 64 block pages padded stockbook. Mainly mint unhinged, with some used and some mint hinged in the earlier sets. Strength in moderns. Pitcairn 1st set KGVI defins. complete with extras, QEII 1st defin. set is unhinged. No 1948 Silver Wedding. PNG looks mainly complete to 1993 from 1966 Butterflies defins. Counted roughly 250 complete sets, inc. 12 long defin. sets. A really lovely clean lot. Priced at $2.50 a set and the very nice stockbook comes free! $625 (CF12) 46. Stamps on Stamps. Worldwide Stamp Centenaries collection in burgundy binder on Hagner sheets. Wide variety of mostly Mint Unhinged complete sets. Around 175 sets plus 15 minisheets, 2 booklets and 1 cover. Fascinating lot. Price $579 (CF14) 47. Amazing carton lot of mainly Australia Slogans on piece, 1929-1967, plus some Meter marks. Frankings range from 1d Green KGV – 5c Blue QEII. Also some USA and a few GB Metermarks/Slogans. Must be 4000 – 5000 total with a huge variety of slogans and postmarks. Has to be worth 10c and item. Price $449 (COCT1) 48. United States Forces in New Guinea, 1943 – 45. 15 covers & 1 front, most bear Australia 3d Brown KGVI postmarked Townsville Qld, but emanating from New Guinea. Most have boxed US Army Examiner censor marking, and with name & number of servicemen. Included are 2 x American Red Cross covers. Deployments include Milne Bay, Port Moresby, Admiralty Is., Goodenough Is., Finschhafen, Nadzab, Oro Bay, Dreyer Harbour & Dobodura. The Battle of Finschhafen was part of the Huon Peninsula campaign during World War II and was fought between Australian and Japanese forces. The fighting took place between 22 September and 24 October 1943 following the landing at Scarlet Beach, which was followed by a two-pronged

advance on Finschhafen as the Australian 20th Infantry Brigade advanced on the town from the north, while the 22nd Infantry Battalion drove from the south, having advanced from the landing beaches east of Lae. After the capture of Finschhafen, the Japanese forces in the area withdrew towards Sattelberg where they sought to hold the Australians before launching a counteroffensive, which subsequently threatened the landing beach. This attack was repelled by American and Australian forces, with heavy casualties being inflicted on the Japanese. In the aftermath, the Australians went on the offensive, capturing Sattelberg, and then advancing towards the Wareo plateau. Dreger Harbour was used by Allied forces after the capture of Finschhafen in October 1943. Very good lot at $479 (COCT4) 49. Australian Forces in New Guinea WWII 1943 – 45. Collection of 39 covers, expertly described with FPO details etc. Includes 19 registered covers. Most bear 3d Brown KGVI. Deployments include Bougainville, Torokina, Motpena Point, Milne Bay, Port Moresby, Wau, Salamua, Nadzab, Jacquinot Bay, Rabaul, Dobodura, Goodenough Is.,Emirau Is., NGF Training area, Siwai District, Madang, HQ NGF, Yakamul - Aitape area, Lae, Wewak etc. A fine lot, priced to sell at $1389 30 years ago! Price $1100 (COCT5) 50. Norfolk Is. 1953 – 2002 90% plus complete in near new $65 Lighthouse green padded 64 black page stockbook. Around $1200 retail for the stamps alone. Odd earlier stamp is a little aged, otherwise Post Office Fresh. Norfolk Is. In in great demand right now. Great price, $695 the lot. (COCT10) 51. Massive lots of Australia KGV to modern-ish ex deceased estates. On Hagners, in stockbooks, albums, pages, loose off paper etc, must be over 20,000 stamps, mostly used but some mint. No stamps on paper! Noted KGV to 1/4d, Kangaroos to 10/-, Decimals to $10 etc. Condition very mixed, but will repay sorting…weeks of fun here! Weighs 20kg! Great value at $595. (Half lot for $325 with Kangaroos to 5/- at $325) (CAU1) 52. As above, but Worldwide (no Australia) (CAU2) 53. Worldwide earlies to about 1990 in 4 large heavy stockbooks, near 7 kg in weight. Contains World collection organised alphabetically. Most are postally used, condition a bit mixed here & there, and appear mostly all different. About 2500 stamps at an educated guess, price $235. (CAU19) 54. Great Britain 1957 – 1965 Commemorative sets in fresh mint unhinged blocks of 4. Commences 1957 Scouts and includes scarcer sets such as Lifeboat, Botanical, Red Cross also ITU Phosphor. Missing the odd low value, which are easy to pick up. 14 sets with a total catalogue of 173 pounds. Price under a half cat. $149 (CMF5) 55. Great Britain QEII 1952 – 1980 in Blue Padded Lighthouse 32 black page stockbook, mint & used. Noted Phosphor Commemoratives, inc. Lifeboat, Red Cross, FFH, Cable etc. Wilding Definitives inc. Graphites with Inv. Wmks. Commem. Sets from 1953 Coronation with most sets represented in Mint & used, then HV Castles and pre-decimal Wildings mint & used sets to One Pound (approx. 20 sets total) then Machin Definitives to 5 pounds & Britannia 10 pound x 5. Also Jersey War Time issues, Regionals, Locals of Lundy, Herm & Alderney etc. A great lot! Must be 1500 plus stamps. Price $595 (CMF12) 56. Europa 1981 – 1986 complete mint unhinged collection on Lighthouse Hingeless pages. Includes sheetlets. Cat. £1735 plus = $3050 at time of writing. Very cheap at less than 25%. $749 (CJ8)

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DISCOUNT SALE FEBRUARY 2021 57. Sweden Booklet Collection 1978 – 1988, plus panes and single booklet stamps. Most mint unhinged, a few of the single stamps are used. Counted 36 complete booklets plus many panes and singles. High retail. Housed in as new $40 Ka-Be Brown Leather Look 32 black page stockbook. $245 (CJ9) 58. GB Soccer. 28 x Official FA, EUFA & League Cup illustrated covers 1981 – 1988, plus Edinburgh Tattoo covers & a few other FDC’s Inc. Trains, Birds etc. All contained in as new $50 Brown Padded FDC album. 39 covers in all. Have to be worth $1.50 each, price $59 (CJ16) 59. Finland 1970 - 1998, not far off complete mint unhinged for the period 1980 - 1998 in as new Ka-Be Hingeless Illustrated pages. Lovely lot, retail approx $700, plus the pages must have cost near $150. $850 retail value here, only $349 (CMN2) 60. West Germany mint unhinged collection 1977 – 1989 in $40 Luxury Red Padded Ka-Be 32 black page stockbook as new. Has a few earlier used at front but then appears pretty well complete for the period. 600 + stamps, 1 booklet & 9 minisheets. Very reasonably priced at $189 (CMN9) 61. Vast lot of World and Australia! From Deceased Estates and other sources such as charities and auctions, also private purchases. We have 12 big shipping cartons which we are breaking down into smaller lots of 10 kg. Each will contain 15 – 20,000 stamps unchecked off paper plus albums, stocksheets, stockbooks, covers, minisheets etc. Virtually all is postally used with some mint, early to modern. There really is no telling what you might find in these lots. Price per 10kg lot, inc. Post and Insurance Australia Wide, around 3c per stamp $695. Supersized double lot for $1295 (post-paid) Half lot for $375 (post extra) Remember to choose World or Australia, or a mixture of both. (CMA1) 62. Papua New Guinea 1990 - 1998 50 different Official First Day Covers, all clean unaddressed. Very cheap at $99 (CJL5) 63. As above, but 1990 – 2001, price $110 (CJL6) 64. Australia 1975 – 95 Australia Post un-addressed First Day covers, massive clearance. 100 different for $89, 250 mixed for $169, 500 mixed for $325, 1000 mixed for $595. Massive lot of 2000 mixed for $1100. (Duplication will be kept to a minimum in the mixed lots, depending upon stocks) (CMMY10) 65. British Commonwealth, 1953 Coronation Covers, many with additional stamps & markings. Amazing lot of 65 small seamail covers virtually all to Melbourne. Wide variety of usages and cancels inc. Interbank mail, Official Mail, Registered Mail, Postage Dues, Taxed Covers, Meter Frankings, Perfins, etc. Mainly not FDCs, with a variety of cancels through 1953/54. Many better countries represented inc. Singapore, Hong Kong, North Borneo, Sarawak, Falkland Is., Gibraltar, Cayman Is., St. Helena, Tristan da Cunha, Ascension, Cyprus etc. Most are neat typed address. A superb addition to any Royalty or British Commonwealth Collection. Priced well under $6 a cover, $375 the lot. A similar lot to the above, these all on Artcraft Cacheted covers, mostly light penciled address to Brooklyn, USA. Included GB Set of 4, plus the sets of 4 for Kuwait, Bahrein, Muscat and Tangier. Includes re-addressed and registered items. 36 covers in all again at less than $6 per cover, price $198 (CMMY11) 66. New Zealand 2001 – 2014 Collection in $60 64 Page as New Red Lighthouse Stockbook. Mostly one of each Mint Unhinged and very fine used with Circular cancel, appears complete for period. About 250 complete sets with a retail of

around $3500. Priced very reasonably at 40% retail, price $1395 (CMMY13) Australian States New South Wales 67. New South Wales 1862-86 1d Brownish-red completely imperf all around with large margins and full gum, has only a single horizontal line watermark, small thin at top Mint, does not appear to be listed in SG, Price $495 (NSW46) 68. New South Wales 1867 Queen Victoria 10d Lilac, striking Imperforate pair: Watermark “10” in single lined figures, SG watermark number 35. Fresh attractive unused pair, with no thins, creases or hinge remains. From an Estate. SG 205a, cat £3,000 for imperf between pair. Probably from same error sheet. Nice rich colour, and most attractive for something 150 years old now! $3250 (NSW15) 69. NSW 1875 small re-addressed cover to Aldershot Camp. Bears 6d QV Bright Mauve, SG 216 Endorsed “via. San Francisco” in Manuscript and tied by Sydney Duplex of JA 15 75, and with arrival cds on face of Farnborough (Hants) Station MR 8 75. Also reverse cds of Aldershot Camp of the same date, and of Chatham Kent the following day. Addressed to Colonel Jfy. Kent of 77th Reg’d at Aldershot Camp and re-addressed to Exeter Devon. The 77th (East Middlesex) Regiment of Foot was a line regiment of the British Army, raised in 1787. Under the Childers Reforms it amalgamated with the 57th Regiment of Foot to form the Duke of Cambridge’s Own in 1881. Nice scarce military item. Price $179 (NSW4) 70. NSW 1885/6 NSW £1, rare clear DOUBLE SPECIMEN overprint! SG 240a, perf 12 with BLACK POSTAGE overprint. SG does not even list a Specimen overprint for this stamp, and the normal non-specimen is cat. £10,000. Mint lightly hinged, with minor gum aging. Price $10,000 (NSW42) 71. New South Wales 1888-89 Centennial of New South Wales imperforate 5/- colour trial in Dull Violet on ungummed unwatermarked paper. Price: $200 (NSW50a) 72. 1888-89 Centennial of New South Wales all-different imperforate colour trials on ungummed unwatermarked paper comprising 1d x4, 2d x6, 4d x6, 6d x10, 8d x8, 1/- x6, 5/- x 3 & 20/- x11, all but one 2d with full margins, a couple of minor blemishes. Largely complete & colourful array. Most of these are Ex John Bell (NSW). [65 different proofs have been recorded, with between 6 and 12 of each extant, some of which remain in blocks of 4] (Qty 54) Price $11,250 (NSW50) 73. New South Wales 1890 Centenary perf 10 5/- Lilac SG 263s overprinted ‘SPECIMEN’ in black, Stated to be one of 100 stamps overprinted in August 1892. Couple of minor thins, Mint, Price $199 (NSW116) 74. New South Wales 1890 Centenary perf 12 x 11 20/- Ultramarine SG 264cb, Fresh Mint, Cat £375, Price $429 (NSW84) 75. New South Wales 1905 20/- Cobalt-blue perf 11 SG 350, centred a little to the right, fresh Mint Cat £375, Price $399 (NSW58) South Australia 76. South Australia 1904 1d Scarlet SG 179a, wrong perf! Fresh mint unhinged example, perf 12 all around instead of 12 x 11.5. This perf. not recorded by SG. Price $149 (SA5) 77. South Australia 1911 long OHMS envelope from Surveyor’s dept. Bears 1d Red QV Sideface 1d Rosine perf. SA, cancelled by Adelaide double ring cds of DEC 21 1911 and with oval Surveyor General’s Dept. h/stamp in blue

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DISCOUNT SALE FEBRUARY 2021 of the same date. Neat handwritten cover in fine condition, just a small tear top left. Price $36 (SA19) Tasmania 78. Tasmania 4d Bright Red Orange Courier, Die 1. Unused cut to shape on small piece. SG 5, Cat. £8500 for cut square. Good spacefiller at well under 5% catalogue, price $595 (T16) 79. Tasmania 1855 - 64 Imperforate, 1d Dull Vermilion Chalon. Mint without Gum 3 margins, SG 28 - ASC 3a. Price: $225 (T40) 80. Tasmania second allocation barred numeral ‘10’ of Brighton, good 80% strike on 1857-67 1d Dull vermilion imperf Chalon, four close margins, Price $69 (T111) 81. Tasmania second allocation barred numeral ‘10’ of Brighton, faint almost full strike on 1857-67 4d Pale blue imperf Chalon, three close margins, just touching at right, Price $39 (T112) 82. Tasmania second allocation barred numeral ‘20’ of Circular Head, good almost full strike on 1857-67 4d Pale blue imperf Chalon, four close margins, Price $39 (T116) 83. Tasmania second allocation barred numeral ‘20’ of Circular Head, good almost full strike on 1857-67 6d Grey-violet imperf Chalon, lovely deep shade, three good margins, close at right, Price $129 (T118) 84. Tasmania second allocation barred numeral ‘29’ of Emu Bay, faint almost full strike on 1865-71 6d Slate-violet perf 12 Chalon, Price $69 (T125) 85. Tasmania second allocation barred numeral ‘34’ of Fingal, superb full strike centrally placed on horizontal pair of 1857-67 2d Green imperf Chalons, r/h unit with large margins, l/h with close to touching margins at top and upper left, a lovely multiple, Price $279 (T126) 86. Tasmania second allocation barred numeral ‘34’ of Fingal, crisp almost full strike on 1865-71 6d Slate-violet perf 12 Chalon, few nibbled perfs, Price $49 (T127) 87. Tasmania second allocation barred numeral ‘36’ of Forth, light 70% strike on 1865-71 6d Slate-violet perf 12 Chalon, uneven perfs, Price $49 (T128) 88. Tasmania second allocation barred numeral ‘45’ of Jericho, good almost full strike on 1857-67 6d Dull slate-grey imperf Chalon, three good margins with portion of adjoining stamp at base, close at top, Price $139 (T134) 89. Tasmania second allocation barred numeral ‘51’ of Latrobe, good almost full strike on 1857-67 4d Blue imperf Chalon, good to close margins on three sides, almost touching at lower right, Price $39 (T136) 90. Tasmania second allocation barred numeral ‘76’ of Richmond, crisp 60% strike on 1865-71 6d Slate-violet perf 12 Chalon, uneven perfs, Price $49 (T150) 91. Tasmania second allocation barred numeral ‘77’ of Ross, light almost full strike on 1865-71 6d Slate-violet perf 12 Chalon, short perf at top, Price $69 (T151) 92. Tasmania second allocation barred numeral ‘81’ of Sorell light 70% strike on 1857-67 4d Blue imperf Chalon, good to close margins on three sides, just touching at left, Price $39 (T152) 93. Tasmania second allocation barred numeral ‘95’ of Westbury, faint 80% strike on 1865-71 6d Dull cobalt perf 10 Chalon, scarcer shade, Price $139 (T161) 94. Tasmania second allocation barred numeral ‘95’ of Westbury, good almost full strike on 1865-71 6d Slate-violet perf 12 Chalon, Price $99 (T162) 95. Tasmania second allocation barred numeral ‘97’ of Upper Bagdad, lovely full strike centrally placed on horizontal pair of 1857-67 2d Green imperf Chalons, large margins at base & left, close to just touching margin at top

and right, a lovely multiple, Price $279 (T163) 96. Tasmania second allocation barred numeral ‘(1)00’ of Corners, light partial strike on 1864-68 1d Dull vermilion perf 12½ Chalon, Price $69 (T166) 97. Tasmania second allocation barred numeral ‘25’ of Deloraine, good 80% strike on 1865-71 1d Carmine perf 12 Chalon, couple of nibbled perfs, Price $29 (T123) 98. Tasmania second allocation barred numeral ‘25’ of Deloraine, good full strike on 1865-71 6d Slate-violet perf 12 Chalon, uneven perfs, Price $49 (T124) 99. Tasmania second allocation barred numeral ‘42’ of Hamilton, good 90% strike on 1857-67 1d Carmine imperf Chalon, two full margins, just touching at base & right, Price $39 (T129) 100. Tasmania second allocation barred numeral ‘43’ of Huon, good almost full strike on 1857-67 2d Green imperf Chalon, touching to just cut into on three sides, small margin at base, Price $69 (T130) 101. Tasmania second allocation barred numeral ‘45’ of Jericho, faint almost full strike on 1857-67 4d Pale blue imperf Chalon, two close margins, touching at right & just cut into at top, Price $39 (T133) 102. Tasmania second allocation barred numeral ‘62’ of Newtown, light 60% strike on 1860-67 6d Grey-violet imperf Chalon, three close margins, large at base, Price $109 (T142) 103. Tasmania second allocation barred numeral ‘63’ of New Norfolk, bold, crisp almost full strike on 1860-67 6d Slate-violet imperf Chalon, three large margins close at right, Price $99 (T144) 104. Tasmania second allocation barred numeral ‘64’ of Oatlands, good 70% strike on 1865-71 4d Blue perf 12 Chalon, Price $49 (T145) 105. Tasmania second allocation barred numeral ‘91’ of Torquay, good full strike tying 1857-67 1d Dull vermilion imperf Chalon, two margins, others just touching, to small piece, Price $69 (T156) 106. Tasmania second allocation barred numeral ‘91’ of Torquay, light almost full strike on 1863-71 4d Blue perf 10 Chalon, Price $69 (T157) 107. Tasmania 1880 Postmasters Letter Bill from Campbell Town with ‘CAMPBELL TOWN JN 9/80’ cds rated ‘R’, and partial Brighton cds rated ‘RR’ some damage from opening, scarce and attractive. Price $179 (T53) 108. Tasmania 1879 Postal Fiscals 2/6d George & Dragon overprinted “Reprint” half sheet of 60 perf 12 on thin card with full unhinged gum. Originals cat. as SG F13 at £350 each = £21,000 as mint hinged. Price $1995 (T34) Victoria 109. 1850 QV Half-length Ham printing 3d Blue SG 4a, close margins at top and base, touching at sides, small repaired thin at left and small repaired tear at lower right, indistinct Butterfly cancel, Cat £450, Price $249 (V163) 110. 1850 QV Half-length Ham printing 1d red-brown SG 5, margins close to touching all around, repaired lower left corner, very faint indistinct cancel, Cat £450, Price $149 (V164) 111. 1850 QV Half-length Ham printing 1d red-brown SG 5, uneven margins close to cut into, indistinct Barred oval cancel, Cat £450, Price $299 (V165) 112. 1850 QV Half-length Ham printing 1d Dull orange vermillion SG 8, 3 good margins with part of the adjoining stamps at left and at base, cut into at top and missing lower right corner, Cat £650, Price $299 (V169) 113. 1850 QV Half-length Ham printing 1d Brownish red SG 9a, margins close to touching all around, Barred oval 1 cancel of Melbourne, Cat £180, Price $149 (V171)

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DISCOUNT SALE FEBRUARY 2021 114. 1850 QV Half-length Ham printing 1d Dull rose SG 9b, close to touching margins all around, lower right corner fault & a small nick at top, indistinct cancel, Cat £180, Price $129 (V172) 115. 1850 QV Half-length Ham printing 3d Pale greenish blue SG 11b, margins close to touching on 3 sides, uneven margin at right with a small nick, indistinct Barred oval cancel, Cat £170, Price $129 (V175) 116. 1850 QV Half-length Ham printing 1d Reddish brown ‘White veils’ SG 12, 3 large to just touching margins, cut into at base, Barred oval 1 cancel of Melbourne, Cat £170, Price $129 (V176) 117. 1850 QV Half-length Ham printing 2d Drab SG 13, margins close to touching, small nick at base and small central thin, indistinct Barred oval cancel, possibly ‘54’ – the ‘5’ is clear but not the other numeral, which is rated RRRR, Cat £190, Price $99 (V178) 118. 1850 QV Half-length Ham printing 2d Red lilac, SG 15, close margins on three sides, thinned and small fault at top, Butterfly 1 cancel of Melbourne, Cat £325, Price $129 (V182) 119. 1850 QV Half-length Ham printing 2d Grey, SG 15b, margins touching all around, small thin at right, Butterfly 15 cancel of Geelong, Cat £425, Price $249 (V183) 120. Victoria 1854 6d Dull Orange Imperf Woodblock on cover, SG 32a. Neat small cover Melbourne to Dublin via ship Colombia. Nice 4 margin stamp affixed inverted, possibly to warn of bad news. Cancelled by barred numeral 1, and with arrival stamp MR 16 1858. Price $395 (LM13) 121. Victoria 1884-96 10/- Brown/rose wmk V over Crown perf 12½, Stamp Duty, SG 240b. Nice postally used with Ballarat duplex, centred to top right, unpriced in Gibbons. Price $249 (V124) 122. Victoria 1893 small cover to House of Commons, London. Bears 2 x 1d QV SG 332a, cancelled by Melbourne duplexes of JE 13 93, and with arrival cds on reverse of London S.W. JY 17 93. Addressed to James Hogan MP. James Francis Hogan MP (29 December 1855 – 9 November 1924) was an Irish history professor at University College Cork, author and Member of Parliament for Mid Tipperary 1893–1900. Born in County Tipperary in 1855, to Rody and Mary Hogan, he had one sister, Margaret. The family emigrated to Melbourne in 1856, when he was at the age of 1, and lived in Geelong, attending St. Mary’s Catholic School there, before a year at St Patrick’s College, Melbourne. He graduated and began to teach in 1872. He began writing in local newspapers on Catholic topics, before later editing the Victorian Review. Joining the Victorian Catholic Young Men’s Society in 1884 he admired the legacy of Daniel O’Connell and campaigned to erect a memorial to him. He published works on the Irish colonisation of Australia, including “The Gladstone Colony: An Unwritten Chapter of Australian History and The Irish in Australia” in the late 1880s. He then returned to England, and in 1893 was elected unopposed to the House of Commons as MP for Mid Tipperary. He served as secretary of the Colonial Party under Sir Charles Dilke. Following retirement as an MP in 1900, he moved to Ireland to teach at the University College, Cork. There, he became associated with the Blueshirt movement, advocating a Christian democracy which clashed with the more right-wing aims of their leader Eoin O’Duffy. He remained unmarried at his death, and was survived by his sister. Great historical piece, $249 (V21) 123. Victoria 1898 small cover to USA. Bearing: Orange on Yellow 2.5d. Cancelled

by 14 A CDS of Melbourne, VIC, FE 11 98, hand addressed cover. Price: $40 (V78) 124. Victoria 1905 postcard of Fire Brigade Station, Melbourne to South Africa. Bearing: 2.5d Blue SG 388a. Cancelled by CDS No. 14 of Melbourne, 16 6 05. Price: $120 (V80) Western Australia 125. WA 1861 1d, 2d, 4d & 1/- Swans fine used, each with neat Commissariat puncture. Scarce. Price $295 (WA73) 126. WA 1893 Swans Half Penny & One Penny surcharges on 3d Mint, some HR. Price $34.50 (WA69) 127. Western Australia 1902-11 9d Orange-yellow Swan wmk V over Crown perf 12½ variety watermark upright, SG 122a, hinged Mint with one lightly toned perf at top, Cat £120, Price $79 (WA119) 128. Western Australia 1905-12 2d Yellow Swan wmk Crown over double lined A, variety watermark upright, SG 140a, central horizontal crease, indistinct cds, a scarce stamp, Cat £350, Price $179 (WA118) 129. Western Australia 1905 undivided back Sepia Picture Postcard of Barrack Street Perth incorrectly addressed to Niagara Falls. Bears Halfpenny Green and 1d Carmine Swans cat. from x 12 on cover, tied by cds of Town Hall Fremantle JU 30 06, and Niagara Falls arrival machine cancel, plus cds of AUG 6 1905 and similar return cds of the following day. No indication of its final resting place as it bears no sender’s address. Scarce and attractive, price $179 (WA15) 130. Western Australia 1907 coloured picture postcard to Victoria of Miss Marie Studholme. Bears Penny Swan, SG 139, cat. from x 12 on cover. Cancelled by Brownhills cds OC.26.07. Nice clean card, minor crease to top left cnr. Price $60 (WA51) 131. Western Australia 1910 Booklet ACSC B5B(W) Rare booklet cat. $15,000. Has scuffed front cover. 8 x Halfpenny stamps and 14 x Penny Stamps remaining. Price $6000 (WA49) 132. Western Australia 1910 Colour Picture Postcard, general view of Albany, used Perth – USA. Bears ½d Green & 1d Rose Pink Swans on face, SG 138/9 cancelled by Perth cds of 16.MY.10. Cat. x 12 on cover. Price $149 (WA143) Western Australia Postal Stationery 133. Western Australia 1912 Postal stationery stamped envelope Provisional ‘ONE PENNY’ on 2d Orange surcharge, Juhl EN 7, fresh with unsealed flap, Unused, Price $89 (WA217) 134. Western Australia 1904-07 Postal stationery Registered envelope small format 130mm x 75mm 3d Brown, Juhl RE 2, CTO with concentric circles, faint bend on flap, which is unsealed, some mounting remains on reverse, fresh, Price $149 (WA220) 135. Western Australia 1912 Postal stationery lettercard Provisional ‘ONE PENNY’ on 2d Blue surcharge, Juhl LC 5, some minor bends at lower left, fresh unsealed unused, Price $59 (WA219) 136. Western Australia 1912 Postal stationery lettercard Provisional ‘ONE PENNY’ on 2d Deep blue surcharge, Juhl LC 5a, some mounting remains on reverse, fresh unsealed unused, Price $59 (WA218) 137. Western Australia 1902 Postal stationery Reply card 2d Red + 2d Red Swan design, Juhl RC 1, both cards lightly CTO with concentric circles cancel, some mounting remains on reverse, Price $139 (WA241)

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DISCOUNT SALE FEBRUARY 2021 138. Western Australia 1902 Postal stationery Reply card 1½d + 1½d Blue Victorian QV design, Juhl RC 2, both cards lightly CTO with concentric circles cancel, some mounting remains on reverse, unpriced used in Juhl handbook, Price $149 (WA242) 139. Western Australia 1902 Postal stationery Newspaper wrappers with double border lines close to edge 1d Rose-red Juhl WR 2, crease across image area, CTO with concentric circles cancel, Juhl lists but does not price the wrappers, scarce, Price $249 (WA239) 140. Western Australia 1902 Postal stationery Newspaper wrappers with single border line 5mm from edge ½d Emerald-green Juhl WR 3, CTO with concentric circles cancel, Juhl lists but does not price the wrappers, scarce, Price $299 (WA240) 141. Western Australia 1879 Postal stationery ½d red-brown on salmon with handstamped ‘SPECIMEN’ in black, prepared for the 1889 UPU reference set, fresh unused, Price $99 (WA233) 142. Western Australia 1879 Postal stationery 1d Blue on white with handstamped ‘SPECIMEN’ in black, prepared for the 1889 UPU reference set, fresh unused, Price $99 (WA232) 143. Western Australia 1908 American Fleet Post Card 1d Blue Juhl PC 16, very minor edge wear, unused, Price $249 (WA214) 144. Western Australia 1908 American Fleet Post Card 1d Blue Juhl PC 16, some minor surface edge faults, used to Victoria with indistinct ‘MENZIES’ duplex cancel , Price $379 (WA215) 145. Western Australia 1879 Postal stationery Postcards ½d Red-brown on salmon, Juhl PC 1, two shades of the card stock, fresh unused, Price $39 (WA249) 146. Western Australia 1879 Postal stationery Postcards ½d red-brown on salmon & 1d Blue on white, Juhl PC 1 & PC 2 fresh unused, Price $39 (WA230) 147. Western Australia 1879 Postal stationery Postcards 1d Blue on white, Juhl PC 2, paler card stock shade, fresh unused, Price $29 (WA245) 148. Western Australia 1893 Postal stationery Postcards ½d red-brown on white, Juhl PC 6, fresh unused, Price $35 (WA244) 149. Western Australia 1893 Postal stationery Postcards ½d red-brown on white, Juhl PC 6, used with ‘FREMANTLE’ 1900 duplex, Price $35 (WA221) 150. Western Australia 1879 Postal stationery Postcards 1d Dark blue on white, Juhl PC 2b, used with indistinct ‘CLAREMONT’ duplex, Price $29 (WA251) 151. Western Australia 1879 Postal stationery Postcards 1d Dark blue on white, Juhl PC 2b, with ‘AMERICAN/DUNLOP TYRES’‘SPLATT, WALL & CO’ pictorial advertising on reverse, fresh unused, Price $79 (WA248) 152. Western Australia 1879 Postal stationery Postcards 1d Dark blue on white, Juhl PC 2b, with ‘AMERICAN/DUNLOP TYRES’‘SPLATT, WALL & CO’ pictorial advertising on reverse, faint minor spotting on front (not toning), fresh unused, Price $69 (WA252) 153. Western Australia 1890 Postal stationery Postcards 3d Green on buff, Juhl PC 4, unused, Price $59 (WA247) 154. Western Australia 1892 Postal stationery Postcards provisional 1½d on 3d Green on buff surcharge in blue, Juhl PC 5a, unused, Price $49 (WA227) 155. Western Australia 1892 Postal stationery Postcards provisional 1½d on 3d Green on buff surcharge in blue, Juhl PC 5a, unused, Price $49 (WA224) 156. Western Australia 1892 Postal stationery Postcards provisional 1½d

on 3d Green on buff surcharge in blue, Juhl PC 5a, deeper card stock shade, unused, Price $49 (WA226) 157. Western Australia 1892 Postal stationery Postcards provisional 1½d on 3d Green on buff surcharge in blue, Juhl PC 5a, used to Germany with Perth WA duplex & ‘ERFURT’ arrival cds, Price $59 (WA250) 158. Western Australia 1902 Postal stationery Postcards Melbourne ‘Zincos’ printing 1d Blue Juhl PC 7, with ‘AMERICAN/DUNLOP TYRES’‘SPLATT, WALL & CO’ pictorial advertising on reverse, fresh unused, scarce, Price $299 (WA253) 159. Western Australia 1904 Postal stationery Postcards 1d Blue, text: ‘Available only for the Commonwealth etc’ Juhl PC 10, concentric circles CTO cancel, Price $59 (WA238) 160. Western Australia 1904 Postal stationery Postcards 1d Blue, text: ‘Available only for the Commonwealth etc’ Juhl PC 10, some mounting remains on reverse, concentric circles CTO cancel, Price $49 (WA237) 161. Western Australia 1905 Postal stationery Postcards 1d Blue amended text ‘Available only for the United Kingdom etc’ Juhl PC 13, used with Perth roller cancel, Price $59 (WA235) 162. Western Australia 1905 Postal stationery Postcards 1d Blue amended text ‘Available only for the United Kingdom etc’ Juhl PC 13, fresh unused, Price $79 (WA236) 163. Western Australia 1906 Postal stationery Postcards provisional 1½d on 2d Carmine on cream surcharge Juhl PC 14, Price $59 (WA222) 164. Western Australia 1912 Postal stationery Postcards Provisional ‘ONE PENNY’ in violet on 2d Carmine with stop after PENNY, Juhl PC 20, fresh unused, Price $49 (WA228) 165. Western Australia Postal Stationery 3d Green H&G #4 Western Australia Postal card circa 1890/1899. Fine mint tiny nick to top right hand corner, mentioned only for accuracy. Price $85 (APS48) Australia Postal History, First Day Covers & Stationery 166. Australia 1913 1d Engraved KGV, Rose Red plate 1 on small commercial use cover to UK. Cancelled by Sydney Machin Cancel of DE 13 1913, just 4 days after issue date, with arrival cds of West Norwood also cancelling stamp of JA 16 14 and with manuscript “New Stamp Just out” at top. 2 arrival cds’s on reverse. Stamp has coloured flaw to top right corner, which was later corrected by a retouch. Cover has a light central fold. ACSC 59B Cat. $750 on cover. Price $675 (APH171) 167. Australia 1914 small neat cover bearing 2.5d 1st wmk Kangaroo, Perth to USA. Franked by Machine canceller of 2 JUL 14. Cat. $150 on cover, this is way nicer than usually seen. Price $129 (BD234) 168. Australia 1914 Interbranch postcard for Union Bank of Australia Ltd., Minyip – Hamilton Vic. Receipt for £1:10/6. Bears 1d Red KGV cancelled by Minyip Duplex 888 of OC 20 14. Stamp has variety “Dot near 1” in right value tablet. Some toning to perfs. Duplexes on KGV & Kangaroos are rare and contrary to regulations. Price $59 (APH1023) 169. Australia 1915 small cover to Paris, France NOT CENSORED. Bears 2.5d 1st wmk Indigo Kangaroo cancelled by cds of Mosman NSW 6AU15. Quite late use for this, the 2nd wmk. being issued in July 1915. Clean attractive cover cat. $150, price $110 (APH151) 170. Australia 1915 small OHMS cover for Government Railways NSW to

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DISCOUNT SALE FEBRUARY 2021 Somerset House London. Bears 1d Red Kangaroo…DRY INK…not recorded in ACSC and perf. OS NSW. Cancelled by Redfern NSW cds of 3 AP 15. Fine and rare, price $295 (LM134) 171. Australia 1916 small surface mail advertising Censored cover for Bevan & Edwards Pty. Ltd. Machinery Merchants to The Earle Gear & Machine Works USA. Bears 2½d Indigo 2nd wmk. Kangaroo cancelled by Victoria machine canceller of MAR 16, (date unclear) and with straight line “-Passed” in violet. Neat typewritten cover, cat . $180. Advertising covers with Kangaroos are extremely scarce. Price $135 (APH1527) 172. Australia 1916 small surface mail advertising cover for William Lewis, Sydney to USA. Bears 2½d Indigo 2nd wmk. Kangaroo cancelled by Sydney machine canceller of AU23 1916, and with typewritten “Per S/S Sonoma, via San Francisco. Addressed to “The Mississippi Pearl Button Co.” There is a picture of the Sonoma here : and details about the pearl button industry here: pearl-buttons-muscatine-iowa Fascinating stuff. The adhesive has a small closed tear at top right. Neat typewritten cover, cat . $180, price $89 (APH1527) 173. Australia 1917 small surface mail advertising cover for ELECTRICAL UTITITIES SUPPLY CO. SYDNEY to New York. Pictures an early electrical heating appliance in Red, with “ ‘PHONE CITY 1467” I imagine this to be one of the earliest phone numbers in Sydney as at Federation in 1901 only about 7500 handsets were in use there. Bears 2½d Indigo 2nd wmk Kangaroo cancelled by HAYMARKET P.O. machine canceller of JA 11 1917. Cat. $180 on cover. Adhesive has tear at upper right. Still a very attractive handwritten cover. Advertising on Kangaroo covers is very scarce. Cat. $180, price $135 (APH1521) 174. Australia 1918 3d Yellow Olive 3rd wmk Die. 1 Kangaroo on small surface mail advertising cover to Chicago. Underwood Typewriter Logo in Red & Black depicts Shield shape with typewriter bound by the initials UT. Cover sent to United States of America. Cancelled by machine canceller of Victoria. Date unclear. Neat typewritten cover cat. $100, advertising covers with kangaroos are very scarce. Price $89 (APH1528) 175. Australia 1919 small seamail advertising cover for the United Insurance Company Ltd, sent Sydney – Apia New Guinea. Bears 3d Olive Die 1 3rd wmk. Kangaroo. Cancelled by slogan of Sydney OC 31 1919, “HELP REPATRIATION/ BUY/WAR SAVINGS CERTIFICATES” Neat hand addressed cover, adhesive has missing lower right corner and cover flap missing. Advertising on Kangaroo covers is very scarce. Cat. $100, price $69 (APH1529) 176. Australia 1921 small advertising cover for “The Queen’s Club”. Sent Sydney to Narellan. Bears 2d Orange KGV cancelled by Sydney machine canceller of MY 1 1921. Neat hand addressed cover. Price $29 (APH1058) 177. Australia 1921 small surface mail cover to UK. Bears 2d Orange KGV cancelled by Binnaway cds of AP 28 1921. Scarce postmark on cover this period. Price $49 (APH526) 178. Australia 1922 small surface mail taxed cover to Hawaii. Bears 3d Yellow Olive Die 1 3rd wmk kangaroo, cancelled by Footscray 2, Vic. Cds of 2FE22. Additionally Octagonal “T 30c” h/stamp in black (which would have been French centimes) and manuscript “Due 6c” (which would be American cents) in pencil. Neat handwritten cover with come aging and adhesive

missing lower right corner. Nevertheless scarce and attractive. Presumably overweight. Stamp is cat. $100 0n cover. Price $75 (APH1523) 179. Australia 1922 small Orient Line cover bearing 2d Red KGV Single Wmk, cancelled by Paquebot machine cancel of Toulon 22 IV 22, addressed to Cambridge UK. Reverse bears the logo of “Orient Line of Royal Mail Steamships. Clean, attractive and rare! Price $110 (LM94) 180. Australia 1922 Real Photographic Picture Postcard of Armidale NSW Office sent surface mail to Ireland. Bears 1d Pale Violet & ½d Green KGV Single wmk. Cancelled by Armidale cds’s of 30AU22. Neat clean and attractive item. Price $110 (APH1310) 181. Australia 1923 5d Bright Chestnut KGV Head Single Wmk Rough Paper Perf OS. Solo usage on long OHMS reg’d cover Perth to Victoria Park W.A. Office of titles cover with original Transfer of Land Act Caveat Document enclosed. Nicest of these I have seen, with Jumbo sized stamp neatly cancelled by Perth oval Reg’d cancel of 18 AP 23. Large red Perth Reg’d label No. 2781 and with “unknown” manuscript, boxed unclaimed and DLO rectangular handstamp in Violet on face. Victoria Park receiving cds on reverse of the same date, plus another on the face of 28 AP 23. Scarce, clean and attractive. Cat. $1500, price $1249 (APH429) 182. Australia 1923 late fee cover Tasmania – USA. Bears 4d Dull Blue KGV Head, ACSC 112C (3d Postage & 1d Late Fee) Cancelled by Launceston machine cancel of 24MAR23. Some minor damage to LH corners. Scarce stamp on cover. Price $129 (LM98) 183. Australia 1923 small cover to USA bearing 2d Pink, UNSURFACED PAPER, ACSC 96E and horizontal pair Halfpenny Orange KGV Heads. Cancelled BY CDS OF Albury 27? DE 23. The unsurfaced paper is a scarce stamp, catalogued at $150 used, unlisted on cover. Nice clean cover, flap is missing. Price $495 (LM130) 184. Australia 1924, superb small commercial (NOT 1st flight) Aerial Mail cover to W. D . & H. O . Wills Ltd. (Tobacco & Cigarette Company) Perth, W. A. Bears 4.5d Violet Single Wmk KGV Head, tied by cds of Carnarvon, W. A. 30 MR 24, and with incorrectly dated received stamp in violet of 1 APR 1925. (Some April foolery?) “AERIAL MAIL” straight line handstamp on front. Neat clean hand addressed cover , with “Copperplate” handwriting. (Cover has been opened on 3 sides) Carnarvon is some 900 km from Perth, so 2 days delivery time from posting is quite remarkable for the period. A scarce and attractive item. Price $389 (BD677) 185. Australia 1925 small advertising cover for AASA Adelaide to Delamere. Bears 2½d Red KGV cancelled by slogan of Adelaide “ALWAYS ASK FOR/AUSTRALIAN PRODUCTS”. Neat typewritten cover, price $29 (APH981) 186. South Australia Long OHMS cover Audit Office to District Council Rapid Bay, Second Valley. Bears 1½d Red KGV perf. OS, cancelled Adelaide cds of 18MY25, complete with original contents on S.A. Letterhead re. Commonwealth Grant for Developmental Roads. Returning vouchers for the Expenditure of Grants for Roads, in the sum of £17! Scarce survivor, price $42 (APH998) 187. Australia 1925 4½d Violet Registered Envelope used to UK, no Cross to Crown ACSC RE19a. Uprated by 1.5d red KGV and with Kilmore Vic. Cds’s of 17 AP 25 and Kilmore red Reg’n label No. 97. Reverse bears a Melbourne registered cds of the following day. Scarce and attractive usage, price $65 (APS5)

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Oz Colonies

SG 1 1854 1d Black Very Fine Unused, Re-entry in left Margin. $ 1,700.00

SG 38 1d Rose, Unused. $ 250.00

SG 25 1860 2d Orangevermilion. Very Fine Unused Example. $ 175.00

SG 39 2d Blue, Mint Hinged Gum. $ 160.00

SG 67 1d on 2d Yellow SG 67x 1d on 2d Yellow Mint Hinged Gum. Mint Hinged Gum. $ 750.00 Reversed Watermark. $ 800.00

SG 26 4d Blue, 4 margins. Unused. Wmk Sideways. $ 350.00

SG 40 4d Vermilion. Unused $ 400.00

SG 110ab Double Surcharge in Green, Mint Hinged. $ 3,000.00

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SG 28 6d Sage-green, Unused 4 Margin, 2014 Ceremuga Cert. $ 2,500.00

SG 42 6d Purple-brown. Unused. $ 450.00

SG 43 1/- Yellowgreen. Mint Hinged Gum. $ 1,000.00

18813d Lilac Surcharged I.R. ONE SHILLING. Corner crease, Mint Hinged. $ 1,200.00 3/- Internal Revenue. Wmk CA over Crown. Mint Hinged. $ 800.00

SG 128 £ 1 OrangeSG 128a £ 1 Orange. brown Fine Mint hinged gum. Fine Mint Hinged gum. 1985 BPA Cert. $ 400.00 $ 750.00

SG 154 4d YellowSG 130a 2d Yellow. brown, Perf 11 Upright WaterPerf 11 Puntured OS. mark. The only known Fine Mint hinged gum. Unused example in prifrom hinge vate hands. 2020 Cere- Indentation remainder. muga Cert. Redistributed SG 154a 4d Pale Chestnut. $ 1,200.00 gum and some Short Perf 11,Fine Used. Perfs. $ 750.00 $ 4,000.00

Introducing the Australian Philatelic Federation National Days

A ‘national day’ is a day on which a nation celebrates a special date. It can be the date of independence, of becoming a republic, or a significant date for a patron saint or a ruler (such as a birthday). The national day is often a public holiday. Many countries issue stamps to commemorate the day. Some, like Australia, issue stamps every year. Others only commemorate significant anniversaries. Here are some I have found.


In 2021 there is a feeling among some Australians that 26th January was the wrong date to pick for our national day. This has not always been the case. The annual Australia Day stamps issued by Australia Post reflect the attitudes of the time. At first, there were a few flag stamps and the 1979 issue featured an illustration of the first raising of the British flag, the Union Jack, on Australian soil (see figure 1). This explains much about the current debate. Themes of colonialism, settlement, and flags continued until 1984. The 1984 National Day stamp featured a building called Cook’s Cottage, which belonged to the father of Captain James Cook, who stepped onto Australia’s east coast in 1770 and declared that it belonged to Britain.

Figure 1: Australia Day 1979 – raising the Union Jack on Australian soil 50 - Stamp News

Figure 4: Australia Day 1997 – The first Legends Award sheetlet

Figure 2: Australia Day 1985 - paintings by Nolan and Drysdale

Sentiments changed and the 1985 and 1986 issues featured art. 1985 was a se-tenant pair of paintings by Nolan and Drysdale (see figure 2), 1986 showed an Aboriginal Wandjina spirit protecting the continent. There was an attractive golden wattle stamp in 1990. 1988 marked the bicentenary of British settlement/invasion. It was a huge philatelic event, with precursor issues from as early as 1984. The first of these was a large issue acknowledging indigenous culture called ‘The First Australians’ but the bicentennial issues of 26th January 1988, showed the tall ships sailing into Sydney Harbour (see figure 3). In 1993, Australia Post issued two stamps featuring the art of indigenous artist Albert Namatjira that were a pre-

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cursor to four superb years of modern Australian art on stamps. The Legends Award was initiated in 1997 when Sir Donald Bradman was the first living Australian to be honoured on an Australian stamp (see figure 4). Before that, the only living people honoured on our nation’s stamps were members of the Royal family. Every year since Australia Post has announced the Legends Award, a stamp series commemorating living Australians who have made lifetime contributions to the development of our national identity and character. The Legends Award criteria honours ‘inspirational’ living Australians who exemplify tenacity, imagination, perseverance, devotion, integrity and compassion. In 2017, there was no stamp issue on Australia Day. Australia Post said the Legends issue would be released at a time more appropriate to the honourees. In May 1967, Australians had voted in favour of indigenous Australians being subject to Federal rather than State laws and to be included in the population count. The 50th anniversary of that referendum was celebrated with a stamp in May 2017, and that year’s Australian Legends were: Tom Calma, Lowitja O’Donoghue and Galarrwuy Yunupingu, three

4th of July 1776 is probably the most important date in the history of the USA. Two days before, on the 2nd of July 1776, the Second Continental Congress, composed of the delegates from the Thirteen Colonies – Province of New Hampshire, Province of Massachusetts Bay,

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Introducing the Australian Philatelic Federation

Figure 7: USA Independence Day 1926 – Liberty Bell Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, Connecticut Colony (New England Colonies); Province of New York, Province of New Jersey, Province of Pennsylvania, Delaware Colony (Middle Colonies); Province of Maryland, Colony and Dominion of Virginia, Province of North Carolina, Province of South Carolina, Province of Georgia (Southern Colonies) – voted to approve the resolution of independence from Great Britain. On the 4th of July 1776,

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Congress, after debate and revision approved the Declaration of Independence. The text of a declaration was prepared by the Committee of Five, with Thomas Jefferson as the principal author. The other four were: John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Roger Sherman, and Robert Livingston. The first stamp that was related to Independence Day was issued in 1869, almost 93 years after the Declaration. 1869 is important in U.S. stamp design history. This was the first year when some motives other than portraits of national leaders were used on their stamps. Also, this was the first year when stamps were printed in two colours. This complicated a printing process because stamps should go through the press twice, first for the central motive and once more for the frame. This would sometimes lead to errors when the central motive and the frame were inverted, compared to the original design. Such errors led to some of the rarest and therefore most valuable stamps in history. The central motif on the stamp was the signing of the Declaration of Independence and included 42 figures with the 6 most important on the right side of the stamp. Out of the six men around the table, five

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Philatelic Development Officer, APF the 8th of June 1776, the bell rang to mark the reading of the Declaration. In 1959 and 1960, two more stamps related to the 4th of July were issued. Both of them had the same denomination of 4 cents and a similar motif. The 1959’s stamp presented the new U.S. flag with 49 stars. The 49th star that was added to a flag belongs to Alaska that became the 49th state on 3rd January 1959. The 1960’s stamp was issued on 4th July 1960, when the 50th star was added to a flag. This star represented Hawaii that became the 50th state on 21st August 1959 (see figure 8). Figure 9: Bastille Day 1971


The 14th of July is annually celebrated as standing were members of the committee that drafted the Declaration, from left to right: John Adams, Rog- French National Day, also known as Bastille Day. In France, it is known as National Day (fête natioer Sherman, Robert Livingston, Thomas Jefferson, nale) or, more commonly, le quatorze juillet (the and Benjamin Franklin. Thomas Jefferson is prefourteenth of July), commemorating the storming senting the draft to the President of the Continental of the Bastille on 14th July 1789. The Bastille was a Congress, John Hancock. (figure 6 shows the 1869 medieval fortress in the centre of Paris. It contained stamp with an inverted centre). just seven inmates at the time of its storming but was It was 60 years before a second stamp related a symbol of the abuse of the monarchy. Its fall was to Independence Day was issued. The 1926 2 cent the flashpoint of the French Revolution. stamp was issued to commemorate the Sesqui-CenFrance hosted the Fête de la Fédération on the 14th tennial International Exposition, which was held in Philadelphia to celebrate the 150th anniversary of signing the Declaration of Independence. One of the highlights of the expositions was the replica of the Liberty Bell (see figure 7). The central motif of the stamp is the Liberty Bell that has a special part in USA history and is closely related to the Declaration of Independence. The bell was commissioned in 1752 and installed Figure 10: USA July 14, 1989 to commemorate the bicentennial of the French Revoin Philadelphia. On lution Stamp News - 53

Introducing the Australian Philatelic Federation July 1790, to celebrate France’s support branch, states that “It constitutional monarchy and to was not intended to impersonate honour France’s newfound unity. a flag. In fact, there was a conscious effort not to remake the It wasn’t until 1880 that the French flag.” Still, many were date became a national holiday. disturbed at the colour reversal. Every year since 1918 a military There was also some discussion parade has been held in Paris in the press about the fact that (except during the years of German occupation 1940 to 1944, the image of Fraternity, based when the ceremony took place on an engraving in the Musee in London under the command Carnavalet in Paris, lacks the of General Charles de Gaulle). nipple on the exposed breast of The parade passes down the the original. Champs-Élysées from the Arc Marianne du 14 Juillet (see de Triomphe to the Place de la figure 11} is a definitive stamp Concorde. series issued in France between France released three stamps 14 July 1997 and 2005. The in the sixth instalment of a Histostamp represents Marianne, the ry of France series in 1971, with allegory of the French Republic, the 65 centimes value picturing wearing, as usual, a tricolour the storming of the Bastille cockade, and the Phrygian cap, th appearing on 10 July (see figure the symbol of liberty. The earliest representations of a wom9). th an wearing a Phrygian cap, an On 14 July 1989, the United States issued an airmail stamp allegorical figure of Liberty and to commemorate the bicententhe Republic, made their appearFigure 11: Marianne du 14 Juillet nial of the French Revolution ance at the time of the French (see figure 10). At the time, the Revolution. stamp generated some controversy as it was perceived that it contained an error — the Indonesia reversal of the colours of the French tricolor flag. The Independence Day is a national holiday in Indonesia U.S. Postal Service responded at the allegorical figures commemorating the anniversary of Indonesia’s Procof Liberty, Equality and Fraternity were simply placed lamation of Independence on 17 August 1945. People on colour panels that were not meant to represent the decorate their house and the streets with red and white national flag. Kim Parks of the Postal Service’s stamp ornaments which represent the colours of Indonesian flags. There are flag ceremonies in schools and offices. Students are gathered in the field wearing uniforms, singing national anthems, praying for the late national heroes and reread the proclamation text. Similar activities are carried out at offices; both in governmental and private offices where workers gather to flag ceremonies in front of their offices. After the flag ceremonies, the more informal celebrations start with all kind of competitions taking place. The competitions include chips eating (a reFigure 12: Indonesia 1946 – celebrating the proclaminder of how people lived in poverty during the mation of independence colonization), climbing palm trees greased with oil 54 - Stamp News

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Philatelic Development Officer, APF pendence that was formally announced by Soekarno and Hatta at 10 am on the morning of 17 August 1945. The words of Soekarno’s opening speech are shown. We the people of Indonesia hereby declare the independence of Indonesia. Matters which concern the transfer of power and other things will be executed by careful means and in the shortest possible time. Djakarta 17 august 1945. In the name of the Indonesian people. It also shows the Figure 13: Indonesian Independence – 5th anniversary flag that was hand-sewn by Soekarno’s wife Fatmawati and the group sing the Indonesian National Anthem ‘Indonesia Raya’. The 25th anniversary was commemorated by a stamp showing the National Monument, a 132 m (433 ft) obelisk in the centre of Merdeka Square, Central Jakarta, symbolizing the fight for Indonesia (see figure 15}. The 75th Indonesian Independence Day celebration Above : Figure 16: Indowas held amid the struggle of the Indonesian people nesian Independence – against the COVID-19 pandemic. The stamp shows 75th anniversary the images of the Indonesian Archipelago in red and Left : Figure 15: Indonewhite nuances to symbolize unity and sovereignty (see sian Independence – 25th figure 16}. This stamp of the series “75 Years of Free anniversary Indonesia”, has a unique nominal value of 7,500 and is printed in limited quantities. Indonesia had to cancel (symbolizing the effort it took to gain independence) INDONESIA 2020, a specialized World Stamp Chamand many other party games. In 1946 a stamp showing a raging bull was issued to pionship Exhibition that had intended to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of Indonesian Independence Day. commemorate the proclamation of Indonesia’s independence (see figure 12}. It was printed in Yogyakarta using a simple technique in one and two colours. The commemorative stamp issued on the 5th anniversary of the Proclamation of Independence in 1950 featured the Garuda Pancasila, the national emblem of Indonesia. (see figure 13} The stamp for the th 10 anniversary (see figure 14} shows the proclamation of indeFigure 14: Indonesian Independence – 10th anniversary Stamp News - 55

Market Matters Spate of forged AP stamps/ satchels etc

The Australian Federal Police have been active in arresting persons accused of forging Australia Post postage stamps and Express and Parcel Post satchels, coast to coast. This is a crime on the rise globally, and lots of short sighted folks buy this material cheap off eBay etc, and risk prosecution themselves. The end USERS are committing a crime as well. A Perth, Western Australia man was arrested latter 2020 as shown in the photo nearby. Named in the West Australian newspaper report as 55 year old Dianella “Bouncy Castle” business owner James Balcombe, he was charged with forging mint current postage stamps, and is shown WA man James Balcombe being arrested. being arrested at his home and being manhandled, and handcuffed, to a Police van. the stamps. However, vigilant Australia Post staff The Australian Federal Police (AFP) have alleged noticed inconsistencies in stamps going through the the 55-year-old manufactured the counterfeit stamps, mail network and seized hundreds of suspect items. and used them to provide free postage and handling when sending goods to customers of his online “Creating an unfair playing field” sticker business. AFP officers, with the assistance “We will allege this man was forging stamps to of Australia Post, seized fake stamps and a highcreate a financial advantage for himself,” AFP Deend printer, allegedly used for counterfeiting, when tective Superintendent David Berston said. “He was they executed a search warrant at the man’s Dianella home. Investigators also seized identity documents and credit cards in other people’s names, two unlicensed firearms, and two prohibited flick knives. The man has been charged with one count of forging a postage stamp, contrary to section 85G(1) of the Commonwealth Crimes Act 1914. He faces a potential 10 years’ imprisonment if convicted of the offence. Enquiries are ongoing into the weapons, and other items seized by police. The AFP began investigating last year, after Australia Post staff intercepted hundreds of mail items bearing forged stamps. Police say the forgeries were of a high quality, with perforated edges on Married couple in $A2+ million dollar scam. 56 - Stamp News

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Pay just ONE cent each from China. able to entice customers to his business and away from his competitors because the free postage made his products cheaper, creating an unfair playing field” he continued. “We also allege this conduct put his customers at risk of not receiving the goods they purchased in good faith, with Australia Post needing to intercept and hold hundreds of mail items that had counterfeit

stamps. This crime also siphons money away from Australian taxpayers, because Australia Post is owned by the Commonwealth Government.” Berston concluded. Approximately 680 mail items bearing these alleged fake stamps, valued at approximately $2,300 face value, were detected by the Australia Post mail Centre operations, but it is unknown how many items with forged stamps had been sent out in the past by Mr. Balcombe. The crooks do not realise the genuine AP stamps have ‘’tagging’’ that is detected in the high-tech mail sorting equipment these days! Meanwhile across the country in Sydney, a married couple appeared in court in December, charged over an alleged $2 million fake Australia Post satchel scam. Just a year after their flashy wedding, when they zoomed away in a pricey Maserati sports car, Damien Steven Butler, 30, and wife Dannielle, allegedly took part in a huge Australia Post parcel satchel scam. The married couple have been accused of being part in a syndicate which allegedly imported about 2.3 tons of counterfeit pre-paid Australia Post parcel satchels. Damien Steven Butler, 30, and three others were charged in July 2020, after allegedly ordering tons of the fake Express Post and Parcel Post packages made in China, and selling them on eBay between September 2018, and June 2019.

2.3 TON of counterfeit PO satchels.

The criminal operation cost Australia Post a stated $2 million in lost revenue, the Australian Federal Police allege. (Doubtless many times that.) Mr Butler was charged with dealing with the proceeds of crime in excess of $100,000, and causing loss to a Commonwealth entity. Now his wife Dannielle, 28, Stamp News - 57

Market Matters has become the fifth person charged over the alleged criminal enterprise, for the same offences. The couple from Rossmore in western Sydney, had married in an extravagant wedding in May 2019 before leaving the ceremony in a luxury Maserati sports car - doubtless funded by this 7 figure fraud. One of the couple’s co-accused in these alleged crimes, Brody Levi Cooper had been a groomsman 500 MILLION pieces a month! at their wedding. They seemed to have enjoyed parcel parcels. Their first court hearing was in Dedressing up in Super Hero cember, 2020. The case against the five accused will costumes. The offence of dealing with the proceeds of crime return to Parramatta Local Court in January 2021, and hopefully we will a have a prison sentence(s) to valued at more than $100,000 carries with a maxireport here next month. mum prison sentence of 20 years in jail if proven, while causing loss to a Commonwealth entity had WE are the clear losers here. a maximum of 10 years. Police allege her husband’s fraud alone cost Australia Post approximately These sellers do one sale through FakeBay, get the contact details of the dopey buyers, and pump them $478,000. The Australian Federal Police charged four people endless repeat orders totally under the radar with no fees. So if $A2 million of eBay sales have been in July 2020 from the alleged criminal syndicate selling fake Australia Post Express Post and pre-paid traced, you can BET ten times more was actually sold. The LOSERS are of course legitimate mail users like you and me, who all pay HIGHER fees to subsidise the millions of parcels that AP cheerfully deliver using forged or stolen satchels. AP and the Feds have known about this for years, and grind along at a snail’s pace as the time lines show. FakeBay has been flooded with them for years, and nothing much happens in there of course, as eBay make money from it all, fakes or genuine. They do not give a hoot. This Surely 25 Letter/Numbers can be unique stuff has been netting sellers far 58 - Stamp News

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Use these, and YOU could go to prison. LESS per piece after eBay fees, than Post Offices pay “wholesale’’ for it - and the geniuses at AP have taken several years to wake up to that simple fiscal reality. How any sellers can be peddling many 1000s of units a month - for years, and getting less than AP sells them for wholesale to LPOs, is not Einstein stuff to figure out, and act upon! Anyway, lots of charges have just been laid across this country, and hopefully some serious prison sentences ensue, as a warning to others to use only LEGITIMATE PO products.

Devise a unique number system!

Tee Orange Registered labels here cost about $A4 each, and the parcel and Express satchels are into

double figures, so it is not rocket science to set , an only accept, codes that are unique, and not easily crackable. Sender gets caught on the spot, and THEN the Feds get from him who sold him the fakes, and this is nipped in the bud. Serve notice on eBay that they have a role to play as well. It is clearly IMPOSSIBLE for these to be sold below LPO cost price in vast numbers if legitimate. I got this Registered letter shown nearby and it shows the correct style of label. If they cannot make TWENTY FIVE Alpha/Numeric combos, combined with a unique central QR codes, they need to sack the team involved, and get in new ones. It is DEAD simple to do. Australia Post seem too focused on handing out free $10,000 Gold Cartier watches to all the big shots, and back slapping, instead of getting them working on stemming $20$50 million or so of red ink losses from clear fakes, for which no-one in there can work out a secure number system for tracked products. It is pure Monty Python stuff. So does anyone think the current criminal charges and the possibly TWENTY year prison terms will deter future spivs on eBay? Sadly, not on your life. I saw a site selling apparent mint Australia stamps for postage at a low % of face value. In huge quantities. And stupidly offering stamps in peel and stick rolls that were never issued that way etc by Australia Post. Durrrrh. As I reported in a column a year or so back, this material can be ordered from Alibaba online site in China for as low as ONE CENT apiece in bulk buys of 20,000 pieces. The satchels were still on offer the day I typed this, on the giant Alibaba site, being described thus, and using the photos shown nearby “Custom 500G - 3Kg Packaging Colored Red Yellow - Australia Parcel Postage Satchel - Express Post Satchels - Shipping Mailing Poly Mailers” Remember that the lookalike images they show today on the web you see here are to try and deter the Feds. What was imported in the 2.3 ton shipStamp News - 59

Market Matters ment can be seen on the AFP seizure images and video - have the EXACT appearance as artwork as the current PO designs. All with full tracking and scanning QR code boxes etc, and serial numbers and tear off tabs etc. $20 value for 1c. Nice work.

Alibaba - a den of thieves?

The Feds must be totally asleep at the wheel for not closing these sources down. The current listing for these on Alibaba China is Feds seized 2.3 TON of them in the current court hearings. Australia Post too, must be dozing off as usual - SURELY they can devise unique number sequences that means hackers cannot replicate them? Cannot be rocket science. The dopes who buy this stuff on eBay etc, and turn up at a PO and get told all their stamps/envelopes are invalid and forged, and PO Security will be in contact, is the way to stop this DEAD! Or when the lack of proper “tagging” is detected at mail centres on the totally forged stamps, you will get sprung for sure. The other common eBay scam of course here and overseas, is selling 1000s of NO GUM genuine stamps that have been soaked off kiloware etc, that were not originally cancelled, or were cancelled and those cancels have been bleached off - a simple home kitchen project. Getting $700 per 1000 pieces

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Using intelligent franking is EASY! tax-free is a nice week’s wages, and makes this a widespread cottage industry. In the UK, prison sentences were recently handed down for that as reported here. Most stamp dealers globally do good business selling parcels of mint full gum GENUINE stamps for well under face for postage, and they sell well. I mostly do packets of $1,000 face for $A750, and I make a few bucks, and the buyers also save $250 LEGALLY! I get streams of material from Estates, mint block collections and so on, PO packs and albums and

Glen Stephens booklets, so it works out well.

MAKE money using savvy frankings!

Armies of folks are running eBay mail order type businesses from home in these COVID days, and posting out things that cost many $$’s a sending. If a packet costs $20 to mail, charge the client $25 “post and pack” and if those $20 of stamps on parcel come from a dealer at $15 cost, you MAKE an extra $10 profit on each parcel - more profit than you make on the goods inside, in very many cases! Often those eBay buyers leave glowing feedback - “really pretty stamps used on package” etc. Oddly, most non-collectors really ENJOY getting a range of real stamps, in this era of worthless white labels, and plastic pre-paid mailing bags! Post Offices these days here seldom stock any stamps other than the current boring $1.10 base value, so having a selection of older REAL stamps on hand, in full sets is pretty savvy. AND saves you 25%. EVERY reader of this article, globally, hopefully uses only attractive STAMPS on ALL their mailings, and anyone that uses a plastic pre-paid bag to me, or a worthless PO white label, when I am paying the postage, hears about it long and hard and forcefully - and I hope all buyers take such a firm stand on that. NO excuse at all for not using stamps among us. The used se-tenant strips 5 shown nearby I used on a client parcel. Older issues of course, but retail value even when USED is a ton more than the $A15 face value, and my PO generally uses neat cds cancels like these if asked nicely. So a no brainer really for the buyer, and the seller, who has clients who appreciate it. Many buyers regularly add images of their frankings from me here - Often heavy domestic parcels of stockbooks or Hagners or albums etc are $50 a parcel these days, and overseas are often more like $100, and I know many clients choose to order off me if goods price is around the same. Getting $50 or $100 of neat cancelled, philatelically valuable franking, is really a deal breaker on heavier sendings. Buyers often sell the $50 frankings on eBay etc for more than they paid! Every country has real stamp dealers who offer

legal franking like that under face from collections etc, and it is well worth looking into buying a little of it for your stamp den, if you send a bit of mail. Post Offices do not have it any more, and taking in your mail cleverly pre-franked, they will cancel it for you. A nice full set of commemoratives is just as easy to use on mail, as a worthless $5 or $10 definitive etc.

28 Cover set for 50 Years of FDC

Australia Post comes up with some nice visual surprises at times, and their art department I must say really is top class, producing some stunning material. They have been consistently good in my view for decades, and I am sure the faces in there change often, but the creative ideas and great designs continue. A very recent issue is shown nearby, that almost no-one seems to have heard about. “Australia Fifty Years of FDC” was a special Gold Foil Postmark numbered Limited Edition of 150 sets, of *28* different covers, with 28 different stamp issues. The Official Australia PO Decimal FDC’s were first introduced in 1970. The early ones were largely ignored by collectors, and sold in tiny numbers, and I sold a 1970 30c Captain Cook only this month for $A300, see image nearby - they are still scarce and popular, with high catalogue value. This new collection comprises 28 special covers, that feature a selection of stamps from 2020, and all 28 covers feature a special and rather attractive Metallic Gold Foiled postmark. Face values of the stamps run up to $3.30 each. Covers come with a classy matching artwork band encasing them, to the cover cachet design, also in a classy gold look. The UNIQUE Train/Railway 1970-2020 se-tenant mini-sheet is clearly a key piece on its own, being a popular TRAIN topical, and limited to a really minuscule 150 numbered pieces globally. The 5c Standard Gauge Train is the exact 1970 issue, from the year the PO started making cacheted Decimal era FDCs.

A PO FDC, Limited to 150!

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Market Matters at Australia Post at the high asking price, and most collectors globally had no idea these existed. Even to the leading FDC collectors here - two of whom bought sets off me this week. Serious stamp collectors need these too - as buying this cover is the ONLY way to source this unique and unheralded Miniature Sheet. I bought a few sets 28 as it was a no-brainer they’d be highly sought after, One of a Numbered Edition of 150. once collectors heard about them. They are scan well - I tried to take one with my camera to still only a few dollars apiece, and would be a brilliant ebay seller group to try and capture the metallic shimmer of it all. Did not quite work out sadly! Anyway, something a split up into 28 numbered lots singly - will do very bit different and interesting, and at 28 different in well I think, as are loaded with topicals etc. the numbered set, will near fill a FDC album on its A very pretty set I am sure you’ll agree, but the own. gold foil metallic cancels on them do not flat-bed Hard to believe it is FIFTY years since the Post Office started making official decimal era stamp FDC’s. I remember as a kid in high school going to buy the 1970 Captain Cook, and I also had the savvy to cut up a mini sheet, and affixed the 6 imperf singles to one. That one is long gone - should have kept it - have never ever, seen another!

Prettiest Stamp Design Ever?

Scottish cattle, NOT American Cattle!

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All readers of this article have their own personal views on the most attractive stamp designs of all time. Oddly, most polls I have read on that topic have voted on pre-war steel engraved recess printed stamps etc - I do not recall any offset printed

Glen Stephens modern stamps ever being among them! I guess that says a lot. One stamp that routinely scores well in any collector polls of the most attractive stamp design of all time, is the USA Scott #292 - the 1898 $1 Trans-Mississippi Exposition, which was held in Omaha Nebraska of all places. A mint example is illustrated nearby. Very pretty I agree. Issue date of these stamps was June 17, 1898, and the number issued to Post Offices was only 56,900 - and of that truly tiny number, (WAY less than the 5/- Sydney Harbour Bridge) an unknown quantity were later officially destroyed by USPS as unsolds. For the USA that really is a tiny number, and it WHY it is expensive today. These truly superb looking stamps were printed by the United States Bureau of Engraving and Printing, and supplied to Post Office in sheets of 100 subjects, trimmed flat on one or two all sides, so many “straight edge” copies existed, many are now re-perforated of course. The stamp had the usual double-line watermark “USPS”, and all were

Painted North SCOTLAND, not North Dakota!

perforated 12. This $1 Trans-Mississippi Exposition commemorative stamp design pictures a rugged bull leading a herd of cattle through a heavy snowstorm. Although the series was intended to portray iconic scenes from the American West, the design is based on a painting by Scottish artist James MacWhirter, entitled “The Vanguard.” That original painting is shown nearby.

CALLENDAR not Calender!

It was painted by MacWhirter in 1887, in a small farmhouse near the Scottish town of Callendar, (not “Calender” as American sources incorrectly refer to it as) so the scene is actually of Scottish cattle in the central Highlands of Scotland. So much for being iconic cowboy American, “Yankee Doodle” open plains cattle of the western plains! The work of art had been used in advertisements for an American cattle company, who used it widely without permission. After the stamp was printed, USPS officials learned with horror that the painting was the property of British Lord Blythswood. An official apology was issued through the offices of the British Ambassador, and it appears all were satisfied with the outcome. The $1 Trans-Mississippi stamp was designed by Raymond Ostrander Smith, the US Bureau of Engraving and Printing’s chief staff designer, who also was responsible for the equally pretty 1901 Pan American set 6, and the Stamp News - 63

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“USS MAINE” Revenues strained resources. superb Newfoundland John Cabot set 14 of 1897. The $1 Cattle stamp features the same outer border as the rest of the values of the set. Unlike the long and massive face value 1893 Columbian series, the 1898 Trans-Mississippi Exposition commemorative stamps did not include the name or dates of the event being commemorated. Instead, each stamp features a caption with the name of the photograph or the (alleged!) painting upon which the design is based. Stamp collectors weren’t concerned with the accuracy of the design. “Western Cattle in Storm” is often referred to as the most beautiful stamp ever issued by the USA. Especially in USA based polls! In addition to being visually appealing, the stamp is also quite expensive of course, and mint or used copies cost quite serious money as we know.

Spanish War meant monocolour used.

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April to December 1898 strained the resources of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, which was overburdened by the demand for revenue stamps to fund the war. The Trans-Mississippi commemoratives were hence printed in a single color to save money and time, with the $1 denomination printed in black ink. After the tumultuous Civil War ended in 1865, the USA was nearly broke. To provide funding for the 1898 Spanish-American War, Congress authorised taxes on a wide range of goods and services. These included various alcohol and tobacco products, tea, and other amusements. New Taxes were also added to various legal and business transactions - such as Stock Certificates, bills of lading, manifests, and marine insurance etc. The sunken “USS Maine” then at the bottom of Havana Harbour, featured on 12 of these USA revenue stamps, issued in different colours and values, to raise the War Tax basically, and I am certain every kid’s stamp album on this planet had at least one these Maine stamps proudly affixed inside! To this day, they remain cheap, so mega millions or billions must have been sold. To pay these tax duties, the revenue tax stamps were purchased and affixed to the taxable item, or a respective certificate. There are 12 stamps in this “1898 USS Maine” ship issue, which occur in

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A century on, USS Maine STILL remembered! denominations ranging from ½c to 80c, and printed on double lined watermarked paper. Two types of perforations were used - rouletted, and ‘hyphen’ shaped perforations.

Only 56,000 stamps printed!

The entire printing run of the $1 Omaha stamp lasted only three days from June 1-3, 1898. There are no significant plate varieties or shades. Fully 20% of all the 56,900 stamps printed, featured one or more straight edges, (most now re-perforated!) leaving a maximum 45,520 copies sold with original perforations on all four sides. Indeed, far less, since we know many unsold stamps were destroyed. The 1898 “Trans-Mississippi and International Exposition” was held to further the progress and development of natural resources west of the Mississippi River. Held in Omaha, Nebraska, the exposition opened on June 1, 1898, and ran for four months. The Expo was not a financial success overall it is recorded, but it did revitalise Omaha Nebraska, a city that had been devastated by drought and depression. Over 2.6 million people attended this 1898 Omaha Exposition during the four months it was open. Graphic re-enactments at this long Expo, of the

explosion and sinking of the battleship Maine during that year 1898, in Havana Harbour, also fuelled patriotism, and gathered further general public support for the Spanish-American War that was still raging of course during this Expo. The result of this War - the 1898 Treaty of Paris, was negotiated on terms very favourable to the USA, which allowed it temporary Military Government in Cuba. The Treaty totally ceded ownership of Guam, Puerto Rico and the Philippines from Spain to the USA. Spain’s once mighty global Empire was essentially gone in one Treaty. “Remember the Maine - To Hell with Spain!” became a popular chant in the USA in 1898. Mainly due to a few media barons actively suggesting the Spanish had mined the ship. It now seems clear that the bituminous coal used to power Maine was known for releasing firedamp, a gas that is prone to spontaneous explosions. So, it seems likely the Maine’s gases ignited the ammunition magazine internally, and it self-destructed.

Cuba still an issue of course.

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MOngolia : A paradise for collectors Geographically Mongolia is sandwiched between China and Russia and as a country it is both very old and very new. In the late 12th century, the various Mongolian tribes were united under the leadership of Genghis Khan (1162-1227) who eventually formed an empire which encompassed most of China and Central Asia. In 1962, Mongolia issued a set of four stamps commemorating the 800th anniversary of the birth of Genghis Khan in 1162 (Fig. 1). The Mongolian empire didn’t last for very long and it became part of the Empire of China. The Mongolian nation is split into two countries – the independent republic of (Outer) Mongolia and the Chinese province of Inner Mongolia which has been very much in the news recently as the Beijing authorities are trying to introduce Chinese as the first language in the province’s schools. This reform has met with much opposition from the

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Mongolian population. When the revolution broke out in China in 1911, the people of Mongolia declared their independence but it would take many years for the Chinese to finally accept their new neighbour. Mongolia issued its first postage stamps in 1924. They had been printed in Moscow and the design was replete with Buddhist symbolism. In religious matters, the Mongolian people has been strongly influenced by Buddhist Lamaism as practiced in Tibet. The first stamps printed in Mongolia were released in 1926 and the 25 mung value (Fig. 2) is depicted nearby. Mongolia’s relations with the Soviet Union became very strong and soon the State Printing Works in Moscow became the preferred supplier of new Mongolian postage stamps. Shown nearby is a typical example issued in 1932 (Fig. 3). This particular

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Christer Brunström design has confused catalogue editors. The German MICHEL catalogue states it shows a printing press while the editors at Scott claim it depicts a Weaver at Loom. Many Mongolian issues of the 1930s and 40s exhibit considerable similarities with contemporary Soviet postage stamps. However, the Mongolian issues usually have wording in three scripts – Mongolian, Russian (Cyrillic) and English. Towards the end of the 1950s, the Mongolian postal service once again turned to local printers in Ulaanbaatar, the Mongolian capital, to produce some of its postage stamps. They were not as sophisticated as the Russian printers but these rather primitive issues certainly have a considerable charm. Shown here is a typical example issued in 1958 depicting wrestling which is an extremely popular sport in Mongolia. (Fig. 4) Mongolia covers a very large area but the cur-

rent population only amounts to some 3.2 million. It has a continental climate with very hot summers and extremely cold winters. For years Mongolia was a Communist one-party state but a considerably more democratic system of government was introduced in 1989. Mongolia is home to a rich and very diverse wildlife which has frequently been depicted on the nation’s postage stamps. Shown in Fig. 5 is an impressive goat which was part of a set issued in 1958. This particular issue was printed in Prague, Czechoslovakia. The Buddhist religion continued to play an important role in Mongol people’s daily life despite the Communist régime trying its best to promote a secular lifestyle. Some Mongolian issues still have designs which must relate to religious beliefs and traditions. One such stamp was issued in 1959

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MOngolia : A paradise for collectors featuring the Holy Flame or Tulaga (Fig. 6). The stamp was printed locally in Ulaanbaatar and the printers managed to produce three distinctly different colour variations. Whether this was on purpose or just genuine printing errors is unknown but the result was a very colourful stamp. In 1959 the Mongolian postal service signed an agreement with the Hungarian State Printing Works in Budapest and from now on Hungarians appear to have decided on the choice of designs for Mongolia’s new issues. During the following years, there was a steady stream of beautiful thematic stamp sets. Many had designs which were completely unrelated to Mongolia. They were obviously intended for the philatelic marketplace. If one looks closely at the printing and the designs, the Mongolian stamps look rather similar to many of their Hungarian contemporaries. Usually the sets consisted of seven, eight or nine values. Sometimes the sets were accompanied by souvenir sheets. To spotlight

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this period in Mongolia’s stamp history, I have selected a stamp (Fig. 7) from a set of five issued in 1962 marking the World Football Championships. Over the years I have received many letters from the Voice of Mongolia, the country’s foreign broadcaster. Sadly not a single cover has been franked with Mongolian postage stamps. It certainly is a legitimate question to ask if the many hundreds of pictorial issues ever saw any postal use in the country. Those who try to build thematic exhibits can find almost every imaginable topic featured on Mongolian postage stamps. The good news is that most of Mongolia’s post-1960 issues are very inexpensive. However, the earlier stamp issues are surprisingly difficult to locate and some have very impressive catalogue values. To conclude this short introduction to Mongolia and its postage stamps, a typical pictorial stamp issued in 1981 is shown in Fig. 8.

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