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Our cover of the month:
Latvia: RIGA - PLAVINAS - GULBENE; Train number P.V.No 5; Trip date 16.10.42 paid at Reich Local Postage Post Card Rate 6Pf on Michel Ganzaschen P 299 Type I postal stationery card. Discussed in Spring Journal 2017
'UNITED STATES SEA P.O. / 18' [Hosking Type 7/TA39] and 'PAQUEBOT' [H4009/TA40] used on a US ship in July 1916.
The possible ship identities are discussed in Winter 2016 Journal 334.
Letter addressed to San Francisco with Australian stamps cancelled by a AUCKLAND NZ LOOSE LETTER
circular date stamp, discussed in Journal 333 [C Tabeart].
July 2016 - Pictures of the July AGM and London Meeting
Dominique Wickremasinghe with TPOs of Saxony
Beverly King showing New Zealand Marine POs
Rob Wheeler with his display of Russian River TPOs
The chairman addressing the assembled multitude
Steve Ellis and his English Channel routes
Geoff Ellerton with his Tin Can Mail
US 3¢ used on board Nord Deutscher Lloyd's Dampfer Columbus from Bremen to New York
where the sea post office applied the taxe mark 'SPO T / 5' [Hosking TA / X11] in 1936.
USA stamps were not allowed westbound. In New York the US Post Office cancelled the 3¢ and
charged double deficiency of 10¢ less credit for the 3¢ paid for a total of 7¢ postage due.
Cover containing a 1927/28 message from the outbound steamship San Ugen transmitted by radio to the
inbound ss Metagua for mailing on arrival at Avonmouth. Discussed in the Spring 2016 Journal 331 [Colin Tabeart].
Also, see Ocean Letters
in this website.
Egyptian printed stationery envelope with added stamps and four strikes of the circular cancel
"CAIRO - ALEXANDRIA / T.P.O. / 29.1.1912 T33".
1903 letter sent from Germany to New Zealand bearing a 5d Taxe mark ('5D
/ L.01' Wilson 513 type) applied on the London and Queenborough Sorting Carriage, discussed in Journal 329.
This is a new find courtesy Ken Snelson, Postage Due Mail Study Group
Another successful meeting: the Society Table at MIDPEX where we also held our AGM. [Rik Martin behind the camera, again!]
A GB parcel bill dated at 'Keith AP 24 1905' with a single circle cancel of the “ABERDEEN & ELGIN S.C. / U / AP 24 1905” (Wilson 830)
May's Special Image
Your hard working committee at the Salisbury Stamp Fair 2015 - held in Andover! Photographer: Rick Martin; from left to right:
Journal Managing Editor, Keith Morris; Auction Manager, Mike Dovey; and Chairman, Julian Jones. [The webmaster couldn't resist this opportunity].
New Durban paquebot mark discussed in Journal 327.
Stamps canceled by “NAVIGAZIONE LIBERA TRIESTINA - Piroscafo Brenta”, dated 29 DEC 36; on reverse, arrival cancel “SIMONSTOWN 2 JAN 37”.
Check out Peter Schultz’s website at www.paquebot.info
– worth a look for all maritime collectors.
Cover posted on the way to New York with the special German cancellation for the joint German-American sea post service on board Hamburg-America Line's Albert Ballin.
On the way to New York stamps of Germany should have been used. The American postage was not accepted, even though it was correctly franked with 5 cts. Therefore the tax-mark was added and the stamps were not cancelled, but treated as being invalid.
In Italy the receiver had to pay 2.50 Lire postage due.
Envelope with boxed TAMSUI (Taiwan) Paquebot mark (H3415) and Hong Kong stamp cancelled with TAMSUI TAIWAN JAPAN cancel in 1916.
Offered as lot 253 in the Autumn 2014 auction.
The Ghana Eastern TPO Cancellation clearly showing the mark as “TPO ESTERN DN” with the “A” missing. Discussed in Journal 324.
Letter paid 4½d sent from London to Boston, USA, sorted on board the TPO between London and Holyhead, bearing clear
strikes of ‘LONDON & HOLYHEAD UNITED.STATES.MAIL T.P.O DE 21 95’ AND K.48 duplex. The franking pays the 2½d
UPU single rate to the USA and the 2d Late Fee for posting at Euston. Early usage of W191 and W189. Image courtesy Alexios Papadopoulos.
Deutsche Seepost cancel on German postal stationary card mailed on route from Hamburg to New York.
The cancelation with roman number IX was used in 1892 on board of HAPAG-steamship SUEVIA, a typical ship of that time for Third-Class-Passengers, mostly emigrants.
See the survey
of German and American ships on the North Atlantic route to check cancels against lists of ships.
Discussed in our Autumn Journal, this cover is paid 5c UPU surface postage plus a 5c supplementary late fee for posting at the dockside before the ship's departure.
How come a letter for Germany was cancelled as a SHIP letter in Birmingham, England?
[See census of BIRMINGHAM SHIP marks
French envelope addresssed to Villagarcia in Spain with 40c Emperor stamp canceled by a diamond '81' strike, with added double ring circular “BORDEAUX A IRUN / 2 SEPT 1870” French TPO mark.
It was lot 74 in the Summer 2013 auction.
is located on the border between Spain and France. It is an important
railway interchange between the French SNCF and the Spanish RENFE railway systems of differing rail gauge.