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Australia Postal History

LM123) Australia 1915 Prisoner of War mail. Small envelope addressed to Red Cross Geneva Bearing 1d Red KGV, SG 21 tied by Melbourne cds of 23 MR 15 and with Red Censor tape at top and left. Underpaid by 1.5d and with Hexagonal T10c on face. Has arrival datestamp of Geneva on reverse of 27 IV 15. Scarce item in great condition, price $355

APS31) Australia 1915 1d KGV. ACSC LC25 (M8A) Officers and Crew with King George V on board HMAS Australia. Used by cds of Leichhardt NSW to Five Dock NSW.   18.NOV.15 Scarce and attractive, selvedge removed, correspondence inside. Cat. $120, price $95

APH152) Australia 1916 small cover to Film Co. Los Angeles, USA. Bears 2.5d Indigo 2nd wmk Kangaroo, cancelled by Melbourne Ship Mail Room cds of 4MR16. Additional “Passed” (by censor) in violet. Small opening tear at top does not affect the stamp. Nice clean cover. Cat. $180, price $129

APH1149) Australia 1916 (Mar 22) cover to France with 2½d Indigo 2nd wmk. Kangaroo tied by MELBOURNE machine cancel, 'Passed' (censor), and 'Voir au dos' ('see on the back') handstamps in violet, cover returned to Australia, on reverse DIEPPE transit and Sydney & Melbourne DEAD LETTER OFFICE datestamps in red. Cat. $180 on cover. Opened 3 sides. Price. $135

APH1150) Kangaroos - 2nd Wmk: Jan.1916 usage of 2½d Bluish Indigo 2nd. Wmk Kangaroo on censored cover from Sydney to Basel, Switzerland, re-addressed to Aarau, via America per "S.S.Sonoma" with purple censorship resealing label and backstamps. Reverse bears very clear San Francisco May 8 1916 Panama California Int. Exposition San Diego 1916 Slogan. Also Aarau arrival cds of 29.V.16. Scarcer shad of the Kangaroo, cat. $250 on cover. Highly attractive piece. Price $179 

APH577) Australia 1917 KGV 1d Red Embossed Octagonal Stationery Envelope Die 5  to UK cancelled by Queanbeyan NSW cds (date illegible) with boxed “MORE TO PAY”  2d Black Postage affixed and cancelled by London cds of 10 SP 17. Roughly opened at top and stained. Scarce  Due Cover, price $159

ST246) Australia 1923 small advertising cover for Grace Bros. Sydney, addressed to a Mrs. Inman! Pre-dates the TV series “Are you Being Served” starring John Inman by nearly 50 years!  This comedy series, which ran from 1972 – 1985 with follow up episodes as late as 2016, followed the exploits of employees at London's Grace Bros. department store, was full of sexual innuendo, slapstick, visual gags and double entendres. Bears 2d Red single wmk, affixed upside down and cancelled by Sydney Slogan of MR 8 1923. Fascinating! Neat typewritten cover. Price $69 

APH608) Australia 1927 Commonwealth Bank advertising cover, registered Collins St.  – Town Clerk Richmond Vic. Bears 4½d Pale Violet smw Perf. 14 ACSC 119A.  Cancelled by Collins St.  cds of 5DE27 plus reverse cds’s of Melbourne Registered No. 5 and Richmond of the same date. Also Red Reg’d Label, Collins St. No. 5139 and CBA Unbroken wax seal on reverse. Scarce survivor price $179

APH607) Australia 1928 Commonwealth Bank advertising cover, registered Collins St.  – Town Clerk Richmond Vic. Bears 4½d Pale Violet smw Perf. 14 ACSC 119A.  Cancelled by Collins St.  cds of 20DE28 plus reverse cds’s of Melbourne Registered No. 6 and Richmond of the same date. Also Red Reg’d Label, Collins St. No. 490 and CBA Unbroken wax seal on reverse. Scarce survivor price $179

T^S215) Australia 1928 OHMS Registered Cover from “Office of Registrar of Joint Stock Companies” to “The Commonwealth Trust Corporation” Bears solo use 1927 KGV Head SM Wmk Perf 14, 4½d Violet Solo Use. Stamp damaged at lower right corner. Also bears Brisbane Red Reg’n. Label No. 3741 and with Brisbane registered cds of 27NO28 both front and reverse. Cat. $100 minimum as solo use on cover. Price $49

APH715) Australia 1929 long advertising cover for Rosenfelds Oregon, timber merchants Brisbane. Sent surface mail to San Francisco. Bears vertical pair of 1½d Red KGV sml. multi. wmk. Perf 13½ x 12½ cancelled by Brisbane Slogan of 8 JAN 1929 “MINIMUM LETTER RATE/TO USA 3D ADDRESSEE/PAYS DOUBLE DEFICIENCY” This large cover certainly ought to have been double rate, but has gotten through un-taxed. Just two years after this cover was sent the following event happened:
New Farm Timber Yard Burnt.
Firemen Battle Against Great Odds. In a devastating fire which swept through the timber yard of Rosenfeld and Co. (Q'land), Ltd., Moray-street, New Farm, yesterday afternoon and evening, several million feet of Oregon timber, as well as a valuable milling plant, were totally destroyed. The damage covered two acres, and is
estimated at £25,000. The fire was the most spectacular in Brisbane for years,
and the leaping flames, which burst 100 feet in the air, were
seen by thousands of people in almost every quarter of the
city. Full story here: HYPERLINK ""e/21670945
Cover has been opened on 3 sides. Impressive item of historical significance, maybe the only one remaining! Price $110

APH651) Australia 1930 long cover sent surface mail to USA. Bears 3d Blue sml. multi. wmk. Perf. 13½ x 12½ Die 1a, perforated OS. Cancelled by Sydney Pictorial Slogan of 31 JAN 1930 “ AIR MAIL/SAVES TIME”   Neat typewritten cover, price $110

APH579) Australia 1931 long advertising Airmail cover to UK. Bears 2d Red KGV plus 6d & 1/- Kangaroos all small multiple wmk. Cancelled by Sydney cds’s of 5MR31. Has horizontal crease to base. Pays correct Airmail rate of 1/6d plus 2d Late Fee. The Kangaroos cat. on cover at $150 and $250 respectively. Nice item, price $149

APH733) Australia 1931 small advertising cover for W. J. Moylan, Indent Agent & Broker, Sydney. Sent surface mail to Milan, Italy. Bears solo use 3d Blue KGV sml. multi. wmk. Perf. 13½ x 12½ cancelled by machine cancel of Sydney 16 SEP 1931. Reverse bears arrival cds of Milan, 23 X 31 Neat typewritten cover. Price $75

APH790) Australia 1932 Harbour Bridge set of 3 to 5/- to England on DUAL DATED COVER! Beards 2d Litho. Plus 3d & 5/- on small cover to UK. The 2d & 3d are cancelled by the Bridge Slogan on opening day of 19th March 1932, but the 5/- being positioned to the left, where you would expect to see the Airmail label, has missed being cancelled. It instead has received a Sydney No. 2 Air Mail cds of 2 days later! The same cds on reverse also. Admitted that this is a scruffy & spotty cover with tears and flap missing, plus a small nick between perfs on the 5/-, nevertheless it is probably the cheapest of its type on the market today! Price $1150   

APH606) Australia 1932 Advertising Newspaper Wrapper for NSW Bookstall Co. Ltd. To Scotland. Bears 2d & 3d Recess Printed Sydney Harbour Bridge and cancelled by Sydney Harbour Bridge cds of 21MR32. One week after the issue of the stamps and 2 days after the opening of the bridge. Correct printed matter rate of 5d. This is a rare survivor. Price $225

LM2) Australia 1932 small airmail cover to “British Dental Journal”. 8d Airmail rate bearing 2d Red KGV and 6d Chestnut Kangaroo sml. Multi. Wmk.  Cancelled by Toowoomba cds of 14 NO 1932. Neat clean cover. Price $165

APH288) Australia 1935 Anzac 2d Red, Imprint pair on 1937 commercial small Airmail cover Brisbane to Melbourne, together with 1d green KGV , Cancelled by cds of Air Mail Brisbane 3OC37 and with arrival cds’s of Sydney Airmail 9OC37 and Melbourne the following day. Scarce and unusual franking. Price $95

APH200) Australia 1936 small airmail Registered Advertising Cover Sydney – Czechoslovakia. Bears 1/6d Double Globe Hermes, 6d Sepia Airmail & 3d Green Airmail Type A on advertising cover for M. H. Cashmore, cancelled by cds’s of Sydney Registered 6-JA-36. Reverse bears the same Sydney Registered cds and cds’s of Athens 19.1.36, Rome 20.26 and Bologna 21.1.36. Clean neat cover price $75

APH734) Australia small advertising cover for Jones & Hambly “Practical Printers” Fortitude Valley, Brisbane. (Still in business today!) Bears 1d green KGV C of A wmk., cancelled by Brisbane slogan of 6 OCT 1937 “MINIMUM LETTER RATE/TO USA 3D ADDRESSEE/PAYS DOUBLE DEFICIENCY”  This slogan was in constant use for a number of years. Sent locally to City Electric Light Company. Price $25

APH1066) Australia 1938 Registered cover endorsed “2ND CLASS MATTER” Bexley NSW – Albury NSW. Bears 1½d maroon KGVI together with ½d orange KGV C of A wmk also Tasmania ½d green scenic & 1½d on 5d Tasmania Tablet type. All cancelled by cds’s of Bexley 27AP38. Reverse bears T.P.O. 1 South N.S.W. cds of the same date plus an arrival cds of Albury the following day. Neat typewritten cover, small 5mm tear at top does not detract. Price $29    

APH290) Australia 1938 KGVI P13½ X 14 3d Blue DIE II thick paper in combination with 2d Scarlet KGV on small airmail advertising cover for Hotel Fitzpatrick, Kuranda North Queensland to Rose Bay NSW. Cancelled by cds’s of Cairns, Qld. Of 6JE38 and with Brisbane 2 line slogan on reverse “AIR MAIL/SAVES TIME” of the following day. Nice dual reign cover. Price $42

APH1169) Australia small re-addressed RAILWAY advertising cover for “The Hiawatha” and “The Milwaukee Road” via Greece to Berlin. Bears 2/- Pale Maroon C of A wmk. Kangaroo (ACSC40B) & 1d Green Die 1 Queen Elizabeth. (2/- Postage and 1d Late Fee) Cancelled by Sydney Airmail Section machine cancel of 11 JUL 1938.  Reverse bears transit Airmail cds of Athinai (Athens) of 21 VII 38. Neat hand addressed cover. Price $39 

APH1151) Australia 1941 usage of 5/- Robes + 4d Koala & 6d Kookaburra on airmail advertising cover for Austral Engineering Supplies Pty. Ltd. from Sydney to London; with "CALIFORNIA CLIPPER" two line cachet in red and with typed instructions "VIA NEW ZEALAND AND AMERICA". Underpays the quadruple rate franking by 2d., price $89

APH1001) Australia 1957 long Airmail reg’d Commercial cover to Anglo Egyptian Resettlement board. Bears 5/- Arms & 3d Green QEII cancelled by Elizabeth St. Melbourne Registered cds of 15NO57 and with oval Egyptian Resettlement Board receiving h/stamp in Purple of 19 NOV 1957. A little aged, but rare survivor. Price $37.50

APH659APH573) Australia 1969 5c Edgeworth David Booklet Pane on small Airmail Cover to Germany. Together with 5c Ports & Harbours to make 30c rate. Cancelled by Darwin cds’s of 4MAR69. Booklet panes on commercial cover are rare. Price $69

APH494) Australia 1971 RARE small Airmail cover bearing solo use 15c Australia/Asia to Pitcairn Is! Cancelled Melbourne 4 line slogan of 3 SEP 1971 “VISIT YOUR /SCHOOLS/EDUCATION/WEEK” Pitcairn receiving cds on front of SP 10 71. The solo use of this 15c was cat. $25 in the 2002 ACSC. Way below today’s value. Price $87.50

APH485) Australia 1973 Airmail Registered cover Qld. – WA. Bears 30c Qantas, 10c Oil & Gas plus 2 x 7c Humbug Fish and 1c & 2c QEII to make correct rate of 57c . Scarce franking as the 30c Qantas was intended for overseas Airmail use. Cancelled by cds’s of Fortitude Valley JA 15 73. Price $45

APS33) Australia 1977 18c Red QEII Lettercard used 15MR77 to Hunters Hill NSW, with cds of Lord Howe Island. Scarce. Price $39

APH578) Australia 1977 $1.35 Rate OVERSEAS EXPRESS DELIVERY, with red labels x 2 on face and 1 on reverse. Small Airmail cover WHYALLA SA to GREECE. Bears 25 & 30c Scenes, plus 30c Performing Arts & 45c Cricket. Cancelled by Whyalla cds’s of 8JE77 and with Adelaide transit cds on reverse 2 days later together with Athens arrival cds of 10.6.77. Rare survivor, price $69

APH657) Australia 1988 37c Leadbeaters Possum PSE uprated for Priority Paid by 2c, 25c & $1 Living Together. Sent Bentleigh East to Melbourne SEC and cancelled by single cds of 25OC88. Correct rate of $1.64. Priority paid label to top left. Reverse has violet time date stamps. Rare combination of stamps. Small coffee? stain to front of envelope. Price $39

APH655) Australia 1989 Priority Paid cover Zillmere Qld to Diners Club Melbourne.  Bears $1, 39c & 25c Living together to make correct $1.64 rate. Cancelled by Zillmere cds of 3JAN89 and with Zillmere time/date stamp in black on front in black and received time/date stamps in violet on reverse of Brisbane 3/1 and Melbourne 4/1. Nice tri-value franking. Price $35

APH478) Australia 1989 Long airmail cover to Finland. Bears 32c Christmas and 90c Living Together. Cancelled by slogan of Fremantle WA 10 MAR 1989 "ADDRESS MAIL TO PRIVATE BOX NO. EXPEDITES DELIVERY". Price: $29

APH483) Australia 1989 Small airmail cover to Finland. Bears 35c Blue Tiger Butterfly X 2, 1c Living Together and 39c Merino. Cancelled by slogan of NSW 16 MAR 1989 "AUSTRALIA POST HAS THE SPEED YOU NEED". Price: $29

APH482) Australia 1989 Small airmail cover to Finland. Bears $1 Corriedale Sheep and 10c Living Together. Machine cancel of Footscray Mail Centre VIC 21 MAR 1989. Price: $29

APH476) Australia 1990 Large airmail cover to Finland. Bears 15c Living Together and $1 Fun Run. Cancelled by slogan of Perth WA 10 JUL 1990 "COLLECT AUSTRALIAN STAMPS". 5c overpaid. Price: $39

APH177) Australia 1991 Priority Paid PSE Lismore to Tamworth NSW.  Postage paid envelope (PPE) of Rock Falls, PO Ref. DL 599/0032 uprated by horiz. Pair of 75c Living Together. Cancelled by Lismore rubber cds’s of 17 APR 1991 and with 2 line instructional “POSTED INCORRECTLY/OR TOO LATE” Flap missing. Unusual! Price $29

APH584) Australia 1991 Long Airmail Security Post cover to Auckland NZ. Bears $1 Sulphur Crested Cockatoo overpaying by 30c the airmail rate to NZ, & $10 gardens for Security Post Fee. Cancelled by counter h/stamp of Crows Nest NSW 12 SEP 1991. Rare! Price $79

APH470) Australia 1994 airmail cover to Denmark. Bears 60c Living Together and 65c Rock-Climbing. Cancelled by CDS of Glen Waverley VIC 4 MR 94. 5c underpaid. Price: $39

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