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by 1971 surely s= Seniti after decimalisation not shillings anymore ?
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Yeah, you are probably right. I had no idea when Tonga went decimal.

It's not an area I collect, my mother worked at the firm and I inherited it from her.

So, if the rate was only 8 cents, that seems pretty cheap.

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Use of Tongan stamp in Samoan post office :

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Black REGISTERED handstamp and SAMOA circular CDS both applied in Apia, Samoa at the John Davis Post Office. This is just 5 days before the PO closed and the German government took over control of the western Samoan Islands of Upolu, Savai'i, Manono and Apolima. America got control of the eastern Samoan Islands, and Great Britain gave up all claims to Samoa and got control of the Tongan Islands 550 miles (900 km) to the south.
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1951 cover from Fiji to New Guinea
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manfaefife wrote:1951 cover from Fiji to New Guinea
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Very nice cover 8)

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Hi there,

I found this thread while looking for information on a Nauru Cover. So will post a couple from the box of covers, I've only just got around to looking at.
Two Covers from Aitutaki Cook Islands from various Bird Sets 1981, 1982 & 1984.

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Here is the 1963 5d Nauru Calophyllum ( IYO ) Cover

Posted in 1965. Not sure at which Post Office.Not many covers about.

Any Idea's on price.

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Nauru is not large enough to have more than one post office - I was able to easily walk the circumference of the island in only a few hours.

Dunne covers beginning in the late 1930's (I believe) and later are well represented. Over the last couple of years they appeared frequently on Ebay - not all sold. Numerous WWII censored covers were offered by Prestige(?).

Yours with an illegible date and poor strike probably has little value.
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Hi All
Some nice looking covers shown on this thread.
I have a couple 1988 Captain Cook FDC. from Cook Island to show
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From Nauru to Nauru:
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The cover is postmarked 5 SEP 77(smudged).

The stamps must have been popular. I wonder how often they were reprinted.

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1938 TONGA TIN CAN - CANOE MAIL.

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Here's a couple from Tuvalu.
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Here's a postcard from Fiji.
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Here's a genuine commercial card I mailed to my housemates while stopping on Nauru on my way to Kiribati.

Postmarked "Nauru 16 Mar 1982".
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Here's a double weight airmail cover from Nauru I mailed to my bother that contained an anniversary card hence the 50¢ rate. My first stopover on Nauru.

Postmarked "Nauru 1 MAY 1980".
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My second visit to Nauru produced this single weight cover to my parents.

Postmarked "16 MAR 1982".
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Hi all,

Here's a nice official OHMS cover from Tonga to Tasmania.

By Airmail boxed cachet.
Tonga Official Paid in violet.
Tonga Government Chief Postmaster in grey/violet.

Posted Nukualofa 25 Feb 1964.

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Here's a 1922 commercial cover from Tonga to USA.

2d Queen Salote cancelled 1 April 1922.

Is this early 1920's mail scarce??

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Cook Island in blocks
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1930 from Rarotonga
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Perhaps it's time to bump up this thread?

A cover from Nauru to New Zealand:
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The cover was franked with two 4d Frigate Bird issues and paid the 8d airmail rate to New Zealand(?). It was postmarked 5 NO 59.

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This was in a collection I picked up awhile ago.

Didn't think it was all that interesting until I turned it over.
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I found this in a box of 7000 covers that I am sorting through. Folded in half and showing Tweed Heads and Brunswick Heads arrival postmarks on reverse.
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Nauru January 13, 1959 to U.S.A.
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Tonga:
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2001 registered cover from Nuku'alofa to Ireland
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2006 local cover Nuku'alofa to Nuku'alofa.
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2004 registered cover 'Eua to UK
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Republic of Nauru to USA

Unfortunately ink for the ink pad must have been rationed that day. :-(
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Two modern items, a cover from Vanuatu and a PC from Samoa, both were sent to Israel:
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One more cover from 1954, one I knew I had .... but which took a little while to locate.

It is addressed to Sir Ronald Garvey (Governor of Fiji from 1952 - 1958).
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Tonga:

Tonga FDC - SG71-73 Queen Salote's 20th Anniversary of Accession - 12th October 1938
Tonga FDC - SG71-73 Queen Salote's 20th Anniversary of Accession - 12th October 1938

Sir John Maynard Hedstrom (22 February 1872 – 2 June 1951) was a Fijian businessman and politician. He served as a member of the Legislative Council of Fiji for over 30 years. At one time he was employed by the Fiji Post Office.

Tonga FDC - SG71-73 Queen Salote's 20th Anniversary of Accession - 12th October 1938
Tonga FDC - SG71-73 Queen Salote's 20th Anniversary of Accession - 12th October 1938

Lady Joyce Hedstrom (nee Beauchamp) was the second wife of Sir John, they married in the 1930s.
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Tonga Tin Can Mail:
Tonga Tin Can Canoe Mail - Niuafoou Island, Tonga to Fiji - 22nd March 1939
Tonga Tin Can Canoe Mail - Niuafoou Island, Tonga to Fiji - 22nd March 1939
Reverse signed by Walt Geo Quensell - Tin Can Canoe Mail Manager - Arrived Fiji, 10th June 1939.
Reverse signed by Walt Geo Quensell - Tin Can Canoe Mail Manager - Arrived Fiji, 10th June 1939.


Also addressed to Sir Maynard Hedstrom.
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Western Samoa:

Western Samoa fdc 1939  - 25th Anniversary of the Landing of New Zealand Troops SG 195/8 stamps to Sir Maynard Hedstrom, Suva, Fiji - Apia cds 29th August 1939.
Western Samoa fdc 1939 - 25th Anniversary of the Landing of New Zealand Troops SG 195/8 stamps to Sir Maynard Hedstrom, Suva, Fiji - Apia cds 29th August 1939.

Western Samoa fdc 1939 - 25th Anniversary of the Landing of New Zealand Troops SG 195/8 stamps to Miller Bros (Aust Cover Producers) Carlton, Vic, Australia - Apia cds 29th August 1939.
Western Samoa fdc 1939 - 25th Anniversary of the Landing of New Zealand Troops SG 195/8 stamps to Miller Bros (Aust Cover Producers) Carlton, Vic, Australia - Apia cds 29th August 1939.
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BigSaint wrote:
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Western Samoa:

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Hey Big Saint,

Is it possible to put the second one in context?

Who were the Miller Bros and what is the significance of this cover, if any?

Great visual appeal btw.

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Have this totally unique bunch of covers in stock. (Stock 156GY)

Gilbert and Ellice ''Christmas Island'' BFPO Nuclear Testing Forces 1956-58 covers x 6

"Forces Air Mail' concession rate singles on 3 cover.

Other 3 covers the sender has cunningly used BOOKLET PANES 6, each with stitched top selvedge. Postally used they are scarce. On ANY cover, moreso. :mrgreen:

Postally used from Christmas Island on matched covers, the trio be unique I have no doubt. 8) 8)

Never seen even one of these before in 40 years of dealing. Condition a tad mixed after 63 years but a unique group I will bet.

Are they worth $20 apiece? You bet! :lol: :lol:
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Rigs wrote:
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BigSaint wrote:
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Western Samoa:

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Hey Big Saint,

Is it possible to put the second one in context?

Who were the Miller Bros and what is the significance of this cover, if any?

Great visual appeal btw.

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Miller Bros (from MWP - Australian Cover Society - First Day Cover Catalogue):

Saul & Maurice Miller Bros of Carlton North Victoria was one of the major stamp dealerships in the 1940s & early 1950s. Jewish migrants from Poland, they came to Australia after WWI. Known by their family name Zelenko, they adopted the name Miller in 1938. Saul started writing for Australian Stamp Monthly in 1935. On 10th May 1937 Saul produced his first fdc under the name S Zelenko.

You will find one of Saul's 1937 covers on the link below:

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Miller Bros made their first fdcs in 1938 by rubber stamping "First Day Cover" on their own commercial envelopes.

There is no mention in MWP of making covers for other countries but here is a cover made in the way of their early generic covers before they went issue specific in 1945. :D
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Cool thx for that. Just to clear my stupid understanding, this was a cover just purchased in Samoa, or was it sent to Victoria?

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Rigs

I would say the Millers addressed up some covers & sent them with bank draft to the Western Samoa post office for the affixing of stamps, postmarking & mail back to themselves in Carlton North. :D
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I would say the Millers addressed up some covers & sent them with bank draft to the Western Samoa post office for the affixing of stamps, postmarking & mail back to themselves in Carlton North. :D
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Tonga Tin Can Mail:

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The boxed handstamp on the right is in old Gaelic script (Ireland & Scotland).

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(Letters in brackets are borrowed from English and are not Gaelic).


Has anyone any idea how that happened?

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There are Dutch, Spanish and Greek on there so Irish is nothing special. I suspect they were all applied to everything, space permitting.
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There are Dutch, Spanish and Greek on there so Irish is nothing special. I suspect they were all applied to everything, space permitting.

It's in both English and Irish, using Gaelic script........THAT is unusual. :)

Also, "caintín" is cushion or little talk.....or even canteen. :mrgreen:

Canna stáin is tin can in Irish.

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Enlarged for you Cill Dara:
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Tokelau Islands consists of three tropical coral atolls - Atafu, Fakaofo & Nukunonu:

Sets of 3 souvenir cover were produced for Tokelau Islands 1948 Definitives SG1-3 postmarked on each of these atoils:
Tokelau Islands 1948 Definitives SG1-3 postmarked Atafu 22nd June 1948 to St.Kilda, Vic, Australia
Tokelau Islands 1948 Definitives SG1-3 postmarked Atafu 22nd June 1948 to St.Kilda, Vic, Australia
Tokelau Islands 1948 Definitives SG1-3 postmarked Fakaofo 22nd June 1948 to NZ Trade Commissioner, Melbourne, Aust.
Tokelau Islands 1948 Definitives SG1-3 postmarked Fakaofo 22nd June 1948 to NZ Trade Commissioner, Melbourne, Aust.
Tokelau Islands 1948 Definitives SG1-3 postmarked Nukunonu 22nd June 1948 to The Stamp Shop, Christchurch, New Zealand (printed address)
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Cook Islands:

COOK ISLANDS 2nd September 1940 Tropical Landscape 3d overprint on three half pence issue CDS "RAROTONGA" to Melbourne, Australia
COOK ISLANDS 2nd September 1940 Tropical Landscape 3d overprint on three half pence issue CDS "RAROTONGA" to Melbourne, Australia

The addressee William Ackland was a stamp dealer in Melbourne for 60 years in Melbourne up to his death in 1953. He was not recognised as a fdc cover producer.

There is a thread on William Ackland, link below:

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Cook Islands:

Cook Islands 1949-61 Pictorials stamps fdc SG 150-157. Postmarked Rarotonga 1st August 1949 to North Richmond, Vic, Australia.
Cook Islands 1949-61 Pictorials stamps fdc SG 150-157. Postmarked Rarotonga 1st August 1949 to North Richmond, Vic, Australia.

The addressee, Mr L J Tyler, was also a prolific collector of Australian postmarks.
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Re: Show here your Pacific Island stamped covers

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Cook Islands:

Cook Islands commercial cover with 1949 pictorials 2d & 6d (SG 152 & 155) postmarked Mangaia 16th May 1956 to Tasmania Lotteries (Geo Adams - Tattersalls) Hobart, Australia.
Cook Islands commercial cover with 1949 pictorials 2d & 6d (SG 152 & 155) postmarked Mangaia 16th May 1956 to Tasmania Lotteries (Geo Adams - Tattersalls) Hobart, Australia.

There is a large thread on Tattersalls cover sent to Hobart in the link below:

https://www.stampboards.com/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=519
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Re: Show here your Pacific Island stamped covers

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BigSaint wrote:
14 Jul 2020 11:38
Enlarged for you Cill Dara:
Image
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Go raibh maith agat......cheers. :mrgreen:

Oh, and "island" is clearly English....they should have used "oileán".

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Re: Show here your Pacific Island stamped covers

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Cook Islands:

Cooks Island 1963 Registered cover with 3d Frangipanni & 1/- Orange stamps postmarked Atiu 21st October 1963 to NZ Trade Commissioner, Melbourne Australia
Cooks Island 1963 Registered cover with 3d Frangipanni & 1/- Orange stamps postmarked Atiu 21st October 1963 to NZ Trade Commissioner, Melbourne Australia

Cooks Island 1963 Registered cover with 3d Frangipanni & 1/- Orange stamps postmarked Mangaia 21st October 1963 to NZ Trade Commissioner, Melbourne Australia
Cooks Island 1963 Registered cover with 3d Frangipanni & 1/- Orange stamps postmarked Mangaia 21st October 1963 to NZ Trade Commissioner, Melbourne Australia

I tried to locate similar covers to these on eBay & other websites without any luck. These two stamps were issued on
4th June 1963, so these covers are not first day.

Our Australian postmark collector, Mr L.J. Tyler, has returned & it would appear he works for the New Zealand Trade Commissioner. :)
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