The Cocos Keeling Islands "Tin Can Mail" Covers (circa 1951)

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The Cocos Keeling Islands "Tin Can Mail" Covers (circa 1951)

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I was handed some tat at the charity the other week and had a quick flick through and this philatelic creation for WAPEX 84 caught my eye. I thought interesting and maybe $5 on a good day.
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Then this odd cover with a Tin Can Mail cachet which obviously couldn't be.
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BUT There was an enclosure that caught my eye.
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So the organising committee wanted to exhibit a Cocos Tin Can Mail cover in the possession of Mr. Dawson.

Digging further I presumably found what they were referring to.

This cover on official Commonwealth of Australia Department of Civil Aviation envelope with the Tin Can Mail Cocos-Keeling Is cachet along with a Per RMS ORION cachet. Again addressed to Mr. Dawson.
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Then another surfaced. Again with the Tin Can Mail Cocos-Keeling Is cachet along with a Per RMS ORION cachet but with a pencil date of 12/8/51 on the ORION cachet. Cancelled on arrival in Perth on 17/8/51.
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There were a few other covers to Mr. F. Dawson who appears to have been Supt Airways Engineer at D.C.A.

At a quick look I couldn't find out much on these but because the organising committee wanted to exhibit one I suspect they are scarce.

Any idea of a value as a group?
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Re: Cocos Keeling Islands Tin Can Mail Covers (1951)

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I got to where I was going tonight and realised that I hadn't put an image of some connected non Tin Can covers in.

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Re: Cocos Keeling Islands Tin Can Mail Covers (1951)

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There is a variation of the re-enactment cover with a "DAMAGED BY WATER" cachet, complete with damage (left and bottom of cover). I presume the damage in this case was deliberate.

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I did a little bit of digging on these Cocos Tin Can Mail covers and came across this sale at Prestige. These appear to be pretty scarce.

The stampless 'official mail' cover could be quite rare.

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This one sold for $320 plus add ons.

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traralgon3844 wrote:I did a little bit of digging on these Cocos Tin Can Mail covers and came across this sale at Prestige. These appear to be pretty scarce.

The stampless 'official mail' cover could be quite rare.

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$500 plus add-ons is meaningless here.

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Re: The Cocos Keeling Islands "Tin Can Mail" Covers (circa 1

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Anyone who is interested in any of these covers can bid for them in the current Phoenix auction.

Proceeds go to charity.

https://www.phoenixauctions.com.au/cgi-bin/wsPhoenix.sh/viewl ... auction=66

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Re: The Cocos Keeling Islands "Tin Can Mail" Covers (circa 1

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Do you know if there are Cocos Island Tin Can Mail covers using Malaya coconut definitives? I am referring to those stamps with the two coconut trees on them, as in the non-Tin Can cover below:

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Malaya Singapore 1949 small heads issue definitives "addressed" to W A Cooper, director of posts

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Re: The Cocos Keeling Islands "Tin Can Mail" Covers (circa 1

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Not sure what to make of this one.
No Tin Can Mail cachet front or back.
Sender was E R Leigh-Parkin, manager of the telegraph station on Cocos.
June 6, 1950 was the departure date of the TSS "Islander", bound for Singapore.
Stamps possibly affixed in Singapore June 15, arrived Ghent, NY June 23.


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This one with a Ceylon stamp, again from ERLP.
The RFA "Wave Baron" departed Cocos on 17 Jan 1951, bound for Colombo, arriving 22Jan.

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