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Hi All,

I was going through a box of stamps and philatelic material and this cover grabbed my attention. What a journey this little envelope has been through! Thought I would share. Matt

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Another armed forces-related busy cover, this one from the UK:

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It went to New Delhi, then was forwarded to Karachi; a mess of cancels on reverse with at least one other place name. The address label with the two aforementioned cities is itself pasted over previous addressing--the receiver name is the same, so I assume its all one trip, and not a 'turned' cover--reusing an envelope to save paper.
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Here is a cover that I found at a flea market a while ago:
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Although it didn't have to travel very far, from Flamengo to Urca, it's a wonder that the perfs on the overhanging stamps are still in quite reasonable condition.

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Busy cover from Lyon, France to Edinburgh, Philatelic being sent from a Stamp Company using up older stamps. Destined for my £1 Car boot box.
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A cover I picked up the other day ; Sydney to India
Return to Sender.. Dead Letter Office..looks like a tax C4
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bear0001 wrote:A cover I picked up the other day ; Sydney to India
Return to Sender.. Dead Letter Office..looks like a tax C4
C4 is an Indian censor mark. The following quote from Joy, taken from another thread, explains it much better than I could...
Joy Daschaudhuri wrote: It is Morenweiser type 7A steel stamp censor mark of Mumbai Censor Station, used from April 1943 to September 1945, which was applied to indicate that the cover was not opened or censored at Mumbai.

Here C refers to the station code allotted to Mumbai CS in May 1941 and 12 is the examiner's chop number which ranges from 3 to 76 for type 7A mark of Mumbai CS.
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I don't own any busy covers myself, this one is from online.

France to Morocco.

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Offered on the Corbitts website,

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Described as,
1910 envelope addressed to Ceylon bearing SG219, 1d scarlet tied by Balham double ring with Colombo arrival and forwarded to Japan via Singapore and Hong Kong with marine sorter 'Singapore to Hong Kong' sent on the steamer 'Devanha' with Yokohama arrival, various Japanese instruction labels (13), underpaid with 'T/15c' hand stamp & hand struck 'Inconnu' with boxed 'Undelivered/To be returned to Sender.'
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This 1d Pink postal stationery envelope wandered a bit trying to find The Honourable Henry Stanhope, who I haven't quite been able to identify - certainly not without other names and not at Dorrington Park Chesterfield.

Posted from DURHAM FE 20 1871 with the 267 duplex, it has the following additional handstamps (* = on reverse):

*NEWCASTLE-ON-TYNE/H FE 2? 71 (possibly en route from Durham to Chesterfield on 20th)
*CHESTERFIELD/B FE 20 71
CHESTERFIELD/C FE 21 71 - redirected to Shrewsbury "Try Shrewsbury"
SHREWSBURY 15/2 FE 22 71 -
*DORRINGTON/A FE 22 71 - redirected to Sleaford "Shrewsbury" deleted and Sleaford added.
*MIDLAND TPO/D FE 24 71
*SLEAFORD/A FE 24 1871 (24TH?)
CHESTERFIELD C/FE 24 71
*SLEAFORD/A FE 25 1871

and another CHESTERFIELD/A over the crest on the flap, which may be FE 26.
Interesting that it didn't get back to the sender in the Durham area.

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Post by chips61 »

Hi .
I have this busy Taiwan envelope ,but i am not sure if they are all actual stamps.
There are some stamps from TAIWAN and others from COLDLAND.
They are canceled SEP-6-2011 XIENSENG and SEP-7-2011 COLDLAND CUSTOMS, their is also on the bottom left hand corner 3 cancellation but i can not read them .

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Hi chips61,

The COLDLAND stamps are 'fantasy' stamps.

If you look at the top-left part of the cover, the originator of the cover is Scott Visnjic. This person is based in Taiwan and specialises in the production of fantasy and replica stamps.

There are some threads in this Forum that talk about him, such as the following:

http://www.stampboards.com/viewtopic.php?f=21&t=29945

He has his own shop on eBay too. Do a search on eBay for the user scottvisnjic and see the kind of fantasy and replica stamps he currently has for sale.
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Thanks Mstech
I had a feeling they were not real stamps but the cancellations confused me a bit.
That is were experience counts.
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Only busy by virtue of the number of stamps on it, but this hasn't seen any activity lately.

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Busy, Confusing and interesting :lol:

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Saw this listed in a Ron Leith auction at about CAD$75. Fascinating – one for the armchair traveller! 8-)

1940 Around-the-World Cover
1940 Around-the-World Cover

Here's the description as quoted direct from auction:

1940 MELBOURNE-VIC to FREEMANTLE-WA, cover dated OCT21,1940 and addressed to a passenger on the CPR RMS EMPRESS of JAPAN, missed the ship at Freemantle and forwarded to LONDON via British Naval Ship + onward to VICTORIA-BC on JAN41941 where the passenger was NOT ON BOARD, the ship was checked again on JAN 6th and on JAN 9th and still no passenger, the letter was then returned to sender, cover cut diagonally to open, a fabulous pre-WWII cover circumventing the globe with great markings, F-VF est
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Catweazle wrote: 14 Jun 2021 14:15

Here's the description as quoted direct from auction:

1940 MELBOURNE-VIC to FREEMANTLE-WA, cover dated OCT21,1940 and addressed to a passenger on the CPR RMS EMPRESS of JAPAN, missed the ship at Freemantle and forwarded to LONDON via British Naval Ship + onward to VICTORIA-BC on JAN41941 where the passenger was NOT ON BOARD, the ship was checked again on JAN 6th and on JAN 9th and still no passenger, the letter was then returned to sender, cover cut diagonally to open, a fabulous pre-WWII cover circumventing the globe with great markings, F-VF est
Curious that a Canadian auction-house should describe a 1940 cover as pre-WWII. Does Canada now have to view history from a US perspective?

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Thanks for the laugh, Honza!
1916 Busy Registered OHMS Cover with 4d Orange Large OS Kangaroo
1916 Busy Registered OHMS Cover with 4d Orange Large OS Kangaroo
Phoenix Auction 2171 wrote:Lot 341: 4d Orange perf large 'OS' tied to long registered OHMS cover by Registered Perth CDS 15 JE 16 with large Perth Registration Label at left and 'UNCLAIMED' handstamp together with Bayswater and Guildford cds, also boxed 'CALLED/17JU16/L.C.R.' and boxed 'D.L.O./23AUG1916/PERTH', few minor edge faults. Attractive cover.
Read that auction description of this item really fast and you'll soon see why I'm posting this 'busy' cover here!
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Described by Cavendish Philatelic Auctions in their recent December sale (gone unsold) as "a well travelled cover [with] multiple redirections" – 23 May 1868 unpaid EL via Marseilles from Melbourne to Meinza, redirected to Le Mans then finally carried by Thurn & Taxis to the intended destination. 8-)
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United State. Postal Card with Paid Reply, Scott #UY1.
Reply part of the card is still attached.
US Postal Card with Paid Reply,  Scott #UY1.
US Postal Card with Paid Reply, Scott #UY1.
New Haven, Conn. May 5, 1898, 11 PM Flag cancel.
W NY 5-6-98 8 A
PO NY 5-21-98 7 (?)
W NY 5-24-98 4 P
PO NY 6-1-98 5 P (on back)
NY 14 6-1-98 11 PM
New Haven, Conn, June 9, 1898 2:30 PM

Also there is a faint purple handstamp:
RETURNED TO SENDER
ADDRESSEE NOT FOUND BY NY PO
DO NOT MAIL AGAIN IN THIS
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I think this fits in here well.
Busy - Registered cover from J.Steger in N.Y. to Josephine Loffler in Germany.
Busy - Registered cover from J.Steger in N.Y. to Josephine Loffler in Germany.
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I think this unpaid 1960 cover from GB to South Africa (and back) could be described as rather busy.
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Red markings for diversion from Airmail to surface mail, charge marks, instructional marks, postage dues affixed and then marked "Charge not collected".

I make it a total of 11 postal markings of some kind, not counting the manuscript marks.
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It makes you wonder how these things ever get delivered.
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[email protected] wrote: 12 Jun 2024 10:50 It makes you wonder how these things ever get delivered.
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The heading really ought to be show AND TELL! We can all be amazed and agree but it would be nice to have some narrative - for a start you could say what country they are from, and then describe the marks. (Yes, I can see Edinburgh there on closer inspection so are they all British?)
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G’dsay Ian,

Those fronts are part of our ‘Additional Halfpenny’ collection of marks, which is part of the collection
“Postal Markings of Great Britain”.

Some of the more challenging ones, left in the ‘Too Hard’
basket till time allowed more work.

Show and tell - well, been shown, now to tell, so here we go.

Pre-stamp front and part letter of 1825.

Addressed to James Henry Calender at Cairndow, originating in Ireland.

Redirected to Holytown, Lanarkshire, (endorsed in manuscript “To be forwarded immediately’.)

Markings.
1 Irish Free mark 23 Jun 1825
2 Stirling Mileage mark 25 Jun 1825—E (E indicates via Edinburgh)
3 Glasgow G Jun 25 A 1825(G indicates via Glasgow)
4 Glasgow G Jan 26 A 1825
5 Glasgow G Jan 28 E 1825
6 Additional Halfpenny mark, Stirling type IIA used 1824-27.
7 Cairndow receiving mark. (Cairndow is in Argyll)
8 Manuscript 1/4. (One shilling and fourpence) which was deleted.
9 Manuscript 2/8 (Two shillings and eightpence) which was doubled from the 1/4.

Not sure of the reason for the doubling of the rate, whether for the redirection or what.
Usually doubling means there was an enclosure or over weight.
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Wow - thank you.

I appreciate one might show an exceptionally busy cover like this before working it all out, of course. But to have that narrative really tells the story.
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Thanks Ian,
Glad it worked for you.

The third scan on the original posting is interesting inasmuch as it shows three different 'Free' marks,
one Irish and two British.

Herewith a scan of the (probably worst, or maybe because of the thread, the best)
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I think I have a snowflakes chance of working that one out.

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[email protected] wrote: 14 Jun 2024 23:23 Thanks Ian,
Glad it worked for you.

The third scan on the original posting is interesting inasmuch as it shows three different 'Free' marks,
one Irish and two British.

Herewith a scan of the (probably worst, or maybe because of the thread, the best)

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I think I have a snowflakes chance of working that one out.

Cheers
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Yes, Ron, that one is really amazing. I guess over time some of the colours may have changes - so that different shades of red and brownish-red all become the same, and the paper has taken on a hue.

The address is still clear - but what the rest of it means, I think they might have had trouble working it out at the time!
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