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Re: 1968 medical fdi ,interesting kind of ugly cover.

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Here's a cover that does'nt do my phobia of needles much good.
It's in good condition and could be of some value.
The card inside does'nt belong still looking for it's cover,so it's irrelevant. :oops:
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I believe this one is also an Excelsior. Sometimes Ian Baglin forgot his "Logo" from his cachet designs. The insert I believe comes out of a Parade fdc.

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I thought it was a Parade cover myself.

To quote from "Australian First Day Covers":
Figure1:29 illustrates a useful guide to recognising unbranded Parade Covers. The great majority have the words "FIRST DAY OF ISSUE" , then the date, at the bottom of the design. The printing of this element of the design is almost always upright and "square" (A reference to the typeface)
Also:
"In this period, they are the only common, unbranded Australian FDCs"
Always on the lookout for Australian pre decimal First Day Covers.

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Compare the print on the Excelsior Soil Congress fdc with that of the Medical Congress fdc & you will see that they are identical.

When I have a chance I will post copies of Parade Soil Congress & Medical Congress fdcs (most of which have irridescent printing on them & come in many different colours) as well the one they did for the Soil & Medical Congress which was often used for gutter pairs.

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Re: Unidentified or unknown Australia Pre-Decimal FDC makers

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The Pom wrote:I thought it was a Parade cover myself.

To quote from "Australian First Day Covers":
Figure1:29 illustrates a useful guide to recognising unbranded Parade Covers. The great majority have the words "FIRST DAY OF ISSUE" , then the date, at the bottom of the design. The printing of this element of the design is almost always upright and "square" (A reference to the typeface)
Also:
"In this period, they are the only common, unbranded Australian FDCs"
Thanks. That's another gem of info to stash away (and helps with my online DB).

I became a member of the AFDCS a few months back but the only info I've had from them was for the Adelaide show next weekend. The website says there are still copies of this document/guide available (3rd reprint) but I can't see anywhere on the AFDCS website how to order it. Any suggestions?
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This is the Parade fdc cachet for the Medical Congress. As you can see it meets the description from "Australian First Day Covers" & has the words "FIRST DAY OF ISSUE" , then the date, at the bottom of the design. The printing of this element of the design is almost always upright and "square".

The colour combinations on the cachets are quite prolific, some with iridescent print. I have 8 different colour combinations & I am not convinced I have all of them.

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This is the Parade fdc cachet for the Soil Congress. As you can see it meets the description from "Australian First Day Covers" & has the words "FIRST DAY OF ISSUE" , then the date, at the bottom of the design. The printing of this element of the design is almost always upright and "square".

The colour combinations on the cachets are quite prolific, some with iridescent print (as with the one shown above). I have 4 different colour combinations & I am not convinced I have all of them.

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PS My examples of this fdc include the insert previously shown by Blackfish.
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This is the Parade fdc cachet for the Soil & Medical Congress that I mentioned above that was often used for gutter pairs. Although the colour combinations on the cachets are quite prolific for Parade fdcs, I have only seen this one for this issue combining the designs of the Soil fdc & the Medical fdc. The gutters of this issue came in both thick & thin lines.

This one has the the thin gutter lines:
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While this one has the thick gutter lines & is addressed to F P (Perce) McCallum, owner & printer of Parade fdcs:
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Thomas Mitchell souvenir cover, FDI 1946 ?

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I would like some information regarding this cover, the artist has signed it.

It seems elusive on internet explorer.

I can only make out the name Marshall ?

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Can you post a larger scan of the bottom left corner?

I think I may have similar fdcs around but I will need to do some digging.

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Re: Thomas Mitchell souvenir cover, FDI 1946 ?

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Barney Marshall.

I hope my resizing worked.

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Re: Thomas Mitchell souvenir cover, FDI 1946 ?

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Here is one I have for the same issue but of a different design (& not as clean as yours):
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Souvenir from Sunny Queensland, postmarked Brisbane & addressed to South Brisbane but the same printed "Barney Marshall" signature & copyright.
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This one has added "Tropic Gem" at the bottom.
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Something appears to be printed under "Barney" but I cannot make it out.
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The signature is printed on not signed.

The first FDC while from "Sunny Queensland" was actually posted (?) at Leeton NSW - no where near the border by the way.
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Another Barney Marshall design, this time for the visit of the Duke & Duchess of Gloucester:
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This one is not from Sunny Queensland, but "Greetings & Best Wishes from the Royal Navy" but also postmarked Brisbane & addressed to South Brisbane.
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While the "Sunny Queensland" souvenir appears to be a tourism cover. As WWII was still continuing, the Royal Navy appears to be a "propaganda" cover which were popular at the time. My guess these covers were of a type that were sold at Newsagents & were meant for tourist mail & not for fdc collectors, although these examples showed some were used as such.

I am a little puzzled how your 'Sunny Qld" cover was used in Leeton.

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Another Barney Marshall design, this time for the KGVI 2d Bright Purple issued Dec 4, 1944.
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A "propaganda cover" from the US Army, sent from Brisbane Markets to California. I have several other fdcs addressed to this fellow in the same handwriting but they all uncacheted.
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This time just Barney Marshall Aust
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Perhaps others may have examples of Barney's work.

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The Barney Marshall Mystery continues...

Searching on Google have not been fruitful. I believe the second name is Terrence ?

But quite happy I have a mystery cover.

Perhaps he was a cane worker or swaggie, carrying covers to his varied destinations.

Maybe others will turn up.

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We know now he was operating over a few year/issues at least. Looking forward to watching this thread develope into another that tells a new story

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Barney T Marshall, is the cachet maker on this FDOI.

"A Souvenir Sunny Queensland", but how did it come to be issued in Leeton, NSW.
There are a couple of Marshall's on ebay for a fair price. This seems a little bit different.

Who is B.T.Marshall, most covers originate from QLD cancels. Perhaps bought as holiday
souvenir and postmarked by addressee on home arrival. At postmasters prompting ?.

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Unlikely to have just been just a souvenir cover.
It was prepared for, the FDC, and used with the full set, so I would think more prepared than just an opportunistic idea.
is the 2 1/2d really that brown. or the more usual red?

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Philanthropist wrote:Unlikely to have just been just a souvenir cover.
It was prepared for, the FDC, and used with the full set, so I would think more prepared than just an opportunistic idea.
is the 2 1/2d really that brown. or the more usual red?
I am almost certain these are souvenir covers for the tourist to send home. Someone has put a rubber stamp on this cover to tie it to the issue. What is more curious about this cover is how it came to be in Leeton. That is a big "walk" from sunny Queensland. My one for this issue above does not have that rubber stamp cachet. See the link to that thread below:

http://www.stampboards.com/viewtopic.php?f=29&t=58380

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davidedw64 wrote:
The Pom wrote:I thought it was a Parade cover myself.

To quote from "Australian First Day Covers":
Figure1:29 illustrates a useful guide to recognising unbranded Parade Covers. The great majority have the words "FIRST DAY OF ISSUE" , then the date, at the bottom of the design. The printing of this element of the design is almost always upright and "square" (A reference to the typeface)
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"In this period, they are the only common, unbranded Australian FDCs"
Thanks. That's another gem of info to stash away (and helps with my online DB).

I became a member of the AFDCS a few months back but the only info I've had from them was for the Adelaide show next weekend. The website says there are still copies of this document/guide available (3rd reprint) but I can't see anywhere on the AFDCS website how to order it. Any suggestions?
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I see it sold for a very good price of $65++ and hope it's on its way to you!

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I found this rubber stamp cachet "They're Racing at the Hill" on covers for the St.Patrick's Race Club at Broken Hill in 1981 (apologies to the OP, they are decimal covers):
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Has anyone seen this cachet before & do they know who may have done it?

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I did pop this on another thread too as I am not sure that this is the correct thread for this item. However I think the addressee Mercer was a South Australian stamp dealer who at one time assisted Wesley Cover Service founder John Gower with his post office at Largs North:
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This fdc is marked as fake on the reverse I can only presume the date has been wound back as I am guessing this style of postmark may not have been available until the late 1950's, 10 years after the stamp was issued.
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Is any one able to confirm this?
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Thus was born Australia's first Philatelic Bureau and the Wesley Cover Service. John Gower issued official First Day Covers for the PMG's Department and serviced its philatelic orders until his death in the late 1960's. At this point, the Department commenced to issue its own First Day Covers whilst the Wesley Cover Service continued in private hands.

Michael Hudson has written and spoken more utter BS about Gower than anyone on earth.

If he was any kind of businessman, WCS would still be a powerful and popular FDC brand.

My rule of thumb with him over 30 years has always been to assume about 10% of what he says is accurate and correct, and that is a fairly safe yardstick.

This above appears to be based on some of it he sputed to some PO sucker, who believed it verbatim.

Gower died in 1966 - not the "late 60s"

Gower AFAIK had NOTHING to do with making FDC for the PMG Department at any time - as stated.

Indeed he was the main competitor to their sales on blank Hermes and Logo envelopes.

At one time he was PM of the tiny Larg's North PO and allowed all kinds of spivs access to the official cancels, knowingly or unknowingly. Hence many covers exist with genuine Larg's Bay cancels backdated many years.
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As I wrote in my column -

https://www.glenstephens.com/snjune03.html

... invaluable article on "back dated" Wesley FDC's. These are not strictly forgeries, as they use genuine WCS blank envelopes, genuine stamps, and genuine Largs North postmarkers.

The one of most concern money-wise is the 1950 £2 Arms. A "FDC" identical to the one illustrated was offered recently by an auction with a reserve of $1,500 as unaddressed covers from 1950 are rare. Senior FDC collectors succeeded in having it withdrawn.

So what is the problem you might ask? A nice colourful WCS cacheted and unaddressed envelope, with an apparently genuine Largs North postmark of 1950.

Why is it a fake? Well there are two compelling reasons. (a) that "Generic" WCS Aboriginal envelope was not printed until 1961, for use on the 5/- Cattle FDC. (b) The canceller with "S.Aust" and not "South Aust" was not manufactured until about 15 years later!

How was it done? Some collectors "helped" the wheelchair bound Gower, and clearly had access at the time to the genuine Post Office handstamps - and the blank covers. Thus a "backdate" like this was sometimes possible.
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More digging revealed this quote.

"In the penultimate paragraph in the Gower chapter in Australian First Day Covers (published by the Australian Cover Society 2010), Mick Moore says ... "[Gower] may not have initiated this systematic back-dating of covers. Even so, he certainly colluded in the practice and advertised it with enthusiasm. Perhaps he believed, in his declining years, that, as a sort of magical Postmaster, he really was producing authentic First Day Covers."
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Well one way would be for Auction Houses to listen to people when they are told an item is forged.

Below item from Sydney Auction. Melbourne authority on Postmarks says this South Melbourne was not known prior to 1958 !!!!

Auction was told, but it was still sold ..

The buyer paid a $1500............

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No Post Offices here had those nylon date wheels 60 years back.

What was Auction lot number Gary ... I'll write a piece on that nonsense.
Status Auction 311 [4 December 2014]

Lots, 1321 [$1500]; 1322 [$1500]; 1323 [$1500]; 1324 [$1500]; 1325 [$1500]; 1326 [$750] 1327 [$1000] and 1328 [$1500]
a total of $11750.
GJ50 pointed out earlier week this bunch of totally fake "FDC", that Status Auctions just offered, and some moron bid $12,000 or so upon. All figures plus 20% or whatever their Buyer Fee is these days.

A leading dealer advised me this week he advised Status before their auction all these FDC's were total fakes. As possibly did others. But the sale still ran. I hope the Bunny Buyer has the brains to get a cert. But Bunnies always have money, and generally no brains, so probably not. :roll:

About to get on planes for 30 hours to Madrid .. if someone can please save and post here images and prices and writes up please, for the record it would be good.

https://www.statusint.com.au/result.php?id=37

How do we KNOW these are fakes?

Well they all have NYLON date wheels.

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A bind nun can see that they are not metal dates of course, but let's move on!

The NYLON wheels were not introduced into STEEL letter post-markers until very late 1950s. However they had a "5" decade wheel of course for that reason.

As they did not start getting used until very late 1950s, NO steel letter cancel from 1956 with NYLON dates, can exist until back-dated - as a fake made to deceive.

And with this $12,000 of absurd fakes, it worked. Sadly.

There were some newly cds introduced with brand new outer letter with nylon date in 1956 but this is clearly and ancient and well worn cancel. Examples of STEEL dates are recorded to Nov 1958 proving all these "FDC" are silly fakes!

One of the leading experts on Victoria cancels told me -

That South Melbourne cds is recorded with steel wheels to at least 7NO58, and with nylon wheels from at least 10SE60. I expect the changeover was in 1959.

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The large date line for the particular South Melbourne cancel was in use up until 1958 (see below). So the covers appear to be backdated.

From the PPA website.

100A VIC. 3½,2½ 26 LDL Early Date: 16MY22 Late Date: 7NO58
100B Changed to SDL Early Date: 31AU61 Late Date: 2MY78

I think Brad is looking for similar evidence re his Arms cancel. A S.A. postmark collector will be required. Haven't they just updated their book?
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traralgon3844 wrote:The large date line for the particular South Melbourne cancel was in use up until 1958 (see below). So the covers appear to be backdated.

From the PPA website.

100A VIC. 3½,2½ 26 LDL Early Date: 16MY22 Late Date: 7NO58
100B Changed to SDL Early Date: 31AU61 Late Date: 2MY78

I think Brad is looking for similar evidence re his Arms cancel. A S.A. postmark collector will be required. Haven't they just updated their book?
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You remind me of Gower & "his made to order fdcs" & the "high value" fdcs with postmarks from small post offices which would never have carried such high value stamps like the Robes fdcs from Waurn Ponds & the Arms fdcs from Jancourt East.

Rod Perry & I went through Rod's accumulation of Larg North cancels trying to determine when the dateline altered from the large dateline to a small dateline. I think we determined it was somewhere around 1958. However we did find fdcs from earlier than that had both datelines. So it is clear that if Gower received an order for something & he did not have one in stock, he would simply make it. This was not restricted to high value fdcs.

Below is one for the 1960 Melbourne Cup using a cover that was not available until 1962:
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Firstly I know these are flight covers, and not FDCs but I'm after opinions on the cachetmaker and the experts live here :D

I've had these two for awhile without noticing they were a pair :oops:

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My first buy of 2015 is a pair of unused ones for $25;

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The seller described them as Haslems and I can see similarities with the examples in 'Australian First Day Covers'.

I asked the eBay seller how he knew they were Haslem and he/she was kind enough to reply with;
I purchased a box lot of covers, fdc's, flight covers. & Prahran patriotic fund covers which were all Haslem. The printing colours match standard Haslem colours and the printing method and text fonts used correspond with Haslem types.
I'm not knowledgable enough to take that as gospel though it sounds right to me. Do you think I'd be safe to describe these as Haslems?

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Ewen,

All ducks are birds but not all birds are ducks, so just because these were found with a box full of Haslem's is not concrete enough for me. I would like Paul Walker's opinion. He co-wrote the Haslem chapter in Australian First Day Covers.

I can see some similarities but then they look like that other Platypus fdc that has been discussed at length here too, so I am a little doubtful.

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Thanks Brad.

I've emailed Paul and will post his reply here if received.

A quick look through his excellent website, Hawthorn Stamp Sales, shows many different Haslem zooological covers from 1938. Some variants have the same cropped corners to the illustration as my ones above;

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Most 1938 Haslems have the Bodoni font although the book does mention that Haslem played around with other fonts around this period, which would fit with my examples, and the merino too.

I am happy with either ducks or birds in this case and only want to be as accurate as I can when I write them up. If that means that I note that I believe them to be by Haslem and give the reasons then I'll be happy with that.

Again, thanks for your advice :D
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My gut feeling is Haslem, but I wouldn't stake my house on it.
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Thanks Chris

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Can any of the experts please assist with the maker of this one?

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Who was the maker of this FDC ? Thanks.

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ewen s wrote:Can any of the experts please assist with the maker of this one?

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Alex Kufner generic design. Moderately scarce, but not rare. Kufner produced covers in the late 1930's, and was based in NSW.
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danyeung wrote:Who was the maker of this FDC ? Thanks.

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I believe that is a Parade FDC, produced by one of the offshoots of WCS following the death of John Gower in 1966.
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Many thanks Chris

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Hi

It just seems that any lot of Australian FDCs, large or small, will enclose a few unidentified items.

Looking at previous posts already enabled me to identify six covers, I am left with 5 more.

1- 1950 Geo VI 2½ d.

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2- 1955 USA Memorial

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By the way, do FDCs with large blocks carry a premium? A few other FDCs from the same era with USA addresses also had 6 to 8 stamps.


3- 1959 Eliz 3½ d. Definitive

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4- 1959 Eliz 5 d. Definitive
Looks like Royal to me. But, is it?

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5- 1960 Girl Guides

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Any info on these welcome. Thanks in advance for solving these minor mysteries.

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1 - I have not seen before.

4.- I believe is a Royal

5 - I believe was one done by the Girl Guides Association.

I will need to check my Australian First Day book by Pauer Moore & Woolley to identify 2 & 3.

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2- 1955 USA Memorial

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By the way, do FDCs with large blocks carry a premium? A few other FDCs from the same era with USA addresses also had 6 to 8 stamps.

Not in my experience. For overseas pen-pals the sender here often used a block of the new stamp to pay the foreign rate which was usually 4 or 6 stamps - i.e. like you have here.

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2- 1955 USA Memorial

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By the way, do FDCs with large blocks carry a premium? A few other FDCs from the same era with USA addresses also had 6 to 8 stamps.
Not in my experience. For overseas pen-pals the sender here often used a block of the new stamp to pay the foreign rate which was usually 4 or 6 stamps - i.e. like you have here.
This is a Mappin & Curran (Melbourne) cover.
Noel Almeida, Night Watchman, Australia Down Under.
Author: Overseas Mailers of New York FDCs of Australia.
Author: Australian Post Office Souvenir Covers.
Author: Test Cricket Centenary 1977 Philatelic Covers.

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Brad, Glen, Noel

Thanks to you all.

Mappin & Curran makes sense as I could identify (from the Rod Perry site) a number of other covers from the same correspondence as M&C FDCs.


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Article published in First Days the Journal of the American First Day Cover Society
Vol. 46 No. 4, Whole Number 311, 1 June 2001.
Noel Almeida, Night Watchman, Australia Down Under.
Author: Overseas Mailers of New York FDCs of Australia.
Author: Australian Post Office Souvenir Covers.
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1. No idea. Never seen one like it.
2. Mappin & Curran, as stated. Some collectors like blocks on FDC, but they don’t routinely attract a premium
3. Unidentified generic cachet. Fairly scarce. A couple of others are shown below.
4. Correct, it's a Royal.
5. Guides official release, as stated.
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1. Maybe a "Higgins". He was small time cover producer in Sunshine. Most of the covers seen are either postmarked Sunshine or Eildon. I think Stampboarder "suda" may have more info on him. I will post a scan of another Higgins cover I have when I find it.

2. Yes agree on Mappin & Curran.

3. I have something in the back of my mind saying "Wide World" but I am really not sure.
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I purchased a bunch of pictorial Lloyd Triestino covers today.

Was this a cachet maker or something else?

https://www.stampboards.com/viewtopic.php?f=27&t=62818
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Glen

Gilchrist, Watt, and Co., established a shipping line between England and Australia, and helped in the establishment of another line, and acted as managing agents for many companies. This part of the company's business, however was transferred to a new company, owned by the company and John Sanderson and Co. which is now known as Gilchrist, Watt, and Sanderson, Ltd. This firm acts as agents for the P. and O. Branch Line, the Blue Funnel Line, and other shipping companies.

http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/gilchrist-william-oswald-15599

I think this is advertising stationery for the Lloyd Triestino shipping line, rather than a cachetmaker.

Nice covers though :!:

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The Higgins cover I promised above:
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