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DERNIERE RIVER, St. Lucia postal history
1974 cover to Welwyn Garden City with 10c, 25c tied two strikes DERNIERE RIVER cds dated 16 SP 74.
£24



ANGUILLA postal history
1996 reg. printed sender's address foolscap cover from Attorneys At Law, Caribbean Juris Chambers to Basseterre, St. Kitts with 50c Fish, $1 Prince Charles pmk'd ANGUILLA VALLEY 15 MAY 1996 cds, reverse with most unusual boxed red 4-line "CERTIFIED RECEIVED INTACT/DESPATCHED IN GOOD CONDITION/G.P.O. - ANGUILLA/INITIALS..... (signed)" handstamp.
Worldwide covers are often noted as received in bad condition by respective GPO's, but not marked as sent in good condition!
£150

MARTINIQUE to MONTSERRAT missent to ST. LUCIA
1972 (18-7) cover to Montserrat with France 50c tied Fort De France machine slogan, boxed "Missent to St. Lucia" handstamp.
£12

Ohio, USA returned for postage to ST. VINCENT missent JAMAICA
1978 underfranked 15c Viking mission to Mars cover to Kingstown, St. Vincent pmk'd TOLEDO 28 NOV 1978 with magenta "RETURNED FOR 5c ADDITIONAL POSTAGE" with further 15c (not 5c) added and just tied TOLEDO 4 DEC 1978, purple str. line "MISSENT TO JAMAICA" handstamp.
£12

Kansas, USA returned for postage to ST. VINCENT missent JAMAICA
1978 (NO 28) underfranked 15c rocking horse cover to St. Vincent pmk'd INDEPENDENCE, KS with 4-line "Returned for (5c) postage..." with 5c Washington added, purple str. line "MISSENT TO JAMAICA" handstamp.
£10

Northern Ireland to ST. VINCENT missent JAMAICA
1977 (NO 8) underpaid and taxed cover to St. Vincent with GB QE2 9d pmk'd Belfast, purple str. line "MISSENT TO JAMAICA", stamp with glossy glue stain.
£10

TOWER STREET, ADULT CORRECTIONAL CENTRE, Jamaica postal history
1993 Official Paid stampless cover from Glenford Campbell, General Penitentiary (flap) to Mandeville with purple d/ring oval TOWER STREET/3 MAR 1993/ADULT CORRECTIONAL CENTRE temporary rubber datestamp.
£14


Great Britain 1971 Postal strike: EMERGENCY MAIL SERVICE, Rhodesia postal history
1971 complete with text AIR LETTER to Oxford, England with 2c, 5c affixed for postage and additional 50c fee pmk'd CAUSEWAY 25 FEB 71 with circular EMERGENCY AIR SERVICE d/ring alongside.
Writer mentions new service (inaugurated on or about the 20th February) for such airletters at a cost of 5/- or 50c cents local. Such letters were taken by private couriers. The UK postal workers strike was period January to March 1971
£75

BLACKNESS, Jamaica postmark
1956 local cover with temporary rubber datestamp in purple dated 22 DEC 1956.
£8

"BOTH WAYS" with 1st and 2nd CLASS AIRMAIL, BARBADOS postal history
1964 unsealed window envelope pmk'd London =/6d meter cancel with handstamped blue "BY AIR MAIL 2nd CLASS" arriving Barbados 19 MY 64, the arrival backstamp partially cover as envelope sealed and returned with QE2 12c, 24c pmk'd 3 JUN 1964 slogan, and unusual "both ways" cover.
£40

FRANCE postal history
1970's Hotel Edison, New York airmail cover used in France to Japan, some soiling etc.
£15



DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, BERMUDA postal history
1966 (JU 9) lengthy typewritten letter from a 19 year old Colonel's daughter to Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk on an overprinted for Government use Air Letter (overprinting deleted as used personally) mailed with GB QE2 4d pmk'd Post Office Maritime Mail.
£65


TURKS & CAICOS ISLANDS to BARBADOS postal history
1967 reg. cover to Christ Church, Barbados with QE2 1/- Marlin fishing tied GRAND TURK */14 DE 57 d/ring, two purple str. line "CALL AT OFFICE" applied alongside address panel with reverse appended "Received Taped" showing both Turks and Barbados registered datestamps.
£48


BARBADOS postal history
1960 Polish Ocean Lines ms Stefan Batory printed cover with QE2 12c strip of three pmk'd GPO Barbados 4 FE 60 to Uxbridge, Middlesex re-directed London, reverse with delightful machine slogan.
£30


LONG ISLAND (West Cork, Ireland) postal history
1973 cover with Eire 7p airmail printed matter rate pmk'd Sgoile Mhure (Schull) 24 IV 73 on face and Long Island 4p Harbour issue tied to reverse addressed Bombay, India, returned with various handstamps showing Baile Atha Cliath (Dublin) 7 AUG 1973 return. Very few of these returned covers which travelled thousands of postal miles are known.
Permission for Long Island locals was given by the Department of Posts, Dublin. After a year of preparation, much delayed by difficulty in finding a perforating machine, the stamps were issued AP 24 1973. First Day Covers were prepared and serviced in Schull (and collected later in the day) and over 1,000 others letters were posted that day to collectors and stamp trade worldwide. Instead of travelling the 60 miles direct to Cork Airport these letters reached nearby Skibbereen where postal rules dictated that all mail should be cleared before employees go home. Instead of the expected 15 or so letters over 1,000 arrived and on noticing the Long Island locals on reverse Dublin was phoned who said not to accept more mail until the matter was looked into. Orders were serviced in the following weeks, but due Government reshuffles no authorisation to continue ever came and the service, although legally approved, was eventually abandoned.
£125


LONG ISLAND (West Cork, Ireland) postal history
1973 cover with Eire 7p airmail printed matter rate pmk'd Sgoile Mhure (Schull) 24 IV 73 on face and Long Island 4p Harbour issue tied to reverse addressed Caracas, Venezuela, returned with various handstamps showing Baile Atha Cliath (Dublin) 22 AUG 1973 return. Very few of these returned covers which travelled thousands of postal miles are known.
Permission for Long Island locals was given by the Department of Posts, Dublin. After a year of preparation, much delayed by difficulty in finding a perforating machine, the stamps were issued AP 24 1973. First Day Covers were prepared and serviced in Schull (and collected later in the day) and over 1,000 others letters were posted that day to collectors and stamp trade worldwide. Instead of travelling the 60 miles direct to Cork Airport these letters reached nearby Skibbereen where postal rules dictated that all mail should be cleared before employees go home. Instead of the expected 15 or so letters over 1,000 arrived and on noticing the Long Island locals on reverse Dublin was phoned who said not to accept more mail until the matter was looked into. Orders were serviced in the following weeks, but due Government reshuffles no authorisation to continue ever came and the service, although legally approved, was eventually abandoned.
£125

BRITISH HONDURAS postal history
1962 Chief Medical Officer and 1964 Income Tax Office OHMS OFFICIAL PAID stampless covers, first opened three sides, second with water stains.
£18

BARBADOS postal history
1955 cover marked on reverse "C. Allcock, Senator, Barbados" alongside violet oval d/ring COSTA & Co. LIMITED/General and Commission Merchants/BARBADOS to Liverpool with superb Seahorse 0.38c meter cancellation dated 26 IV 55.
£20

BERMUDA postal history
1958 cover with QE2 8d tied Hamilton 28 MAY 58 cds to London, England, red 2-line "INSUFFICIENTLY PREPAID/FOR TRANSMISSION BY AIRMAIL".
£14

BERMUDA postal history
1957 unusual combination GB KG6 2/6d, GB QE2 6d ovp'd "TANGIER" on reg. cover to Belmont Manor Hotel, Warwick pmk'd Streatham B.O. S.W.16 cds dated */26 MR 57.
£32
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