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TITCHFIELD (two differing dates showing flexibility of handstamp), Jamaica postal history
1903 cover from The University of Chicago with 5c franking pmk'd Chicago APR 5 1903 to Prof. D.S. Johnson PhD, Chester Vale, Gordon Town, Jamaica variously forwarded with twelve differing backstamps including purple boxed TITCHFIELD (TRD 11) for both 16.4.03 and 17.4.03 (showing movement of "J" under "TC"), cover with corner fault.
William Fawcett was the Director of Public Gardens and Plantations in Jamaica from 1887 to 1908, and having returned to Britain was the co-author of the first volumes of Flora of Jamaica.
£180


Folkestone mail to a probable survivor of the wrecked Barque "Persia", Jamaica postal history
Having received news of the 19/20th November wreck of the "Persia" a reply is sent to probable survivor Walter Davidson, at the wreck of the Barque "Persia", Orange Bay, Hanover Cornwall, Jamaica, West Indies with GB QV 1/- green Plate 8 superbly pmk'd Folkestone "303" duplex dated F/DE 31 73 showing either front or back Kingston A/JA 20 74, Lucea A/JA 21 74, Green Island B/JA 30 74 and B/FE 4 74, and framed "RETURNED/LETTER BRANCH/9 FE 74/JAMAICA" with manuscript direction "Green Island", and magenta manuscript "Sailed for England" being the reason for letter undelivered.
The British Barque Persia, 530 tons, commanded by Captain Paul Patty, and having a load of Logwood of 400 tons, was taken from Black River to Orange Bay by Pilot, arriving there on Wednesday forenoon 19th November. During the night a heavy north wind set in, and the vessel was driven ashore and became a total wreck. Two of the crew were drowned, and 4 others with the Captain were saved with great difficulty by the people of Orange Bay. The Captain and fellow sufferers were conveyed to Green Island.
£850


The GHOSTS of POINT ELLICE HOUSE, the most haunted house on VANCOUVER ISLAND
1898 cover to Mrs (Caroline Agnes) O'Reilly (1831-1899, thought to appear as an apparition in the grounds of her house) at Point Ellice, Victoria, Vancouver Island pmk'd KINGSTON AU 10 98 and then mysteriously spirited some 4,432 miles to DUBLIN (AU 24 98, husband Peter originated from Ballybeg, Co. Meath, only 45 miles from Dublin) before travelling a further 4,502 miles to VICTORIA, B.C. PM/SP 6 98 per b/stamp) with I/SP 7 98 and "10" cents tax due handstamp added the next day, some soiling.
Husband Peter, former Indian Reserve Commissioner, is the subject of supernatural investigations at the house which went live on a YouTube video October 31 2020. Visitors and volunteers have had spooky encounters with lights switching on and off, a piano playing on its own, and apparitions chasing them away. In later years "a nice young lady in a blue dress" had shown visitors around the house giving many previously unknown facts, when questioned they went back inside the house and pointed to a blue gown lying across a bed, "that's the one she was wearing" in daughter Kathleen O'Reilly's bedroom. Kathleen had returned! For many years the whereabouts of the grave of Caroline Agnes was a mystery, but in her final year, being so ill, she made a last visit to her family in England, dying only a few days after arrival. Her remains lie in the cemetery at Cheriton, Folkestone (only 2.1 miles down the road, a 39 minute walk, from me!).
£475

EAST END, CAYMAN ISLANDS postal history
1911 large part cover to Headly Dalton (or Patton), Kingston, Jamaica with d brown strip of four (one stamp facially damaged) tied two strikes purple boxed "EAST END/Grand Cayman./RURAL/Post Gollection." temporary rubber handstamp with BODDENTOWN JU 28 11 d/ring backstamp. On arrival eventually "ADVERTISED" and "UNCLAIMED." with red RETURNED LETTER OFFICE, JAMAICA d/ring dated 25 SE 11. Full of character, Ex MARSTON, PODGER.
£575

CENSORED BOTH COUNTRIES JAMAICA to SURINAME postal history
1941 from Miss Marilyn Gregory, Halfway-Tree to Paramaribo City, Suriname with corner fault KG6 3d pmk'd HALF-WAY-TREE MY 30 41 with censor label and handstamp and 30.6.41 (one month later) arrival backstamp, two vertical creases.
£25

BY ONWARD OVERSEAS SPECIAL DELIVERY, Jamaica postal history
(in covers for convenience) 1969 piece with pair 6d cricket and U.S. 30c SPECIAL DELIVERY tied Kingston machine dated 3 MAY 1968, rarely encountered as such.
£30


TURKS ISLANDS "used elsewhere" envelope, JAMAICA postal history
1937 printed Wesley House, Grand Turk sender envelope with Jamaica KG6 Coronation trio pmk'd Oracabessa MY 12 37 addressed to Rev. Sherlock, Oracabessa.
£24

JAMAICA postal history
1951 underpaid 1/6d airmail rate cover from W.J. Tomlinson, Solicitor (flap) to a firm of solicitors in Liverpool with KG6 1d, 2d, 2 x 6d pmk'd SAV-LA MAR OC 27 51 with purple boxed "RETURNED FOR/ADDITIONAL POSTAGE" appended 3d in blue crayon with further KG6 1d, 2d pmk'd SAV-LA MAR NO 2 51.
Regulations required that Air Mail was fully prepaid. Underpaid mail was returned to the sender if possible rather than forwarding by surface mail.
£75


BOOK-POST rate INDIA to JAMAICA postal history
1955 cover pmk'd Calcutta 9 III 55 with previously unrecorded boxed purple RETURN TO SENDER/FROM KINGSTON, JAMAICA handstamp (with "NAMES" instead of "NO POST OFFICE NAMED). Filing punch holes at base, reverse return backstamps of R.L.O. 31 MA 55 and Bare Bazar 16 JNE 1955.
£48



JAMAICA postal history
1912 Hotel Titchfield printed flap cover to San Antonio, Texas with 2d Arms of Colony tied PASADENA, California duplex, alongside purple 2-line "Received inside a circular/at Pasadena, Cal.", an unusual explanation for mail pmk'd elsewhere.
£48

CAYMAN ISLANDS postal history:
1947 First Flight cover Cayman Brac to Kingston, Jamaica with KG6 2d pmk'd CAYMAN BRAC NO 3 47, b/stamped Half-Way-Tree NO 7 47.
£30

JAMAICA to CAPE OF GOOD HOPE postal history
1855 wrapper to John Clark, Graff Reinett, South Africa with red KINGSTON-JAMAICA-PAID JU 25 1855 rated red 1/- with red London PAID 22 JY 1855 and red CAPE TOWN OC 10 1855 arrival displaying top flap with black "8" to collect, rare destination.
£180

CRAIGHEAD temporary rubber datestamp, Jamaica postal history
in purple dated 10 FEB 1955 on 3 x KG6 2d commercial reg. cover to Kingston.
£18

MONA temporary rubber datestamp, Jamaica postal history
in purple dated 21 NOV 1951 on pair KG6 d cover to Half Way Tree.
£16

JAMAICA postal history
1918 GOLDEN SEAL FLOUR advertising cover to Sav La Mar with KGV 1d WAR STAMP tied Kingston FEB 20-18 machine cancel, reverse SAVANNAH-LA-MAR FE 20 18 arrival.
£36

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

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