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P & O and BRITISH INDIA LINES, Greece postal history
1953 cover to Flixton, Manchester with GB KG6 2d tied Greek machine cancel, reverse with purple boxed "TRAVEL & SHIP/BY P & O/AND/BRITISH INDIA LINES" and 2-line "VISIT GREECE/SUNSHINE - BLUE SKY" advertising handstamps.
£45

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

BARBADOS postal history
1873 cover to P.A. Fraser, Barbados Railway Company, Bridgetown with GB QV 1/- green Plate 8 tied BEAULY "39" duplex dated A/NO 30 73 with BARBADOS I/DE 19 73 arrival on lower flap.
The Barbados Railway Company was formed in 1873, the line opened August 1st, 1882.
£95


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


AROUND THE GLOBE IN 100 DAYS, York, Halifax N.S, San Francisco, Honolulu, Hong Kong, Batavia
1879 QV One Penny Farthing Foreign Post Card written by "John G. Dayn Jan 13th 1879 8pm" and pmk'd same night with YORK "930" duplex dated I/JA 13 79 with addresses and instructions for a bid to travel around the Globe in 100 days via Halifax, Nova Scotia, San Francisco, Honolulu, Hong Kong, Batavia, Java (with comment "out of the direct course"), and back to York showing Halifax JA 27 79, Hong Kong A/MR 19 79, Weltevreden 31 3 79 cds, some toning and closed base tear.
Two other similar items are noted for the period with Hong Kong MR 21 79 cds on Denmark post card with USA, Hong Kong, Hawaii adhesives, and Hong Kong MY 10 79 cds on German post card with Hong Kong, South Australia adhesives and via Uruguay address. Jules Verne published his novel "Around the World in 80 days" in 1873.
£225

MALTA postal history
1871 cover marked "via Messina" to Naples with GB QV 1d Plate 121, 3d Plate 5 pmk'd Malta "A25" duplex dated A/FE 21 71.
£120

"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

MAIL TO YALE UNIVERSITY SCROLL AND KEYS SECRET SOCIETY CO-FOUNDER
1875 cover to William L. Kingsley, New Haven, Connecticut with GB QV 2d rosy mauve pmk'd London AU 2 75 duplex showing New York Paid All, forwarded with U.S. 3c green to Keene Flats, Essex County, New York arriving AUG 14.
£240



"AROUND THE WORLD IN THE QUICKEST POSSIBLE TIME", Jamaica and British Guiana postal history
1905 use of GB 1d carmine/buff Post Card pmk'd Derby JA 5 05 arriving Kingston, Jamaica JA 28 05 with 1d Arms pmk'd Kingston FE 17 05 arriving Georgetown, Br. Guiana 1 MAR 1905 with 2c pmk'd Georgetown 4 MAR 1905 showing Port Of Spain, Trinidad MR 6 05 and New York MAR 23 1905 transits before journey abruptly ended with San Francisco P.O./APR 14 1905/D.L. SECTION (Dead Letter) purple d/ring, alongside further purplish boxed handstamp with lower line reading "Returned from R.L.O." (town unclear) with black manuscript "Contrary to Regulations", corner damage but "around the world" entires rarely found incorporating the British West Indies.
£125


FIRST SAILING WITH NEW 1/- PER HALF OUNCE RATE, Jamaica postal history
1863 entire written and postmarked London AP 1 63 with heavily cancelled GB QV 1/- green tied barred oval "12" to Messrs Barclay & McDowell, Jamaica backstamped Kingston-Jamaica AP 20 63 arrival.
New rates were set from London and the rate to the British West Indies was increased from 6d to 1/- per half ounce on AP 1 1863, RMSP "La Plata" departed from Southampton AP 2 1863.
£120

TWO DIFFERENT REIGNS, THREE DIFFERENT COUNTRIES, Jamaica postal history to Sicily
1936 cover to England with Jamaica KGV 1d chocolate pmk'd Mandeville AP 12 37 d/ring. On arrival in Eastbourne, Sussex forwarded to Taormina, Sicily with pair contemporary GB KE7 d green pmk'd 27 APR 1937 with 25c green Postage Due tied 1-5 37.
The KG6 issues not released until 10 May 1937.
£120

EARLIEST EXAMPLE OF 1d RETAINED ON HALF OUNCE POST, Jamaica postal history
1860 GB QV 6d cover to Thomas Hendrick, Attorney, Kingston, Jamaica pmk'd LIVERPOOL "466" duplex dated 31 JY 60 showing both KINGSTON AU 20 1860 dbl-arc arrival and manuscript "1" for the allowed 1d on the half ounce, overall damp toning.
An Act of JU 14 1860 authorised the Colony to retain 1d on the half ounce mail. On AU 1 1860 Jamaica took control of her own Post Office.
£95

BERMUDA postal history
1938 Elfers & Fyffes (E & F blue flag printed flap) cover to Parkstone, Dorset with GB KG6 1d tied PAQUEBOT handstamp, alongside boxed purple "OCEAN MAILS./Ex.... S.S. "CARARE" cachet off-loaded with Hamilton machine dated 11 AUG 1938.
£36

GREAT BRITAIN and BERMUDA postal history combination
1932 cover from confused tourists staying at The New St. George Hotel, St. George's, Bermuda addressed Oakland, California with Bermuda 2d Caravel placed over pair Great Britain KGV 1d tied ST. GEORGES 23 FEB 32 cds.
£48


BRITISH GUIANA postal history
1937 (AP 9) KGV 2c pair underpaid franking from Georgetown most unusually addressed by the sender to three locations arriving Paris (AP 28) with 1fr due added and re-directed MY 10 to London (MY 13) with GB 1d due tied MY 15 37, various tax marks, return to sender, unknown additions as expected for a cover attracting postage dues in two differing countries.
£120


GREAT BRITAIN to GIBRALTAR postal history
Probably used 1875 undated GB QV d green newswrapper with added bantam QV d Plate 12 pmk'd W/27 oval obliterator to Gibraltar, some faults.
£45


GIBRALTAR destination postal history
1871 wrapper with sender's cachet to Gibraltar with Great Britain QV 6d (postage) and QV 1d (late fee) twice pmk'd London IX/21 AP 71 "9" duplex.
£85







HERO of the H.M.S. "BIRKENHEAD" SHIPWRECK DISASTER, Sierra Leone postal history
1852 letter from Lt-Colonel Alexander Seton written at Sierra Leone 29th January posted in GB QV 1d pink PSE to Edinburgh with MR 15 and MR 15 transit and arrival backstamps. This is the only letter he wrote from Sierra Leone and the penultimate letter before the tragic disaster in Simon's Bay in the early hours of 26th February 1852 which took about 445 lives.
A 4 page account of the disaster accompanies as prepared for the December 2018 British West Indies Study Circle journal.
£1200

BARBADOS postal history
1928 shortpaid cover from Bashart Ally & Co to Birmingham with d, d Badge tied 14 DE 28 with circled "T" and GB 1d Postage Due tied Birmingham 2 JA 29 cds, small opening fault middle top.
£65


GREAT BRITAIN to BAMENDA, CAMEROON missent BARBADOS and BERMUDA postal history
1931 cover with GB KGV 1d tied Glasgow machine dated 3 SEP 1931 to "BAMENDA, B.W.I." with handstruck "NOT KNOWN" and "ADVERTISED" applied Barbados 19 SEP 1931 (backstamp) with manuscript "Try Bermuda" amended "Not" with "Try" deleted with Hamilton 23 NOV 31 backstamp, originally poorly opened 3 sides but frontal tear at right sealed with tear at left open.
£120
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