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A UNIQUE 2d on 1d LAKE VILLAGE INTER-ISLAND RATE cover, ST. VINCENT to BARBADOS postal history
1884 cover to H.A. King, Bridgetown, Barbados with QV 2d on 1d lake positional copy showing curved arc below "N" of "ONE" (SG.40) left to be cancelled at Kingstown by vertical black "A10" (PML.7) with red Kingstown C/NO 28 84 and CALLIAQUA C/NO 28 84 origin cds alongside, b/stamped BARBADOES NO 29 1884 broken dbl-arc.
This QV 2d on 1d lake was issued specifically for pre-payment of the under 300 miles inter-island rate.
£1425


BARBADOS "USED ABROAD" PICTURE POST CARD, BEQUIA St. Vincent postal history
1965 Bathsheba Coast, St. Joseph, Barbados coloured post card written from Bequia, having arrived by mail schooner, used with 2 x 1c Scout, QE2 10c pmk'd BEQUIA */6 JA 65 to Washington D.C.
£18


BARBADOS postal history
1879 locally addressed cover to J.G. Carter, Thurbun, St. Philip with 1d grey-blue (SG.74) tied Bridgetown open bootheel duplex dated A/JA 2 79 showing BARBADOS 3/JA 02 79 (M2-O) arrival alongside address panel, flap removed.
Thought one of only two covers to St. Philip with this Parish arrival cds, the other has the arrival as backstamp.
£250

TURKS and CAICOS ISLANDS to BARBADOS and GRENADA postal history
1962 airmail cover to Belmont Road, Barbados with QE2 8d Flamingoes pmk'd GRAND TURK A/16 AP 62 d/ring, on arrival forwarded to Mt. Edgcombe, Grenada with handstruck "T" tax mark appended green ink "8c" alongside and Grenada 8c postage due tied SAUTEURS */MY 11 62.
£45

BARBADOS to PITCAIRN ISLAND postal history
1946 cover to The Postmaster, Pitcairn Islands with KG6 d, 1d pmk'd 22 MY 46 with PITCAIRN ISLAND POST OFFICE arrival d/ring dated 4 AUG 46.
£60


7 code used ST. JAMES, Barbados postal history
(M2-R) dated 7/MY 14 85 as arrival on QV d Post Card to The Spring Plantation, St. James, reverse printed text headed Bridgetown with buying prices refined sugar, and molasses per gallon.
£48




CRYPTIC HAND-DRAWN COVER TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE U.S.A., Barbados postal history
1968 airmail cover with hand-drawn and coloured steamship marked "Wup" to Prestiment Johnson (sic), United States, U.S.A. with QE2 25c coral pmk'd CHRIST CHURCH 14 NO 68 showing small red NOV 16 arrival on address panel, sender address on reverse.
Lyndon Baines Johnson was the 36th President of the USA 1963 to 1969 taking office after the Kennedy assassination.
£175


BARBADOS postal history:
1953 printed Rediffusion Service Ltd, Trafalgar Street, Bridgetown headed AIR LETTER with combination Britannia design 2c, 8c meter machine and pair issued QE2 1c definitives pmk'd GPO 26 AP 53, first month use.
£30

BARBADOS to ARGENTINA postal history
1933 cover to Buenos Aires with KG6 2d Badge pmk'd GPO machine dated 2 SEP 1933.
£25

ATLANTIS HOTEL, BATHSHEBA COAST, Barbados postal history
coloured ppc showing the railway line mailed with 1d Badge to Huddersfield pmk'd GPO 12 JA 26 cds.
£15



BEACHMOUNT HOTEL, BATHSHEBA, ST. JOSEPH, Barbados postal history
1936 Beachmount Hotel cover to Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania with 2d Badge pmk'd Barbados 18 AUG 1936 machine with 4-sided printed brochure extolling the virtues of this recently renovated hotel (rates from $2.00 to $3.00 per day, no mosquitoes).
£48

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



EARLIEST KNOWN USE OF A ST. VINCENT STAMP and a first sailing date of use
(Placed in POSTAL HISTORY section for convenience): This QV 1d rose-red Perf. 14 to 16 (SG.1) in the accepted paler shade of colour of the first printing, as mentioned PML handbook Page 27, came from the first delivery invoiced from London on 27 March 1861 (56,040 stamps plus 10,020 6d deep yellow-green, SG.2) with expected arrival on 8 April 1861. These adhesives were seemingly not immediately unpacked as known covers of AP 9 61 and AP 24 1861 to the UK are cancelled with the red PAID AT ST. VINCENT pre-stamp handstamp. The Stanley Gibbons catalogue lists 8 May 1861 for issue date of the two denominations, which may be true. This 1d adhesive was cancelled by horizontal A10 (PML.1) on the 8th, 9th or 10th for the 10 May 1861 sailing, and travelled on R.M.S.P. Teviot collecting BARBADOES dbl-arc arrival dated MY 11 1861 making this the EARLIEST KNOWN USE OF A ST. VINCENT STAMP and a first sailing date. The first known adhesive cover bears a strip of three QV 1d, pair QV 6d pmkd JU 8 1861 addressed to Norfolk, Virginia and travelled in through New Orleans being possibly the finest known American Civil War blockade running cover. The second delivery of the QV 1d rose-red was not invoiced until 22 July 1862 (28,020 stamps), slight thinning.
£450

BARBADOS postal history
1938 Red Tower Lager cover sent stampless to The Aurora School of Photo-Engraving, Aurora, Washington with scarce "T" in diamond tax handstamp, GPO 12 AU 38 despatch and New York Due 10 cents duplex.
£60

MAIL TO GRANTLEY ADAMS, Barbados postal history
1952 cover from the Board of Trade pmk'd London OFFICIAL PAID machine cancel dated 7 JAN 1952 to The Hon. G.H. Adams, C.M.G., House of Assembly, Bridgetown with handstruck "MISSENT TO BAHAMAS" supported by Nassau JAN 11 1952 machine cancel on reverse.
Grantley Herbert Adams founded the Barbados Labour Party and was Premier 1953-1958. The International Airport was named after him in 1976 and in 1998 he was named as one of the National Heroes of Barbados. His son, John "Tom" Adams (a keen philatelist), was Prime Minister 1976-1985.
£45

"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 BUD ABBOTT and LOU COSTELLO, Barbados postal history
1950 cover to Bud Abbott and Lou Costello, M.G.M. Studios, Culva City, California with 2 x 1d Badge pmk'd GPO 28 FE 50 with handstruck red 2-line "UNCALLED FOR AT/METRO-GOLDWYN-MAYER", reverse Culver City MR 22 1850 machine cancel.
£75

BARBADOS postal history
1905 use of complete d Seal newswrapper to Portland, Maine with design pmk'd A/MR 4 05, fine blue cog-wheeled oval LEACOCK & CO Shipping & Commission Agents sender's cachet.
£20


BARBADOS postal history
1903 cover to Warminster, England with most unusual and accepted mixed country and mixed currency franking of Barbados 1d and British Guiana 2c tied BARBADOS A/JY 4 03 cds, Bath and Warminster backstamps.
£125

EXHIBITION COVER SHORT-LIVED 14 CORNER DOTS GREAT BRITAIN QV 1d LILAC to BARBADOS
1881 cover with five copies GB QV 1d Venetian red and seven copies GB QV 1d lilac (SG.166,170) pmk'd London S.W/32 duplex dated AU 2 81 to Mrs. Belfield, Chelston, Barbados being the penultimate 1/- rate prior switching to the 4d U.P.U. rate on SP 1 1881, backstamped BARBADOES AU 18 1881 dbl-arc arrival clear of largely missing flap. A spectacular exhibition cover for the short band of use 14 dots in each corner GB QV 1d lilac.
The 1d Venetian red stamps do not have the Orbs watermark error Cat.27,000 apiece.
£600
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