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a60889
Mandate Haifa postmarks: 18 DE 1942 registered cover from BAT GALIM to solder of Middle East Force in Egypt, franked 25m per period rate (10m letter + 15m registered fee) using Pic
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Mandate Haifa postmarks: 18 DE 1942 registered cover from BAT GALIM to solder of Middle East Force in Egypt, franked 25m per period rate (10m letter + 15m registered fee) using Pictorals Ba93/99 tied by 2 strikes of rare BAT GALIM skeleton postmark GD-121 (& 2 on back); backstamped same day REG HAIFA & next day FPO 550 (9th Army Palestine); 23 DE 42 in transit at EGYPT-37 & received at unclear FPO + passed DCFC censor, however re-routed & dispatched EGYPT-37 (front) on 31 Dec 42; arrived at unclear FPO on 1 Jan 43. Slit open at top; well travelled. Very fine, est. value $200+
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a60912
Small locales / Mandate & rare Egyptian postmarks on Jewish soldier's mail: 9 JY 1944 stampless "honour envelope" noted as 'Hebrew' correspondence from FPO 655 (ABBASSIA, Egypt) to
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Small locales / Mandate & rare Egyptian postmarks on Jewish soldier's mail: 9 JY 1944 stampless "honour envelope" noted as 'Hebrew' correspondence from FPO 655 (ABBASSIA, Egypt) to KIBBUTZ MERHAVIA, tied by strike of FPO postmark & backstamped same day #4 Base Post Office "EGYPT POSTAGE PREPAID" machine cancel with slogan "It Pays to Lend" (Proud-D, 16 months after his last known date of use; here with wide datehead left and small datehead right - this unrecorded); marked on front by numbered & DCFC military censor marks (from Egypt); backstamped 8 JY FPO 235(?) Egypt, 10 JY AFFULA transit (Dorf-6) & same day MERHAVIA arrival (rare Dorf-1, rated F); slit open at left. Nicely travelled & documented + rare postmarks.
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a60989
Postwar incoming civilian mail: 29 V 1945 registered postcard in Russian on Polish postal stationary from Mariam Berlas STRYI Poland to Jewish soldier (Erus Schutzer) in 468 Palest
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Postwar incoming civilian mail: 29 V 1945 registered postcard in Russian on Polish postal stationary from Mariam Berlas STRYI Poland to Jewish soldier (Erus Schutzer) in 468 Palestine Company Royal Army Service Corps General Transport (HAIFA), franked 40Kop (but uncancelled - no dispatch postmark on the postcard) & marked by 2x different registry handstamps (one Polish & one Soviet); passed Soviet military censor & H12 Palestine Censor (Sach-Q22 - 3 years after his last known date of use) in HAIFA - 3x different censor markings; front-stamped 16(?) SP 1945 REG HAIFA arrival - very long transit time; registration etiquette now missing (traces visible), two small tears at bottom. Rare origin & destination - particularly as this locale was ceded by the pro-Communist Polish government/annexed by the USSR in August; very unusual contact with western soldier (vis. 1945/post-war purges & suspicion of contact with Jews, Zionists & the West). See lot #a60990 for apparently identical message but in English.
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a60990
Postwar incoming civilian mail: 29 V 1945 registered postcard in English on Polish postal stationary from Mariam Berlas STRYI Poland to Jewish soldier (Erus Schutzer) in 468 Palest
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Postwar incoming civilian mail: 29 V 1945 registered postcard in English on Polish postal stationary from Mariam Berlas STRYI Poland to Jewish soldier (Erus Schutzer) in 468 Palestine Company Royal Army Service Corps General Transport (HAIFA), franked 20kop (damaged) & tied by local postmark; passed Soviet military censor & H12 Palestine censor (Sach-Q22 - 3 years after his last known date of use) in HAIFA - 3x different censor markings; front-stamped 6 SP 1945 REG HAIFA arrival; 2 filing holeswith tears + surficial swath missing lower left. Rare origin & unusual destination: by the time this postcard arrived the Polish government had ceded this locale to the USSR/Ukraine SSR; very unusual contact with western soldier in this period. See lot #a60984 for apparently identical message but in Russian: refers to correspondence of 24 Aug. 1944; sender's says she & her husband and daughter are alive, but that no news received from addressee's mother & brother, and that his father was sent to Hungary and has not been heard from since. Sender's parents & uncle also died in Stryi; mentions Finkler family members who were in Czestochowa.
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a60991
Postwar incoming civilian mail: 31-5-1946 uprated postcard in Russian on Polish postal stationary from Mariam Berlas SŁUPSK Poland to Jewish soldier (Erus Schutzer) in 179 Palestin
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Postwar incoming civilian mail: 31-5-1946 uprated postcard in Russian on Polish postal stationary from Mariam Berlas SŁUPSK Poland to Jewish soldier (Erus Schutzer) in 179 Palestine Company Royal Army Service Corps General Transport (possibly HAIFA), with pre-printed frank of 1.50Zł + additional 1.50Zł attached & tied by 2 strikes of local postmark. Marked possibly by Polish censor. At this time Poland was independent but with half a million Soviet troops stationed on its soil. Rare origin & destination: very unusual contact with western soldier especially during Cold War post-WWII ideological purges. Two filing holes.
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a60994
Postwar incoming civilian mail (triple re-routed): 30 MAY 1946 uprated postcard in Polish(?) on Polish postal stationary from Mariam Berlas SŁUPSK to Jewish soldier (Erus Schutzer)
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Postwar incoming civilian mail (triple re-routed): 30 MAY 1946 uprated postcard in Polish(?) on Polish postal stationary from Mariam Berlas SŁUPSK to Jewish soldier (Erus Schutzer) in 179 Palestine Company Royal Army Service Corps General Transport UDINE Italy, pre-franked 1.50L (additional 1.50L frank removed at top); backstamped 15 JY 46 BAPO 15 (NAPLES) transit - scarce military marking on USSR originating mail; re-routed to "Post Office" (Poste Restante) TEL AVIV, then re-routed again to civilian address HAIFA; marked possibly by Polish censor. At this time Poland was independent but with half a million Soviet troops stationed on its soil. Rare origin & destination: very unusual contact with western soldier especially during Cold War post-WWII ideological purges. Two filing holes with tears.
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a60995
WWII Australian-British military mail in Palestine / last empire-wide airmails: JUNE 1940 airmailed green honour envelope (by J.D. & Co., Apsley) from BASE P.O. B.W.I. (Sach-K53; A
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WWII Australian-British military mail in Palestine / last empire-wide airmails: JUNE 1940 airmailed green honour envelope (by J.D. & Co., Apsley) from BASE P.O. B.W.I. (Sach-K53; Advance Base Post Office, JERUSALEM) to SOUTH YARRA Australia, franked 60m per period air mail rate for bi-weekly eastbound (to Sydney) mail service via Imperial Airlines (as of 18 Oct. 1939 until 10 June 1940, replacing the previous "All Up" Empire Service ended 3 Sept. 1939), using Mandate pictorals & tied by strike of Base Post Office postmark whose dateline appears "8(?) JU 40". Passed censor #1071 in Palestine; torn open at top - a few pieces missing from top edge. Rare period mail: although postmark date unclear, it pre-dates 10 June suspension of the revised Empire air mail service (following Italy's entry into the war); from July 1940 military mail used British franks. Proud notes that at this time British military mail was carried both by British and foreign carriers. The Advance Base Post Office moved to GAZA as of August 1940.
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a60996
WWII British military mail in Palestine / Italy enters War: 10 JU 1940 airmailed green honour envelope from FPO 123 (SARAFAND) to CLEETHORPES, franked 25m using Mandate pictorals &
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WWII British military mail in Palestine / Italy enters War: 10 JU 1940 airmailed green honour envelope from FPO 123 (SARAFAND) to CLEETHORPES, franked 25m using Mandate pictorals & tied by 2 strikes of FPO postmark; as per 25m rate used, cover was carried by Italian Ala Littoria airlines on its last day of service as Italy entered the war on same day (Imperial Airlines charged 60m in this period & the KLM route ceased as of 10 May). Proud notes that British military mail was carried both by British and foreign carriers including Ala Littoria. From July 1940, British military post from Palestine was franked using British stamps. Cover passed censor #1024 in Palestine; vertically folded; opened roughly at back, complete. Very rare postal link. The postal significance of Italy's entry into the war this date was the immediate suspension of the Empire airmail services the same day.
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a60997
WWII British military mail in Palestine / early 'horseshoe' post- Empire Air Mail: 15 JU 1940 green honour envelope (by J.D. & Co., Apsley) from FPO 122 (TULKARM) to CLIFTONVILLE (
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WWII British military mail in Palestine / early 'horseshoe' post- Empire Air Mail: 15 JU 1940 green honour envelope (by J.D. & Co., Apsley) from FPO 122 (TULKARM) to CLIFTONVILLE (misspelled "-mille"), franked 25m using 5x 5m Mandate pictorals (scarce multiple franking) at period Ala Littoria air mail rate to UK (no other possibility for this fee at this time) - except this suspended 10 June with Italy's entry into the War; here possibly transported by 'horseshoe route' on first journey leaving SYDNEY on 19 JUNE (and without being taxed for under-franking, as cost 60m via Imperial Airlines/BOAC), by air via TIBERIAS on 27th or CAIRO on 28th to DURBAN South Africa, and then by sea to UK - but as backstamped 16 SEP 1940 MARGATE transit (94 days; period horseshoe route to UK took about half that time), likely transported entirely by surface mail. Passed censor #1030 in Palestine; locally re-routed to LONDON; opened gently at back & resealed. Rare origin & scarce route.
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a60998
WWII Australian-British military mail in Palestine / 'Horseshoe Route': 15 SE 1940 airmailed green honour envelope from FPO 122 (TULKARM) to EDINBURGH Scotland, franked 1s/3d at pe
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WWII Australian-British military mail in Palestine / 'Horseshoe Route': 15 SE 1940 airmailed green honour envelope from FPO 122 (TULKARM) to EDINBURGH Scotland, franked 1s/3d at period 'hourshoe route' rate, using British stamps & tied by 2 strikes of FPO postmark; return addressed to soldier of D Troop, 4th Battery, 2/2 Field Regiment, 6th Division of 2nd Australian Imperial Force (AIF - the volunteer component of the wartime Australian Army; not recorded as serving in Palestine but the 6th Division fought in the Western Desert Campaign at Bardia, Tobruk & Benghazi) - unusual as military mail normally sent without displayed return address. Passed censor #224 in Palestine. This special rate was in use locally from Sept. - Nov. 1940; mail was sent by air via TIBERIAS or CAIRO to DURBAN South Africa, and then by sea to UK. Slit open at top. Rare origin & scarce route.

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a60999
WWII Australian forces in Palestine: 2 JUN 1941 cover from 2nd Brigade HQ Post Office W.2. (Sacher unlisted; QASTINA) to Barclays Bank JERUSALEM, as not marked "OAS", franked 15m (
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WWII Australian forces in Palestine: 2 JUN 1941 cover from 2nd Brigade HQ Post Office W.2. (Sacher unlisted; QASTINA) to Barclays Bank JERUSALEM, as not marked "OAS", franked 15m (Ba108) - 5m overcharge for period domestic letter rate & tied by strike of W2 postmark (Proud rated 200); passed censor 1787 with officer's signature on front; backstamped 5 JU 41 GAZA civilian post transit (Dorf-6 predating his earliest known date of use by almost a year) - unusual routing & next day JERUSALEM arrival. Slit open at top, resealed by collector.

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a61000
Wartime incoming military mail / early Free French censored mail: 6 JLY 1941 "On Active Service" air mail cover on Palestine-made "DOAR" company manufactured airmail stationary fro
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Wartime incoming military mail / early Free French censored mail: 6 JLY 1941 "On Active Service" air mail cover on Palestine-made "DOAR" company manufactured airmail stationary from Indian Army FPO 90 (ASMARA, Eritrea) to Barclays Bank JERUSALEM, franked 9 Anna (back) per Indian air rate & tied by 3 strikes of FPO postmark + passed censor with officer's endorsement (triangular cachet on front); backstamped 9 JLY 41 BASE OFFICE 2 (KHARTOUM) transit; marked by Deputy Chief Field Censor (Egypt) on front. Of note, probable routing via BEIRUT as per 2x numbered censor marks on back "C2383" in manuscript & "3-3886" handstamp, conforming to censor signatures M/s Type D (which start "23") and M/s Type C (which start "3", similar in font-style to period used handstamp in Beirut) and period use (earliest known censored mail in Beirut dated 13 July); here pre-dating Robertson's earliest known dates of use (Nov & Sept. 1941) for these notations + "C" ('censor'?) prefix undocumented - a discovery piece for censored mail; close proximity of last digit of the two censor numbers, "3" and "6" may conform to later-used habit of day-dating censored mail in Beirut by adding a "3" to the actual day of entry and day of exit from the censor. Partly slit open at top. Rare origin, unusual Levant routing & curious association of 'Doar' stationary with unit in Eritrea. Significant postal history as Beirut just liberated on 12 July.
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a61001
WWII Australian forces in Palestine/Middle East: well travelled surface mailed 6 SP 1941 Palestine postal stationary postcard (Ba PC.9P, 1939 issue) from NAZARETH to a Lieut. Col.
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WWII Australian forces in Palestine/Middle East: well travelled surface mailed 6 SP 1941 Palestine postal stationary postcard (Ba PC.9P, 1939 issue) from NAZARETH to a Lieut. Col. Garman of ACF (Australian Commonwealth Forces), pre-franked 8m per overseas rate (until Apr. 1940; now 13m overseas/7m inland) & tied by 2 strikes of local postmark (Dorf-5); a) re-routed to "soldiers club" JERUSALEM where frontstamped 10 SP by civilian post & b) 16 SE by AIF FIELD P.O. 11 (Sach-K55; Australian Comforts Fund hostel at Fast Hotel, JERUSALEM); as soldier already moved, c) postcard transferred to BASE P.O. B.W.I. (Sach-K53; Advance Base Post Office, GAZA) where backstamped 22 SE 41 transit; d) probably here passed censor 3191 & as addressee absent returned NAZARETH, backstamped 29 SE (Dorf-4) + inverted impression on front: e) from there, series of 'cancelled-to-order' postmarks at civilian post offices with full postcard rate frankings by sender - BEIRUT (1 X 41), franked 75m; f) DAMASCUS (2-10-41), franked 25m; g) AL ARZ Lebanon (4 X 41), franked 20m; h) BAALBECK (5 X 41), franked 10m (Syria/Lebanon were liberated July '41); i) AMMAN 17 OCT 41 (as Proud-D19 but unlisted), franked 3m. Unusual.

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a61002
WWII Australian postal service in Lebanon: 2 OC 1941 OAS airmail cover on Australian Commonwealth Forces stationary from FPO 28 (APS, BEIRUT) to BRISBANE, franked 9d (multiple fran
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WWII Australian postal service in Lebanon: 2 OC 1941 OAS airmail cover on Australian Commonwealth Forces stationary from FPO 28 (APS, BEIRUT) to BRISBANE, franked 9d (multiple franking) & tied by 4 strikes of postmark; with officer endorsement at left & triangular censor 4416 handstamp on front; sender among troops prior to transfer to TOBRUK. Cut open at left; frontal tear repaired. Scarce origin.
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a61003
WWII Polish Forces in Palestine mail: 24 VII 1944 stampless cover from Polish military field post office 112 (PALESTINE) to 1st Company [unclear] & tied by full strike of POCZTA PO
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WWII Polish Forces in Palestine mail: 24 VII 1944 stampless cover from Polish military field post office 112 (PALESTINE) to 1st Company [unclear] & tied by full strike of POCZTA POLOWA 112 double-ring date-stamp (Sach-K52); opened/resealed by the Polish military censor using bilingual Polish-English label & tied by round bilingual Polish-English censor cachet; cut open at right.
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a61004
Military mail in Palestine: 30 NOV 1942 civilian family correspondence cover in German from JERUSALEM to soldier at MEF CAIRO, tied by airmail etiquette & franked 15m (either for p
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Military mail in Palestine: 30 NOV 1942 civilian family correspondence cover in German from JERUSALEM to soldier at MEF CAIRO, tied by airmail etiquette & franked 15m (either for period surface mail to Egypt or airmail rate via MISR) using Ba108 tied by machine & single-circle postmarks; passed deputy chief censor & backstamped 2 DE 42 FPO 154 arrival (scarce postmark - undocumented period/locale in Proud). Opened gently at back & resealed.
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a61005
Jewish military mail: OCT 1944 Mandate postal stationary postcard from TEL AVIV to Hebrew-speaking addressee with 'Middle East Force', pre-franked 7m & tied by machine cancel & dou
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Jewish military mail: OCT 1944 Mandate postal stationary postcard from TEL AVIV to Hebrew-speaking addressee with 'Middle East Force', pre-franked 7m & tied by machine cancel & double-ring postmark; tied by Deputy Field Chief Censor cachet (CAIRO), re-routed 12 OCT with "Last Location at" adhesive applied & backstamped same day by full strike of rare FPO 245 postmark ("not seen" per Proud for this period, and assigned per his research to mobile FPO S.206 possibly at EL DABA Egypt).
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a61006
Military mail to Palestine: 14 DE 1943 green honor envelope (by C. & Co. (B) Ltd.) from EGYPT 7 (CAIRO / APO S.241 - 3 days after Proud's last known date of use, during undocumente
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Military mail to Palestine: 14 DE 1943 green honor envelope (by C. & Co. (B) Ltd.) from EGYPT 7 (CAIRO / APO S.241 - 3 days after Proud's last known date of use, during undocumented period) to MESHEK YAGUR via HAIFA, tied by Egyptian pre-paid date-stamp; passed RAF & deputy chief censors; backstamped 17 DE 43 FPO 156 (PALESTINE - Haifa?) arrival (scarce postmark); opened gently at back, bottom part of flap torn and stuck to cover.
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a61007
Military mail to Palestine: 8(?) FE 1945 'On Active Service' cover in Hebrew from FPO 786 (UK) to MESHEK YAGUR tied by rare FPO 786 postmark (Proud unseen for this period, listed a
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Military mail to Palestine: 8(?) FE 1945 'On Active Service' cover in Hebrew from FPO 786 (UK) to MESHEK YAGUR tied by rare FPO 786 postmark (Proud unseen for this period, listed as assigned FPO D.A.R.I.); passed Egyptian deputy chief & Palestine Censors; backstamped Base Post Office 15 (CAIRO) machine cancel for transit & 18 FE 45 MESEHK YAJUR arrival (dorf-1); opened gently at back, right flap tip torn & stuck to cover.
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a61008
Postwar Polish forces in Palestine: 1 VI 1945 stampless "on active service" airmail stationary military cover from Polish Forces FPO 112 (JERUSALEM?) to GEDERA tied by full strike
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Postwar Polish forces in Palestine: 1 VI 1945 stampless "on active service" airmail stationary military cover from Polish Forces FPO 112 (JERUSALEM?) to GEDERA tied by full strike of FPO postmark + Polish forces censor cachet (Glad-54); backstamped 4 JU 45 REHOVOT (Dorf-7) transit & next day GEDERA (Dorf-3) arrival; slit open at top. Very fine.
SOLD $62.00
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The auction closed on Wednesday, 10 October 2018 19:00
a61009
Military mail in Palestine: 12 FE 1946 "certified official" OHMS cover from 'C' military hospital LYDDA to RAMLEH tied by rare FPO 28 postmark + hospital & 'certified official' han
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Military mail in Palestine: 12 FE 1946 "certified official" OHMS cover from 'C' military hospital LYDDA to RAMLEH tied by rare FPO 28 postmark + hospital & 'certified official' handstamps; backstamped 16 FE 46 arrival (Dorf-7); opened gently with flap.
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a61010
Jewish Brigade mail: 12 JU 1946 family correspondence cover from TEL AVIV (return addressed GIVATAYIM) to relative in Jewish Brigade (assigned to British Army on the Rhine), franke
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Jewish Brigade mail: 12 JU 1946 family correspondence cover from TEL AVIV (return addressed GIVATAYIM) to relative in Jewish Brigade (assigned to British Army on the Rhine), franked 10m per inland letter rate (should have been 20m for non-UK surface mail - but not taxed), tied by strike of local postmark; backstamped 22 JU 46 FPO 690 (ANTWERP) arrival, but as soldier demobilized, redirected back as "on active service" mail & backstamped 12 JY 46 RAMAT GAN transit; slit open left & bottom, some worm holes near edges. Unusual postal handling.
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