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Posted 04/16/2022   10:03 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add Partime to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Scott lists these stamps as 184 and 185. ACSC states that the entire series (218 through 221) can be found as an official First Day Cover with all 4 values included. This first day cover was issued on July 15, and since my cover is dated July 18, 1940, it would have missed it by only a few days.

However, ACSC further states that the Post Office provided the special first day cover for this issue, and that 99,000 were sold during the period of issue. It is just not clear what they mean by the "period of issue". But they do go on to say that the surplus of blank covers was used up for Departmental correspondence between 1940 and 1944, with the inscriptions obliterated. Since this cover does not have the inscriptions obliterated, I can only assume that it was purchased at the post office, but the user did not actually try to get it out on the first day, accidentally sending it several days later. That's my theory, anyway. Any comments?



Note that if you look carefully at the cover, you can see the vertical lines showing how the stamps should be spaced appropriately.

By the way, the letter was sent to Kauai about 5 months before the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Inside is a letter from one Elder to another, discussing gas rationing, etc. I certainly hope that both parties survived the war.
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Posted 04/16/2022   11:27 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add John Becker to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

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I can only assume that it was purchased at the post office, but the user did not actually try to get it out on the first day, accidentally sending it several days later.


We really don't know what the purchaser tried or was thinking. (I've been watching too many "Perry Mason" episodes recently!)
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Posted 04/17/2022   04:24 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Bobby De La Rue to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Could the period of issue pertain to the availability of the stamps during the normal course of usage? Surely they were not withdrawn from circulation?

An FDC with the full set below.



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Posted 04/17/2022   05:48 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rod222 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Sons of Australia, Steady and Strong.
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Edited by rod222 - 04/17/2022 05:49 am
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Posted 04/19/2022   10:27 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Partime to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
So, just to clarify, the blank envelope was issued with the goal that the new owners would attach the appropriate stamps on the first day. Since this cover was used on a later day, then it is not a first day cover. However, what does the further comment about obliteration of unused envelopes mean? Any example of that to show?
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Posted 04/19/2022   3:21 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Rob041256 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
It definitely is not an FDC as the cancellation of the FDC would have been July 15, 1940. Why did the sender post it 3 days later no-one will ever know.

Here is the complete set and all the shades of the 1940 AIF stamps (click the image for a better view).
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Edited by Rob041256 - 04/19/2022 3:24 pm
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Posted 04/21/2022   07:54 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add ninhao to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
The 2D Red of the 1940 Australian Armed Forces FIRST DAY COVER dated 15 JLY 1940 to Mrs Williams, Commonwealth Bank Residence, Taree, N.S.W..



The accompany label message is a good reminder of the MINIMUM LETTER RATE TO USA 3D ADDRESEE PAYS DOUBLE DEFICIENCIES.


Below is a good reference of the postage rate in the 1940s which should provide a good reference as to the issue of the various denomination of 1d Green, 2d Red, 3d Blue and 6d Brown stamps.
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Posted 04/21/2022   08:37 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add ninhao to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
1940 Australian Imperial Forces 1D Green postal history from Brisbane, Queensland with square and slogan cancellation postmarks dated BRISBANE QLD.AUST. 9 SEP 1940 POSTED IN COUNTRY BOX and label message COM'LTH ELECTIONS VOTING COMPULSORY.

Neat advertised envelope showing

Grice PIANOS BRISBANE
90-92 QUEEN STREET
IF UNCLAIMED WITHIN 14 DAYX, PLEASE
RETURNTO BOX 231D, G.P.O., BRISBANE
BEALE AUSTRALIAN-MADE PIANOS--ROGERS ALL-BRITISH PIANOS
BEALE PANCHROMATIC AND TASMA RADIO
KELVINATORS. ICICLE KEROSENE OPERATED REGRIGERATORS
BOOSEY AND HAWKES BANK INSTRUMENTS


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Posted 04/21/2022   08:45 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add ninhao to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
3D Blue of the 1940 Australian Imperial Forces PAQUEBOAT on H.M.A.SHIPS.

NOTE to Partime. Probably a little off topic, but hope it does provide some references on local usage of these 1940 Australian Imperial Forces on cover.

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PAQUEBOT - Postal marking or cancellation stamped on mail posted at sea or in a harbour for processing by the postal authorities at the next port of call. Mail so marked in one country will often carry the stamps of another country.
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Posted 07/07/2022   11:36 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Partime to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

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1940 Australian Imperial Forces PAQUEBOAT on H.M.A.SHIPS.


Just got back to this topic. What is the meaning of "HMA Ships"? Did they want to disguise the actual ship name?
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A memory from 1970.There was a stamp show in Sydney Australia for the Captain Cook Bicentenary celebrations with 1st day covers that were postmarked for the 1st day of release and then for every other day of the the stamp show on same covers with all the verities. There was heaps of these official covers. The mini sheet was very popular and it came on cover as well.
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Posted 07/07/2022   3:47 pm  Show Profile Check KGV Collector's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add KGV Collector to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

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What is the meaning of "HMA Ships"? Did they want to disguise the ac


The name comes from United Kingdom and at the time our UK Queen QEII.

So HMA is "Her Majesty's Australia ship"

Edit. Am out of date. "His Majesty's Australia ship" King Edward.
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Edited by KGV Collector - 07/07/2022 5:33 pm
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Posted 07/07/2022   5:43 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rod222 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Addressed to
Australia Stamp Monthly Magazine, Melbourne
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Posted 07/08/2022   8:46 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add itma to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
KGV Collector:


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"His Majesty's Australia ship" King Edward.


Close, but no cigar. 1940 would be King George VI.
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Posted 07/08/2022   9:16 pm  Show Profile Check KGV Collector's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add KGV Collector to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

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Close, but no cigar. 1940 would be King George VI.


You can tell my Australia history stops at the end of KGV's reign 1914 to 1936. lol lol
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