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I thought this Brisbane 1905 cancel looked interesting.

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I thought Appin Park would be common. I see a lot of them these days.

Not so for this one.

Appin Park

PO 1/10/1960; LPO 31/3/1994.

3 km W of Wangaratta.

61 - 69 Rated RRRR

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Turned this up yesterday while looking through some Germanias. Looked it up, and it was canceled after Danzig became a Free City but two weeks before the overprinted stamps were made available. This is of course assuming the cancel is genuine...

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From the Orange Free State:

Dated: Senekal 16 Sep 1898, Vervaldag(?) 22 Nov 1898
Stamped twice with THE NATIONAL BANK OF THE ORANGE FREE STATE - SENEKAL
Two stamps accompanying:

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I would like to pose a question in regard to my post above - there is a lot of 'Smith's' signing that. Any thoughts before I post something else.....

I gather this document is in Dutch, a receipt?

Also, what is £34 in 1901 worth today?

My name is Smith.
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Following on from the above posts... firstly my stamp collection consists of what I've bought through Australia Post, kind-hearted relatives buying those stamp packest that used to be everywhere, and collections passed on by relatives.
Orange Free State and Transvaal border each other I believe. I have the (above reciept, full of Smith's) including stamps from OFS. Here are two covers (to and fro from Mrs & Mr Craven) 'South African Field Forces'. First has a postmark of January 18 (Windsor) and the second of 16 November 1901. The latter including three postmarks. "T" - tax? "1d" - the tax? I can't make out the field office "...ATH(?)" The information provided on the cover is wonderful even a feeling of light-heartedness (I thought) - from Craven and his mates.

So, apart from what looks like a wonderful set of items all linked? (Thoughts?) here's the conspiracy - the second signature on the document (above) has a resemblance to the writing of E A Craven on the cover? Might be a far fetch BUT taking into account the sources of my stamp collection.... obviously an english transcript of the document would help. Also I have looked up what £34 (1901) = £100 (2015) so is this a parcel of land or what? And why all the 'Smiths'
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What I have found on the net:
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excerpt from https://www.angloboerwar.com/books/52-holt-mounted-police-of ... -the-enemy

ON the day following the attack on the Mahlabatini magistracy, General Dartnell's column, which had been taken over by Colonel Bullock, moved to the neighbourhood of Blauw Kop on the Vaal River, round which it wandered for some weeks, making unsuccessful efforts to capture small bodies of Boers who moved about very rapidly, and continually sent very sarcastic heliograph messages.

A small number of the enemy were taken near Amersfort, and others were captured while sleeping on the banks of the Vaal. Several men were shot by the enemy during the first ten days, and on two occasions the troops were shelled. A combined movement was made under General Sir Bindon Blood, and for some time both the police and their horses, besides the rest of the force, were on half rations. About sixty oxen were lost within twenty-four hours through poverty and exhaustion, the animals being kept eight or nine hours in the yoke during each trek. A grass fire swept through the camp at Ermelo, and left many of the men in a disastrous plight. There were several nights of intense frost, and heavy rains towards the end of May caused such heavy losses amongst the transport animals that the rate of progress was reduced to one mile a day. The horses and oxen were given five days' rest at Standerton, after which the men went south to Rolfontein, and then on to Wakkerstroom to pick up more supplies, returning again to Standerton, where the command was taken over by Brigadier-General Spens.

Ps. As an aside to all of this I saw a wonderful b/w movie where Pimlico wasn't part of Britain - French if I remember correctly. Actually a bit like BREXIT with England demanding Pimlico residents to have proper passports :)
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castores wrote:I would like to pose a question in regard to my post above - there is a lot of 'Smith's' signing that. Any thoughts before I post something else.....

I gather this document is in Dutch, a receipt?

Also, what is £34 in 1901 worth today?

My name is Smith.
Ahoj castores!

As no one better informed has come forward, here are my thoughts.

The document is in Afrikaans, the language of the Boers and similar to Dutch.

It is a promisory note for the payment of 31 pounds 14 shillings to the National Bank of the Orange Free State in two months' time on 22nd November 1898 and the interest to be added if it is not paid by that date ( the Verwaldag = the due date).

I presume all the Smiths are relatives witnessing the document.

A pound at that time would be a gold sovereign so 31 pounds 14 shillings would be worth about 3930 pounds now.

The incomplete postmark is, I think, Natal Field Force.

Hope this helps,

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Ahoj honza,

Many thanks for the information, I should have realised it is Afrikaans.

On looking at the postmark again, yes you are correct Natal Field Force.

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You're welcome Peter.

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Not on a stamp, but postal use none the less.

Cover front from the Postmaster at Law Courts Post Office (Melbourne) to the Commonwealth Bank Camberwelll

Rubber oval datestamps from Victoria are generally quite scarce. This one recorded in use over a 2 year period. It might mean 2 recorded or it could be 50. But at 50 cents, who's arguing?

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TO 29/10/1884; RH 12/1/1885; PO c.1902.

½ km W of G.P.O.


25 POST OFFICE / LAW COURTS, C.1 54x33½ Dbl. Oval 9DL violet Early Date: 13AUG1952 Late Date: 13APR1953

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Some poor sod has recently paid $225 + BP for a common $2 fiscal.

This cancel is said to be manuscript "Tamar East" from Tasmania, rated 5R, but it is nothing of the sort.

The wording actually reads "Launc[eston] / August". The "T" is really an "L". Maybe someone mistakes this for "Tamer", which is spelled wrong anyway.

Receiving House only, not a Post Office.

Sometimes town names were added to fiscal stamps reflecting the place where the transaction took place.

The black mark at the base of the stamp is fiscal too, if it is genuine at all, not a postal mark struck in transit.

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I like a good looking postmark and sometimes they include a banner of some sort.

There are many Australian banners about collecting stamps and I assumed other countries would do the same.
Going through my English stamps last night I found this. Nicely centred and clean "WORLDS GREATEST HOBBY".

Shame about the damage :(
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VICTORIA 1862 4d Red BEADED OVAL ON COVER HEATHCOTE TO MELBOURNE
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What is nice about that blob you ask?

It was always about the rear of the cover.

Heathcote Oval Early Date AU-30/60 Late Date NO-29/65 Rated RRR

Melbourne '3' Framed red Early Date NO26/61 Late Date DC13/62

A nice buy IMHO for $30


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You can also include sub-collections like specific towns/cities, for example a small selection of Avenel postmarks:
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Or they could be for various other reasons, selection of:
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Just spotted this on Delcampe. A common enough cancel, but uncommon complete as good as this one.


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What I like about these is that the postmark (post box) and the stamps tie together nicely.

I am currently sorting 1982 and once I spotted one from this set (hadn't been paying much attention to the pmrk) I kept a look out for further examples. Hopefully when I do a clean-up and full sort on these stamps I will find an example for each stamp in the set (7 in total).

Common postmark, fairly good chance of completing a set.

Historic Post Buildings (with post box cancel)

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Came across this "unusual" postmark - USS ARIZONA Oct 27, 1935 "FIRST, TIME/CANCEL, USED".

The stamp was issued 29 May 1935, so it is not "First Day of Issue" as such; maybe the Arizona had been at sea for five months and it was its' first day in port, hence the first day it had its' supplies??? Or, was it just a new postmarker???

Any ideas?

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I like this German FAI (Football Association of Ireland) postmark.

German FAI postmark. 1992 60pf. Botanischer Garten Leipzig stamp.
German FAI postmark. 1992 60pf. Botanischer Garten Leipzig stamp.

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