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A BEVY OF INDIVIDUAL CARTOONLIKE ILLUSTRATIVE COVERS

This blue Two Pence New South Wales stamp with a 'rays' type cancel is adorned with four black cartoon- like characters as well as a scroll to the addressee: Miss Dibbs, Commercial Bank, Sydney,  Their is no identifier for the artist (Figure 1).


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ALBERT HENRY FULLWOOD (1863-1930), ARTIST

This illustrated cover has two N.S.W. lilac 1d ‘View of Sydney’ stamps, postmarked with the duplex SYDNEY/ AP 4/ 11-AM/ 95/ 32 with the N.S.W obliterator. It is addressed to Mrs Bradford, "Hillside", Lower Sandy Bay, Hobart. The cover shows a black ink sketch of a man peering through a telescope, steps, and a sailing boat with 4 men watching the scene (Figure 1).


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AN UNUSUAL WW I POSTCARD to a SOLDIER in EGYPT

This home-made postcard was made from cut-outs of red Australian KGV heads and postage due stamps pasted to the front of a blank "Graphic' post card that was sent, presumably under cover (as there were no stamps for postage nor postmarks), to an Australian soldier in Egypt on leave from fighting at Gallipoli in Turkey. The design was drawn in black ink, but the red and green colour was filled in by the stamps.


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CHARLES DANA GIBSON, ILLUSTRATOR, 1868-1944 [USA]

The pen-and-ink drawings of illustrator Charles Gibson came to represent the spirit of the early twentieth century in America. His illustrations appeared in a number of popular magazines and they both influenced and reflected attitudes, behaviours and mores in the country. The onset of the First World War was said to have ended the public's romance with Gibson's images, for the collective outlook changed from confident optimism to reserved cynicism; the latter outlook made Gibson's perspective to be out of place.


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F.A. PACKER, HOUSE of ASSEMBLY, HOBART (1839-1902)

This illustrated humorous cover was addressed to F.A. PACKER ESQ, House of Assembly, and was stamped with the 1d sideface which was postmarked with a duplex HOBART/ SE 24/ (18)82. The illustration is quite complex and the key figure is a large plump screaming baby, associated with a basin of boiling water, a candle stick, a book of sketches with one sketch lying on the ground, and the fleeing legs of a man. The address is highly stylized with multiple thin streamers and there may be a pipe at extreme left and possibly a long cigarette holder at the fleeing man's feet. The artist is not identified and the meaning of sketch is open for discussion. The vendor gives his interpretation as "an amusing satirical illustration of a famous Packer 'dummy-spit'", a term unbeknownst to me. I am assured it is an Australian colloquial term, interpreted by the Macquarie Dictionary as to throw a tantrum, deriving from the image of a baby spitting out its dummy when it is feeling cantankerous (Figure 1).


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FRANK COLE MADDEN F.R.C.S., from GREAT ORMOND STREET to CAIRO

Four covers, with illustrated fronts and reverses, were found at an auction site, and all four were sent from Melbourne to London, between March 1897 and May 1898. Only the first cover was sent to a private address of 4 Endsleigh Gardens London N.W., whereas the other three were addressed to the Hospital for Sick Children, Great Ormond Street, London W.C. Whereas the first two covers gave no clue as to the identity of the person addressed, the third and fourth had the letters 'F.R.C.S.' (Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons, London) added to the name. The third cover was dated April 6, 1898, and Madden received this fellowship on March 10 th 1898, so the news traveled fast to Australia.


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GEORGE SHIRLEY PENNEFATHER, LAUNCESTON CRICKETER

This 1890's front only from N.S.W. (barred numeral for town and date not legible) with the blue 2d QV stamp was sent to G. Shirley Pennefather Esq., Commercial Bank, Launceston Tasmania via Melbourne. The vendor stated that the cover had “amusing hand drawn illustrations involving conversations between the Spider and Fly” and that all surviving items from this correspondence are fronts only. He also stressed that “illustrated items from New South Wales are very scarce, particularly this early”, a point with which I have no experience to confirm (Figure 1).


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H. P. BROWN, P.M.G.’s DEPT, MELBOURNE: LETTER from ALEC A. ROSENBLUM

The letter was addressed to H.P. Brown Esq., Director-General of Posts and Telegraphs, P.M.G.’s Department, Melbourne, C.2. and it was sent by A.A.Rosenblum, from a P.O. Box, Melbourne. There was a late use of 2d Pictorial stamp of Tasmania, cancelled by a roller postmark of MELBOURNE/ 2 15 PM/ 25 MY/ 1932/ VICTORIA with a slogan ADDRESS MAIL TO / PRIVATE BOX NUMBER/ IT EXPEDITES DELIVERY. The reverse was not seen (Figure 1).


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ILLUSTRATED COVERS to Pfc. GERALD O. KEATING, S.A.A.A.B. [U.S.A.]

Two letters to Private first class Gerald O. Keating, both illustrated by the same artist and sent by Mrs J. Keating from Brisbane appeared on eBay the same day. The first had a roller postmark with a boxed BRISBANE/ QLAND/ 2 23 JAN 2/ 1945/ POSTED IN/ PILLARS as well as a boxed 1/ PASSED/ BY/ CENSOR/ 164. The blue 3½d KGVI stamp was applied, and the most obvious finding was a painted tropical scene occupying the left hand side of the envelope. The cover was addressed to Pfc. Gerald O. Keating, A.S.N. (Army Service Number) 19064631, Section E. 1040 AAF. B.U.- R.S #4, S.A.A.A.B, Santa Ana, California U.S.A. (Figure 1).


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JOSEPH CHAMBERLAIN (1836-1914) & TARIFF REFORM [ENGLAND]

When I first considered this paper in 2003, I gave it the title of "Donkey/Mule and Teddy/ Joey", for I could not differentiate whether the kicking quadriped was a donkey or a mule and whether it represented a monocled Teddy Roosevelt or Joey Chamberlain. Additional research confirmed that Joseph Chamberlain was the subject of this cartoon postcard, which was probably of English manufacture.


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LAURENCE J. HARNETT, SERGEANT-AT-ARMS, PARLIAMENT HOUSE, SYDNEY

The stampless cover has a ms. ‘Stamps not available’ and it was sent from ‘1011, 1st Australian Horse, On Active Service, South Africa’. As shown by the purple handstamp, it went via LONDON EC/ AB/ PAID/ 18 MR 01, which partially obscures a double circle BRITISH FIELD OFFICE/ SOUTH AFRICA/ FE 7/ 01. It was addressed to Miss. E. Harnett. C/o L. J. Harnett Esquire, Parliament House, Macquarie Street, Sydney, N.S.W.


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NICHOLAS CHEVALIER, PAINTER/CARTOONIST, of SWISS/RUSSIAN HERITAGE

This battered partial cover was addressed to Louis Chevalier, either the father or brother of Nicholas, care of Mrs Jones & Thomas, 222 Lonsdale St, East, Melbourne, Australia and the stampless envelope was hand-stamped ‘PD’ for ‘Paid’ and it had a routing manuscript ‘Marseille and Overland’, as well as a double ring LUSANNE/ 5/ (?)/ (?)/ SOIR. There was a red unframed reception postmark G.P.O. SHIP LETTER/ FREE/ JY 12/ 1854/ VICTORIA as well as an originating blue GENEVE/ 6/ MAI/ 54/ 2S, a black double ring transit MARSEILLE/ 8/ MAI/ 5 ( )/ (12), plus another black double ring postmark which is illegible. The two red ink numbers may denote the postage paid (Figure 1).


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QUICK, A.C., MARINER/CARTOONIST, CHURCH SQUARE, GUERNSEY, CHANNEL ISLD

This cover was seen on Ebay on sale by a vendor in England, and it was described as follows:  "A scarce long vertically  llustrated cover from a mariner (who was also a ships artist) to his wife in Guernsey.  Franked 4d (pair 1d red swan & single yellow swan stamps of Western Australia, postmarked from Port Headland(s) (sic), correct Port Hedland, OC 12 05 (Figure 1).


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QUIETLY CLUB, BERWICK, VIC. to H. BENNETT, TARCOOLA STATION, N.S.W.

The top of the illustrated envelope has a black ink printing with curlicues and a partially unfurled banner which encloses a quotation "HE THAT GIVETH TO THE POOR/ LENDETH TO THE LORD/ QUERY- WHAT ABOUT SECURITY". At mid left hand side, a very plain shield has been drawn which encloses the intertwined letters 'I H S'. At the bottom of the cover, he reverts to the extravagant illustrative style which encloses the printed 'THE QUIETLY CLUB BERWICK'. The cover has a single pink 1d Victorian stamp cancelled with a duplex postmark of BERWICK/ MR 20/ 02/ VICTORIA and the stamp is cancelled with the barred numeral ‘213'. Presumably the overweight cover had an oval black tax handstamp with ‘T 2d’ and it was addressed to Horace Bennett, Tarcoola Station, River Darling, Via Wentworth, New South Wales. The sender was not identified on the cover, and the contents were not seen (Figure 1).


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RABBITS: THE LONGEST RABBIT PROOF FENCE & 30 PER CENT DUTY GAP

I won this political cartoon postcard in an Australian auction in 2003, and it was ascribed to the 1930's period. As the postcard is mint, with no date, and has no identifying company or country of production, I recognise that it has no postal history, but it does have significant social history interest. It shows a large rabbit who appears to have some political persona, (as does the man with the trooper-style hat), a long nose and ‘I.O.U.’ printed on his rear. There is a long but incomplete wire fence, and ‘30 per cent DUTY GAP’ is printed in the open gap of the fence. The legend reads: "BOSS RABBIT I’ve got 30% of his Wire Netting stopped. If he does not buy S.A.P. POISON we rabbits are safe". The artist is simply identified as ‘Pas’ (Figure 1).


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S. KING, P.H. ENGEL, H.S.A. McCULLAGH Ltd, LATE LANGE & THONEMAN

This advertising cover is not only intriguing, but it has also been unusually difficult to research, with the information coming in ‘dribs and drabs’ over the past 2 years. The behatted and bearded man catches one’s attention, while he contentedly smokes his pipe. His hat is adorned with ‘CORRECT THING’, and the rest of the inscription apparently reads ‘At Last, Petersburg Va. U.S.A’ (probably referring to the place of origin of the tobacco). Below the hat ‘American Dark Tobacco’ is inscribed. Above the hat we are told to ‘Smoke: "CORRECT THING" which I presume is his favourite pipe tobacco. At top left there is the usual ‘If not claimed within seven days please return to King, Engel & McCullagh Ltd, Late Lange & Thoneman, Melbourne’. It is addressed to Herrn Siegfried Wiesenthal, 7 Arlenstrasse, Berlin C, Germany, and he has not been identified. The blue 2½ ‘Allegorical Figure of Australia’ stamp is cancelled with a duplex SYDNEY/ NO 12/ 1-PM/ 94/ 32 with the stamp obliterated by the 3-ring oval N.S.W. (Figures 1&2).


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S.S. STEWART PHILADELPHIA BANJO MAKER EXTRAORDINAIRE [USA]

This remarkable illustrated cover has 2 x 1d plus ½d Tasmanian stamps with Hobart, Tasmania duplex cancels with a printed drawing of a washerwoman standing on a rug, holding a large letter and a mop and bucket. The letter is addressed to Mr. S.S. Stewart, Banjo Manufactory, Church Street, Philadelphia, U.S.A. The reverse is backstamped Philadelphia 1897 (Figure 1).


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SCOUT JAMBOREE, FRANKSTON VICTORIA, 1934-35

This illustrated cover specifically prepared for the Jamboree was postmarked with a faint AUST. JAMBOREE FRANKSTON/ 2.30 P 3 JA 35/ VIC. and it was addressed to Tom Fielding, Penguin, Tasmania. The front had a small printed AUSTRALIAN JAMBOREE FRANKSTON/ VICTORIA 1935, with a kangaroo and a boomerang in the centre, as well as a scout badge. It had a total postage of 1½d made up of the green 1d and orange ½d KGV head stamps (Figure 1).


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SIR JOSEPH COOK, N.S.W. POSTMASTER GENERAL & FUTURE PRIME MINISTER

It is unfortunate that the title of this paper gives too much information, does not leave an element of surprise, but neither Miss Eva Moxham nor Wallerawang Railway Station nor the postal officer at Seven Hills provide enough ‘fodder’ to warrant a philatelic paper. Yet the cover screams out that it is unique, and one can only suspect that the sender from Seven Hills, Sydney is attempting to ‘curry favour’ with the blooming Miss Moxham of Wallerawang.


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TAXED CARTOON POSTCARD from INVERELL, N.S.W. to PEKING, CHINA

I am always intrigued how inadequately addressed mail is sent out into the world, and this postcard really takes the prize. It is an English postcard, identified in green print vertically placed on the left hand side as being produced by the Cyn( )cas Publishing Co., Ltd , Tayport, Fifeshire. The postcard is simply addressed to Miss Isabel Pi( )y, Pekin (sic) China!


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THE WHOLE DAM FAMILY: A CARD SENT to a 2nd YEAR ARTS STUDENT

My intent with this humourous card was to find out something about this Sydney University second year Arts student who was sent the card postmarked SYDNEY/ 8 JY 05 - 2PM/ 35 on the red ‘Arms’ 1d N.S.W. stamp. To date this has not been achieved, for after 6 months I am unlikely to obtain an answer from the Registrar’s Office at the University of Sydney (Figure 1).


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UNCLE SAM in AUSTRALIA [CORRECT MAP of AUSTRALIA]

A 'humorous' postcard has been seen recently at two different sites, but whereas the card may be comical in the U.S.A., Australia's attitude is most certainly different, particularly at present.


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WARTIME PATRIOTIC COVERS: A FORM of ADVERTISING COVER [U.S.A.]

A series of World War II patriotic covers became available from the same artist or distributor on E-Bay after I found this one posted from Australia. It has a prominent Mussolini (not requiring the 'MUSSO' on the sleeve for identification) consulting a book on 'HOW TO FIGHT'. He is sporting a black-eye and one arm is in a sling and he is saying "IT'S ALLA GREEK TO ME!" This was certainly the Australian view of Italian soldiers fighting prowess during WW II.


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WILLIAM MORRIS HUGHES, LONGEST SERVING FEDERAL POLITICIAN

The final paragraph in the Australian Dictionary of Biography’s account of Billy Hughes really sums him up:  To some a great patriot, to others a renegade and mountebank.  He aroused extremes of admiration or hatred, but never indifference.  Abrasive and ruthless, he could also be charming and amusing.   Often mean, he could sometimes be very generous.  He would fly into violent rages, which would soon be forgotten.  A gift to cartoonists, he became in old age a figure of fun to those who knew nothing of his prime.  Flexible as to means, his broad objectives were remarkably consistent.  These were 'to fight for the under-dog' and to defend the right of Australia to develop its own form of democratic society, combining the best of British traditions and institutions with the maximum of freedom and equality.  His old opponent Lord Bruce said of him after his death:  'he had two qualities which are very rare and very important in a politician: ‘he had imagination and he had courage'. With all his faults, his place in Australian history is secure, no less for his contribution to the early labour movement than for his achievements as a national wartime leader and on the world stage.


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WILLIAM RADAM, GARDENER, QUACK, MEDICINE PEDDLER EXTRAORDINAIRE

This illustrated advertisement was something like I have never seen before and I had never heard of William Radam before! The advert pictures a man swinging a club at a skeleton, and this appears in similar guises with minor variants in other adverts. It promotes WM RADAM’ MICROBE KILLER with Headquarters for N.S.W. & Queensland at 319 George Street, Sydney, Australia. It had a pair of the lilac 'View of Sydney' N.S.W. stamps cancelled with the duplex SYDNEY/ FE 28/ 8.30 PM/ 91/ 12 and was addressed to C.G. Salden Esq., Edinboro Castle Hotel, Bathurst, N.S.W. The reverse was not seen (Figure 1).


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