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‘PROF’. A. V. SEGNO, AMERICAN INSTITUTE of MENTALISM, LOS ANGELES

The first cover has a black G.P.O. Registration Label of Melbourne and the blue 2½d and orange 3d stamps of Victoria are cancelled REGISTERED/ 1 30P 15 AU 11/ MELBOURNE. It is addressed to Prof. A. Victor Segno, Inspiration Point, Echo Park, Los Angeles, Calif. U.S.A. Station E.  The reverse was not seen (Figure 1).


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JOHN S. HAMPTON, SURGEON, COMPTROLLER of CONVICTS & GOVERNOR

The (On Her) Majesty’s Service Only cover was addressed to Dr. Hampton, Comptroller General, Hobart Town, Van Dieman’s (sic) Land and the pair of N.S.W. imperforate‘Three Pence’ yellow-green ‘Sydney Views’ S.G. 39 were cancelled with two Sydney ‘mute’ barred oval cancels. There was a large unframed oval red PAID SHIP LETTER/ [Crown]/ AU [rosette]/ 1850/ SYDNEY as well as a red circular [Crown]/ FREE/ 1(5) AU 15/ 1850 (Figure 1).


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50 YEARS ROYAL FLYING DOCTOR SERVICE 17th MAY, 1928 to 17th MAY 1978

This cover celebrates the re-enactment of the first flight after 50 years of this successful medical service, and it shows the blue printed ‘Wings’insignia of the service, below which there is a short history of the organization, as well as a printed red ‘Shield’ outlining the re-enactment of the original flight from Cloncurry, Queensland to Julia Creek Queensland by the R.F.D.S. Plane. The multicoloured 18 cent stamp showed 3 men, one on horseback, 2 under rudimentary shelter, one, the patient has a white sling on his left arm, with the plane flying above in a vivid outback scene. The stamp was canceled CLONCURRY/ 15 MY 78/ QLD-AUST,which was the date of the stamp’s issue (Figures 1 & 2).


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A TALE of TWO VILLAGES: TINGOORA, QUEENSLAND to BELLALEY, SWITZERLAND

The cover has a red 1d KGV head stamp and a 4d orange Kangaroo on the Map of Australia stamp which are canceled with TINGOORA/ 28 SE 15/ QUEENSLAND. The cover has a red OPENED BY CENSOR label and it is addressed to Monsieur le Dir. Dr. Hugo Hiss, Asile Cantonae Bernoise, Bellelay, Jura Bernoise, Switzerland (Figure 1).


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ALEXANDER THOMSON & THOMAS MUST, PARK HILL, HAMILTON VICTORIA

The cover is addressed to Alexander Thomson Esq, Park Hill, Hamilton and has a rose 4d ‘Laureate’ stamp cancelled with the BN ‘8' of Portland, Victoria. (Figure 1).


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ANDREW HOUISON & ROBERT SCOT SKIRVING, EMINENT SYDNEY DOCTORS

This New South Wales postcard features two of Sydney’s prominent doctors in the latter half of the 19th and the early 20th centuries.  It is addressed to Dr. Houison, 144 Phillip Street and the stamp is postmarked with ‘Rays’ 183 of Paddington, a suburb of Sydney (Figure 1).


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ANDREW PATON MILLER & SON, CHEMISTS & DRUGGISTS, HOBART

The cover has two pairs of the pink 1d Victoria ‘Postage’ stamp, socked on the nose with four examples of the barred numeral ‘958' of Wandong, which is 55 km north of Melbourne G.P.O. It is addressed to Mr. A.P. Miller, Chemist, Hobart, Tasmania. There is an unframed postmark of WANDONG/ SE 26/ 03/ VICTORIA and the adherent partial lilac label shows that it was destined for Tattersalls. Of further interest is that this cover is illustrated in ‘The Numeral Cancellations of Victoria’ by H.H. Freeman & G.T. White (1997, page 269), as the example of the only barred numeral for Wandong (Figure 1).


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AREQUIPA, PERU: A TALE OF A GOLDMINE, COCA LEAVES & COCA COLA

It is just over two years since I first saw a cover addressed to a doctor in Arequipa Peru, and it has taken me all this time to find enough, albeit very limited, information about the addressee. I had been attracted to the name Arequipa, since my success in buying a modest number of shares of Arequipa Resources, a goldmine in Peru, prior to its takeover by the giant Canadian Barrick Gold.


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BALCOMBE QUICK, MELBOURNE SURGEON (1883-1969)

Balcombe Quick was a general and plastic surgeon associated with the Alfred Hospital, Melbourne for 57 years. He was born in Dunedin, New Zealand on 12 May 1883 and died 5 September 1969. This one penny red swan postcard was sent to him when he was a medical student at Trinity College, University of Melbourne, Victoria, from which he graduated MB (Medicine) in 1904 and BS (Surgery) in 1905. Although the duplex postmark on the stamp is illegible, the fine SHIP MAIL ROOM/ 1/ AP 18/ 01/ PERTH.WA clearly shows it was sent in 1901(Figure 1).


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CAPT. PHILIP HENRY GEORGE GOSSE MD, DOCTOR, NATURALIST, AUTHOR

The cover had a ms. ‘By airmail to Perth’ and the brown 5d KGV Head stamp was canceled by ADELAIDE/ 1934/ 20 JUN/ 1030PM/ SOUTH AUSTRALIA, with a slogan cancel ‘POST EARLY EACH DAY’. It was addressed to Philip Gosse Esq MD, Weppons, Steyning, Sussex England, and the reverse was not seen (Figure 1).


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CARL LAUBMAN / HAROLD PANK, CERTIFIED OPTICIANS to TUTUILA, SAMOA

The advertising cover for Laubman & Pank shows an array of 8 Gold Medals won in Exhibitions, dated 1920-25. The company is shown as Certified Opticians, 75 Rundle St. Adelaide, and the cover was addressed to Mr. Leon Hertado, Naval Radio Station, Tutuila, Samoa. The three red 1½d KGV Head stamps are cancelled ADELAIDE/ 3/ 5-A 23 AP 25/ STH AUSTRALIA. The reverse had no postal markings (Figure 1).


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CHAMBERLAIN MEDICINE COMPANY SYDNEY & DES MOINES, IOWA U.S.A.

The cover is unusual in that it appears to have originated at the Chamberlain Medicine Co. Sydney, N.S.W., Australia, the block of five red 1d ‘N.S.W. Shield’ stamp has been cancelled SUVA/ 23/ JAN 12/ (FIJI) and it has been addressed to the Chamberlain Medicine Co., Des Moines, Iowa, U.S.A. There were no cancellations on the reverse (Figure 1).


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CHARLES HINCKLEY WETMORE M.D., HAWAIAN MISSIONARY

This cover was seen at auction for an amount that was surprisingly high, namely a reserve of AUD 600. In addition it was described as a commercial cover, but I found evidence that suggested that this was probably an incorrect surmise. The quality of the cover suggested that it was a philatelically inspired registered cover with 4 strikes of REGISTERED/ A/ MY 27/ 98/ SYDNEY, N.S.W, plus a large 'R' in an oval. The cover bears 5 N.S.W. stamps, a single grey ½d, two single 2d and a pair of the same ½d at the lower L.H. side. The two 2d stamps were distinctly different in colour, one deep dull blue and the other ultramarine (both of these were issued in the 1897 to 1899 period). There were two double ringed rosine HONOLULU/ JUN / 22/ 1898/ HAWAII rubber transit cancels on the front. The letter was addressed to C.H. Wetmore Esq M.D. Hawaiian Island (Figure 1).


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CHARLES BAGGE PLOWRIGHT M.D.: A VICTORIAN POLYMATH

The ON HER MAJESTY’S SERVICES cover was sent with a duplex MELBOURNE/ 10 S/ FE 16/ 92 and the VICTORIA obliterator was partially obscuring the DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE/ FRANK STAMP/ VICTORIA. It was sent to Dr. C.B. Plowright, King’s Lynn, Norfolk, England. The sender was identified by the printed Department of Agriculture, Melbourne 16/ 2/92. The reverse was not seen (Figure 1).


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CHARLES MONTEATH & SONS PUBLIC URINALS, MELBOURNE

The advertising cover was for "The Chief Flushing Cistern", approved by the Melbourne and Metropolitan Board of Works. 250,000 in Use. The red 1½d KGV Head stamp was cancelled with a roller postmark MELBOURNE/ 4.30 AM/ 20 APR/ 1928/ VICTORIA with the slogan COM’LTH ROLL/ CORRECT ENROLLMENT/ COMPULSORY. It was addressed to Messr W & L Gordon , Merchants, Essendon (Figure 1).


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COVERS to DR. W.I. MITCHELL, BERKELEY CALIF. from TOORAWEENAH, NEW SOUTH WALES

There was something about this cover that suggested to me that there was a good philatelic story attached. It was not definitely philatelically contrived but the careful placement of the stamps, the stamps involved and the clear postmarks x3 on the front suggested that the sender knew that the recipient had more than a passing fancy with philately. The sender could not influence the transit and reception postmarks on the cover’s reverse, but he should have been pleased with the results. I had no knowledge beforehand of Walton I. Mitchell MD and his place in the philatelic world.


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DR. C. A. ERNEST SHEAF, SURGEON, TOOWOOMBA, HOSPITAL

The letter was sent to Dr. E. Sheaf, Roma (which was crossed out, and re-addressed to Toowoomba), Queensland, Australia. There were three stamps of Great Britain, a pair of the red ‘ONE PENNY’ and a single green ‘HALF-PENNY’ King Edward VII stamps cancelled STEBBING/ A/ OC 10/ 02. Beneath this there was an initial arrival postmark of the unframed ROMA/ A/ NO 14/ 02/ QUEENSLAND ( Figure 1).


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DR. FELIX HENRY MEYER, MELBOURNE OBSTETRICIAN & GYNAECOLOGIST

 

The cover is addressed to Dr. Felix Meyer, 59 Collins St., Melbourne and the red ‘ONE PENNY KANGAROO on MAP of AUSTRALIA’ stamp is punctured with a large O.S. perfin. It is cancelled FEDERAL PARLIAMENT HOUSE/ 4 DE13/ VIC. The flap of the cover has a blue insignia of Australia with a shield, a kangaroo and an emu, as well as ‘HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES’ underneath the shield. The reverse was not seen (Figures 1 & 2).


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DR. GEORGE H. EARP-THOMAS, NEW ZEALAND/ NEW JERSEY BACTERIOLOGIST

The illustrated Australian Souvenir 15 Studies ‘envelope’ was addressed to Dr. G.H. Earp-Thomas, Bloomfield, New Jersey, U.S.A., and the pair of the red KGV Head stamps as well as the green ½d KGV Head stamp were cancelled SYDNEY/ 3 JE 15/ 14 (Figure 1).


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DR. GUSTAVE JAEGER’S SANITARY WOOLLEN SYSTEM CO. IN AUSTRALIA

The advertising cover front only was for Dr. Jaeger’s Sanitary Woollen System Co. Ltd. Melbourne Branch, 321-323 Flinder’s Lane had the diamond shaped insignia used in many of their advertisements. It had a picture of Dr. Jaeger in the centre, with the full name of the company at the top, ‘SOLE CONCESSIONARY’ above the head, and ‘PURE WARRANTED WOOL’ at the lower edge of the insignia. The red 1d stamp appeared to be perfined and was postmarked with the double circle MELBOURNE/ PM/ 6 30/ 23.4.92/ 21. The cover was addressed to Messrs Shierlaw & Coy, 16-18 Hindley St., Adelaide, South Australia (Figure 1).


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DR. HAROLD RITCHIE, PHYSICIAN SYDNEY HOSPITAL & PRESIDENT R.A.C.P.

This is a double 'ring-in' for it has already been partially seen in the Health Sciences paper concerning the large pharmaceutical company of Washington H, Soul & Co. In addition it has never been through the post, but I wish to introduce my 'alma mater' hospital Sydney Hospital where I spent 11 years, 4 as a student rather than the usual 3 years, for I was part-time there when I did my B,Sc. (Med) at Sydney University and a further 7 years as a resident, registrar and as the assistant Medical Superintendent.  You may remember seeing the following cover in the above-mentioned paper.  This will be shown again, now as an itroduction to a senior physican, Dr. Harry John Richie, whom I never met, for he was before my time (Figure 1),

 

 


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DR. HAROLD RITCHIE, PHYSICIAN SYDNEY HOSPITAL & PRESIDENT R.A.C.P.

I freely admit that this paper has nothing to do with postal history or social philately, but I have a personal interest in Dr. Harold Ritchie, even though I never met him, but I did have a professional relationship with his son, Dr. Frank Ritchie at Sydney Hospital when I was a student, resident, pathology registrar, outpatient registrar, assistant medical registrar, and assistant medical superintendent at Sydney Hospital from 1951 until 1960. Thus when I saw the prescription labelled as ‘Scotts Dressing’ that Dr. Ritchie senior wrote for a patient, I considered that this was an entrée for me to document him (Figure 1).


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DR. JOHN AUGUST EMIL GUTHEIL, SPECIALIST in EYE, EAR, NOSE & THROAT

The Victorian Letter Card has a red-rose 2d QV printed stamp with a ONE PENNY overprint and this postcard was introduced following the reduction of the postage rate to one penny within Victoria on 1 April, 1901. The redundant instructions concerning the original card’s use were crossed out by three diagonal lines. This was the first of the two different 2d Letter Cards which were overprinted, and it was first issued on 26 April 1901. The card is simply addressed Dr. Gutheil, Sturt Street, Ballarat and the postmark may be Clarke’s Hill which is 12 km NE of Ballarat, and a date of 1901 is confirmed by the reverse (Figure 1).


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DR. JOHN MACWHIRTER, J. & S. LEARMONTH, & JERUSALEM COFFEE HOUSE [ENGLAND]

Two very interesting letters, one with two dates in manuscript ‘21 May & 2 July 1850' is addressed to Dr. Mc Whirter (sic), Care Messr J. & S. Learmonth, Geelong, Port Phillip, per ‘Nelson’ has an additional manuscript ‘Answered 6 Dec’ and there is a poor copy of a vertically placed blue double-ringed oval ‘FORWARDED FROM/ LONDON/ THE JERUSALEM hand-stamp, and it is rated ‘6’ pence (Figure 1).


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DR. WILLIAM SEDGWICK SAUNDERS & the JACK THE RIPPER CASE

This On Her Majesty’s Service (with notation re not for private use) has an oval VICTORIA/ [CROWN]/ OFFICIAL PAID, a MINISTER OF HEALTH/ VICTORIA/ FRANK STAMP as well as a MELBOURNE/ 6 45/ 11 SE 00 postmark.  It was sent from the PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENT/ Office of the Board, Melbourne to Dr. W. Sedgwick Saunders, Medical Officer of Health, City of London, England (Figure 1).


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E. OTHAMS, BOWLS CHAMP/FREEMASON to DR. J. FRANTA, PRAGUE, AUSTRIA

The South Australian Post Card has a printed 1d overprinted O.S. stamp uprated with the bantam ½d S.A. stamp overprinted O.S., cancelled with G.P.O./ S/ MY 1/ 4 OC/ 1899/S.A postmark. In addition there is a reception PRAG 1/ PRAHA 1, but the date is illegible . It is addressed to Dr. Yaroslav Franta, Prague II Marianska’ ulice 9, Bohemia, Austria (Figure 1).


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E.F. ALLEN: CARE for CRIPPLED CHILDREN, ELYRIA MEMORIAL HOSPITAL

The long registered cover has a Blue Sydney "A", New South Wales Registration label, a purple ‘REGISTERED’ handstamp and 2 green 1d KGV Head stamps as well as two 2d orange ‘Centenary of Victoria’ stamps, showing an Aborigine and the Yarra River, canceled by REGISTERED/ 31 AU 31/ SYDNEY N.S.W. It has a printed address of The International Society for Crippled Children , Inc., Elyria, Ohio. The reverse is backstamped Sydney, Chicago and Elyria, Ohio (Figure 1).


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EDWARD FRANCIS MAHADY, BOSTON MASS., LETTER from SYDNEY

The cover was sent from the American Consular Service to Mr. E.F. Mahady, 671 Boylston Street, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America. The blue 2½d ‘Roo on Map of Australia’ stamp was cancelled with a roller postmark SYDNEY/ MY 8 – 2PM/ 1915/ N.S.W. There was no backstamp on the reverse (Figure 1).


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ELEANOR LANCASTER SHIPWRECK, NEWCASTLE MEDAL, & DR. W. SWAIN
NOVEMBER 7, 1856

When I first considered this paper I could not find any information on the addressee of this letter, so I decided to discuss this ship which had a short but interesting sailing history, with journeys to and from Australia, and finally its demise on the coast of New South Wales. Its association with Australia is shown on this cover which is addressed to W.D.P. Swain Esq, Barque Eleanor Lancaster, Port Office, Sydney. It has a 2d blue imperforate stamp, the first N.S.W. stamp with a portrait of the young Queen Victoria, issued initially in 1851. The reverse was not shown on eBay, but the vendor states that the cover was dated 1852 (Figure 1).


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F.H. FAULDING (1816 - 1868) & FAULDING’S MEDICAL JOURNAL WRAPPER

This South Australian ½d wrapper which contained the Faulding’s Medical Journal is postmarked ADELAIDE, S.A., but the date is illegible. It was addressed to ‘Beetaloo, P.O. Laura’ which is somewhat surprising for although both towns are on the Northern route, Beetaloo was 335 km from Adelaide and Laura is only 230 km from Adelaide. Beetaloo P.O. was open only from March 1886 until March 1891, and Laura P.O. opened in 1872 (Source: The Post, Telegraph and Telephone Offices of South Australia and the Northern Territory, published by the author, Martin Walker, 2004), and as at this writing I do not know when this wrapper was introduced. The address for the Journal on the wrapper was 54 King William Street, Adelaide, (Figure 1).


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FRANK ALLWORK, TASMANIAN DOCTOR & FORMER S.A. VINEYARD OWNER

This Tasmania Post and Telegraph form is strictly non-postal, but it does have an OUSE/ AU 19/ 03/ TASMANIA postmark. It was sent from Macquarie Plains on that date to a Mr. Nicholas, Coroner in Ouse with the following message: Have made full enquiries case of Dr. Stewart. My opinion death due to failure heart. No suspicion of suicide. Consider Inquest unnecessary. Frank Allwork, New Norfolk. It was calculated as 27 words and ‘1/ 8 Pd’ (one shilling and 8 pence) was paid (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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FRANK STYANT BROWNE, HOMEOPATH, PHARMACIST & PHOTOGRAPHER

There is no certainty that this item was posted, but it is too good to ignore, for this homeopathic chemist was an important man in Tasmania particularly Launceston. It is part of an invoice in the 1920s when he operated his chemist shop out of 112 Brisbane Street, Launceston. He describes himself as a Homeopathic and Pharmaceutical Chemist, as well as a Merchant for Photographic Supply. He mentions his appointment to the Launceston Homeopathic Hospital (Figure 1).


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FREEMAN & WALLACE, MEDICAL INSTITUTE & HOMEOPATHIC DOCTORS

The New South Wales Post Card with the printed red 1d ‘Shield’ stamp is addressed to Messrs Freeman & Wallace, Medical Institute, 227½ Elizabeth street, Sydney. The stamp is cancelled with the ‘624' Ray of Luddenham (Figure 1).


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GEMO ISLAND, PAPUA NEW GUINEA 1948

A simple cover can lead one on a voyage of discovery, without leaving the computer. This cover was seen on eBay auctions and immediately the ancient disease of leprosy sprang to mind. The cover was addressed to the "Sister in Charge/ Gemo Island" and was posted with two Australian stamps, the purple 1d Princess Elizabeth and the ½d orange Roo, postmarked PORT MORESBY/ 23 JE 48/ PAPUA NEW GUINEA (Figures 1 & 2).


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GRAND LODGE of TASMANIA to DR. W.A. DE WOLF SMITH, B.C. CANADA

This cover found on Ebay was particularly interesting not only because of the sender, but also the recipient, and there was a connecting thread between the two that was not immediately apparent. It was sent from The Grand Lodge of Tasmania of Free and Accepted Masons and it had a pair of the red 1d and the green ½d KGV side face stamps with three examples of the Hobart, Tasmania, 26 OCT 17 postmarks, two examples of the machine roller cancel and one of a circular date cancel. It was addressed to Dr. W.A. De Wolf-Smith, P.O. Box 189, New Westminster, British Columbia, Dominion of Canada, North America (Figure 1).


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H.K. LEWIS, BOOK PUBLISHER, SELLER & LENDING LIBRARY, LONDON

This Victoria postcard with the red ‘UNIVERSAL POSTAL UNION’, ‘1½d’ and two deletions applied to the 2d overseas card was issued in 1891 and the printed stamp was cancelled with a duplex Melbourne in 1904.  It was addressed to H.K. LEWIS Esq, Bookseller, Gower Street, London, England (Figure 1).


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H.M.A.S. KANOWNA, AUSTRALIAN HOSPITAL SHIP, WORLD WAR ONE

The ‘On active service’ stampless cover was postmarked with a black A.I. FORCES POSTAGE FREE/ 24 NO.17/ VIC which partially obscured a purple double oval handstamp, (----) AUSTRALIAN HOSPITAL SHIP/ KANOWNA. It was addressed to Mr. D.O. McIntyre, Estate Agent, Ryrie St, Geelong, Victoria, Australia. The reverse was not seen (Figure 1).


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HELEN BUDD HETHERINGTON, MATRON ROYAL PRINCE ALFRED HOSPITAL

The present cover appeared at an Australian auction site, but a scan only of the front was available. It was sent On His Majesty’s Service to Miss H.B. Hetherington, Matron, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Missenden Road, Camperdown, Sydney, N.S.W. It had a 1d Queen Mother stamp postmarked with an indistinct NAVAL P. O. HERNE BAY/ N,S,W,-AUST in 1945 (month not seen) and it was endorsed with a manuscript ‘Concession Rate’. In addition it had a purple double oval hand stamp with PRINCIPAL MATRON/ R.N. HOSPITAL SYDNEY (Figures 1 & 2).


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INFLUENZA PANDEMIC in AUSTRALIA 1918-19, MELBOURNE STATISTICS

This long envelope was sent from The Town Clerk, St. Kilda. Melbourne to the Government Statist’s Office, Queen Street, Melbourne.  It has an OS perfined red 1d KGV head stamp.  It is postmarked with a roller cancel, MELBOURNE/ -7 MY 19 430A with the slogan HELP REPATRIATION/ BUY WAR SAVINGS/ CERTIFICATES, and there is a purple hand-stamp of ‘20 Posted’.  The reverse was not seen, but the contents are given by the vendor that ‘628 people died in Melbourne in the first quarter of 1919' (Figure 1). 


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J. W. TOPLIS, PHARMACEUTICAL CHEMIST, LIVERPOOL STREET, HOBART

This rather nondescript undated Tasmanian cover was addressed to Mr. Toplis, Chemist, Liverpool St (Hobart) and it has an indistinct blue violet Frank Stamp of the Government Medical Officer (described by Hans Karman as T235.1, and rated rare). There is no indication as to the name of the sender, but one may presume that it was on official business (Figure 1).


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J.L. PULVERMACHER, A FOUNDER of the ELECTRO-MAGNETIC CULT, LONDON

The cover is addressed to Pulvermacher Institute, 10 Vulcan House, 56 Ludgate Hill, London E.C., England. The 1d red ‘Kangaroo on Map of Australia’ is postmarked with a blue ( )/ 21 SEP 14/ QUEENSLAND postmark, and the reverse was not seen (Figure 1).


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JACQUES WERTHEIMER-GHIKA , ROUMANIA & N.S.W. CONSUMPTIVES HOME

Here I go again showing another philatelically inspired paper, but my excuse this time is that there are several aspects of this registered air mail cover that warrant researching and recording this cover. There are several features worth discussion of the six stamps of colonial Australia with late use in 1950: the lilac ‘Two Pence’ of Victoria with the red ‘ONE PENNY’ overprint, the orange ‘Four Corners’ ‘One Penny’ of Queensland, the pink ‘One Penny’ of South Australia, the lilac 2d ‘Pictorial’ of Tasmania with the black overprint ‘One Penny’, the ‘One Penny’ ‘Swan’ stamp of Western Australia, as well as the blue 3½d ‘Universal Postal Union’ and brown 6d Kookaburra stamps of Australia, all framing the spectacular multicoloured 'ONE PENNY' plus 1/- Consumptives Home stamp of New South Wales. The stamps are cancelled 10 MY 50. The red crayon cross hatch and the blue Cabramatta N.S.W. Registration label, as well as a pair of blue BY AIR MAIL labels add further colour. There is a manuscript ‘Do Not Bend- Ne Pas Plier!’ and it is addressed to J. Wertheimer-Ghika, Bucuresti 1, Str. Belvedere 7, R.P. ROMANA, ROUMANIA (Figure1).


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JAMES M. PEEBLES, PREACHER, HOMEOPATH, SPIRITUALIST & AUTHOR

The cover was addressed to Dr. J.M. Peebles, San Diego, Cal, Residence, 3121 H Street, U.S.A and the address was crossed out in red ink and readdressed to Battle Creek, Michigan. The blue 2½d QV stamp of New South Wales was cancelled with a duplex SYDNEY/ JY 4/ 11-A-M/ 00/ 36 with the N.S.W obliterator. There was a duplex reception postmark of SAN DIEGO/ JUL30/ 1 P.M./ 00 (Figure 1).


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JOHN BORTHWICK GILCHRIST, ORIENTALIST and PHYSICIAN

This entire was sent per "Fatima" to The Trustees of the Estate of the late John Borthwick Gilchrist Esqre decd, care of Wm Brackenridge Esqre, 16 Bartlett’s Buildings, Holborn, London, and there is a manuscript, ‘9th Aug 1852' in the lower left hand corner, as well as a manuscript ‘8', showing the cost of carriage (8 pence) by the ship. The New South Wales stamp is a ‘Sydney Views’, but the quality of the scan does not allow determination of the value. The description given by the seller is extremely brief (when one considers the high estimate, and more importantly because of the wonderful story behind this cover, namely): "New South Wales, 1852, Sydney Views Entire to London". (Figure 1)


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JOHN SMITH MD: A COVER WITH PROVENANCE

What is the likelihood of finding information concerning J. Smith MD, the addressee on a Victorian cover of more than 100 years ago? Well the address of Sydney University certainly helped. The front of the cover bears two stamps, the first being the two pence lilac Robinson second contract horizontally laid paper (SG 69, Scott 47a) plus the four pence pale dull rose Robinson second contract vertically laid paper (SG 71, Scott 48), both rouletted 5.5 to 6.5. These stamps date the letter to June 1858 or later. The barred numeral "1" of Melbourne is of no additional help with the dating (Figure 1).


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JOHNSON & JOHNSON, NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. to POTTER & BIRKS Ltd, SYDNEY

This cover was sent from Johnson & Johnson Manufacturing Chemists, [ Red Cross], New Brunswick, New Jersey, U.S.A. to Potter & Birks, Ltd, Grosvenor Street, Sydney, N.S.W., AUSTRALIA and the red Two Cents Washington stamp with the ‘J & J’ perfin was cancelled with a fine roller cancel NEW BRUNSWICK/ OCT 19/ 6-30P/ 19   10/ N.J. with the waving US flag.  It was underpaid with a taxing ‘T/ Seattle’ and  ‘30 Centimes’,  both in a circle, as well as ‘3D’.  A 3D Postage Due was applied in Sydney (Figure 1).


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JULIA LORE, MEDICAL MISSIONARY, MORADABAD, INDIA 1874

This cover was sent to Dr. Julia Lore, American Mission, Moradabad, N.W.P., India and the blue on blue paper One Shilling laureate of Victoria was cancelled with a duplex of MELBOURNE/ 1K/ DC 30/ 74 with VICTORIA as the obliterator (Figure 1).


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KIAMA N.S.W. to J.C. AYER COMPANY, LOWELL, MASS.

The cover has four single 1d red New South Wales stamps each postmarked with the rays '25' of Kiama and it could have been overweight for it attracted a tax stamping of T 10 and a blue crayon of 2, with a pair of 2 cents USA postage dues. It is addressed to J.C. Ayer Co., Lowell Mass., (United) States America (Figure 1).


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LADY RODWELL, WIFE of a FORMER GOVERNOR of SOUTHERN RHODESIA

This envelope was addressed to Lady Rodwell, C/o The Forum Club, Grosvenor St., London, W.1, England and was readdressed to 82 Avenue Rd, Regents Park, NW 3. The sender was The Melbourne Little TheatrE. There was a manuscript ‘ALL AIR ROUTE’ and the 1/ 6d ‘Hermes’ air mail stamp was postmarked SHIP MAIL ROOM/ 1-P 8 DE 34/ MELBOURNE as well as by a LONDON arrival postmark. The reverse was not seen (Figure 1).


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LANDON & FREDERICK KIRK FAIRTHORNE, PHARMACISTS, LAUNCESTON

The cover is addressed to C.F. Pitt, Chemist, Campbell Town and its red 1d ‘Roo on Map of Australia’ stamp is cancelled with a roller postmark of LAUNCESTON/ 4 SEP13 7 35 PM/ ***/ TASMANIA. The return address is given as L. Fairthorne & Son. Launceston. The reverse was not seen (Figure 1).


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LETTER from CRETE to DR. CONSTANTINOS KYRIAZOPOLOUS, MELBOURNE

The vendor describes the cover as "1904 usage of orange 20 lepta & green 5 lepta (Hera) stamps of Crete Greece stamps on private cover with cachet at left "New Freedom (Neas Eleftherias)" sent from Heraklion to Dr. Konstantine Kyriazopoulos, 168 Victoria str., North Melbourne, Australia with a Melbourne backstamp. An enlargement of the purple cachet is also shown (Figures 1 & 2).


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LETTER from DELORAINE, TAS. to the DEAN, FACULTY MEDICINE, EDINBURGH

The cover was addressed to The Dean, The Faculty of Medicine, The University of Edinburgh, Scotland. It had the ½d bicolour orange and mauve‘Tablet’ and the green ‘TWO PENCE Sideface’ stamps of Tasmania, cancelled with DELORAINE/ JU 22/ 94 and the numeral ‘25', second allocation. The reverse had a transit Launceston (Figure 1).


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LETTER to KATE MULLIN, HOME for INCURABLES, ST. JOHN, N.B.

The letter was sent "Per 1st Steamer" with the indigo blue 2½d 'POSTAGE' stamp postmarked Melbourne 10 / PM/ 3 30/ 30.6.03, and was addressed to Miss Mullin, "Home for Incurables", Wentworth Street, St. John, New Brunswick, Canada (Figure 1).


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LETTERS from the QUARANTINE SERVICE, MELBOURNE to DR. RUPERT BLUE, USA

The On His Majesty’s Service long envelope was addressed to Dr. R. Blue, Surgeon General, U.S. Public Health & Marine Hospital Service, Washington D.C. U.S.A. was sent from the Quarantine Service, Melbourne. Both Victoria stamps had an OS perfin, the pink 1d and the brown-red ‘Three Halfpence’ on yellow paper, they were postmarked MELBOURNE / 12.15 A-17 AU 12/ VICTORIA and the reverse was not seen (Figures 1 & 2).


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LONGMORES, THE MELBOURNE CHEMISTS, 185-187 BOURKE ST., MELBOURNE

These three covers have defied my research for 2 years as very little information about the owner of Longmores has been found to date. This is in spite of the fact that the firm advertised extensively in the Melbourne newspapers. The first cover is registered with the printed red REGISTERED NEW SOUTH WALES/ ‘THREE PENCE’ stamp uprated with the blue 2d N.S.W. stamp canceled by GONGOLGON/ MR 27/ 1910/ N.S.W postmark with a T.P.O. No. 3/ 23 MR.10/ N.S.W alongside. There was also a ms. Red crayon ‘36 R’ (Figure 1).


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M. TRILETY, FACE SPECIALIST, BINGHAMTON, NEW YORK

A printed to private order (PTPO) cover with the ½d green and 1d red KGV head has the 1½d brown KGV head stamp added, making a total postage of 3d. All three stamps are postmarked KEMPSEY/ =6P 29 SE 19=/N.S.W , postmark Type 2B(T). The cover (front only) is addressed to Mr. M. Trilety, Face Specialist, 1231 Ackerman Bldg., Binghamton, New York, United States. The surname is unusual, but the title of ‘Face Specialist’ is intriguing. (Figure 1)


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MANCHESTER UNITY I.O.F. FRIENDLY SOCIETY to HON. JOHN HENRY LEWIS

The cover was sent from Sydney in April of 1876 to The Hon. John H. Lewis, Knoxville, Knox Co(unty) Illinois, U.S. A., and there was a ms. ‘Via San Francisco’. The cover was franked with a triple strip of the blue ‘TWO PENCE’ QV stamp of New South Wales.  There was a red transit postmark of SAN FRANCISCO/ MAY 6/ PAID ALL  (Figure 1).


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MAYNE NICKLESS, from HORSE & CART to HEALTH CARE

This cover appeared at auction and the vendor stated that "Mayne Nickless assisted Tatts to subvert the ban on mail deliveries to Tatts' Hobart address". This was yet another novel method of getting around the Tasmanian Post Office ban on Tattersalls Lottery. There are 5 copies of the pink 1d Victorian "Postage" stamp all carefully postmarked with a large 'R' in a circle, with another one for good measure at the lower left. An additional cancel of DARGO/ 8-OCT 07/ VIC completes the picture. The cover is addressed to Mayne Nickless & Co., Carriers, Robinson Buildings, 91 York St., Launceston, Tasmania. This address is overprinted in faint pencil manuscript with a single word, 'Prohibited' (Figure 1).


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MOREE BORE BATHS, NORTH-EAST NEW SOUTH WALES, ARTESIAN SPA

The illustrated cover shows a photo of the Moree Bore Baths and is addressed to The Town Clerk, Council Chambers, Tamworth. The red 1½d KGV head stamp is postmarked MOREE/ 1. 15 P 15 JL 26/ N.S.W. [Type 2 C (T) of Hopson & Tobin (Figure 1).


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OTIS CLAPP, HOMEOPATHIC PHARMACIST, SWEDENBORGIAN & PUBLISHER

There were at least three generations of the Clapp family in the Boston, Mass. area involved in the medical field, but it was a difficult task to find that the firm was involved in Providence, Rhode Island, as suggested by 2 covers addressed to them. This relationship was eventually confirmed by a blue bottle and a single reference that stated: “In 1877 there were 73 homeopathic practitioners in Rhode Island, thirty-seven being in Providence .....On December 1, 1877, Otis Clapp & Son opened a branch establishment in Providence. This is still continued.”

The first cover which attracted my attention was addressed to Otis Clapp & Son, 417 Westminster St., Providence, Rhode Island, United States of America. It had a red on yellow paper 2½d ‘Stamp Duty’ stamp of Victoria postmarked MELBOURNE/ 16 P/ JY 18/ 99. The reverse was not seen and the sender was not identified (Figure 1).


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PETTY'S HOTEL: A SYDNEY SITE with a LONG PROVENANCE

This registered cover shows the full set of the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester stamps which were issued on 19 Feb 1945. It was postmarked G.P.O. SYDNEY/ R.C.S./ 5-P 20 FE 45/ 1/ N.S.W. AUST. There is no registration label, but the blue crossed lines front and reverse clearly show it was registered.. The cover is addressed to Lt: T.B. Harrop./ R.N.V.R./ R.N.O.Q. (Petty's Hotel)/ York Street. Sydney./ N.S.W. Australia (Fig. 1).


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PHARMACEUTICAL SOCIETY of N.S.W. & 1ST A’SIAN PHILATELIC EXHIBITION

This Pharmaceutical Society of New South Wales, 7 Richmond Terrace, Domain (Sydney) cover had a red 1d ‘N.S.W. Shield’ stamp and a red ‘Cinderella’ of the Australasian Philatelic Exhibition, Sydney 1911, both postmarked with a roller cancel ‘SYDNEY N.S.W. OC 14 1911'. It was addressed to R J Clarke Esq, Harwoods Pharmacy, Raymond Terrace, (NSW). The reverse was not seen (Figure 1).


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PLINY HAROLD HAYES M.D., THE ASTHMA INSTITUTE, BUFFALO, N.Y.

The illustrated Tasmanian postcard has a view of Government House, Hobart and has a purple 2½d ‘Side Face’ Tasmanian stamp postmarked with the duplex LAUNCESTON/ K/ JA 7/ 98/ P – R cancel as well as  the TASMANIA obliterator.  It was addressed to Dr. P. Harold Hayes MD, 716 Main St, Buffalo, New York, United States of America. The reverse was not seen (Figure 1).


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POSTCARD to DR. BENHAM from MOUNT LYELL MINING & RAILWAY Co. Ltd.

This 1d pink Victoria postcard has a roller postmark MELBOURNE/ OC 29–2-30P/ VICT/ 1908 and it was sent to Dr. Benham, Camden House, Exeter, S.A. (Figure 1).


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PRIVATELY EMBOSSED ENVELOPE from LAUNCESTON to SYDNEY REDIRECTED to KENMORE ASYLUM, GOULBURN N.S.W.

Private issues embossed to order exist in great variety on Tasmanian envelopes with different shades, sizes and papers. This fairly ordinary envelope has from left to right an orange ½d Tasmanian stamp, an embossed red 1d and an embossed red ½d stamp cancelled with two duplex postmarks of LAUNCESTON/ K/ AU 20/ 96. It is addressed to a Mr. Parry of Sydney with a redirect to Kenmore Asylum, Goulburn (Figure 1).


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PROF. HARVEY SUTTON, SCHOOL of PUBLIC HEALTH & TROPICAL MEDICINE

This cover was sent from the Australian National Research Council to Dr. Harvey Sutton, The Director, School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, The University, Sydney. The red 1½d KGV head stamp with the ‘TWO / PENCE’ overprint is canceled with an illegible roller postmark was issued on 1 August 1930 and Dr. Harvey was appointed to the first Director of the School the same year, so this narrows the date to 1930. The reverse was not seen (Figure 1).


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PROFESSOR ARTHUR STEINDLER, ORTHOPEDIC SURGEON & SISTER KENNY

The O.H.M.S. cover had a green 1d KGV Head and a red 2d Anniversary of South Australia stamps cancelled with a BRISBANE/ 8 -PM/ 16 SEP/ 1936/ QLD roller cancel with the slogan SOUTH AUSTRALIA/ CENTENARY CELEBRATIONS/ 1936. It was addressed to Professor A. Steindler, The State University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, United States America and it had the return address for the Royal Commission On The Investigation of Paralysis, 33 Queen Street, Brisbane. The reverse was not seen (Figure 1).


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QUARANTINED & FUMIGATED MAIL of VICTORIA & NEW SOUTH WALES

This insignificant cover with an interesting background story was described by the vendor as follows: 1893 cover to Melbourne with Naish 2d violet tied by an almost fine strike of the rare ‘T’ in lattice cancellation in violet of the Nepean Point Quarantine Station at Portsea, arrival back-stamp of NO 9/ (18)93. A key piece for the collector of quarantined mail, being the only recorded example on cover. It was addressed to the Music Company of Allen & Co, Collins St, (Melbourne) City. The reverse was not seen. The oval lattice was very faint, and the ‘T’ could not be seen by me, even on magnification of the original picture (Figures 1 & 2).


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ROBERT CRAIG, UROLOGIST-BENEFACTOR & DR. W.F. DUGGAN, EYE SURGEON

 

 

The postcard has a red 2½d KGVI stamp cancelled with a roller boxed postmark of MELBOURNE/ 11-PM/ 31 AUG/ 1942/ VICTORIA. It is addressed to Dr. Walter F. Duggan, 258 Genesee Street, Utica N,Y., U.S.A., and it has a purple handstamp of a boxed ‘3/ PASSED/ BY/ CENSOR’ (Figure 1).


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ROCKE, TOMPSITT, WHOLESALE DRUGGIST & MANUFACTURING CHEMIST

These are two of five covers addressed to the above company. The first was sent from Denny & Day, Beddome & Co, Chemists & Chiropodists, Swanston St., Melbourne, and it had a corner advert ‘For your Dog’s Sake’. It was addressed to the Manager, Rocke, Tompsitt & Co. Limited. 292 Flinders Street, Melbourne. . Insist on Beddome’s Famous Dog Remedies’. The 3½d Responsible Government stamp was cancelled with a roller postmark MELBOURNE/ 5-PM/ 8 NOV/ 1956/ VIC. AUST. as well as a slogan HELP ERADICATE T[?]/ USE CHRISTMAS SEALS. The reverse was not seen (Figure 1).


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RUPERT MAJOR DOWNES, SOLDIER, SURGEON & THE ST. JOHN AMBULANCE ASSOCIATION

This item appeared on eBay with an enclosed letter from W.J. Blackburn, Ambulance Officer, Administrative Offices, Victorian Railways, Spencer Street, Melbourne on 23 August, 1939. It was a form letter congratulating Lawrence W. Tyler on his success in the First Aid Examination. It explained the various levels of the award and wished that the recipient continues his studies to achieve the Gold Life Membership Medal in his 8th year. (Figure 1).


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S.S. WHITE TECHNOLOGIES, LETTER from F.H. FAULDING, AUSTRALIAN CHEMISTS

The cover was sent from F.H. Faulding & Co., Adelaide to Messrs. S.S. White’s Dental Mfg. Co., Chestnut St. Corner Twelfth, Philadelphia, U.S.A. and the two red 1d KGV Head stamps and the green ½d ‘Roo on Map of Australia’ stamp were canceled with an ADELAIDE/ 22 MAR 15 5.45 PM SOUTH AUSTRALIA roller cancel. There was also a purple handstamp ‘PASSED’ (Figure 1).


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SAMUEL B. HARTMAN MD & the PERUNA DRUG MFG. CO., COLUMBUS OHIO

The cover was addressed to The Manager, Peruna Drug Mfg. Co. 115 East Rich St., Columbia, Ohio, U.S.A. The blue 2½d QV stamp of New South Wales was postmarked with a roller cancel SYDNEY N.S.W./ 1909 1P.M. The reverse was not seen (Figure 1).


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SANDY ROBERTSON, AUSTRALIAN P.O.W., ZENTSUJI CAMP, JAPAN, SHIKOKU

This Prisoner of War Post (Service des Prisonniers de Guerre) cover was addressed to NXE5101, Captain Sandy E.J. Robertson, Australian P.O.W., Zentsuji War Prison Camp, Shikoku Island, Japan. Ir had the usual Australian red Opened by Censor and the purple boxed Passed by Censor hand stamp, as well as a purple Japanese censor ‘chop’. The cover was posted from Melbourne on 10 March and it incorrectly appears to be dated 1946 (Figure 1).


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SELWYN AMOR NATHANIEL OXLEY, ENGLISH EDUCATOR of the BLIND

This cover has several points of interest, the English couple that were addressed, the printed kangaroo in the top left corner and the unusual name of their house in the address.  There is a red King George V Silver Jubilee stamp depicting the King on the horse “Anzac” postmarked with a slogan cancel of ADELAIDE/ 1 JUN/ 430 AM/ 19(35) ‘AIR (MAIL)/ SAVES (TIME).  The cover is addressed to Mr. & Mrs Selwyn Oxley, Ephphatha, 5 Grange Rd, Ealing, London W5, England, and the reverse was not seen (Figure 1).


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SIR RUDOLPH ALBERT PETERS, BIOCHEMIST (1889-1982) [ENGLAND]

Rudolph Peters was born13 April 1889 in Kensington, London, the only son and elder child of Albert Peters a general practitioner and his wife Agnes Watts. He was educated at Cambridge University and St. Bartholomew's Hospital, London (graduating in medicine with MB and B. Chir.1915), although he entered as a classics scholar. He gained his higher research degree of MD in 1919. After teaching briefly at Cambridge, he accepted the recently established Whitley Chair of Biochemistry at Oxford which he held from 1923 until his retirement in 1954.


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THE ADELAIDE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL & DR. ALLAN CAMPBELL

The cover from The Children’s Hospital (Incorporated), E.A. Smith, Lay Superintendent has additional information ‘HELP SOUTH AUSTRALIA’S GREATEST CHARITY. It is addressed to The Secretary. Local Board of Health, Town Hall, St. Peters. The green 1d KGV Head stamp is postmarked with a slogan cancel PREVENT / BUSH FIRES and ADELAIDE/ 4.40 AM/ 22 FEB/ 1936/ S.A. The reverse was not seen (Figure 1).


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THE CARTILAGE COMPANY, ROCHESTER, N.Y. ‘A TALL TALE’

This registered cover uncovers the gullibility of the writer who presumably wanted to increase his height. It is addressed to The Cartilage Company, Rochester, New York, U.S.A. It has three coloured Queensland stamps, the green ‘ONE HALFPENNY’ showing QV in widow’s weeds, and two ‘Four Corners’ stamps, a blue 2d and a brown 3d, for a total cost of 5½d. The stamps are cancelled with FORTITUDE VALLEY/ 21 OC 10/ QUEENSLAND, and there is ample evidence to show it is registered: the red crayon cross-hatching, the black registration label, worded FORT. VALLEY, the two-line black handstamp ‘REGISTERED/ FORTITUDE VALLEY and one of the handstamped numbers. The vendor has stated that the registration label is rare and this was the very first post office to issue registration labels (? in Queensland or ? in Australia) (Figure 1).


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THE HOMEOPATHIC HOSPITAL MELBOURNE, AN EARLY HISTORY

This postcard was issued in 1876 and featured the 1875 1d adhesive “Bell” design in pale mauve on a yellow card, which has a distinctive surround border.   The stamp is postmarked with the duplex MELBOURNE/ 5X/ JA 15/ 77 with a VICTORIA obliterator.  The card is addressed to T.J. Crouch Esq., Elizabeth St., City  (Figure 1).


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THE SANITARIUM HEALTH FOOD Co. and MORAN & CATO, GROCERS

This advertising cover brings back early memories in Sydney for I went into their Hunter Street store many years ago to buy freshly ground peanut butter. The cover was posted from Sydney on 12 July 1917 with a roller cancel and there is also a roller cancel of a Melbourne reception postmark on the red N.S.W. 1d ‘Shield’ stamp. The green advertisement describes the company as manufacturers, importers, exporters of choice cereal products (for) Infants, Invalids foods. Nut ----------a specialty. The central figure of a large building is not the store at 45 Hunter Street, Sydney, but a real Sanitarium. The cover is addressed to Messrs Moran and Cato, Brunswick St. Fitzroy, Victoria (Figure 1).

 


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TINGOORA, QLD to BELLALEY, SWITZERLAND: A TALE of TWO VILLAGES

The cover has a red 1d KGV head stamp and a 4d orange Kangaroo on the Map of Australia stamp which are canceled with TINGOORA/ 28 SE 15/ QUEENSLAND. The cover has a red OPENED BY CENSOR label and it is addressed to Monsieur le Dir. Dr. Hugo Hiss, Asile Cantonae Bernoise, Bellelay, Jura Bernoise, Switzerland (Figure 1).


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The DUALITY of the LIFE of "PROFESSOR" HOLLOWAY

A fairly ordinary looking newspaper wrapper introduced me to an extraordinary man with many facets to his life:  apothecary, bankrupt convict, advertising genius, quack, patent medicine merchant and philanthropist. My interest was sparked by 2 newspaper wrappers that appeared on eBay auctions, and little did I suspect where my research would take me. The first wrapper was an example of the 1885-99 ½d Fergusson & Mitchell Victorian wrapper that was issued in four colours (sequentially grey-lilac, pink, yellow-orange and green) over that time period. Although the Type 2 barred numeral '207' of Kerang was undated, this pink version was issued on or after January 1887. Another point of interest was that the 2-line address was sufficient for the newspaper to be delivered (Figure 1).


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VICTORIAN EYE and EAR HOSPITAL FUND RAISING LETTER

The envelope shown ( partially reduced in size) was an entire that had been folded to one-sixth of the size, and the quality of the paper had to be superior for it has withstood 96 years of existence. It was addressed to THE TOWN CLERK, Maryboro' Boro' Council, Maryborough. The pale green bantam Halfpenny 'POSTAGE' stamp was cancelled with a roller MELBOURNE/ 12.15 AM/ DEC 14 09 postmark. The reverse had a single reception postmark of MARYBOROUGH/ B/ DE 14/ 09/ VIC, which is not shown (Figure 1).


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WARD 15 COAST HOSPITAL, LITTLE BAY N.S.W.

A century old postcard with 3 be-ribboned aristocrats (kittens) on the front brought back memories of my 4 year's working at the Coast Hospital, as a physician in charge of half a ward's patients, when it was known as the Prince Henry Hospital. The 1d red N.S.W. 'Shield' stamp had a fine Type D3(ii) barred numeral '208', Waverley/ NO 10/ 10 40 AM/ 06/ N.S.W duplex postmark, plus a reception postmark of BOTANY/NO 10/ 1906/ N.S.W (same day postal service for 2 Sydney eastern suburbs) (Figure 1).


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WASHINGTON H. SOUL & CO. and ALFRED KING, PADDINGTON NSW, CHEMIST

Several letters posted to Arthur King, Chemist have been used as an introduction to the important firm of Washington H. Soul and Company. The first was a mourning cover sent to Arthur King, Chemist, 2 Gurner St., Paddington, Sydney in October 1907 with a pair of 1d red N.S.W. ‘Shield’ stamps, postmarked with an Unanderra N.S.W. and the ‘Rays 292' (Figure 1).


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WILLIAM L’ESTRANGE EAMES, DOCTOR, SOLDIER & SPORTSMAN [SOUTH AFRICA]

More than a dozen covers came to auction on Ebay, mainly addressed to Mrs. L’Estrange Eames, but a few to her husband William, both from South Africa and England, mostly 1900-1901. These covers prompted me to research this man. The first was written by William to his wife, with a manuscript ‘On active service no stamps available’ on an Afrikaans printed cover, postmarked FIELD POST OFFICE/ 31/ JY 3/ 00/ BRITISH ARMY S. AFRICA, and the cover was taxed ‘1D (Figure 1).


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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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WM. BICKFORD, CHEMIST, WIFE ANN MARGARET & SONS, WILLIAM & HENRY

Two South Australian Post Cards of the same issue design were available, and the top one was addressed to Messrs A.M. Bickford & Sons, Currie St., Adelaide. The date of the posting was not clear, but it was postmarked at BORDER TOWN/ S.A. (Fig. 1).


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