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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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A.A.A.C. PRESIDENT GREGORY’s LETTER to PROFESSOR WILLIAM HARKNESS

It is not frequent to find on the front of a cover, the proof of documentation of two men, one from Australia and the other from the USA, both of whom made highly significant contributions to their own country, in so many ways. This cover was sent from the Australasian Association for the Advancement of Science (A.A.A.C.) by its President, A.C. Gregory to Professor Harkness, The Observatory, Washington D.C., U.S. of America. The stampless cover has been cancelled with an unframed duplex BRISBANE/ 28/ MR 8/ 94/ QUEENSLAND with the obliterator Q. L. (Figure 1).


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BERLEI REVIEW, FRANK & FREDERICK BURLEY: PROF. HENRY CHAPMAN

I had no idea where these two printed- to- private- order advertising covers would lead me, and I was frankly surprised that the two brothers were to be found in the Australian Dictionary of Biography. Both covers were used in 1930 and the KGV oval 1d green stamps were postmarked with a slogan cancel, COMMONWEALTH LOAN/ NOW OPEN/ APPLY AT ONCE, at Sydney (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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DR. LOWELL J. RAGATZ, PROF. AMERICAN HISTORY & PHILATELIST

This possibly unique cut-down cover was sent from the Australian National University, Canberra (pen-deleted) airmail with 26 all coil stamps (block 12 of orange ½d roo, plus blocks of 8 and 6 of the green 3d QE II) were postmarked with 7 copies of the AIR MAIL/ 1-P-5AP56/ CANBERRA A.C.T. postmark, the total postage being 4/- (shillings). The cover was addressed to Dr. Lowell Ragatz, Box 146, Worthington, Ohio, USA. The reverse had no postall markings (Figure 1).


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DR. ALAN CAREY TAYLOR, SYDNEY GRADUATE, PROFESSOR FRENCH, PARIS

The cover was addressed to Dr. Alan Carey Taylor, 1 rue de Navane, Paris, France. The red 2d KGV Head and the green1d QE stamps were postmarked with a roller cancel from NEWCASTLE / 8 -PM/ 13 JUL/ 1937/ N.S.W with a slogan AIR MAIL/ SAVES TIME. The reverse was not seen (Figure 1).


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G.W. THATCHER ACADEMIC, SCHOLAR, MINISTER. ORIENTALIST, AUTHOR

The cover was sent to The Revd G.W. Thatcher, Camden College, Hereford St.,Glebe (Sydney) and there was a pencilled manuscript ‘No Postage’. The printed red octagonal ‘ONE PENNY’ KGV Head stamp was cancelled BLACKHEATH/ 30 AU 16/ N.S.W, and the reverse was not seen (Figure 1).


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HORATIO EMMONS HALE, ETHNOLOGIST & PHILOLOGIST (1817-1896)

This cover interests me because it is an example of an association between 3 countries, which have been my home at stages in my academic life. It is addressed to Prof. Horatio Hale, M.A., J.R.D.C., Clinton, Ontario, Canada and it was sent from St. Arnaud, Victoria, Australia. The 2 Victorian stamps (pink ½d and lilac 2d “Stamp Duty”) are postmarked with the St Arnaud third duplex, AU 6/ (18)96 with the Barred Numeral ‘94'. There is a ‘Via Vancouver’ manuscript and the unseen reverse had a Vancouver transit and a Clinton Ont. backstamp (Figure 1).


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J.T. WILSON, PROFESSOR ANATOMY, UNIVERSITY SYDNEY & ARMY OFFICER

The ‘On active Service’ cover has a pair of the red 1d ‘Roo on Map of Australia’ stamp, with the ‘OS’ perfin is cancelled with the straight two-line ‘Simpsonhafen/ (Deutsch Neu-Guinea) postmark. It is addressed to Mrs. J.T. Wilson, Eurotas, Edgecliffe Rd., Woollahra, Sydney, N.S.W., Australia. At the lower left there is a ms. ‘JS / 567' (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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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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MELBOURNE OBSERVATORY to PROF. MARK W. HARRINGTON, SEATTLE

This On Her Majesty’s Service long cover with a lilac 2d stamp of Victoria was postmarked MELBOURNE/ 21.3.00/14 which partially obscured the CHIEF SECRETARY Frank Stamp of Victoria. The envelope is addressed to Professor Mark W. Harrington, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington U.S.A. and it was sent from the Melbourne Observatory on 21. 3. 1900. The reverse was not seen (Figure 1).


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PERCY VERTO, PROF. HAUSMANN, S. LUBIN, & T. EDISON, ENTERTAINERSALL

This illustrated cover brings together three men, including an alter ego, all involved in the entertainment industry. The cover has a printed "The Vertos/ Escamoteurs And Mystifyers as well as photos of ‘Percy’ as well as of ‘La Petite.’ It is addressed to S. Lubin Esq., 21. S. Eighth Street, Philadelphia Pa., America U.S.A. The prussian blue 2½d QV stamp of New South Wales is canceled by a duplex SYDNEY/ MY 25/ 11-AM/ 03 (Figure 1).

 


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POSTCARD from CARL SUSSMILCH, to PROF. JAY WOODWORTH, HARVARD

The O.H.M.S. postcard was sent from C.A. Sussmilch ‘with hearty greetings from Australia’ to Prof. J.B. Woodworth, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass. The red 1d ‘Shield’ stamp of New South Wales was postmarked with a SYDNEY roller cancel dated AP 5/ NOON/ 1912. The postcard was taxed with a N.S.W./ T/ 10, as well as a purple handstamp POSTAGE DUE 2 CENTS, and the red 2d U.S. postage due stamp was cancelled with a numeral 1 (Figure 1).


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PROF. ARCHIBALD LIVERSIDGE 1846-1927, UNIVERSITY of SYDNEY

A front of a very simple cover was sent to Professor Liversidge, Sydney University and readdressed in manuscript to the Union Club, in Sydney. It had a duplex cancellation different from the first duplexes in that the date stamp part was upright instead of sideways and had a double circle instead of one, and the obliterator oval had 4 rings instead of 3. It was probably of local manufacture and the 2 parts of the cancel could be used separately. In the concentric circle the letters A, C, D, E, H, I, K?, & L are found, and it was in use from 1871-1881. The double circle datestamp had an L, and was dated SP/ 76/ SYDNEY on the 1d N.S.W. stamp (Figure 1).


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PROF. ELWOOD MEAD & the PANAMA PACIFIC EXPOSITION, CALIFORNIA 1915

This cover has several surprises for the addressee had an important U.S.A.- Australian connection, as well as a significant history as a scientist in both countries, and there was an American slogan reception cancel of significant interest on the cover's front. To cap it off, there was a handstamp on the reverse that I have not seen before. The cover originated from Victoria in 1914, but the originating roller cancel cannot be read because of the overstuck arrival cancel which read: SAN FRANCISCO CAL/ APR 24/ 12 45 PM/ 1914 combined with the slogan: WORLD’S/ PANAMA-PACIFIC/ EXPOSITION. It was addressed to Elwood Mead, Esq., C/- F.T.A Fricke, Esq., Land Settlement Agent for Victoria (Australia), 687 Market Street, San Francisco, Cal. U.S.A., and it was readdressed to the Hotel Tynan, Modesto Cal. (Figure 1).


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PROF. H. LYMAN CLARK, HARVARD ZOOLOGIST

The cover is addressed to Prof. H. Lyman Clark PhD, Museum of Comparative Zoology, Cambridge, Mass, U.S.A. and has a 2d grey Roo on Map of Australia plus the ½d blue-green N.S.W. stamp, both with OS/NSW perfins. The postmark is a Sydney machine cancel of MY 16 4 30 P 1913. The front has a printed O.H.M.S. and the reverse shows it is an Australian Museum cover.


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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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PROF. JOSEPH RICHARDS, LEHIGH UNIVERSITY: ALUMINUM vs. IRON & STEEL

This long ‘On His Majesty’s Service’ cover was sent from the Department of Mines/ Sydney 14/ 5/ 1918 to Prof. Jos. W. Richards, Lehigh University, South Bethlehem, PA., U.S.A. The grey 2d ‘Roo on Map of Australia’ and the green ½d KGV head stamps, both perfined OS, were cancelled with a roller cancel SYDNEY/ MY 14/ 1918/ N.S.W with the slogan ‘HELP TO WIN THE WAR/ BUY WAR SAVINGS CERTIFICATES/ ELIGIBLES ENLIST’. The reverse was not seen (Figure 1).


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PROF. MORRIS LOEWY, HOBOKEN N.J., MAGICIAN & STAMP COLLECTOR

A colourful non-Australian-related cover introduced me to the Professor Loewy two years ago and almost simultaneously I found an Australian cover sent to the same man. The Hoboken N.J. cover sold for a cool USD 6,000, the price can be attributed to at least 3 factors: it is a first day cover for the 1901 2c Pan-American Exposition stamp with a May 1 1901 machine cancel; the black vignette of the stamp is shifted upward; it has a multi-coloured vignette; and there are 3 different design exposition labels, one tied by the postmark (Figure 1).


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PROF. PAYSON J. TREAT, STANFORD HISTORIAN of AUSTRALASIA & JAPAN

This cover was sent ‘ON HIS MAJESTY’S SERVICE’ from The Commonwealth Bureau of Census and Statistics, “The Rialto”, Collins Street, Melbourne and it is addressed to Professor Payson J. Treat, Dept of History, Leland Stanford Junior University, California, U.S.A. It has a brown TWO SHILLINGS Roo on map of Australia stamp (watermark not known) with a perfin small O S, as well as the 1d red KGV head with the same OS perfin, both cancelled MELBOURNE/ 12 15A 1 MY 17/ VICTORIA (Figure 1).


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PROFESSOR QUISENBERRY & THE AMERICAN POULTRY SCHOOL

This cover was chosen because of the unusual address, the letter being sent with a roller cancel of HOBART/ 24 JUL 22 9-PM/ TASMANIA to The American Poultry School, Dep. 185, Kansas City, M.O. (Missouri), America and it was franked with the 4d orange KGV head, this being the commercial paper rate to foreign countries from 1 October 1920 (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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PROFESSOR J. A. GRAY D. Sc., O.B.E., FRSC, FRS [ENGLAND/CANADA]

Australia's gift in radiation physics to Great Britain and Canada:


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PROFESSOR SIR ISAAC BAYLEY BALFOUR (1853-1922)

This blue 'On Her Majesty's Service' envelope from the Department of Agriculture was addressed to Professor Bayley Balfour, University (crossed out in red ink), Edinburgh, Scotland and a '10' was also added in red ink, close to an illegible postmark. The stampless cover was sent with a small MELBOURNE/ 3A/ AU 14/ 94 duplex VICTORIA postmark as well as a black Department of Agriculture/ Frank/ Stamp/ Victoria (first used in 1886).


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PROFESSOR WILLIAM MORRIS DAVIS, GEOGRAPHER (1850-1934)

The 1d red roo on map of Australia stamped wrapper (H. & G. E-2) which is postmarked WILLIAMSTOWN/ 215A 30 SE 14/VIC has a manuscript Printed Matter and is addressed to Professor W.M. Davis, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass. U.S.A. The name of the sender has not been identified, but immediately below the name there appears to be written 'Survey Egypt' (Figure 1).


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RALPH TATE, ELDER PROFESSOR of SCIENCE, UNIVERSITY of ADELAIDE

The brown 1d South Australian postcard was addressed to Prof. Ralph Tate and was postmarked with the duplex G.P.O. ADELAIDE/ R/ JY 17/ 6 5 AM/ 99 (Figure 1).


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SAMUEL W. BOARDMAN, 4TH PRESIDENT MARYVILLE COLLEGE, TENNESSEE

The cover had a blue 2½d ‘Swan’ stamp of Western Australia postmarked BEACONSFIELD/ SP 13/ 02/ W.A and it was addressed to Rev. Saml Boardman, D.D., L.L.D., Bloomfield, N.J., U.S.A. It had a ms.’ From T. Maguire, Beaconsfield, W.A.’ (Figure 1).


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SIR HAROLD R. DEW, BOSCH PROFESSOR SURGERY, UNIVERSITY of SYDNEY

The cover has a mauve-brown QE 1d stamp cancelled with AUST F.P.O./ 3 AP 45/168, and there was an accompanying paper with the following notation: WWII – AUST F.P.O./ 168. II AUST CORPS, WONGABEL, QLD, 9 JUN 44-10APR 45. It was addressed to Prof. H.R. Dew, Department of Surgery, University of Sydney, N.S,W. There was a purple rectangular boxed AUSTRALIAN/ MILITARY FORCES/ PASSED BY CENSOR/ 641, and it was signed by the censor ‘E P Row’. The reverse had no markings (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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SYDNEY LETTER to IRVING FISHER, YALE UNIVERSITY, CONNECTICUT

This unpretentious cover with a Sydney/ 10 pm/ 3 SEP/ 1929 POST EARLY EACH DAY roller cancel obliterating two red KGV Head stamps was addressed to Professor Irving Fisher, Yale University (crossed out and ‘97' pencilled in), New Haven, Connecticut. There was an arrival postmark with NEW HAVEN CONN/ OCT 3/ 11 30AM/ YALE STA./ 1929 (Figure 1).


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SYDNEY to PROF. COLLIER COBB, GEOLOGIST, CHAPEL HILL N.C.

The blue 2½d New South Wales stamp is cancelled with a duplex SYDNEY/ MR 6/ 3.45.PM/ 01/ 12 with the barred N.S.W obliterator and it is addressed to Prof. Collier Cobb, Umiversity of N. Carolina, Chapel Hill, N.C. U.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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TRACY E. HAZEN, PROF of BOTANY, N.Y., LETTER from BERRIGAN, N.S.W.

The letter was sent to Dr. Tracy E. Hazen, Barnard College, Columbia University, New York U.S.A. It had a pair of the red ‘Shield’ stamp of New South Wales, cancelled with BERRIGAN/ 16 AU 11 (T)/ N.S.W of the Type 2 (iv) (T) of Hopson and Tobin. There were 3 markings showing addirional tax, a blue crayon ms. with ‘T 1d’, as well as an octagonal ‘T/ 30c’ and a circular ‘Due/ 2/ CENTS’ handstamps, plus a NEW YORK N.Y./ OCT 7/ ( )TERM STA. (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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