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T.H. NICOLLE & J.H. SMYTH, STAMP DEALERS, 14 HUNTER STREET, SYDNEY

It should be stated at the beginning of this paper, that the name of this short lived firm of Sydney stamp dealers was registered as Smyth & Nicolle at 14 Hunter Street, Sydney. The only reason for my reversing their names is on account of the unavailability of a cover to or from Smyth. James H. Smyth and Thomas H. Nicolle had formed a stamp dealer partnership in 1893, but it was dissolved in 1902, and both continued as dealers in their own right, independently. Nicolle continued dealing until at least 1930, and Smyth until his death in 1923. The first edition of their catalogue ‘Priced Catalogue of Australasian Stamps, Sets & Packets’ was first published in 1899 and it consisted of 32 pages; the third edition (1901) was 60 pages and the fifth (1903) was 56 pages. In addition a 1900 and 1902 editions have been seen and there could have been a sixth edition before Fred Hagen’s takeover of Smyth’s business. There was no evidence that the catalogue was resuscitated with Smyth’s new business from 1910 onwards.

The printed blue ‘ONE PENNY’ Swan stamp on the Western Australia was cancelled PERTH/ 7 30P/ 29 JY 07/ WESTERN AUSTRALIA, and the postcard was addressed to T. H. Nicolle Esq, 14 Hunter Street, Sydney (Figure 1).

The reverse was dated 29th July 1907, and contained the message ‘Kindly send me your "Illustrated price list"’. It was signed G.M. Kay, 30 Colin Street, Perth, W.A. The purple handstamp ‘H. REHLEN’, was probably of significance (see later), but the sender of the postcard has not been identified (Figure 2).

T.H. Nicolle was at a different address later as shown on a 1928 cover which shows he was at 108 Pitt Street, Sydney. The cover was addressed to the stamp catalogue firm of Gebruder & Senf at Leipzig, Germany. It was underpaid with the pink ‘ONE PENNY’ stamp of Victoria, but it was not taxed, and the stamp was cancelled by a roller cancel SYDNEY/ 18 JUN/ 1929/ 10 AM/ N.S.W., with the slogan ‘ COMMONWEALTH LOAN/ NOW OPEN/ APPLY AT ONCE. The reverse was not seen (Figure 3).

A photograph of Thomas H. Nicolle was shown as well as the frontispiece of the first edition of the Smyth & Nicolle’s ‘1899 Priced Catalogue Australasian Stamps Sets & Packets’ Postage Stamp Dealers, 14 Hunter St., Sydney N.S.W.’, as seen in Figures 4 & 5.

The next photo shows a scene at Smyth & Nicolle’s stand at the 1900 Philatelic Exhibition held in Sydney 7 and 8 September 1900. It was at this exhibition that their new magazine ‘The Australian Journal of Philately’ was launched (Figure 6).

The Queensland illustrated postcard has a printed brown ‘ONE PENNY’ stamp and it is addressed to Mr. T.H. Nicolle, 14 Hunter St, Sydney, N.S.W. The illustration was described as ‘Pineapple Plantation, Nundah, near Brisbane, and the stamp was cancelled JONDARYAN/ 9 30A/ 23 JE 06/ QUEENSLAND, the other postmark was illegible (Figure 7).

The reverse had the sender’s address as Jondaryan, Queensland and was dated June 22nd 06. The message read ‘Dear Sir, Please send me your illustrated Price List of Stamps and oblige Yours truly E.F. Turner’. The special point of interest was that it also had the same purple handstamp of H. REHLEN, who probably was a person who worked at the firm and had attended to the request. At a dealer’s website, the unseen description of another Nicolle addressed cover stated that the same ‘H. REHLEN’ handstamp was also seen (Figure 8).

James H. Smyth was the editor for the short-lived ‘Australian Journal of Philately’ and at the turn of the century the ‘Australian Philatelist’ was the only philatelic periodical being published in Australia and New Zealand. The stated motivation for its publication was Federation of Australia, and the promise of an uniform Australian issue instead of the Colony stamps. The 12 to 16 page monthly cost 3d and at first it was published at Smith & Nicolle at 14 Hunter St., Sydney. When the partnership in June 1902 ended, future issues were published by J.H. Smyth & Co. at 88 King Street. Publication ceased in August 1905 when Fred Hagen bought out Smyth. A copy of the contents page of the Australian Journal of Philately is seen in Figure 9.

A fine photograph of James H. Smyth (1856-1923) pictured in his office in Sydney in 1916, which also includes information on his other publications, is seen in Figure 10.

I acknowledge that the vast majority of the text and the photographs, other than the cover and the 2 postcards, was taken from a comprehensive 3-part paper by Geoff Kellow and Richard Breckon entitled ‘The History of Philatelic Publishing in Australia and New Zealand, Part 2, 1894-1918’, which appeared in The Australian Philatelist Nov/Dec1987, pages 50-57.

A.J. DERRICK, ARCHITECT, PHILATELIST & D.A. VINDIN, STAMP DEALER

The cover has a strip of four of the N.S.W. grey-blue ‘One Penny’ stamp which was overprinted with ‘Halfpenny’ and they were cancelled with 4 copies of SYDNEY/ FE 12/ 6.45 PM/ 91. It was addressed to A.J. Derrick Esqre, Architects, Yarra & Malon Sts, Geelong, Victoria. The sender was shown as D.A. Vindin & Co. 9 & 11 Victoria Arcade, Sydney, N.S.W. (Figure 1).


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ALEC A. ROSENBLUM, AUSTRALIAN PHILATELIST & AUTHOR

Two covers addressed to A.A. Rosenblum, one definitely philatelic and the other suspiciously so, are an introduction to the publisher of a classic book The Stamps of the Commonwealth of Australia A Handbook for Philatelists by Alec A. Rosenblum O.B.E., B. Sc. This book was the standard text for this subject from its first edition in 1922 until its greatly expanded sixth edition with its supplement in 1966.


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ALFRED GEORGE 'DICK' SALISBURY & THE 6th AUSTALIAN EXHIBITION

Covers from the Australian Philatelic Exhibitions fall into the philatelically contrived items, but this one has the virtue of being addressed to an Australian of some considerable note.  The cover has an ‘R6' Registration label ‘6th AUST. PHILATELIC / EXHIBTN MELB. VIC’, and the blue 3d and red 2d ‘Merino’ stamps are both cancelled with the hexagonal cancel of the Exhibition dated 10 NOV 1934.  In addition there are 2 ‘Cinderellas’ of a ‘Rosella’ and a kookaburra applied celebrating the Centenary of Melbourne.  The cover is addressed to Mr. A.G. Salisbury, 36 Aberdeen Rd., East Prahran (Figure 1).


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ALSTON, B.H., MELBOURNE TOBACCONIST, IMPORTER HAVANA CIGARS & PHILATELIST

More than one year ago the first cover was seen addressed to B.H. Alston in Melbourne, and this was followed in short order by an interesting letter which Alston wrote to Dr. Max Nordau, totally irrelevant to this cover, dated 30 years later.   Then further research was quite unrewarding and my occasional return to researching Alston produced no more information.  The cover was put on the ‘back burner’ and a proposed paper was destined to be discarded when I came across a second cover, which piqued my interest again.

The first cover originated in England and it had 2 copies of the 1d brick red QV and the 6d grey QV postmarked with the duplex MIDDLEBOROUGH/ C/ NO 19/ 78 with the ‘946' barred numeral obliterator.  It was addressed to B.H. Alston, 25 Bourke Street West, Melbourne, Victoria (at top left), Australia.  The cover was taxed with an unusually figured handstamp: DEFICIENT POSTAGE 8d)/ FINE______6d/ ½, as well as an oval ½/ MORE TO PAY handstamp .  The reverse of the cover was not seen (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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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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ARTHUR FRANCIS BASSET HULL (1862-1945)

This long Tasmanian printed to private order pink 1d Tasmanian wrapper with advertisement was mailed with the HOBART/ 2L/ AP 18/ 91 duplex to München (Munich) Germany with The Federal Australian Philatelist as BOOK POST. The sender is identified as "Published by A.F. Basset Hull, Eldon Chambers, Elizabeth Street" and the price of the journal is described as Post Free, 1s (shilling) per annum (Figure 1).


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ARTHUR HENRY VOYCE (1899-1984) Missionary, Philatelist, Conchologist, Hymenopterist & Horticulturist

Reverend A.H. Voyce first came to my attention when I acquired a cover of the Australian War Memorial, Canberra 5½d joined pair which were issued on February 10, 1958. This cover was not a first day cover, but it was postmarked with a special postmark: R.S.L. NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS/ 14TH B.E.S.L./ CONFERENCE/ 17-21 FEB 1958/ 20 FEB 58/ CANBERRA AUST. It was addressed to ‘Rev. A.H. Voyce/ Methodist Mission, Kihili, Buin, Bougainville, Terr. of Papua & New Guinea’. The meaning for R.S.L. is familiar to Australians as Returned & Services League, but I was not familiar with the other acronym (B.E.S.L.) which denotes the conference of the British Empire Service League. The name and address of the sender is printed on the reverse, but is not relevant to this discussion (Figure 1).


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AUGUST DIETZ, CONFEDERATE STATES PHILATELIST, EDITOR & PUBLISHER

The registered cover was addressed to Aug Dietz Esq, 900 West Clay Street, Station A, Richmond, Virginia, United States and had a magenta 8d ‘Lyre Bird’ New South Wales stamp canceled with a REGISTERED/ OC 7/96/ SYDNEY postmark as well as a large ‘R’ in an oval. The reverse was not seen, and unfortunately the sender could not be identified (Figure 1).


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BRUCE CONDE, PHILATELIST, COUNTER INTELLIGENCE COMMAND, ROYAL PRETENDER

The cover has the return address of Maj. Bruce Condé, Counter Intelligence Command (C.I.C.). General Headquarters, U.S. Army Post Office APO 500, Tokyo, Japan. It is franked with the B.C.O.F. (British Commonwealth Occupation Force)/ JAPAN/ 1946 overprint on Australian definitive stamps (a pair of the orange ½ d, and a strip of 3 brown-purple 1d ), tied by AUST. ARMY P.O./ 214 (Tokyo, Japan) on 8 OC 48, pre-first day of issue on 11 October 1948. It was addressed to an unknown Private Wilkins, Prahan, Victoria, Australia. The reverse was not seen (Figure 1).


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CHARLES L. PACK, PHILATELIST with AUSTRALIAN COLONY INTEREST [USA]

The cover is franked with the green-yellow 3d Roo on Map of Australia stamp (S.G. 37, narrow crown watermark) postmarked BRIGHTON/ VIC, the date is not legible, but most likely is dated ca. 1915. I is addressed to Charles Lathrop Pack Esq, Lakewood, New Jersey. United States of America. A manuscript "via San Francisco per Ventura" has been added (Figure 1).


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COSMOPHILATELIST, BELA S(Z)EKULA, STAMP DEALER & FORGER

The registered cover has a Markets/ Queensland , Brisbane registration label and is addressed to Cosmophilatelist, Leodegarstr 2, Lucerne, Switzerland. It has the large brown 6d Kookaburra definitive stamp postmarked MARKETS, BRISBANE / 14 FE 33/ QUEENSLAND, and there is the common red crayon ‘cross’ of registration (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. 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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E.L. ANGELOGLOU, DEAN of CAIRO STAMP DEALERS

The cover has a total postage of 1/ 7d made up of a pair of ½d orange KGV heads and the 1/6 Hermes airmail stamp. It has two ENMORE/ 130P 16 JL 36/ N.S.W postmarks plus a blue By Air Mail/ Par Avion vignette. It is addressed to E. L. Angeloglou. Esq./ 13. El. Manakh. St/ Cairo, Egypt. The dates at Enmore, Sydney and Alexandria are written in ink manuscript, on the front (Figure 1).


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ERNEST A. KEHR, PHILATELIST & PROLIFIC WRITER ABOUT STAMPS [USA]

The following item appeared on Ebay Australia and was withdrawn by the vendor prematurely:“Advertisement Cover produced by The Royal Horticultural Society of NSW to promote the World's Buckjumping Championship held in Sydney during the Royal Easter Show from the 6th to 15th April 1936. Contestant countries were USA, CANADA, AUSTRALIA. The Cover is addressed to distinguished philatelist Ernest A Kehr (1911-86) franked with 2 x Blue 3d Tasmanian Telephone Cable stamps (issued 1 April 1936) and registered postmarked 2 April 1936 affixed with an R6 Registration Label No 5400 issued at Sydney D" (Figure 1).


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ERNEST ALFRED CROME, “JOINT FATHER of AEROPHILATELY”

This cover has been seen on 3 different websites, but two distinct copies were involved. These two were almost totally identical, and both were prepared by E.A. CROME, c/o J. Dougherty, Esq., Mission Station, Mornington Island, Gulf of Carpentaria. The 2d red KGVI head stamp is postmarked G.P.O. SYDNEY/ AIR/3-P21DE39/ 5/ N.S.W-AUST and there is a black manuscript “Received by parachute/ 23/12/39/ John Dougherty” with a purple handstamp MORNINGTON ISLAND. In addition, there is a purple handstamp QANTAS EMPIRE AIRWAYS LTD, associated with a black handstamp PER FLYING BOAT. “CORIO.” G.AEUH. PILOT. with the pilot’s signature (Capt.) R.B. Tapp.


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ERNEST OESCH, PHILIPPINE ISLANDS: PAPERS TO & FROM AUSTRALIA

Multiple covers from Australia have been seen on Ebay addressed to Mr. E.H. Oesch, Mindanao (also spelt Mindinao) Estate(s) Co., Padada, Santa Cruz, Davao, Mindanao, Philippine Islands, the first being a registered letter with a Caulfield South, Victoria with a blue registration label. The total postage of 6½d was made up by the 1½d dull scarlet and black swan plus the FIVE PENCE overprint on the violet 4½d KGV head, both being cancelled by a CAULFIELD SOUTH/ 18 NO 31/ VIC postmark. There was also a purple STA. CRUZ, DAVAO P.I./ DEC/ 14/ 1931/ REC'D reception mark (Figure 1).


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EVERETT C. ERLE, AMERICAN PHILATELIST, A.P.S. HALL of FAME

This registered cover was sent from 634 MILE T.A.R./ -3 AP 37/ W.A. with three postmarks canceling 5 stamps with a total postage of 6d, made up of pairs of the 1d green and ½d orange KGV heads as well as the 3d blue Centenary of South Australia stamp. The cover has a R6 ‘no name’ registration label and it is addressed to Mr. Everett Erle, 3546-22nd St., San Francisco, Calif, U.S.A (Figure 1).


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FRED HAGEN, STAMP DEALER, & THE 'AUSTRALIAN PHILATELIST' PUBLISHER

The cover with the printed pink ‘ONE PENNY’ stamp of Victoria has a pair and two singles of the carmen-rose horizontal ‘HALF-PENNY’ stamp, as well as a single copy of the ochre ‘THREE PENCE’ stamp of Victoria, a total of 6d postage. The stamps were all cancelled with MELBOURNE/ 10X/ AU 23/ 97. It was addressed to Fred Hagen, Esq., Stamp Importer, 74 Elizabeth Str., Sydney. The reverse was not seen (Figure 1).


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FRIEDRICH CHARLES KRICHAUFF, STAMP COLLECTOR, PHOTOGRAPHER & ARCHITECT

This unusually addressed cover apparently found its way into the hands of the addressee, F.C. Krichauff, Esq, Stamp Collector, South Australia, in spite of the inadequate address. The ½ anna green embossed stamp from India was up-rated with a blue 2 anna stamp of India, and both were cancelled with the squared circle BOMBAY/ F/ AP 2/ (18)97. The reverse, not seen by me, had Tuticorin, India and Colombo, Ceylon transits and an Adelaide, S.A. receiver mark (Figure 1).


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GIANTS of PHILATELY: ALFRED F. LICHTENSTEIN (1876-1947) [USA]

This World War II censored cover was posted 'On His Majesty's Service' from Canberra A.C.T. on 17 FEB 1942 with a machine cancel postmark 'REGISTER/VALUABLE/MAIL'on the 3½d overprint on the 3d blue KGVI stamp. It was sent to Mr. Alfred Lichtenstein at a London S.W. 9, England address. In spite of it being sent from a Commonwealth of Australia Department of the Interior, Acton, Canberra A.C.T., it was subjected to opening with a red '3 Opened by Censor' label, as well as a purple diamond shaped mark '3/ Passed / by/ Censor/ 305'. It had a London reception postmark at Stockwell S.W.9 on 8 May 1942, with a manuscript redirection to Cassila de corred central No 2479 Buenos Aires, Argentina, where it received an Argentinian postmark (not legible) on 26 JUN 42. There were 2 additional Spanish manuscripts, one in black, and one in red, both not identified (Figure 1).


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GOULBURN N.S.W. COVER to HENRY CLOTZ, NEW YORK in 1895

A cover from an Australian Colony to an American philatelist is the subject of this paper. It is addressed to Mr. Henry Clotz, P.O.B. NO 999, New York, U.S. America and has a pair of the 1d lilac ‘View of Sydney’ issued in 1888 as well as the ½d grey Q.V. stamp, postmarked with 2 fine duplex cancels of Goulburn (Type D4 of Hopson & Tobin, 1995): GOULBURN/ MY 11/ 330 PM/ 95/ N.S.W with the barred numeral ‘35' in 3 concentric ovals, as the obliterator on the stamps. The reverse not seen, was back-stamped with a reception postmark of “NY PAID ALL 6/13/95" (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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HENRY LUKE WHITE, PASTORALIST, PHILANTHROPIST & PHILATELIST

I was attempting to obtain some meaningful biographical information on Fred Hagen who had an international clientele for his Sydney Stamp Shop, and I stumbled on this lot described as a ‘Hagen front only’. It was sent to a prominent collector H.L.White Esq., Belltrees, Scone, N.S.W. and it had a single and a block of four red Die 1 ‘Roo on Map of Australia’ stamps postmarked with 5 copies of REGISTERED/ 2 JA 13/ SYDNEY N.S.W, being the first day of issue. There was also a Sydney orange/black registration label. This item was sold on account of its rarity for AUD 12,000 (Figure 1).


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J. F. SEYBOLD, PHILATELIST: AUGUSTUS GORE, COAL EXCHANGE, LONDON

This cover was sent per Emeu, steamer, with an imperforate 4-margin, deep steel grey ‘Diadem’ SIX PENCE New South Wales stamp, cancelled with a barred obliterator & a diamond of dots. It had a red LONDON/ EV/ AP 12/ 58/ PAID reception postmark, and was addressed to Augustus Gore Esq, 4 (--) Coal Exchange, London (Figures 1 & 2).


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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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JUDGE HUGH MONTGOMERIE HAMILTON, GLACIER CLIMBER, PHILATELIST

Only the front of this registered cover was available, but the addressee was easily identifiable by his distinctive name and the name of his residence. It was sent from Melbourne with a MARKET STREET/ 19 MY 30/ MELBOURNE postmark on a reddish violet 4½d KGV head stamp and a R6 Registration label for Market St. Melb. Victoria. It was addressed to Judge H. Montgomerie Hamilton, "Tomabil", Strathfield, Sydney, N.S.W. (Figure 1).


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KING GEORGE V CORONATION CELEBRATIONS, GLENORCHY TASMANIA 1911

This Australian 1911 KGV Coronation issue postal card portrait in an oval laurel frame was privately overprinted on the reverse with a message and it was sent to J. Forsyth, Strath Avon, Claremont, the 9rinted 1d stamp being cancelled in an indistinct Claremont 1911 postmark (Figure 1).


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LT. J. S. SUMMERS, PHILATELIST & SENIOR ASST SURGEON, R.I.M., BOMBAY

The Tasmania postal stationery cover has the green ‘TASMANIA POSTAGE/ TWO PENCE’ QV printed stamp uprated with a ‘sideface’ ½d stamp both cancelled with an indistict barred numeral ‘63' as well as a NEW NORFOLK/ JY 20/ 1895/ TASMANIA cancel. It is addressed to J. Seymour Summers Esq., 33 Sassoon Dock Rd, Colaba, Bombay, India. The reverse was backstamped Tuticorin, India (Figure 1).


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MAJOR EDWARD BENJAMIN EVANS, DISTINGUISHED U.K. PHILATELIST R.P.S.

The lilac ONE PENNY ‘View of Sydney’ printed stamp of New South Wales on the cover was uprated with a strip of 3 of the ½d slate QV stamp and it could have been used as early as 1892, but is undated, for all stamps were canceled with the barred numeral ‘37' of Warialda, N.S.W. It is addressed to Major Evans, Messrs Stanley Gibbons & Co., 391 Strand, London W.C., England and the reverse was not seen (Figure 1).


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MAXIMILIAN TANNENBERG, STAMP DESIGNER of AUSTRALIAN STATES

Two postal items have appeared at two auction sites in the past year addressed to Max Tannenberg. The first is a cover described as follows: "use of the India 4a 6p envelope from Rangoon to Melbourne addressed to Maximillian (sic) Tannenberg". It has a RANGOON/ AUG 19 cds with an 8 barred R duplex obliterator and it was sent to Tannenberg, at his home address 19 Canning Street, Carlton, Melbourne, Australia. There is a pencilled ‘36' (registration number?) as well three examples of insufficient postage paid: a black ink manuscript ‘18cts’; a large oval ‘MORE TO PAY’ handstamp with ‘8' inserted in pencil; and, a large ‘T’ in a circle handstamp. The vendor is not sure if the tax markings were applied in India or Victoria., but he is well aware that Max is a known Australian colony stamp designer. The reverse (not seen) shows that 1884 was the year of the cover being posted, and it was postmarked at Bombay, Melbourne and Carlton (Figure 1).


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MOURNING COVER to ARTHUR A. BARTLETT, PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND [CANADA]

A mourning cover from Australia led to an exciting story of Nova Scotia stamps remainders. It was addressed to A.A. Bartlett Esq, "The Hill", Charlottetown, P.E. I. (Prince Edward Island), Canada and it had a manuscript Per SS "Moama" . The red 1d and green ½d Victorian stamps were postmarked MELBOURNE/ PM/ 2 30/ 13 3 00 (Figure 1).


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NORMAN COLIN HOPSON, AUSTRALIAN POSTAL HISTORIAN 1929-1998

Norman Hopson and Alexander Robert ‘Bob’ Tobin will always be linked together because of their four seminal volumes published on the N.S.W. and A.C.T. Post, Receiving, Telegraph & Telephone Offices, over the years from 1991 to 1998 and posthumously in 1999. Regretfully I never met them, but their publications largely hijacked me away from stamp collecting to an interest in Australian postmarks, particularly those of N.S.W.


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PARLIAMENT HOUSE (SYDNEY) to HALF WAY TREE, JAMAICA

This airmail cover is philatelically contrived with a gutter block of eight red 3d KGVI stamps, the right hand block of four with the By Authority Imprint, and both blocks with the small circle in the selvedge (so-called 'perforation pip') plus a single blue 7½d KGVI stamp, a total of 2/7½d paying the 2/6d airmail rate to the West Indies in 1952. There is added interest as there are 3 postmarks of PARLIAMENT HOUSE/ -3 DE 52/ N.S.W . The cover is addressed to J.M. Nethersole, Chelsea Rd, Halfway Tree, Jamaica, B.W.I., and it was re-addressed in pencil to another (unknown) address (Figure 1).


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PAUL T. DIEFENDERFER, ANTHROPOLOGIST, SWAINS ISLANDS & U.S. SAMOA

The cover was addressed to Mr. Paul T. (D)iefenderfer, Supt. Of Education, Pago Pago, Tutuila, American Samoa . The carmine rose 2 cents USA stamp (Scott 690, General Count Casimir Pulaski) was canceled with a double circle PAGO PAGO SAMOA/ MAY/ 15/ 1931 and the top L.H. of the cover had a purple SWAINS ISLAND handstamp with a ms. ‘A.E. Jennings’, as the sender. 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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PRESIDENT FRANKLIN DELANO ROOSEVELT (JANUARY 30, 1882-APRIL 12, 1945)

This simple cover, addressed in what is suggestive of a child’s hand, is addressed to President Roosevelt or His Secretary, America. U.S.A. and the green 1d KGV Head stamp plus the red 2d Submarine Cable stamp are postmarked ULVERSTONE/ -4 MY 36/ TAS, which is a common postmark. There is a blue crayon ‘6/3' in a circle of no known significance (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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REV. RAYNOR, WARDEN CHRIST’S COLLEGE, HOBART, HELLENIC STUDIES, PHILATELIST

The ‘On Public Service only’ cover was addressed to The Revd P.E. Raynor, Christ’s College, Hobart had a black duplex HOBART/ NO ( )/ 89/ TASMANIA postmark, overlying a red EDUCATION DEPARTMENT/ [Lion, Crown & Unicorn]/TASMANIA/ FRANK STAMP. On the flap there was a printed red GOVERNMENT OF TASMANIA seal, similar to that of the Frank Stamp. The remainder of the reverse was not seen (Figure 1).


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RUPERT FORBES-BENTLEY, DECORATED WWI ENGLISH AIRMAN, in MALTA

Covers addressed to Forbes-Bentley have been seen on several websites and he was found to be an early English flier, a decorated airman in World War I, as well as a stamp collector, who made a new life in Malta. The first seen was a 1930 airmail cover from Victoria with the green 3d airmail stamp and the red 1½d Centenary of Western Australia swan stamp. It was addressed to Mr. R. Forbes-Bentley, Birchircara, Malta, and the reverse was not seen not seen (Figure 1).


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S. ORLO-SMITH, PHILATELIST, MASONIC LODGE PRESIDENT, &THEOSOPHIST.

This S. Orlo-Smith Australian POST CARD is the earliest I have seen and it has a printed red 1d stamp of King Edward VII? or King George V?, and it has a roller cancel from Victoria, but the date is not visible. It is addressed to S OrloSmith (with no hyphen) 46 Park Street, St. Kilda, and the reverse was not seen.  An enlargement of the printed red 1d stamp is shown, overlying the lower left side of the cover. (Figure 1).


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SIR WILLIAM BEILBY AVERY , PHILATELIST & SCALES MERCHANT, U.K.

The registered cover is addressed to W.B. Avery Esqre, Apsley House, Wellington Road, Birmingham, England and a ms. registration number‘3116' and a crossed out address, are in a blue crayon. The lilac 8d ‘Lyre Bird’ stamp of N.S.W. is postmarked REGISTERED/ B/ MR 26/ 95/ SYDNEY N.S.W, and there is a black handstamp of an ‘R’ in an oval. There is a red reception postmark of REGISTERED/ LONDON/ A/ 29 APR 95/ 28 (Figure 1).


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W. BRETTSCHNEIDER, PHILATELIST & STAMP DEALER to THOMAS W. WILLMAN

The registered cover was sent from W. Brettschneider, Melbourne, Victoria to Thomas W. Willman, William Str, Bathurst, Sydney (sic), N.S.W. It had 2 stamps of Victoria, a rosine 2½d and a purple-brown 5d, and there were 3 large ‘R’ cancellations, as well as red ‘REGISTERED’, and a circular REGISTERED/ V/ MY 11/ 93/ MELBOURNE (Figure 1).


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W.H. SCHMALZ, MAYOR, BERLIN ONTARIO, PHILATELIST, BUSINESS MAN

The postcard was addressed to W.H. Schmalz Esqre, Secretary, Economical Insurance Co., Berlin, Ontario, Canada and it had a blue 2½d ‘Swan’ stamp of Western Australia with 2 cancellations, a duplex PERTH/ 1/ AP 10/ 01/ W-A with a barred obliterator GPO/ D, as well as a SHIP MAIL ROOM/ 1/ AP 10/ 01/ PERTH. WA (Figure 1).


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WILLIAM REEVE RUNDELL, DISTINGUISHED AUSTRALIAN PHILATELIST

The self-addressed cover had a rose 1d ‘Postage’ 1901 Die 1stamp of Victoria cancelled with a P.P./ MELBOURNE/ JA 29/01, as well as another strike of the Parcel Post postmark, and it was addressed to Mr W.R. Rundell, G.P.O., Melbourne, 29/1/01, a Rundell First Day Cover, stated to be unique. The reverse was not seen (Figure 1).


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WILLIAM ACKLAND, LEADING MELBOURNE STAMP DEALER’S CATALOGUES

It is not surprising that considerable incoming and outgoing mail exists for Australian stamp dealers, particularly for William Ackland. This mail would be partly for the consignment of stamps, but also for the dissemination of catalogues. In addition to Ackland, the names of Fred Hagen and J.H. Smyth are commonly seen. William Ackland (1872-1953) was the senior charter member of the Australian Stamp Dealers’ Association (A.S.D.A.) who operated a stamp business in Melbourne since 1892 for 60 years, and he accumulated a wealth of knowledge and experience which he shared with his customers, philatelists and fellow dealers. In the 1920s he began regular publication of priced catalogues to advertise his stock. His outgoing mail was characterised by the handstruck purple oval WM. ACKLAND/ STAMP IMPORTER (Figure 1).


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