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AFTERMATH OF BELIZE G.P.O. FIRE (MY 30 1909), British Honduras postal history
1909 printed advertising cover to St. Louis, Missouri with KE7 5c x 2 pmk'd temporarily supplied BELIZE NEW RIVER SERVICE E/JU 18 09, alongside newly supplied registration etiquette No.217 (current ERD of use JU 14 09).

AFTERMATH OF BELIZE G.P.O. FIRE, British Honduras postal history
The Post Office was without handstamps and registration labels after the fire of 30 May 1909. This “used elsewhere” cover with printed United Fruit Company, Puerto Barrios, Guatemala is addressed Las Cascades, Canal Zone, Republic Panama and has temporary supplied use of the BELIZE NEW RIVER SERVICE cds dated E/JU 11 09 tying KE7 1c x 6, 2c x 2 (10c rate) with manuscript “R 143” (a new boxed registration etiquette known 3 days later (JU 14 09, Dr. Matheson ERD).

BAHAMAS postal history (Ex LUDINGTON)
1884 printed Royal Victoria Hotel, Nassau cover to New Haven, New York with Chalon QV 4d rose P.12 (SG.41) tied "B" obliterator showing framed SHIP landed Norfolk, Virginia with handstruck DUE appended 4 (2c ship + 2c delivery to New York), reverse clear strikes A/BAHAMAS/JA 29 84, New York Transit FEB 5 84, New Haven N.Y. FEB 6 1884, an interesting 6 full sides letter on 3 illustrated hotel pages included, top folds partially severed on opening. Ex LUDINGTON.

MAIL FROM THE PROLIFIC FORGER Raoul De Thuin, British Honduras postal history
1939 reg. printed address cover with previously unseen Belize's French Stores, DE THUIN, PAZ & Co., P.O. Box 206, Belize sender address to Monsieur T. Allen, 5 Blake Hall Road, Wanstead, London E11 re-directed Frinton-on-Sea with KGV 10c pmk'd 2 FE 39 being just one of numerous printed address aliases used by the prolific stamp forger Raoul de Thuin to circumvent the spotting by the U.S. Post Office of his fraudulent activities to particular persons or firms (full details in BWISC Journal under article headed Around The Caribbean 7). Further research shows that the cover is addressed to the famous Tommy Allen, who did live at both Wanstead and Frinton-on-Sea. ALLEN, Thomas 1895-1984. Originally dealer in British Colonial rarities, who with Charles Nissen purchased, in 1936, the Perkins Bacon stock and records; most of the records were afterwards acquired by RPSL. Council Member RPSL. Curator of its forgery collection, 1954-67. Member of Expert Committee, for whom he reorganised their vast quantity of reference photographs. A philatelist of wide experience, he was a member of the Executive Committee for the London International Exhibition 1960, and served on the jury at FIPEX, New York 1956.
De Thuin (born Belgium 1890, died Guayaguil Ecuador 1975) started his philatelic “work” as early as 1916 leading to a shop in Brussels in 1927. He entered Mexico in 1931 on the run from French and Belgian police who wanted him for forgery. He was expelled from Mexico for setting up a forgery ring and moved to Tegucigalpa, Honduras where he was jailed and expelled in 1936, and then lived in Belize until moving back to Mexico in 1941 where he settled until 1968 when he moved to his wife’s home in Guayaguil. He specialised in forging overprints of Central and South American countries, especially Mexico, turning common stamps into rarities. “The Yucatan Affair” published by The American Philatelic Society illustrates his fabrications on much of the 523 pages. He is quoted as saying that “I have no conscience at all at having deceived all those foolish people. They are just fanatics who neglect their families for their passion.”

"Lumber Camp" War Mail to the BRITISH HONDURAS Forestry Unit (BHFU) in Scotland
1942 reg. cover to Felipe Elijio Calderon, #686 Don's Camp, Brewichshire, Scotland with KG6 10c, 25c tied purple STANN CREEK M.O.B. temporary rubber datestamp dated 27 JAN 1942 with fine reg. etiquette, reverse Belize 28 JA and DUNS, BERWICKSHIRE 10 MR 42 arrival.

FIRST DAY with PREPAYMENT U.S. 3c green SUPPLIED NASSAU arrangement, Bahamas postal history
1878 cover to Boston, Massachusetts with QV Chalon 4d rose P.14 (torn through on opening) pmk'd "A05" in combination with U.S. Washington 3c green tied New York JAN 12 79 "2" duplex, reverse BAHAMAS DE 31 1878 despatch dbl-arc and Boston, Mass, Carrier JAN 13 arrival plus pencil address of sender staying at the Royal Victoria Hotel, Nassau.
As of JA 1 1879 and until Bahamas joined the UPU JY 1 1880 USA 3c green adhesives could be bought in Nassau by those who wished to prepay the USA internal postage on letters thus avoiding Postage Due on arrival. Only three other covers are currently recorded with prepaid Washington 3c green for MR xx 1879, MR 19 1879, DE 1 1879. A further seven covers are recorded with U.S. 3c brown Postage Dues added on arrival for SP 20 1879, JA 5 1880, FE 10 1880, MR 8 1880, MR 16 1880, MY 20 1880, JU 18 1880.

BAHAMAS postal history
1893 reg. cover to Geo. F. Jackson, Kings Norton, Birmingham with QV Ł1.00 Venetian red (SG.57) pmk'd "A05" showing red REGISTERED, NASSAU dated A/15 DE 93 and London reg. oval dated I/31 DE 93 alongside address panel, b/stamped reg. Birmingham oval A/JA 1 94 clear of missing flap.

1879 cover to The Hon. T.W.H. Dillet, Belize, Honduras with QV Chalon 4d rose tied "A05" showing JAMAICA/TRANSIT, Kingston I C/JA 22 79 and Belize FE 9 79 arrival, reverse b/stamped Bahamas JA 4 1879/B dbl-arc.

MASKALL BANK, British Honduras postmark on cover to Republic of Honduras
1929 opened-out reg. cover to La Ceiba, Republic Honduras from Peter Melnikov, Northern River with KGV 10c pmk'd at Belize 5 OC 29, wide display of transit cancels with handstruck mauve REBUT and AUSENTE finishing return journey with MASKALL BANK temporary rubber datestamp dated MAR 19 1930 (TDC-17, D2). A rare commercial cover.

MASKALL BANK, British Honduras postmark/cancel
1929 cover to Scotland with strip of six KGV 1c tied MASKALL BANK temporary rubber datestamps dated FEB 6 1929 (TDC-17, D2), right stamp with corner fault.

BAHAMAS postal history
1863 advertising cover for Trask & Zuberbier BUTTER, CHEESE & LARD to Monroe, Orange County, New York with pair QV Chalon 4d bright rose (SG.26) pmk'd "A05" and b/stamped BAHAMAS JU 6 1863/B dbl-arc.

Unique SMUGGLED Polignac, St. Vincent postal history
1861 entire without the customary "Per RMS Steamer" or despatch cds headed "St. Vincent 9th December 1861" to The Duke de Polignac, Paris with 2 x GB QV 6d lilac pmk'd "8" in diamond obliterator (triple 4d rate) and with upper flap showing London JA 2 1862 transit and Paris 3 JANV 62 arrival. The only Polignac as such.
Contents mention Calder and Argyle estates.

1861 cover to Mayfair, London with GB 6d pmk'd "A25" duplex dated A/MALTA/MY 17 61 showing London A 6/MY 22 61 arrival and forwarded to Wyck, Alton, Hampshire with GB QV 1d red pmk'd London W 11 duplex dated X/MY 23 61, b/stamped Alton MY 24 61 arrival. Ex Jakob von UEXKULL.
Such GB combination covers are seldom found and extremely rare, and do not exist for most countries and agencies that were supplied with GB stamps.

1890 cover to James S. Webster, Bodden Town, Grand Caymans c/o W.H.B. Hitchins, 2 Lower George Lane, Kingston endorsed Schr Electra with Jamaica QV 1d Keyplate pmk'd SHOOTERS HILL A/NO 14 90 and backstamped Kingston 3 D/NO 15 90 squared circle. Peripheral faults but exceptional for showing both forwarding agent for Cayman Islands mail and named mail boat.

ARROYO, Porto Rico carried "loose" to ST. THOMAS postal history (Ex Don Gaspar Roca)
1874 entire, written at Arroyo on July 11th 1874 has the correct 4d rate adhesive for mail to the British Postal Agency at St. Thomas, but was carried as a ‘loose’ letter (outside the mailbag) and was pmk’d ‘C51’ on arrival, no datestamp was applied probably due the letter originating elsewhere. The letter was then carried from St. Thomas to New York by the U.S. and Brazil Mail Steamship Company, the only line serving New York and Brazil during this period. The line was viewed by the British Government as an intruder on the British monopoly over mail service to and from Brazil, and was consequently driven out of business by heavy British government subsidies to the Royal Mail Steam Packet Company. Ex Don Gaspar ROCA (2006).
Entires from the British Postal Agency at Arroyo, opened 24th October 1872, are seldom encountered with the GB adhesives pmk’d ‘F83’. The few surviving covers are divided into two groups, those initially cancelled by round top ‘3’ in the ‘F83’ and those with a replacement flat top ‘3’ sent out 31st August 1876 due a fire.

Unique forced registration "Supposed to contain coin/REGISTRATION FEE 6D", Queensland postal history
1871 interrupted mail cover with 2 x QV 3d greenish grey pmk'd "Q.L" and tied BRISBANE 4/NO 1 71 paying the 6d rate via Southampton to Cambridge Heath, London, h/stamped champhered corners boxed "Supposed to contain coin/REGISTRATION FEE 6D." with further QV 6d yellow-green affixed and tied "Q.L", London registration cds and oval dated JA 29 72 plus red crayon "1/-" confirming full postage paid. Ex Geoffrey MANTON.

QUEENSLAND forwarded NEW SOUTH WALES to TASMANIA, twice inter-colonial rate postal history
1880 cover with QUEENSLAND QV 2d pale blue pmk'd "59" with supporting TOWNSVILLE NO 17 1880 despatch to Mrs. Mowbray Gray, c/o Henry Hicks, Punch Office, Sydney routed through Brisbane NO 25, on arrival re-addresssed to the Rev. Claude Roberts, Woodrising, Latrobe, Tasmania with pair NEW SOUTH WALES QV 1d orange to scarlet pmk'd Sydney NO 30 80, parts of flap removed clear of LATROBE DEC 6 80 arrival. A very rare combination.

The GOVERNMENT OF ST. VINCENT Crowned Circle cover to DENMARK, St. Vincent postal history
1865 unique O.H.M.S. cover to Copenhagen, Denmark with spectacular GOVERNMENT OF ST. VINCENT embossed flap showing two strikes of the red ink PAID AT ST. VINCENT crowned circle (latest use) with SAINT-VINCENT A/JU 06 66 despatch cds alongside, reverse 30 6 arrival. A wonderful exhibition item.

Wreck of S.S. "WINDSOR CASTLE" OC 19 1876 (Donald Currie Line), CAPE OF GOOD HOPE postal history
1876 clean cover to the Reverend W. Holford, Grahamstown with GB QV 6d grey Plate 15 pmk'd London "85" duplex dated 5/SP 16 76 with CAPE TOWN P/OC 20 76 arrival alongside, reverse with GRAHAMS TOWN OC 25 76 clear of missing flap.
The "Windsor Castle" sailed from Dartmouth on 23rd September 1876 and hit rocks between 2 and 3am on 19th October off Dassen Island while approaching Cape Town. A Lt. Melville and a Mr Searle, after a most unpleasant journey, reached Cape Town at about 9pm with the news of the wrecked mail steamer. The "Florence" was despatched to the scene of the wreck, but due strong winds was unable to get out of the harbour until 4.15am, sighted the masts of the Windsor at 7am, and cast anchor at Dassen Island at 8am where the 160 passengers had assembled taking up a Robinson Crusoe kind of existence in tents rigged up from sails amongst heaps of saved baggage, boxes, gun cases and 70 to 80 mailbags. The "Florence" left at 1pm with the first of the survivors arriving at Cape Town at 6pm. Seven or eight feet of rock had ripped through the bottom and the ship broke up in heavy swells within a week. The rescued mail was postmarked at Cape Town on 20th October 1876.

PAID-ONLY TO ENGLAND, Malta postal history
1872 cover front to New York City, USA with QV 6d Plate 11 pmk'd A/MALTA/JU 13 72 "A25" duplex with superb 2-line "PAID-ONLY/TO ENGLAND" showing the "5(d)" shortfall for 11d rate in black, red London Paid JU 24 72 transit.
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