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1944 incoming censored envelope from Germany addressed to a P.O.W. at Up Park Camp, with two censor strikes on the front, one a violet octagonal 'Crown / Passed / D. 5', the other an oval 'INTERNMENT CAMP / CHECKED No. 2 / JAMAICA', also in violet. On the back is German censor tape a red cachets. A fine item of incoming censored mail.
1857 outer wrapper used internally from St. Anns Bay to Alexandria, with a manuscript '4' charge mark on the front. On the back are ST. ANNS BAY AU 23, BROWNS TOWN AU 28, and DRY-HARBOUR AU 28 transit and ALEXANDRIA AU 28 1857 arrival cancels.
1791 folded letter to Madeira dated March 20 1791 that was sent privately to London with a notation at the upper left “Try Mr Gordon, Percy Street or Jamaica Coffee House”. A manuscript 1/1 charge is on the front of the letter along with a PORTMOUTH SHIP-LRE handstamp. On the back of the letter is a Bishop mark of 2 June and a Madeira receiving manuscript notation for 8 July 1791. An interesting item using a Coffee House as a forwarding agent.
1821 folded letter to France, written from Kingston and dated 8th January 1821. A manuscript 3/4' rate is on the front of the letter along with a fine strike of the rare circular JAMAICA PAID JA 9 821 datestamp. (Proud PD4 – value x 4,000) At the lower right is a red tombstone 'PAID 3 MR', applied at London, and a straight line 'Angleterre'. A very rare item in fine condition.
1843 (5th August) stampless outer wrapper to the U.S. Charge d'Affairs, Bogota, endorsed “Care of the U. S. Consul Cartagena”, carried on the ship “Corrina” with an endorsement at the lower left. A “Forwarded by R. M. Harrison, U.S. Consul, Kingston, Jamaica.” is on the back of the wrapper and a red oval 'CARTAGENA DEBE' and red '4' postage due handstamps are on the front. Due to THE GREAT FIRE OF KINGSTON, which started in an iron foundry at noon on the 26th of August and destroyed a considerable part of the city, with over 30 blocks being demolished, regular forwarding agents were put out of action, but the U.S. Consul was able to forward mail.
1801 (1st Nov) folded letter to Glasgow from Kingston, with a manuscript “pr Eliz. Packet” at the lower left, and a 2/2d charge mark on the front. There is an arrival DEC 29 1801 datestamp and a fine large oval framed 'PD' handstamp in purple. This handstamp (Proud PD 2) was, until this letter was found, only known in black ink, and there are only one or two known. This purple handstamp is unique. An exceptionally fine and rare item.
1902 picture post card (Hut scene) to Crickhowell, South Wales, franked with a 1d pictorial cancelled CHESTER CASTLE 24 DE 02. A half oval 'TOO LATE' cachet is at the lower left of the card. (Proud Type 16) Uncommon.
1850 entire letter to New York endorsed “Crescent City” addressed to the Mexican Vice Consul, with a good strike of the two line JAMAICA / SHIP LETTER. A red KINGSTON JAMAICA OC 11 1850 'A' datestamp is on the front of the letter (Proud D8, only recorded used between July 1849 and October 1852) along with a manuscript red '4' denoting the amount prepaid, and a New York circular '10' arrival charge mark. Fine.
1822 entire letter headed 'Green Island' to Edinburgh with, on the back, a good strike of the very rare straight line GREEN - ISLAND / JA handstamp. This (Proud PS4) handstamp was only recorded used between September 1821 and July 1822 and Proud rates it at 4000 points. A Jamaica 6 JY fleuron cancel is on the back of the entire, on the front is an arrival cancel of AUG 16 1822. The contents of the letter deal with estate matters. A very rare Jamaica item.
1842 entire letter to Devon, England, with two strikes of the red JAMAICA PAID SP 22 1842 and a fine LACOVIA SP 20 1842 circular datestamp. Foster records this as 'unique', which is debatable considering it was in use for 10 years! Still extremely scarce though.
1903 registered envelope to the U.S.A. franked with a ½d, 3d and 1d, paying the 4½d rate (2½d postage and 2d registration) cancelled by oval JAMAICA REGISTERED MY 12 03 datestamps. A New York MY 19 transit c.d.s. is on the back.
1814 large part outer wrapper to London with an oval SHIP LETTER JAMAICA with crown in the centre, and a similar SHIP LETTER PORTSMOUTH cachets on the front. A 25 MA 1814 receiving cancel is on the reverse.
1917 picture post card to Holland franked with a 1d tied by a KINGSTON OC 13 1917 roller canceller. A violet boxed 'PASSED BY NAVAL CENSOR' with the initials of the censor inside has been applied at the left. Two Australian warships, the H.M A..S, Melbourne and H.M.A.S. Sydney, were deployed to the West Indies early in the war and it was from one of these vessels that this censor handstamp was applied.
1954 1d post card cancelled PLYMOUTH FE 8 54. At the base of the card is an arrival c.d.s. of the very scarce SHERWOOD CONTENT FE 9 54.
1893 ½d newspaper wrapper to Hull, England, with an additional ½d added to pay the 1d overseas rate, indistinctly cancelled. On the reverse are Hull OC 4 93 cancels.
1883 envelope to England bearing a pair of 2d tied by 'A01' barred numeral obliterators with a Kingston JA 10 83 c.d.s. below. A Birmingham FE 5 83 arrival datestamp is on the reverse, Fine.
1863 folded letter to England bearing a strip of three 2d, cancelled by 'A71'¯ barred obliterators with a RODNEY HALL 1863 MR 10 datestamp alongside. On the reverse are Kingston MR 10 transit and Bath MR 31 63 arrival cancels. A fine example of this scarce village cancellation.
1900 Leeward Islands 1d post card to Costa Rica with DOMINICA MY 10 00 cancels and a fine strike of the scarce JAMAICA TRANSIT handstamp, along with a KINGSTON 20 MY 00 datestamp, all on the front. Very fine.
1898 envelope to the USA bearing a 2½d cancelled PETERSFIELD 26 SEP 98. On the reverse is Kingston SP 27 transit and a New York 4 NOV 98 arrival cancel. This Petersfield datestamp was only in use between 1876 and 1902.
1895 envelope to London bearing a pair of 1d and a½d cancelled DUNCANS 29 AP 95. (Proud D2) On the reverse are Kingston AP 30 and London MY 6 95 transit and arrival cancels. Duncans is a small village in Trelawny Parish on the north west of Jamaica, about 9 miles from Montego Bay. An uncommon canceller.