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1918 Kingstonian shipwreck, ex Palestine - The steamer ‘Kingstonian’ was torpedoed by the German submarine U-68 on 11 April 1918 in the Mediterranean while sailing from Alexandria to Marseilles. Badly damaged she was towed into Sardinia where the mail, about a fortnights correspondence from Egypt and the Palestinian Front, was offloaded. On leaving Sardinia, the ‘Kingstonian’ was again torpedoed, this time by the German submarine U-48, and was sunk. Recovered mails were given either a cachet, label or a manuscript explanatory marking. In total, nineteen different ones have been recorded. This water damaged Australian Y.M.C.A. cover  has a violet boxed DAMAGED BY IMMERSION / IN SEA WATER cachet. An ARMY POST OFFICE SZ27 21 MR 18 datestamp is on the front of the cover. This A.P.O. was in GAZA, PALESTINE, at that time.
1918 Kingstonian shipwreck, ex Palestine
The steamer ‘Kingstonian’ was torpedoed by the German submarine U-68 on 11 April 1918 in the Mediterranean while sailing from Alexandria to Marseilles. Badly damaged she was towed into Sardinia where the mail, about a fortnights correspondence from Egypt and the Palestinian Front, was offloaded. On leaving Sardinia, the ‘Kingstonian’ was again torpedoed, this time by the German submarine U-48, and was sunk. Recovered mails were given either a cachet, label or a manuscript explanatory marking. In total, nineteen different ones have been recorded. This water damaged Australian Y.M.C.A. cover has a violet boxed 'DAMAGED BY IMMERSION / IN SEA WATER' cachet. An ARMY POST OFFICE SZ27 21 MR 18 datestamp is on the front of the cover. This A.P.O. was in GAZA, PALESTINE, at that time.
£250.00
Reference: K3356

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1943 Palestine / Cyprus - 1943 censored envelope to Cyprus franked with three 5 Mils machine cancels with a JERUSALEM datestamp at the upper left. The cover was opened and resealed by the censor with tape at the left. It arrived at Nicosia on 30 June and Famagusta 1 July. The envelope was then sent back to Palestine with a 2p stamp affixed to the front over the original address and cancelled FAMAGUSTA 9 JUL 43. It was resealed again with more tape added at the left, so presumably censored again. A very fine and unusual returned cover.
1943 Palestine / Cyprus
1943 censored envelope to Cyprus franked with three 5 Mils machine cancels with a JERUSALEM datestamp at the upper left. The cover was opened and resealed by the censor with tape at the left. It arrived at Nicosia on 30 June and Famagusta 1 July. The envelope was then sent back to Palestine with a 2p stamp affixed to the front over the original address and cancelled FAMAGUSTA 9 JUL 43. It was resealed again with more tape added at the left, so presumably censored again. A very fine and unusual returned cover.
£400.00
Reference: K2061

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1927 Palestine - 1927 picture post card (General view of Bethlehem) to Germany, bearing a 2m and 5m tied by a good strike of the T.P.O. DOWN JERUSALEM – HAIFA  11 AUG 27 datestamp.
1927 Palestine
1927 picture post card (General view of Bethlehem) to Germany, bearing a 2m and 5m tied by a good strike of the T.P.O. DOWN JERUSALEM – HAIFA 11 AUG 27 datestamp.
£195.00
Reference: K1735

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1919 Palestine - 1919 unstamped picture post card to Glasgow, endorsed on the back O.A.S. with a fine strike of the O.E.T.A.-E.E.F. HAIFA 8 OC 19 datestamp.
1919 Palestine
1919 unstamped picture post card to Glasgow, endorsed on the back 'O.A.S.' with a fine strike of the O.E.T.A.-E.E.F. HAIFA 8 OC 19 datestamp.
£95.00
Reference: K1716

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