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1939 Occupied Poland Red Cross to Hungary

German 5 pfg Hindenburg PS card with added 10 pfg; red h/s 'Polski Czerwony Krzyz Okreg Krakowski' (Polish Red Cross, Krakow); cancelled Krakow 2 December 1939; Visegrad, Hungary arrival cds 9 December 1939; small faults to lower corner but a nice Red Cross item

Reference: 1079
France Red Cross 1945 censored

4fr Dulac issue + 4 x 50c 1944 'broken chains' issue; cancelled with Chaumont s/r cds, 24 August 1945, to Geneva; fine Red Cross cachet of Chaumont; opened by censor and re-sealed with oval 'Ouvert' h/s code LYY; on reverse code number 590 but no b/s

Reference: 1057
GB KGVI Red Cross 1942

KGVI 2½d blue cancelled London m/c d/s 12 October 1942 to Worsley, Manchester with large 5cm circular red cachet "British Red Cross & St John War Organisation"; on reverse handstamp "if undelivered please forward to Foreign Relations Department, British Red Cross of Order of St John"; some wear due to age but scarce wartime Red Cross

Reference: 961
France 1st Red Cross Issue 1914

5c Sower + 2 x 10c+5c Red Cross stamp (SG 351,YT 146) neatly cancelled CLERMONT-FERRAND CENTRAL, PUY DE DOME 14 October 1915, to London; early in WW1, no b/s; envelope flap missing

Reference: 965
Austrian Red Cross to Danish POW Agency

Rough paper envelope marked 'Portofrei' in m/s, to the Danish Red Cross POW agency; cancelled with d/r bridged cds Kufstein, Tyrol, 1 April 1917; Red Cross h/s "Freuen-Zweig-Verein/Kufstein"; triangular censor h/s "Zensur Abteillung, Wien"; seal on reverse "Geschlossen von d. Zensur d. GZNB"

Reference: 904
Sweden 1945 Red Cross censored to GB

20 July 1945 King's Head issues 5, 2 x 10, 15 øre + 20 øre Red Cross commemorative, cancelled Stockholm machine d/s, opened by Censor & resealed with PC90 tape Examiner 1293, & added in MS 2055, airmail to Middlesbrough, no b/s, attractive immediate post war item

Reference: 568
Netherlands Red Cross issue 1953 FDC

Red Cross issue of 5 values 1953 (SG 769-773) on illustrated First Day envelope 24 August, with pictorial red cross cancellations, s'Gravenhage to Sheffield, neat clean Red Cross item

Reference: 560
USA RED CROSS & OPERATION DEEP FREEZE 1957

plain envelope marked 'Via Air Mail' with 1c Washington, 1931 2c Red Cross stamp & 3c Fort Ticondaroga pictorial, all cancelled 'Pole Station Antarctica U.S.N.' 1 March 1957, with slogan 'US Navy Operation Deep Freeze' to Beverly Hills: an unusual combination

Reference: 541
NORWAY MULTI-FRANKED COVER WITH RED CROSS LABEL

Posthorn design 5 x 1, 5 x 2, 5 x 3 øre + 10 & 20 øre (total 60 øre) cancelled with Oslo slogan d/s to Liverpool 13 December 1951(?) with added Norway Red Cross label, no b/s; a spectacular franking

Reference: 510
DUTCH EAST INDIES CENSORED RED CROSS ENVELOPE 1940

lightweight airmail envelope inscribed 'NED.-IND, ROODE KRUIS BATAVIA' in red, franked with Dutch E.I. Wilhelmina 35c violet cancelled Batavia 24 December 1940, to the Red Cross Geneva; MS 'By KLM to Iraq'; Dutch censor label 'Door Censuur Geofen', sealed front and reverse with circular 'Roode Kruis' cachet in red; a spectacular Red Cross item before the WW2 Japanese Occupation

Reference: 414
AIR RACE HOLLAND TO CHRISTCHURCH NEW ZEALAND 1953

Decorative illustrated envelope from Holland for the Christchurch Air Race 8 October 1953, franked with 5 Red Cross issues, 25c special air stamp & 5c Juliana issue (SG 769-773, 790a, 684), cancelled Eindhoven 29 September 1953 and with special cachet for the event; on reverse Christchurch arrival d/s 11 October 1953; violet h/s on front 'Retour à l'Expéditeur'

Reference: 365
BRITISH RED CROSS SOCIETY FIRST-AID MANUAL 1939

Small pocket-sized hardback, British Red Cross Society First-Aid Manual No 1 by St J D Buxton, 8th edition, Cassells 1939, 340pps indexed, very detailed with instructions and illustrations of how to deal with many situations (ex Manchester Casualty Service); slight wear to spine but in good sound condition (marked in the introduction where a name has been crossed out): (postage GB 1st £3.50, 2nd £3.00, abroad £5.00)

Reference: 351
BOOK RED CROSS INTERNATIONAL

Hardback work 'Red Cross International & the Strategy of Peace' by James Avery Joyce, Hodder & Stoughton 1959, 270pps with dust jacket, many illustrations, indexed, wth summary of the Geneva Conventions: a centenary history of the organisation since its foundation by Henri Dunant after the terrible carnage at the Battle of Solferino 24 June 1859: (postage GB 1st £3.50, 2nd £3.00, abroad £9.00)

Reference: 350
AMERICAN RED CROSS IN GERMANY 1919

American Red Cross Post Card cancelled US Army Post Office 729, with a large purple 'eagle' cachet 'AEF Passed & Censored' & in MS 'Soldiers Mail', Landsholm to Middlesbrough 19 March 1919, on a vignette postcard of American troops sat on a truck: not seen by me before and a fine Red Cross item

Reference: 339
CANADA METER MARK WITH RED CROSS MOTIF 1952

Mexican picture postcard with Canada bi-lingual 2 cents meter mark and illustrated slogan 'Help the Red Cross' Ottawa 31 March 1952; text refers to Scout camps

Reference: 310
AUSTRIAN RED CROSS WINDOW ENVELOPE FOR INTERNEES

Window envelope for official use by the Austrian Red Cross, Vienna c1941 with red cross motif and handstamp 'Service des Internés', endorsed for free franking (Gebührenfrei), all in red; no backstamps

Reference: 309
SWITZERLAND RED CROSS

Unfranked plain postal card from Lausanne to Zurich, handstamped IMPRIMÉS, with Red Cross slogan roller datestamp, and good strike of the large violet cachet "Bureau International Féministe de Renseignements / en faveur des victimes de la Guerre/ Recherche des Refugiés / OFFICIEL Lausanne" with violet cross in centre; an uncommon cachet and on reverse the text of a particular enquiry and the details of the service 26 September 1916

Reference: 201
BELGIUM: 1954 AIRMAIL COVER TO USA WITH RED CROSS STAMP.

1954 airmail cover to Cleveland, Ohio with the stamps cancelled by partial ST. NIKLAAS postmarks dated 12.1.54.

Reference: 285H
AUSTRO-HUNGARY: 1916 REPLY-HALF RED CROSS POW POSTCARD.

1916 reply-half postcard from an Austrian prisoner of war in a camp in Russia. There are Austrian and Russian Red Cross cachets, a Russian censor mark and a blue pencil mark from a postmaster to all it to go freepost!

Reference: 264H
USA: 1948 COMMEMORATIVE AIRMAIL COVER PARTLY VIA HELICOPTER WITH RED CROSS SLOGAN PMKS ON REVERSE

1948 commemorative airmail cover with the stamp cancelled by a BIG BEAR LAKE CALIF machine postmark dated 11.MAR.1948.
On the reverse there are NEW YORK and SAN BERNARDINO CALIF Red Cross slogan postmarks and a SAN BERNARDINO CALIF postmark

Reference: 259H
USA

Small envelope headed American Red Cross Service Club, with MS endorsement APO 519 c/o Postmaster, New York City, datestamped Salisbury 20 November 1942, censored with sealing strip marked Examiner 861: with contents, being a neat typed letter, and 3 photographs of Dick Gardner in uniform. In fine clean condition save for a small tear to the flap on reverse. A scarce World War Two Red Cross memento, which has survived intact and almost pristine.

Reference: 113
DENMARK: 1945 REGISTERED AIRMAIL COVER TO SWITZERLAND.

1945 registered airmail cover from Copenhagen to Basel with SG 322-3 (Child Welfare), SG 338 (Red Cross), SG 342 (Romer), 332g (King's Head) and SG 298 + 307 (Parcel Post) cancelled by KOBENHAVN postmarks dated 10.10.45.

Reference: 005H