Postal History of the 1908 Provisional Series - used in 1909 from January to June

1908



Galia & Oui-Oui

Cartephoto Gallia et Oui Oui après le coup de vent 29.3.1909. Source: coll. Frederic Petit

Maison de Béchade

Maison de Béchade source: coll. Frederic Petit

Tiby Hagen Ringdove Bay

Tiby Hagen at Ringdove Bay 1908. source: coll. Frederic Petit

Tiby Hagen as a young boy

Tiby Hagen 1894 - kid in front - photo thanks to Karen McClintock Ottawa (Tiby was her great uncle)

Tiby Hagen (back center) family photo

Tiby Hagen (back center) family photo - photo thanks to Karen McClintock Ottawa (Tiby was her great uncle)



And here a small advertisement of Corneille Cliquet in the Paris philatelic paper "Le Timbre-poste" in 1908 and 1910.
C. Cliquet

Corneille Cliquet advertisement in "Le Timbre-Poste", 1908

C. Cliquet

Corneille Cliquet advertisement in "Le Timbre-Poste", 1910



6 APRIL 1909:

You can look at other H.O.Steer cards in "1908 PH 1909 JUN-DEC" above with the date of 11 AUGUST 09.


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6 January 1909

Registered picture postcard to Noumea. Overpaid 5c as it was send as long message PPC but ib fact is a short message. Registration was 25c and long message 10c. ("SeSi" coll.)

6 January 1909
6 January 1909
12 January 1909

Letter from Port Vila to Sydney with the British 2d stamp paying the normal letter rate to Australia. Earliest known date of usage of this PCH type 7 English canceller, this one here is the variety "day before month". (Goron coll.)

12 January 1909

Letter from Port Vila postmaster Mr. Roy to Ewen's Stamp Weekly. Seen in Ewen's Stamp Weekly January 1909.

12 January 1909

Written by Postmaster Roy. Picture thanks to Steve Drewett stamps

19 January 1909

Letter from Port Vila to Sydney with the British 2d stamp paying the normal letter rate to Australia. The stamp is cancelled with PCH type 7. ("Aore" coll.)

12 January 1909
12 January 1909
12 January 1909
19 January 1909
31 January 1909

Letter written by postmaster Roy to the stamp dealer Fred Hagen at Sydney. Correct normal weight postage cancelled with PCH Type 7. (réf. Fréd. Petit, ex Jacques Merot coll.)

11 February 1909

British 1d on postcard to NSW, the 1d stamp tied with PCH type 5. The picture postcard depicting Solomon Islands natives. (Goron coll.) Written by Postmaster Roy.

11 February 1909

Monsieur Roy signed the card with the initials "P.M." under his signature: Thanks Sheryll, for the hint that this could mean "Postmaster"

11 February 1909

Postcard to Toulon France with correct 5c rate tied by PCH type 4. Cancelled Toulon 30-3-09 on arrival. A very early card with the French 1908 stamp. ("SeSi" collection)

11 February 1909
14 February 1909

Mixed frankings: 10c 1908 French and 1½d in English currency stamps on a letter to the German stamp and catalogue house Senf in Leipzig, tied with PCH type 5. Backstamped Leipzig arrival cds 28/3 09. ("SeSi" coll.)

31 January 1909
11 February 1909
11 February 1909
14 February 1909
2 March 1909

Picture postcard to Nouméa: Bignambo village Malekcula. French colonial long message postcard rate was 10c. The 10c stamp is cancelled with GK type PM2. Carried by PACIFIQUE on her way back to Sydney on her 4 Feb. - 21. Feb run. (coll. Fred Petit)

27 February 1909

40c or 4d overweight letter to England franked with 4x 10c French first overprints on New Caledonia without 'Condominium' on an 'On His Majesty's Service' envelope with the official seal embossed on the reverse of the envelope. Cancelled with PCH Type 7A with the FE in reverse as normally found on this cancel. Transit Sydney 8MR09 and Ipswich arrival on AP1809.
This cover is one of the very scarce ones which were not carried by the bigger mail steamers but by the "Union Commerciale" steamer SAINT LOUIS which arrived in Sydney on 6 March 1909. This day being a Saturday mail was processed on Monday 8 March.
SS MOLDAVIA left Sydney on 10 March 09 and arrived in Brindisi on 14 April when the letter would have travelled overland via Calais arriving in London on the 16 or 17 April for delivery in Ipswich the next day. ("JGI" collection)

2 March 1909

A British and French full set "Cliquet" cover. (Seen at a SPINK auction 2011) 2 March 1909

Reverse

2 March 1909

A British and French full set "Cliquet" cover. Backstamped Noumea 14 March 09 and Paris 27 April 09. (Blinco coll.)
Here is Jeff's write-up:
Transit and Delivery
The mail from New Hebrides was carried to Noumea by the French inter-island mail vessel (probably “Oui-Oui”) which arrived at Noumea on 14th March 1909 the same day as “Pacifique”. Mail from Sydney for New Hebrides mail was transshipped to “Oui-Oui”. This cover was carried to Sydney by the Messageries Maritimes steamer “Pacifique” which arrived on the 21st March 1909 and transferred directly the Messageries Maritimes main line steamer “Armand Behic” (Ligne T). The mail was further transshipped at Colombo to “Nera” (Ligne N) which arrived at Marseilles on 26thApril four days ahead of “Behic” (the Colombo connection was the manner of the Ligne T mail system since mid 1903). The cover has a Paris receival cancel for 27th April 1909.
2 March 1909

Reverse

14 February 1909
27 February 1909
2 March 1909
2 March 1909
9 March 1909

Mixed frankings: 10c 1908 French and 4d in English currency stamps on a registered letter to Washington, U.S.A., tied with PCH type 5. Backstamped Nouméa 14 -3 09, San Francisco May 8, 09 and Washington, DC May 18, 09. (71 days) (The sender made the reark on the reverse that there are four stamps on the cover). ("JGI" collection)

10 March 1909

Postcard to Nouméa with a long text, so the postcard rate is 10c. The text deals with the marriage of postmaster Roy's daughter. (Klinger coll.)

10 March 1909
9 March 1909
10 March 1909
12 March 1909

Mixed franking registered to Alger. Backstamped Alger 26 April 1909 on arrival. The blackened part of the sender imprint says Agent d'Affaires" Port-Vila, Représentation de Justice". The addressee Maurice Varnier [1851-1919] (and not J. Varnier) was Secrétaire General du Gouvernement in Alger. 75c postage - I have no idea how to explain this: registration fee was 25c, French colonial letterrate was 10c per 15 gr - maybe this was a very heavy letter needing 50c. (Réf.: Fréd Petit)

15 March 1909

"Set" cover to Switzerland. Image thanks to Soler y Llach Auctions, Spain.

27 March 1909

Registered letter to Paris with a complete set of the French 1908 issue. All stamps tied with real clear impressions of PCH type 7, the registration handstamp is PCH type R1. Backstamped Noumea 13-4/09 and Paris XV DISTRIBUTION 26-5/09. (Klinger coll.) The letter arrived in Sydney via Pacifique on 18-4-09, transhipped to Dumbea which departed same day. Transhipped again at Colombo on 06-5-09 to Ernest Simmons which arrived Marseilles 25-05-1909 & then overland to Paris for the 26-05-09. (Info thanks to Jeff Blinco)

27 March 1909

Registered letter to Paris with a complete set of the French 1908 issue. All stamps tied with real clear impressions of PCH type 7, the registration handstamp is PCH type R1. Backstamped Noumea 13-4/09 and Paris XV DISTRIBUTION 26-5/09. ( Image thanks to Auktionshaus Felzmann The letter arrived in Sydney via Pacifique on 18-4-09, transhipped to Dumbea which departed same day. Transhipped again at Colombo on 06-5-09 to Ernest Simmons which arrived Marseilles 25-05-1909 & then overland to Paris for the 26-05-09. (Info thanks to Jeff Blinco)

12 March 1909
15 March 1909
27 March 1909
27 March 1909
27 March 1909

Registered letter to Paris with a complete set of the French 1908 issue. All stamps tied with real clear impressions of PCH type 5, the registration handstamp is PCH type R1. Seen at a Lugdunum Auction

7 March 1909

Postcard from postmaster Roy to Noumea. 10c as French colonial postcard rate long message cancelled with GK type PM2. ("SeSi" coll.)

10 March 1909
31 March 1909

This is an interesting postcard. It has a short message, but because it was sent to a British colonial destination (Canada) it needed 10c (1d), not 5c - but it was not taxed.

31 March 1909
1 April 1909

Registered letter to Paris with two French 10c and an English 2½ stamp tied with the English Vila postmark. Image thanks to stamp dealer David Morrison. This must have been a double weight letter as colonial letter rate to France was 10c per 15 gr and registration was 25c.

27 March 1909
27 March 1909
31 March 1909
1 April 1909
5 April 1909

1908 French "set" cover to Noumea with very clear impressions of PCH type 7. ("SeSi" coll.)

5 April 1909

Small cover with a French 5c cancelled with PCH type 5 to Nicolas Hagen at Noumea. Backstamped Noumea 13 4 09. The Messageries Maritimes steamer PACIFIQUE arrived at Port Vila on about 7/8 April, made its trip through the islands and was back at Vila on about 11/12 April and returned to Noumea on 12/13 April and called at Sydney on 18 April. So this cover was most likely carried by the PACIFIQUE. (Klinger coll.)

5 April 1909

Registered cover to France, the total postage of 2/- 6p cancelled with Goyns/Klinger type PM2. Registration mark type NR1C. Backstamped Noumea 13 4 09. The Messageries Maritimes steamer PACIFIQUE arrived at Port Vila on about 7/8 April, made its trip through the islands and was back at Vila on about 11/12 April and returned to Noumea on 12/13 April and called at Sydney on 18 April. So this cover was most likely carried by the PACIFIQUE too. The Messageries Maritimes steamer DUMBEA left Sydney on 19 April and arrived in Marseilles on 29 Mai. This cover is backstamped on arrival in Auxerre on 26 Mai so I suppose that it was carried by train from Italy.
Postal rate to France in 1909 was French colonial letter rate 1d(10c) per 15g and registration fee was 2½d - so this letter must have been very heavy....
Image thanks to Bernard Laurant via Delcampe.

5 April 1909

Reverse

5 April 1909
5 April 1909
5 April 1909
5 April 1909

Cover to England, the British 2d stamp cancelled with PCH type 7. Backstamped Sydney May 10, Norwich June 14. The three N.S.W. 1d stamps were not necessary and paid no postage. They were simply present when the cover was mailed at Vila (But cancelled at Sydney. (Image and text from the Stan Jersey New Hebrides exhibition sheet.)

6 April 1909

Postcard written on S.S. "Tambo", maybe from a member of the crew who had this in these years very popular hobby of postcard collecting and exchanging. The French 10c stamp cancelled with PCH type 6, stamped Naauwpoort May 30 09, Port Elizabeth May 31 09, and on arrival Willowmore Ju 2 09. (Goron coll.)

6 April 1909
9 April 1909

Registered letter from Port Vila to Paris with the British 1d, 2d, 2½d, 5d and 6d stamps, backstamped at Noumea "13 4 09" in transit and backstamped at Paris on arrival "9 PARIS 9 / DISTRIBON 26 -5 09". (Klinger coll.) The letter arrived in Sydney via Pacifique on 18-4-09, transhipped to Dumbea which departed same day. Transhipped again at Colombo on 06-5-09 to Ernest Simmons which arrived Marseilles 25-05-1909 & then overland to Paris for the 26-05-09.(Info thanks to Jeff Blinco)

9 April 1909

Registered letter from Port Vila to Paris with the British 1d, 2d, 2½d, 5d and 6d stamps. ("Aore" coll.)

5 April 1909
6 April 1909
9 April 1909
9 April 1909
10 April 1909

Registered cover to Scotland, the total postage of 2/- cancelled with GK PM4. Must have been quite heavy as registration was 2½d and normal ½oz colonial rate 2d. (Image thanks to Empire Stamp Auctions

10 April 1909
10 April 1909

10c on a cover to Tampon, Réunion. Cancelled with type 5. Taxed 20c in Tampon. Seen at a 2006 Lugdunum Philatelie auction.

10 April 1909

1d, 2d and 6d stamps on a letter to U.S.A., cancelled with PCH type 7. Backstamped Sydney registered AP 19 09, London 09MY10 and New York 6-2-09 and Newark June 8 09. Seen at the Dec. 2007 Lugdunum, France, auction.

11 April 1909

A 1908 British set cancelled with PCH type 4 on a cover to Sydney. We see a 1/- multiple crown CA watermark stamp. Written to a member or a passenger of the Messageries Maritimes ship "Pacifique". I'm not so sure if POM is the not so fine name the Oz's gave the Britishers. ("Mele" coll.)

11 April 1909

A 1908 10c French stamp cancelled with PCH type 5 on a picture postcard to Madame M. Ratzel in Kouaoua, New Caledonia. Mr. Nicolas Ratzel was a well known Geometer in New Caledonia from 1894 to 1939. ("Klinger" coll.)

11 April 1909

Vila 9 avril 1909
Chère Madame
Votre gentille carte m'a beaucoup fait plaisir. Merci. Vous me demandez si je me plais aux Hébrides. Hélas le pays est bien triste, pas de distractions. suis seule comme jeunes filles maintenant depuis que Zazi est Madame, en attendant moi de le devenir mais l'oiseau ici est rare en ce moment. Je ne l'ai pas encore trouvé peut être fera t'il bientôt son apparition un de ces jours. Envoyez moi chère madame une photo de vos deux jolis gosses çà me fera plaisir. Embrassez les très fort pour moi. Je pense très souvent à la jolie ... Que je voudrais l'avoir ici pour chasser mes interminables idées noires. Votre bonne petite amie.
Signature
Picture side:
Grand quai situé un peu en face de la maison sur lequel nous allons bavarder le soir au clair de lune.
(Transscript thanks to "SeSi")

10 April 1909
10 April 1909
11 April 1909
11 April 1909
11 April 1909

Registered cover to Paris with the correct Frech registered rate 35c cancelled with PCH type 5. Backstamped Nouméa 13-4 and Paris distribution 26-5 09. ("SeSi" coll.)

11 April 1909

Cover to France, the 10c stamp is cancelled with PCH type 4. Backstamped Noumea 13 04 09 and on arrival NICE ARRIVEE 26 05 09. (Ruecker coll.)

11 April 1909

French 10c (x4), British 1d and 2d (x2) stamps on a cover to Australia ( Fred Hagen Ltd.). Cancelled with PCH type 5. ("Mele" coll.)

12 April 1909

1F 25c on a cover to the Stamp Company Burger in New York. Backstamped Sydney 23AP09, London registered 28MY09 and London 29MY09. (Klinger coll.)

11 April 1909
11 April 1909
11 April 1909
12 April 1909
14 April 1909

Registered letter from Port Vila to Germany, Koetzschenbroda near Dresden, the name of the collector was Julius Kinze. The British 1d, 2d, 2½d,5d and 6d are cancelled with PCH type 5 ("SeSi" collection)

14 April 1909

Nearly identical Kinze cover - seen at Ebay in May 2015.

14 April 1909

A similar cover seen at the December 2006 auction of Bertrand Sinais, Paris.

14 April 1909

Another Kinze Koetzschenbroda cover has been cut apart. (seen at Ebay)

14 April 1909
14 April 1909
14 April 1909
14 April 1909
22 April 1909

Registered cover to Nouméa with the French 10c and the British 2½d stamp paying the correct rate to Nouméa: 10c for the cover and 25c for the registration. Cancelled with PCH type 5. Backstamped on arrival in Nouméa on May 4, 1909 ("SeSi" collection)

27 April 1909

Registered cover Germany taxed 10DPfg. The two French 10c stamps cancelled with PCH type 7. ("Mele" coll.)

22 April 1909
27 April 1909
3 May 1909

Registered letter to England written by postmaster Roy. The correct 2d letter rate and 2½d registration fee stamps are cancelled with PCH type 7.ct rate. Backstamped Sydney 27 October 1909 and Thornton-Heath 6 December 1909. ("Aore" coll.)

3 May 1909

Registered letter to Belgium with a complete French set. Seen in an internet auction in 2007.

7 May 1909

Letter to Germany using first issue French series tied by PCH type 5. Backstamped Nouméa, Nouvelle Calédonie, 11 Mai 09 and Napoli 18.6.09. ("JGI" coll.)

7 May 1909

Letter to Germany using first issue French series 5c, 10c x 2, 25c tied by PCH type 5. Travelled via Naples too. Correct rate as non colonial letter rate was 2½d or 25c and registration for French (or mixed) stamps used 25c. The Messageries Maritimes steamer PACIFIQUE Captain Chavin left Sydney on 29 April for New Caledonia and the New Hebrides. She left Noumea for the New Hebrides on 4 May. On her way back she left Noumea on May 12 4 p-m- and arrived at Sydney on 16 May. On 15 May the German Mail Ship SEYDLITZ (Norddeutscher Lloyd) left Sydney for Bremen. Mail would have been brought from Sydney to Melbourne or Brisbane maybe. She arrived at Naples on June 21 - so she's not good for this letter. So let's try R.M.S. OPHIR, Orient-Royal mail line (Captain A.J. Coad) left Sydney on 15 May too and departed Melbourne two hours earlier than the SEYDLITZ. She left Adelaide on 20 May, the Seydlitz on 21 May as she loaded far more cargo. OPHIR reached Colombo on 3 June, SEYDLITZ on 4 June in the evening. Hmmm, OPHIR was due at Naples on 20 June.... The express steamers ISIS and OSIRIS went to Brindisi, maybe the mails to Germany were processed in Naples. (Klinger coll. ex Goron coll.)

Next try with the help of Jeff Blinco, Perth:
Messageries Maritimes' steamer AUSTRALIEN, Captain F. Riquier, arrived in Sydney from Noumea on Monday, 3 May. The paquebot-annexe PACIFIQUE arrived in Sydney with mails from Noumea on 16 May. AUSTRALIEN left Sydney on 17 May to Marseilles via Adelaide, Freemantle, Colombo, Bombay, Aden, Suez, Port Said. She left Adelaide on 22 May and was due at Colombo on June 5, Bombay June 8, Aden June 15 and Marseilles June 25. She left Port Said in the afternoon of June 21 and arrived in Marseilles at 08:00 on Saturday June 26.
Now we know that mail was transhipped in Colombo from the Messageries Maritimes' New Caledonia line to the faster Yokohama "Ligne N" boats. So let's try the OCÉANIEN: 29 May Saigon and 25 June in Marseilles. She left Singapore on May 31. The STRAITS TIMES of 8 June writes that Messageries Maritimes mail which left Singapore on May 31 (with OCÉANIEN) was due in London on June 23. Given that the typical Mt. Cenis railway transport from Italy to London took 1 day this means that the OÉANIEN was too late for this letter either......

7 May 1909

Backstamped Noumea 11 May 1909 and Napoli (Naples) 18 June 09.

3 May 1909
3 May 1909
7 May 1909
7 May 1909
7 May 1909

Registered letter to Scotland with the 2 &frc12;d (registration fee) and 2d (letter rate) stamps cancelled with PCH type 7, backstamped at London and Edinburgh 21JU09 in transit, and at arrival in Alloa 10.30PM 21 JU 09. ("SeSi" collection)

8 May 1909

Postcard to Nouméa, to Bertrand Gubbay (born near Sydney on 28 April 1888, died on 5 July 1969 in New Caledonia - information thanks to Jeff Blinco, Australia). with PCH Type 5 on a 1908 French 5c stamp, which pays the correct postcard rate to New Caledonia. (Treadwell coll.)

8 May 1909
8 May 1909

Postcard to New Caledonia, the French 5c stamp cancelled with PCH type 5. ("Mele" coll.)

8 May 1909

Postcard to New Caledonia, the French 5c stamp cancelled with PCH type 5. ("Mele" coll.)

3 May 1909
7 May 1909
8 May 1909
8 May 1909
25 May 1909

Postcard to Chartres, France with correct 10c rate, tied by PCH type 5. (Goron coll.)

1 June 1909

Postcard addressed to Paris, the 5c stamp cancelled with PCH type 5. ("Mele" coll.)

1 June 1909

A postcard from Maurice Siméon to Kouang Tchéou Wan (China). The cancel is illegible. (Fred Petit coll.)

1 June 1909

reverse

1 June 1909

Siméon cachet

5 June 1909

Letter from Port Vila to Paris with two French 10c stamps, tied with PCH type 4, a very late legitimate use of this cancel, backstamped at Nouméa "8 Juin 09" in transit and at arrival in Alpes Maritimes (Nice) "28.7.09". (Yeomans coll.)

5 June 1909
25 May 1909
1 June 1909
1 June 1909
5 June 1909
5 June 1909

Registered to France. The date block of the Port Sandwich cancel is inverted but the month slug inverted again. Carried by the Messageries Maritimes steamer PACIFIQUE to Sydney and then by the paquebot SALAZIE to France.
("SeSi" coll.)

5 June 1909

Reverse

5 June 1909

Cancel blow up

6 June 1909

Registered Letter to France with a complete set of British 1908 issue including the scarce watermark Single Crown CA 1s. (ex Goron coll.)
The Messageries Maritimes steamer PACIFIQUE left Sydney on 26 May and returned on 13 June and carried this letter.
Image thanks to Burda auctions, Prague

6 June 1909

Backstamped Noumea date illegible, NNNN Rhone 27 July 1909, Marolles les Braults 28 July 1909 5:40 & NNNN 28 July 1909 6:30.,

5 June 1909
6 June 1909
6 June 1909

Postcard "Village de Bignambo Malakula" from Port-Vila to Paris . The British ½d cancelled with PCH type 5 reapplied on reverse . Correct rate to France (less than 5 words).("SeSi" coll.)

6 June 1909

Address side of the postcard - ("SeSi" coll.)

6 June 1909

Postcard "Indigènes de Tangoa, Sanctu-Espritu" from Port-Vila to Paris . The French 5c cancelled with PCH type 5 reapplied on reverse . Correct rate to France (less than 5 words). (Treadwell coll.)

6 June 1909

Address side of the postcard - ("SeSi" coll.)

10 June 1909

Registered letter from Port Vila to Kinze, Germany. The British stamps are cancelled with PCH type 5. Image thanks to Zirinsky Stamps, New York

15 June 1909

Postmaster Roy wrote a postcardto Copenhagen. (ex Millet coll.)

15 June 1909
6 June 1909
6 June 1909
10 June 1909
12 June 1909
15 June 1909

Registered letter to Paris. The ½d, 1d, 2d & 2½d stamps are cancelled with GK Type PM4, registration cachet is Type NR1C.
Image thanks to Lugdunum Philatélie

15 June 1909
15 June 1909

Registered letter to Paris. The 1d, 6d & 1sh stamps are cancelled with GK Type PM4, registration cachet is Type NR1C. Backstamped Nouméa 7 June and Paris XV 2-8/09.
Image thanks to Lugdunum Philatélie

6 June 1909

Reverse

16 June 1909

2d incorrect postcard rate to England (correct: 1d or 10c). Cancelled wwith type 7 in blue redirected on arrival BUCKFASTLEIGH Aug 3, 09. ("JGI" coll.)

30 June 1909

Registered letter from Port Vila to Paris with the British 1/- stamp, backstamped at Noumea "6 JU?? 09" in transit and backstamped at arrival in Paris "18 -8 09". Pacifique started Sydney 23 June, arrived Noumea 27 June, went on to Vila 29 June, arrived Vila 30 June, made the interisland trip and returned to Vila on 4 July, called again at Noumea on 5 July and returned to Sydney on 7 July where she arrived on 11 July. This was the usual trip she made. At Sydney transhipped to Ville de la Ciotat, transhipped at Colombo to Armand Behic & arrived Marseilles 17 Aug 1909 then Paris on the 18 Aug. Thanks to Jeff Blinco for the help with this. (Klinger coll.)

30 June 1909

30 June 1909

Registered letter from Port Vila to Metz / France with the complete French set. The stamps are cancelled with GK Type PM2, registration cachet is GK Type NR1C. An oval registration cachet is not of New Hebridean origin. The total franking of 1F90c is of course for philatelic reasons the colonial letter rate to France being 10c. The cover ist backstamped Sydney 12 JY 09, the day after PACIFIQUE arrived. Image thanks to Lugdunum Philatélie

30 June 1909

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30 June 1909
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