The Postal History of the 1920 Provisional Overprints
 
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1920-24



Tiby (Nicolas) Hagen,the addressee of the second 7 June cover below.

Tiby Hagen

He was so well known, that a postcard to "Tiby Pacific" would reach him from any part of the world. This photo was made on a vehicular ferry, 30 miles from Nouméa, in September 1933. (Source: PIM (Pacific Islands Monthly), November 22, 1934)



Ship table 1920

Ship runs 1920

Not very comfortable but working. I'm still experimenting with the ship runs. The vertical colour bars go from leaving Sydney to coming back to Sydney.



La Poste
Henry Russet

Source: all images coll. Frederic Petit



14 October 1920 commercially to France 9 November 1920 Ackland Cover 9 November 1920 Ackland Cover 9 November 1920 Ackland Cover not existant anymore 21 December 1920 Ackland Cover 10 January 1921 Ackland Cover 10 January 1921 Ackland Cover 10 January 1921 Ackland Cover 13 June 1921 13 June 1921 2 January 1922 unaddressed 9 November 1920 14 October 1920 Ackland Cover
9 November 1920

And this is how the one 9 November cover in the carousel above looks now: It has been cut in parts.......
I think in the hope that the snippets would bring more money than the complete Ackland cover.

9 November 1920

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7 June 1920

Cover to Sydney with 10c on 25c, Date: VILA, JU 7, 20, PCH type 7. This is one of the two earliest recorded covers with this stamp and therefore gives the dateline for the first sale. (Goron coll.)

7 June 1920

Cover to Nouméa with 10c on 25c, Date: VILA, JU 7, 20, PCH type 7. This is the second of the two earliest recorded covers with this stamp. (Ruecker coll.)

10 June 1920

Cover with 10c on 25c, Date: VILA, JU 10, 20, PCH type 7. (Aore coll.)

11 June 1920

Not seen very often: cover with the 1d / 1sh overprinted stamp to Australia cancelled with PCH type 7. (Treadwell coll.)

7 June 1920
7 June 1920
10 June 1920
11 June 1920
21 June 1920

Unaddressed letter, the three 1920 British and two French stamps tied with PCH type 7.("SeSi" collection)

30 August 1920

1920 provisional 10c on a cover to Paris cancelled with GK Type PM4. J. Bouge was a former Goveror of "La France d'outre mer". Until 1 September 1920 the French colonial letter rate was 10c so correctly franked.
Sealed on back and machine cancelled Sydney OC 1 1920 (MAKAMBO) and Paris 16 XI 20. Image thanks to Lugdunum Philatélie

30 August 1920

30 August - reverse

18 September 1920

Cover with pair of 10c on 25c, Date: VILA, SE 18, 20, PCH type 7, backstamped SYDNEY, SP 27, 1920 and LONDON E.C, 8.30 PM, NOV 2, 20A (Klinger coll.)

12 October 1920

Registered letter to South Africa, bearing a mixture of normal and overprint stamps, and prepaid 3d postage and 3d registration. PCH type 7,
registration cachet PCH type R1. (Goron coll.)

21 June 1920
30 August 1920
18 September 1920
12 October 1920
14 October 1920

A miilésime strip of 5 5c stamps, an English 1d stamp and strip of four 10c stamps make up for a total of 75c on a registered cover to Melbourne. The colonial letter rate valid from 1. September 1920 was 20c, each additional 10g 10c and registration fee 30c. So this here was the rate for a 40g letter and 5c overpayment.
Image thanks to Steve Drewett & Empire Stamp Auctions

27 October 1920

Letter to Sydney with a mixture of 1910 to 1920 French and British stamps, 50c could be the rate for a heavy registered letter. The number 337 speaks for registration but there's no other "R" sign. Backstamped 18 Nov 1920 Balmain NSW. (Klinger coll.)

14 October 1920
27 October 1920
29 October 1920

Letter to New York, the French 1911/12 20c and British 1920 ovpt 1d stamps cancelled with PCH type 7. See [B.1.4.-20OC12] for another cover from the same sender. On this cover the month "OC" is inverted by 180 degrees (see the little blow up) which is rather awkward as on OC 27 it was correct and also on all other OC 1920 covers we know. (Ruecker coll.)

20 December 1920

Unusual franking 2 x 10c 1920 overprint + English 1911 ½d definitive + Australian George V 2d to Sydney. Cnacelled with Sydney machine cancel DE201920. Endorsed in manuscript on the reverse: "You will note theenvelope has for post a French New Hebrides stamp a British New Hebrides stamps and an Australian stamp. Your loving Uncle George." PACIFIQUE arrived on 19 Dec. This being a Sunday the cover was processed on Monday 20 Dec. ("JGI" coll.)

10 March 1921

Letter to Great Britain (flap missing), the three 1921 British and two French stamps are tied with PCH type 7. (Klinger coll.)

10 March 1921

Same kind of letter addressed to Vanouva Lava. ("SeSi" collection)

29 October 1920
20 December 1920
10 March 1921
10 March 1921
10 March 1921

Same kind of letter addressed to England. (unknown coll.)

14 March 1921

Cover with pair of 10c on 25c tied with PCH type 7. Théodore Champion was a well known French Philatelist in Paris and was the first to open a stamp shop in rue Drouot. Many followed and rue Drouot became a center of the Paris stamp business. (Merot coll.)

15 March 1921

Letter to Nouméa, the three 1921 British and two French stamps are tied with PCH type 7. Adressee "Maestracci", maybe the later Governor of Tahiti? The word "Euphrosyne" could refer to the first British ship in this region with this name which used to carry the British Resident Commissioner around the New Hebrides. The ship was wrecked in the late 20's. ("RMD" coll.)

20 October 1921

Very heavy old-fashioned linen cover registered to New Zealand. Franked 6d - most likely the correct rate for a heavy letter with two sets of the 1d overprints. They are tied byPCH type 7. (Klinger coll.)

10 March 1921
14 March 1921
15 March 1921
20 October 1921
2 January 1922

2 x 1920 1d on 5/- and 4 x 1921 1d on 5d on a registered cover to Sysndey.
Image thanks to Victoria Stamp Comapany Ridgewood, NJ, U.S.A.

13 July 1924

Latest known use of this cancel.

Interesting: the 1920 10c stamp on the reverse is from the 4th row / 4th column of the left top pane and has the constant plate flaw "crippled stop". This is the last known impression of this postmark.(klinger coll.)

13 July 1924

Miltary postcard (not sent - product of phantasy) with 1908 25c, 1911/12 5c, 10c and 20c and 1920 10c cancelled with PCH type 7. Latest known use of this cancel. Interesting: the 1920 10c stamp on the reverse is from the 4th row / 4th column of the left top pane and has the constant plate flaw "crippled stop". (Klinger coll.)

11 October 1924

Unused postcard 11 October 1924 PCH type 7 - a typical souvenir item in these times. [This was the house of Monsieur Frouin and maybe he is standing in the door.] ("SeSi" coll.)

2 January 1922
13 July 1924
13 July 1924 reverse
11 October 1924
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