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pc Hono 10May94 cover world front
pc Hono 10May94 cover world back

A treasure trove of foreign postal markings is found on this around the world 1894 German postal card bearing, among other stamps, the Hawaii 2 brown Scott No. 75. Postmarks of Cairo, Suez, Batavia, Hawaii, San Francisco, Savannah (Georgia, USA), Semarang (Dutch Indies), New York and Paris are among those on this card.

All marks shown here are taken from mail to or from Hawaii. This sample is a fraction of what exists, particularly from Europe and the United States where correspondence was extensive. Marks are organized here according to continent and the postal markings are mixed with the auxiliary marks. Oceania is a separate group to pick up islands. North Atlantic ship marks are shown following the geographically based marks. A representative bibliography is at the end of the page.

African Marks

Algeria

Cape Colony

Egypt

Constantine 20Mar00
Grahams Town 28Jan95
Cairo _May94

Constantine

Grahams Town

Cairo
February, 1894

Asian Marks

China

Batavia cover back China cds's
Canton cds

Hong Kong and Canton
July, 1852

Canton Paid
July, 1852

India

Bombay Sea Post Office

Bombay Sea Post Office

Colaba 10Nov95
Bombay Sea Post Office 22Dec87 Kirk 4
Bombay Sea Post Office 5Nov95 Kirk 7

Colaba, Bombay
November 10, 1895

December 22, 1887,
Kirk type 4

November 5, 1895,
Kirk type 7, set A

Japan

Japan _Nov92 Chang
Tokyo

Nagasaki
November, 1892

Tokyo
November 17, 1898

Australasian Marks

Markings associated with the New Zealand Marine Post Office or Australasian loose letters will be found at NZMPO and Paquebot Marks.

New South Wales

New Zealand

Western Australia

Ship Letter Sydney
Wellington 8Mar92
Kalgoorlie 16May89

Sydney, Ship Letter
September 6, 1856

Wellington
March 8, 1892

Kalgoorlie
May 16, 1889

European Marks

France

Calais 20Oct56
Marseilles 5Oct86
Paris 1Jul86

Calais
October 20, 1856

Marseilles
October 5, 1886

Paris
July 1, 1886

Germany

Bremen 15Feb88
Aachen box
Aachen mark

Bremen
February 15, 1888

Bremen Closed Mail
February 2, 1864

Bremen Open Mail
October 30, 1855

Great Britain

Ballater 6Jul81
Deal Ship Letter
Harnden&Co Chang

Ballater, Scotland
July 6, 1881

Deal
Deal Ship Letter (mail for London was dropped at Deal on the south coast and taken by carriage or train to London for earlier arrival)

Liverpool
Harnden & Co. express
Courtesy of Albert Chang

London 23May45
London Paid 10Aug55
London 21Feb81

London
May 23, 1845

London
August 10, 1855

London
February 21, 1881

London 7Aug84
London reg 4Oct93
London tombstone

London
August 7, 1884

London
October 4, 1893

London,
Paid "tombstone"

January 29, 1853

Ramsgate 11Aug55

Ramsgate
August 11, 1855

Holland

Hungary

Portugal

Rotterdam 5Mar91
Budapest 17Dec90
Lisbon 2Nov78

Rotterdam
March 7, 1891

Budapest
December 17, 1890

Lisbon
November 2, 1878

Russia

St_ Petersburg 15Nov92

St. Petersburg
November 15, 1892

North and Central American Marks

In addition to these marks, those used on mail sent through Mexico in the 1840's are shown in the Via Mexico page under Pre-Treaty Mail and California markings pre-San Francisco are shown at Mail to California and Via San Francisco & Panama.

Canada

Mexico

Palmerston 17Mar97
Monterey _Nov89

Palmerston
March 17, 1897

Monterey
November, 1889

United States

Boston _May40
New Bedford 15Feb42
Hale&Co Chang

Boston
May, 1840

New Bedford
February 15, 1842

New Bedford
Hale & Co., forwarder,
Courtesy of Albert Chang

New Orleans 13Sep42
New York 31Aug40 via China
New York Paid 18 1Jan59

New Orleans
September 13, 1842

New York
August 31, 1840

New York
January 1, 1859

New York 23Sep86
New York 7Sep88
New York Registry 15Jun89

New York
September 23, 1886

New York
September 7, 1888

New York registry
June 15, 1889

Maitland Phelps & Co., NY 1849
St_Augustine 10Oct88
Yuba City 14Mar88

New York
Maitland Phelps, forwarder
1849

St. Augustine, Florida
October 10, 1888

Yuba City, California
March 14, 1888
[Of course I would include an inbound letter to Honolulu from the town where I spent my youth.]

South American Marks

Argentina

Buenos Ayres 1Feb56
Schroeder Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires
February 1, 1856

Buenos Aires
F. Schroeder & Co. forwarder mark
February, 1856

Chile

WD Phelps Valp 1844

Valparaiso
W. D. Phelps, forwarder manuscript
February 30, 1844

Oceania Marks

Azores

Dutch Indies

Jamaica

Funchal 9May82
Semarang 3Mar94
Kingston 20Sep88

Funchal
May 9, 1882

Semarang
March 3, 1894

Kingston
September 20, 1888

Micronesia

Philippines

Philippines

PonpapeMission
Manila 17Jun52 cds
Manila 19May52 Batavia back

Ponape Mission

Manila
June 17, 1852

Manila
May 19, 1852

Samoa

Sri Lanka

Langhorn, Samoa
Colombo 29Oct86

Apia
J. W. Langhorn forwarder

Colombo
October 29, 1886

Atlantic Mail Ships

British Numeral Cancels on Cunard Steamships

A-98 #9
A-98 #28a

A98

A98

American Packet

NY AmPkt 29Mar56
New York AmPkt 4Oct56
British packet

New York
March 29, 1856

New York
October 4, 1856

New York
January 19, 1864

U.S. Packet

Liverpool pkt 5Jul81

Liverpool
July 5, 1881

BIBLIOGRAPHY

  • For Australasian marks, see:

    White, John S., The Postal History of New South Wales 1788-1901, The Philatelic Association of New South Wales, Darlinghurst, 1988.

    McNaught, K. J., The Postage Stamps of New Zealand, Vol. VII, the Royal Philatelic Society of New Zealand, Upper Hutt, 1988.

  • For marks used in connection with British and British overseas mail, see:

    Robertson, Alan W., A History Of The Ship Letters Of The British Isles, 1955-1964, Second Edition (reprint), Harry Hayes, Batley, Yorkshire, 1973.

    Mackay, James A. English & Welsh Postmarks Since 1840, Dumfries, Scotland, 1980.

  • For United States markings, see:

    Ashbrook, Stanley B., The United States One Cent Stamp of 1851-1857, Vol. 2, H. L. Lindquist, New York, 1938.

    Alexander, Thomas J., Simpson's U.S. Postal Markings, 1851-61, U.S. Philatelic Classics Society, Inc., Columbus, Ohio, 1979.

    Hargest, George E., History of the Letter Post Communication Between the United States and Europe, 1845-1875, Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, D. C., 1971.

    Cole, James M., Cancellations and Killers of the Banknote Era, 1870-1894, The U. S. Philatelic Classics Society, Columbus, Ohio, 1995.

  • For the Bombay Sea Post Office marks, see:

    Kirk, R., British Maritime Postal History, 2 vols., Postal History International, Proud-Bailey Company, Ltd., Dereham, England, circa 1980-1981.

  • For worldwide forwarder marks, see:

    Rowe, Kenneth, The Postal History and Markings of the Forwarding Agents, Leonard H. Hartman, Louisville, 1996.

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