Genuine use of either of the 1900 Patriotic Fund stamps is extremely difficult to locate. There are many covers which bear one of the stamps or both but which do not pay the correct rate. There are however some covers which, although perhaps fabricated to some extent, still pay correct rates and also appear to have been through the appropriate postal procedures.

  1. First Day Cover for the 2d Victorian 1900 Charity stamp
  2. single franking of the 2d Victorian 1900 Charity stamp;
  3. mixed frankings of the 2d Victorian 1900 Charity stamp;
  4. combination frankings of both the Victorian 1900 Charity stamps;
  5. mixed frankings of both the Victorian 1900 Charity stamps with another issue.

 

First Day Cover.

2d FDC 2d (2/-) stamp on First Day Cover (22 May 1900).

There is only one set of First Day Covers recorded. They were prepared by Mr. William Rundell who worked in the General Post Office building.

Matthew Bennett February 2003 Lot 579;
Prestige Philately May 2007 Lot 577 and April 2011 Lot 522.

The 1d FDC is shown elsewhere.

 

Single franking.

Both of the covers shown below have their counterparts with the 1d (1/-) stamp attached.

2d to Perth Melbourne (?) to Perth.
Cancellation is very indistinct.

2d inter-colonial letter rate.

Prestige Philately June 2010 Lot 684.

Other covers with a single franking are:

  • stamp rotated 90ยบ clockwise and cancelled at Moonee Ponds 22 March 1905 with additional strike at the left. National Bank of Australasia envelope addressed to Miss Nesbitt at Rose Park, South Australia. Correct interstate rate. Status Auctions February 2007, Lot 1680.
 

 

Mixed franking.

 
1900 2d Advert front Melbourne to Perth.
27 June 1900.

5d inter-colonial registered letter rate:
Illustrated advertising cover front.

Prestige Philately May 2004 Lot 1073.
Prestige Philately June 2010 Lot 690A.

This cover - and its companion with the 2d (2/-) Boer War stamp - is on a cover advertising Alcock & Co., Billiard Table Manufacturers of 212 Russell Street, elbourne. Alcock is credited with bringing the game of billiards to ite high level of popularity in Australia during the 1800s.

2d to NZ

Brunswick to Auckland, NZ.
25 June 1900.

5d registered inter-colonial letter rate:

Millennium Auctions August 2005 Lot 472,
December 2005 Lot 756;
Prestige Philately June 2010 Lot 684.

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