TONGA 1918 SG38 Cover mixed usage with Samoa
Stock Code: P190015099
1918 (5 SP) registered cover (reused envelope) from Vavau to Fiji, franked by 1897 ½d indigo block of 4 in combination with Samoa 1914-15 2½d deep blue 'Lake Wakatipu', tied by individual strikes of 'VAVAU / TONGA' cds (Proud type D6) with violet oval 'REGISTERED AT / VAVAU, TONGA' handstamp (type R2) at lower left. Backstamped at Nuku'alofa (7 SP) and Suva (9 SP). The Samoa 2½d recognised as invalid by the postal authorities in Fiji, with boxed 'SUVA, FIJI' registration handstamp (type R13) and red manuscript tax markings ('Reg - /1 Postage - /2 Fine - /2 } - /5d') applied to face, but with no indication that the charge of 5d was collected. Minor cover imperfections, but a fascinating and highly unusual mixed usage, presumably prepared in the hope of obtaining examples of the newly issued Fijian postage due stamps (= SG D6/10).
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