(Anjouan) 1895 (25 Mai) 10c. ‘Sultanat d’Anjouan’ postal stationery card to London cancelled blue octagonal ANJOUAN COL. FRANC., repeated at left and overstruck with D’Zaoudzi Mayotte transit, Marseille A La Reunion maritime date stamp, annotated “ViaLa Reunion/ et Seychelles”. Some toning, Ex. Grabowski.
(Official Mail) 1899 (23 Janv) ‘LETTRE TOMBEE EN REBUT’ printed Post Office envelope to St Marie with Tananarive cds and straight-line CHARGE, “charge” repeated in manuscript top right. This envelope was used by the Post Office to return undeliverable mail, always by registered post for security; central vertical crease, ex Grabowski.
1895 (14 Nov) ‘Corps Expeditionnaire De Madagascar’ letter card registered to France, uprated 1895 5c., 10c. and 25c. all tied by Majunga cds, framed ‘R’ handstamp with manuscript number, Enghien Les Bains arrival backstamp. With complete selvedge and with message, Ex. Grabowski.
1901 (3 Fevr) registered mourning envelope to Crete franked 1896-99 10c. in combination with Diego Suarez 40c. tied Tamatave cds, faint octagonal maritime date stamp of same date at right, reverse with Port Said and Alexandrie transit cancels of French Post Office and La Canee Crete arrival (23 Fevr); fine condition, Ex. Grabowski.
1902 (30 Juin) unpaid envelope sent internally to soldier with triangular framed ‘T’ handstamp and blue manuscript “0.30” charge and horizontal strip of three 10c. postage dues apllied, with large margins and tied Diego Suarez cds; signed Calves. Ex Grabowski.
1904 (29 Mars) registered cover to Montevideo, Uruguay franked 1896-99 25c. black on rose together with 1903 ‘Zebu’ 1c., 4c., 5c. pair and 10c. cancelled Tananarive cds, framed ‘T’ handstamp and further cds at top, Montevideo registration etiquette top left, arrival backstamp. A fine and unusual destination, Ex. Grabowski.
1904 (5 Mars) registered cover franked on reverse block of ten 4c. tied Tamatave cds to Marseille and a single franking 40c. Diego Suarez on 1900 registered cover to Isere tied Tamatave cds. Both 40c. registered French community rates. Ex Grabowski, on his album page.
1905 large printed envelope from Italian Consulte to Foreign Affairs Ministry at Rome with Consular cachet at lower left, franked 1896-99 50c. and 1903 ‘Zebu’ 1f. horizontal strip of three tied blue Tamatave cds with framed ‘R’ handstamp in same ink; peripheral faults to envelope with creasing affecting stamps, franked at 13th weight level (13 x 15c. postage plus 25c. registration = 3f50)
1907 (25 Avril) cover to Vatomondry franked at printed matter rate with 1900-01 Sage 5c. yellow-green tied by Tananarive cds, addressee no found and straight-line INCONNU and two-line RETOUR/ A L’ENVOYEUR hand stamps applied, as a printed matter rate item, the return postage had to be paid for, so triangular framed ‘T’ handstamp applied and framed AFFRANCHISEMENT/ INSUFFISANT with imperf 10c. Postage Due applied and tied Tananarive cds; fine and rare usage, Ex Grabowski.
1907 (28 Janv) internal envelope addressed to “Infanterie Coloniale” franked 1900-01 10c. and 19034c. tied by blue Diego Suarez cds with matching triangular framed ‘T’, at left a telegramme receipt label affixed to envelope with the same cancel used as a postage due notice for 12c., a scarce usage.
1909 (6 Mars) registered cover to South Australia redirected internally upon arrival franked 1906 Sage 35c. black on yellow together with 1902 0,05 on 30c. narrow surcharge and 0,10 on 50c. wide surcharge each tied Tamatave blue cds, reverse with Aden transit cds and Adelaide cds.
1912 (22.4.) incoming unfranked envelope from Leipzig, Germany to Majunga with framed ‘T’ handstamp and vertical pair of imperf 50c. Postage Dues applied (torn roughly from sheet with fault at top), arrival backstamp of 16 Mai. Envelope endorsed by sender that if not at Majunga to forward to Vatomandry with 8 Juin arrival backstamp where a horizontal strip of three 50c. Postage Dues applied, manuscript not found and return annotations, framed INCONNU and two-line RETOUR/ A L’ENVOYEUR, violet framed ZURUCK/ an den Absender, with variety of blue manuscript charges and on reverse PORTO handstamp; a fine and interesting item.
1913 ‘Avis De Reception’ form franked Sultanat D’Anjouan ‘10’ on 40c. tied St Marie Madagascar cds, to Tamatave, reverse with Maronantsetra transit on return journey. At this point all of the stamps from Madagascar & Dependencies were used interchangeably throughout the colony; slight faults at one corner of form, a rare usage. Ex. Grabowski.
1938 stampless internal envelope addressed to Tamatave with triangular framed handstamp at left and in manuscript at right, top left with manuscript “T = 1.30” charge and 1908 Postage Dues 10c., 20c. and 1f. applied and tied Tamatave cds; part of bottom backflap missing.