[Samoa] Samoa 1895 1s (2½d) rose-carmine bisect on cover

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[Samoa] Samoa 1895 1s (2½d) rose-carmine bisect on cover

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Samoa 1895 Apia bisect cover recto 2.jpg
A remarkable destination cover.

Posted at Apia, Samoa, on 29 April 1895.

Following a fire on 1 April 1895 which destroyed stocks of all stamps except the 1s value, this diagonal bisect was used as a 2½d stamp for overseas letters between 18 April and 22 May 1895, and was cancelled in blue.

Addressed to an attendee at the Tasmanian International Exhibition, Hobart, Tasmania.
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A full post office for the Tasmanian International Exhibition was opened on 15 November 1894. The oval date stamp is in red ink, and struck as a backstamp. Rated 5R for less than 10 copies likely to exist. This is a new latest known date for this office, Hardinge (2019) reporting 23 April 1895, and this clearly showing 16 May 1895.

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Interesting cover!

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Very nice cover.

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