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jmulik
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I am just beginning to expand my Gilbert Islands collection, and I have begun to search for Fiji covers with Rabi postmarks - since Banabans were relocated to Rabi years ago. I have not been able to locate any covers with Rabi postmarks, so I thought I would reach out to see if they are rare. Also, where may I locate an illustrated list of the various postmarks that have been used on Rabi? Thank you, in advance, for your input.
2013-08-25 04:42
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pbailey
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According to Prouds "The Postal History of Fiji" there were 2 cancels in use at Rabi between 1946 and 1970:
1) RABI/FIJI seen 1946 to 1954. I have a Roger Wells serviced cover date 18 MR 47. I also have what appears to be a commercial cover c1947 to Const. Katangaia, Bairiki, Tarawa redirected "Try Ocean Id", with a poor cancel.
2)RABI P.O./FIJI seen 1957 still in use 1970. I have a serviced cover to UK date 15JE65.
So covers are around but not easy to find. Hope this is helpful.
2013-08-29 13:46
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jmulik
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Thank you! This is very helpful. Are you willing to share photos of the covers you have? I would especially be interested in seeing the cover that mentions Ocean Island.
2013-08-29 14:44
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pbailey
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I am afraid my computer skills are not that good but if you email your address to peter.bailey123@btinternet.com I will post you a colour photocopy
2013-08-30 09:13
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jmulik
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Thank you, Peter. I just sent you an email.

James
2013-08-31 04:06
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dalford
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James

Here's a couple of covers.

Peter: We seem to be collecting the same items. (For anyone who hasn't seen it; 1900 Manuscript cancel post).

Regards

David
2013-09-03 12:57
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jray
Posts: 72
Here are three more; two are from philatelic covers.

John
2013-09-04 09:40
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jray
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I forgot that there are two versions of the Rabi straight-line cancellation; one has a flat top to the A (scan attached) and the other has a pointed top. The flat top type was apparently the first one to be used.

John
2013-09-04 10:09
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jmulik
Posts: 45
Many thanks for the great scans and information, everyone! If anyone has spare covers for sale or trade, please let me know.
2013-09-07 03:19
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