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My father was in WWII and I was going through an old box of photos and such and found an old envelope with some old stamps and tokens that they had to use back then. This two cent postage due stamp, a torn three cent Corregidor stamp, and an Australian 9d Platypus stamp are the best I can make out.  Do you think there is any value in this postage due stamp?  I do not know why he kept them but it must have had something to do with that period in his life.
Thank You,

Hi Barbara,
 This 2c postage due is very very common from the era.  If it's on it's own like this, it won't have much value, around 25 cents.  The Australian stamp, I assume is a brown colored 9d postage, common of the era, shows the platypus about to enter the water from a shore line.  By the time WWII came around postage stamps had been in used for over 100 years globally, and close to that for most countries (the first pre-paid postage stamp was created in England in 1840 the famous "Penny Black".
 During war time, one "relief" most people got was writing letters, copious letters.  So the stamps used were incredibly common, most having been printed in the 100's of millions (for Australia maybe 10's of millions) but that still won't increase their rarity.  Various version of this stamp were printed from 1937 to as late as 1953.  A mint copy would go for around $12 a used one not more than $4.  Unless it is still on the original envelope, and if the original letter from the envelope is still with it, then it may be of more interest to certain specialty collectors.
 Most likely, this had some special meaning to your dad if he kept it... maybe it got him through a dark moment, or arrived just at the right time to boost his moral.  The sentimental value is, I'm sure, priceless.

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My expertise is in US, but I have a lot of exposure to worldwide, and with wide reference material, I will do what I can to answer questions about global stamps. In US I have extensive experience in all aspects (does include Administrative overprints for Cuba, China, Puerto Rico etc.). Also, Hawaii general issue and Revenue (pre-statehood). Of course still building knowledge but have been collecting since 1980. Air Mail is a favorite area, but not a limitation. Two specialty areas are Large Banknote issues, and Washington/Franklin identification. Strong experience in Carrier & Locals, Private Die (Also known as M&M for "Match & Medicine" but also includes some playing card and perfume stamp issues.) Recently have been building more back-of-book experience, especially around Official, Newspaper, Revenue and tax editions. Some covers, and cancellations, but not my strong suit. Another area I'm recently diving into. What I can't do: Anything non-US, as it's just not an area I focus on.


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