by John Ineson
As you are all probably aware the next World Jamboree will be held in Sweden in 2011. At the recent World Scout Conference held in South Korea, it was agreed that the 23rd World Jamboree in 2015 would be held in Japan. No doubt there will be the large issue of special commemorative stamps, and certainly more than when the last World Jamboree took place in Japan in 1971.
Despite the recession which is affecting the U.K. and many other countries throughout the world, high prices are still being made on eBay. The Postcard Monthly of January 2009 reports that two postcards with the official Scout logo, both showing ships that transported Scouts to the 1924 World Jamboree held in Denmark, had recently been offered for sale. The one showing the Steam Ship Baltara sold for a stunning £476 (even with a large crease) while another the Steam Ship Baltanic sold for £105. The highest price I had recorded before for a Scout postcard was for a group of Scouts with placards collecting for the Titanic Relief Fund outside Eastman's shop at Bridgeport, Dorset. This was sold in July 1991 by Vennett-Smith Auctions of Nottingham, U.K. and made £220.
Some very high prices were made at the Healey and Wise Scout Auction held on 13th December. In particular were the two covers showing the red meter mark "50.000 Boy Scouts bid you welcome to the World Jamboree Arrowe Park, Birkenhead 31st July - 13th August next" Only one such cover had been recorded in the past, so this was a remarkable find to come onto the market, some 80 years after the event. Both covers made £1700 while a almost complete meter mark on piece, and one of only five known, made £595. The earliest recorded date of this meter mark was 6th May 1929, with the one illustrated being sent during the actual Jamboree and dated 6th August. Also sold, and illustrated in colour on the front of the catalogue, was a small head Baden-Powell on cover. Addressed to Corporal B. Johnson of D Squadron, Protectorate Regiment, it made £2700 against an estimate of £2450.
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