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1901 envelope to Harrismith bearing a 1d cancelled by the very scarce DEW – DROP FE 19 00 datestamp. (Note the date error. Should be 1901) On the back are Ladysmith 19 FE and Harrismith 20 FE 1901 transit and arrival cancels. Dewdrop was a very small village on the mail cart route 16 miles west of Ladysmith towards Bergville, consisting of a couple of houses and a post office. This is a rare cancellation on a cover.
1902 censored envelope to Harrismith bearing a 1d cancelled TABAMHLOPE MY 19 1902. The cover has been censored, probably in Estcourt. On the back of the cover are Estcourt MY 19 and Pietermaritzburg MY 20 1902 transit cancels. Tabamhlope was a very small village to the south west of Estcourt in the foothills of the Drakensburg mountains. A fine and very scarce cancellation.
1901 registered envelope to the USA bearing two pairs of 1d and two pairs an a single ½d, paying a 6½d rate (2½d postage and 4d registration) cancelled NEWCASTLE JY 25 01. A Registered London 16 AU transit datestamp is on the front of the cover, New York 8.24.01. and Newton AUG 26 1901 datestamps are on the back of the cover. An attractive franking.
1898 envelope to the USA franked with a ½d and a pair of 1d's cancelled ESHOWE ZULULAND NO 18 98. On the back are Stanger NO 19 and Boston DEC 17 1898 transit and arrival cancels. The use of Zululand stamps was stopped on 30 July 1898 but the Zululand cancellers were still used for a while after that.
1879 mourning envelope to London franked with a 6d tied by an indistinct barred '2' canceller with a DURBAN 9.10.1879 alongside. A London 7 NO 70 arrival c.d.s. is on the back.
|1900 Natal / Boer War|
1902 unfranked 'On Active Service' cover to Durban with a P.O.A. 107 barred canceller that was allocated to VAN REENEN between 1900 and 1902. The cover has been endorsed at the lower left corner by an officer of the N.M.R. (Natal Mounted Rifles) On the reverse is a LADISMITH 23 SP 00 transit cancel. Part of the address has been erased, but an unusual item.
1907 picture post card to England bearing a 1d cancelled VANTS DRIFT NO 30 07. A Dundee NO 30 transit and Battle DE 21 07 arrival cancels are also on the card. Vants Drift is a small village situated on the Buffalo River just north of Rorke's Drift, between Dundee and Nqutu. A scarce cancellation.
1907 picture post card to Durban with a ½d cancelled in manuscript HARTS HILL 14/ 2/ 07 , with initialls (presumably the postmaster) beneath. A Durban FE 20 07 arrival datestamp is also on the card. There are no records to date (Putzel, Kantey etc) of Harts Hill manuscript cancellations and this card is probably unique.
1904 picture post card (Nelson's Drift, Umkomaas) to Johannesburg bearing a ½d cancelled LOWER UMKOMAAS OC 14 09.
1904 post card to England bearing a 1d cancelled HLABISA, PROVINCE OF ZULULAND, DE 21 1904.
1911 Transvaal ½d postal card cancelled by a barred P.O.A. 36 which at that time was in use at HLOKOSI. A Highflats MY 25 11 cancellation is on the front of the card as well as a ST. FAITH'S SP 4 11 arrival datestamp. This card must have somehow been 'lost' in a post office as Highflats and St Faith's are quite close. The Hlokosi numeral canceller is very scarce as is the St. Faith's c.d.s. Hlokosi was, and still is a very small village, literally in the middle of nowhere, inland from Port Shepstone.
1898 wrapper to the USA endorsed 'Photos Only' with a ½d cancelled UMSINGA NO 26 98. A Ladysnith NO 26 transit cancel is on the back. A most unusual franking to a non-Commonwealth country. Umsinga was a very small village in Zululand, between Greytown and Dundee in the Natal highlands north of Tuguela Ferry. A rare cancellation, the only one I have seen in over 30 years! Very fine.
1905 double weight envelope to Austria franked with a 5d tied by a barred oval ‘P.O.A. 51’ of MARIANNHILL. On the reverse is a triple oval ‘Trappist Monastery, Marian Hill MAR 1905 handstamp, a Pinetown 4 MAR transit and Linz 27.III.05. arrival cancel. An uncommon double weight cover from this post office at the monastery, which only used the P.O.A. canceller from 1903-1909.
1909 post card to Natal with a fine receiving strike of HILLARY JY 30 09. An uncommon cancellation.
1901 1d postal stationery card with scenes of Durban on the reverse, to Sweden. A Noodsberg NO 13 01 canceller is on the stamp. To the left is a Pietermaritzburg 13 NO datestamp and below a Lund 8.12.01 arrival c.d.s. An uncommon canceller, and going to a scarce destination.
1900 ½d post card to Kearsney Post Office, cancelled MAPUMULO AP 11 00. A good strike of this scarce canceller.