Showing items in category Basutoland, newest first
| 1944 Basutoland|
1944 cover to Johannesburg bearing a 2d cancelled SEKAKES 27 JUN 44. Situated in the south eastern part of Basutoland, Sekakes was a postal agency that opened in 1930 under Qachasnek. It was named after Chief Sekake. Slight damage at the upper right of the cover when opening but a fine strike of this uncommon cancellation.
1920 South Africa 1d postal stationary envelope to Switzerland with three 1d's and two ½d's added to pay the 5d double letter weight to a non Commonwealth country, cancelled MORIJA 21 FEB 20. An uncommon commercial usage of a South African 1d envelope used in Basutoland.
1900 censored envelope to a P.O.W. at Green Point Camp, Cape town, bearing a pair of Cape ½d's cancelled MASERU NO 6 00. A light circular censor cachet is on the front of the cover, this would have been applied on arrival.
1897 envelope to Hull, England franked with a Cape of Good Hope 2½d cancelled by a fine LERIBE FE 24 97 datestamp. Another strike of this cancellation is alongside. Ficksburg FE 24 and Hull MR 21 97 transit and arrival cancels are on the back of the cover.
1898 1d Cape of Good Hope post card to Paris cancelled by a barred oval '210' obliterator with a MOHALESHOEK JA 29 98 datestamp alongside. A Mafeteng JA 31 98 transit datestamp is on the back of the card. There is evidence of light water staining on the lower left of the card. A good strike of this numeral canceller.
1933 4d registered envelope overprinted 'SPECIMEN'. Very fine condition.
1894 1d Cape of Good Hope post card to England cancelled THLOTSE HEIGHTS NO 22 94. Maseru and Cape Town transit cancels. Scarce.
1902 ½d Cape of Good Hope post card to Maseru cancelled MORIJA MR 11 2. (Date error with the '0' of '02' omitted) A Maseru MR 12 02 arrival c.d.s. is on the back. The long message on the back of the card has been written in Sotho. A very scarce and early internally used card written by an African lady.
1952 picture post card (photo of a Drakensburg scene) written at Makading and sent air mail to Switzerland, franked with a pair of ½d's a 2d and a 3d, cancelled MOHALESHOEK 20 AUG 52. An attractive 'home made' post card from a real photo.
1950 Drakensburg Air Service Inaugural Flight cover to Bulawayo with a 2d cancelled MOKHOTLONG 2 JUN 50. The flight went from Maseru to Mokhotlong and then to Ladysmith in Natal. This became a bi-weekly service.
1947 window envelope bearing a 1½d cancelled KOLONYAMA 27 X 47.
BASUTOLAND. 1955 air mail cover to Holland franked with a 1/- and a 6d cancelled TLOKOENG 25 MAY 55.
|1981 Basutoland / Lesotho|
1981 Express air mail cover to Johannesburg franked with a 25s and a 2s, cancelled MASERU. A Johannesburg 2 NOV 81 arrival cancel is on the back. Express mail out of Lesotho / Basutoland is rare.
1958 'reused' registered envelope to South Africa franked with a 1d, 2d and 6d, cancelled MEKADING 17 AP 58. A manuscript registration is at the upper left of the cover. This envelope was originally sent to Mekading before being reused, and has a MOHALESHOEK 18 MAR 58 datestamp on the back! A few minor faults including a couple of staple holes, but an interesting item.
1943 incoming registered Great Britain 3d envelope to Morija, that has been cancelled FIELD POST OFFICE 172, 29 JY 43. At that time, this F.P.O. was probably in Beirut, Lebanon. It has been censored by a British Army No. 490 censor and an Egyptian censor mark. There is a Base Army Post Office 4, 31 JY 43 (Cairo) transit cancel and a Morija 7 IX 43 arrival c.d.s. A very unusual origination for mail into Basutoland.
1967 5c Basutoland registered envelope to Uitenhage with a Lesotho overprinted 5c and 2½c added, cancelled MASERU 24 I 67. A Uitenhage 27 I 67 arrival c.d.s. is on the front of the cover.
|1974 Basutoland / Lesotho|
1974 envelope to Maseru franked with two 2c revenue stamps, which were not accepted and the cover was taxed 8c. A PITSO GROUND 11 XI 74 datestamp ties one of the stamps. An uncommon canceller from this small postal agency in Maseru that opened in 1973.
|1978 Basutoland / Lesotho|
1977 envelope bearing a 20c revenue stamp cancelled MANEALEA 8 IX 77. The revenue stamp was not recognised for postage and a manuscript 'TX 8' has been written on the front. A boxed tri-lingual 'Unclaimed' handstamp was applied with a P. O .Spruit 5 X 78 datestamp (This cancel not recorded by Putzel!) A most unusual item!
1966 envelope sent unfranked to a prisoner at the Central Prison, Maseru, with a MT. MOOROSI 21 X 66 datestamp on the front. The cover was taxed as unpaid and a manuscript 'T 5c' written. A three line trilingual 'UNCLAIMED' handstamp is also on the front of the cover. On the back is a 5c postage due, tied by a Maseru 29 X 66 datestamp. Alongside is a boxed 'Advised 27.10.66' and 'Duplicate 14/11/66'. An uncommon and interesting item.
1959 envelope to the U.S.A. franked with a ½d and 1d cancelled MARAKABEIS 20 MY 59. An oval cachet of St. John The Baptist church, Marakabei's, is on the front of the cover. On the back is a Hartford JUL 16 1959 arrival cancel. The original contents, a letter with a picture of a half completed church and an appeal for funding, along with a self addressed return airmail envelope are still in the envelope. Marakabeis is located in the central highlands of Basutoland, 90 kms south east of Maseru, between God Help Me Pass and Mokhoabong Pass. The post office was in the Roman Catholic Mission of St John The Baptist. A very uncommon cancellation.