Journal Topics - September 2017

The September 2017 Journal includes a detailed study of the curved POSTAGE overprints on the De L Rue 1/-, is a very comprehensive examination of the origins of the stamps, their appearance at auction and the views of past commentators.

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Rael Solomon
Journal Topics - June 2017

The June 2017 Journal includes Natal Postage/Postage Overprints of 1870-73 consisting of a colourful set of stamps with overprints printed by De La Rue over a 4 year period, with some unexpected quirks, which may not be obvious to all collectors. We also look at the Natal 5/- Carmine on Cover with an unexpected and possibly a unique discovery of a 5/- stamp on a cover.

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Rael Solomon
Journal Topics - March 2017

We continue with Madagascar ‘British Inland Mail Covers’ Part 2, thanks to the insightful input of Keith Klugman, who also provided numerous additional images. Cape Parcel Labels where unlike Natal, where several parcel labels have been shown recently, the Cape doesn’t appear to have featured very much in past issues. Two interesting labels redress this situation.

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Rael Solomon
Journal Topics - December 2016

We continue to explore CGH, Natal and Zululand themes with a combination of research, history and related matters and have including De La Rue’s Printing of the 1/- Stamp, The 1/2d Surcharge on the Cape 3d Claret, Cape Post Office Stones, Images of Early Natal on Postcards and Photos, Royal Hotel post-Christmas dinner

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EditorialRael Solomon
De La Rue’s printing of the 1/-Stamp

De La Rue’s first design and printing of a Natal stamp was that of the 1/- value. Previously, following its taking over of the contract to prepare Natal stamps from Perkins, Bacon, it had sufficed to use that company’s plates and prepare the 1d and 6d in new colours; this occurred between 1862 and 1866. 

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Rael SolomonNatal
The 1/2d Surcharge on the 3d deep claret

Of the rectangular stamps of the Cape, one in particular stands out in terms of its rarity. A typical description when it appears occasionally at auction is that given in the Spinks Shreves Galleries Sale 101 of May 2008: “S.G. #46, 1882 "One Half-penny." surcharge on 3d Deep claret, watermarked Crown and CC, a desirable unused example of truly one of the rarest

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