RHODESIA U.D.I.
FEATURED ITEM
1966 10th November, cover incoming from South Africa underpaid at 2½c, sent airmail to Salisbury. Struck with violet circular 'T' cachet endorsed 1/3', then applied with pair 1d Mardon definitives, cancelled 14th November. Most attractive and unusual.
£125
Last update: 23rd February, 2017
POSTAGE DUES
RA9353 1965 roulette postage dues, complete set of four values plus 1d roulette 5 and 1d roulette 9 on white paper. Very fine used. Uncommon group. SG D8-D11 £40
RU1209 1965 roulette postage dues, complete set of four values plus 1d roulette 5, blocks of four. Very fine used. Uncommon group. SG D8-D11 £110
RU1213 1965 1d roulette 5 postage due. Upper marginal block of six, showing paper repair in margin. Superb unmounted. SG D8 and var.
 
Note: the use of the larger roulette 5 proved unsatisfactory, hence the change to the smaller roulette 9. Repairs to the margins were often required
£35
RU1212 1965 1d roulette 5 postage due. Left marginal block of ten, showing paper repair in margin. Superb unmounted. SG D8 and var.
 
Note: the use of the larger roulette 5 proved unsatisfactory, hence the change to the smaller roulette 9. Repairs to the margins were often required
£40
RA4759 1965 1d roulette 5 postage due. Block of four superb used cancelled 'GWANDA 16 FEB 70'. SG D8 £40
RU1703 1966 postage dues, complete set of six values superb CTO. SG D12-D17 £10
RU1700 1966 postage dues, complete set of six values in lower left corner blocks of four showing cylinder '1A'. Superb CTO. Uncommon group. SG D12-D17 £45
RU1220 1966 postage dues, complete set of six values in lower marginal blocks of four showing imprint. Superb CTO. Uncommon group. SG D12-D17 £45
RU1702 1970-73 decimal postage dues, complete set five values original brown gummed paper (both 5c shades). Superb unmounted. SG D18-D22 and unlisted £8
RU1217 1970-73 decimal postage dues, original printings on brown gummed paper. Set of five values cylinder '1A' blocks of four. Superb unmounted. Uncommon group. SG D18-D22 £35
RU1218 1970-73 decimal postage dues, original printings on brown gummed paper. Set of five values imprint blocks of six. Superb unmounted. Uncommon group. SG D18-D22 £50
RA9351 1970-73 decimal postage dues, original printings on brown gummed paper. Complete set of five values plus 5c shade. Very fine used. SG D18-D22 £20
RU1216 1970 2c postage due, major variety PRINTED ON THE GUMMED SIDE. Right marginal, superb unmounted. SG D19a £35
RU1214 1970 2c postage due, major variety PRINTED ON THE GUMMED SIDE. Lower right corner copy showing (proving) running sheet number 'PTC 20754', superb unmounted. SG D19a £50
RU1215 1970 2c postage due, major variety PRINTED ON THE GUMMED SIDE. Superb used cancelled 'KARIBA'. RARE. SG D19a £125
RA9352 1976 1c, 2c, 5c and 6c postage dues, later printings on white gummed paper. Very fine used. SG unlisted £10
RU1845 1976 2c, 6c and 10c additional printings on white fluorescent paper, complete set of three values. Superb unmounted. SG unlisted £8
RU1846 1976 2c, 6c and 10c additional printings on white fluorescent paper, complete set of three values. Very fine used. SG unlisted £15
RU1222 1976 2c, 6c and 10c additional printings on white fluorescent paper, complete set cylinder '1A' blocks of four. Superb unmounted. Uncommon group. SG unlisted £35
POSTAGE DUES ON COVER
RA6311 (Date not visible) cover bearing 1d Harrison definitive and GB 2½d Wilding, machine cancelled, printed ‘SPORTS-POOLS’ address. The GB disallowed and scored around in pencil, endorsed ‘Tax 4’, then applied with 4d roulette postage due cancelled ‘CAUSEWAY 6 AUG 65’. Most attractive. £110
RA6313 1966 23rd September, ‘SOUTHERN RHODESIA’ registered envelope front only, bearing 1/3 Harrison definitive, cancelled ‘GATOOMA’, addressed to Salisbury. Endorsed ‘P.O.O.C / Tax 1/-‘, then applied with pair 6d roulette postage dues (SG D11), cancelled ‘SALISBURY 3 OCT 66’. Most attractive. £40
RA8750 1968 12th April, cover underpaid at 1d machine cancelled 'BULAWAYO', locally addressed. Struck with black circular '2 / TO PAY' cachet endorsed '2/3', then applied with 4d roulette due (corner defect, SG D10) cancelled on the same day. Attractive and clean. £55
RA6314 1969 10th November, cover underpaid at 2d, machine cancelled ‘BULAWAYO’ locally addressed. No endorsements, then applied with 2d postage due (SG D13). A scarce issue on cover. £75
RA7193 1966 10th November, cover incoming from South Africa underpaid at 2½c, sent airmail to Salisbury. Struck with violet circular 'T' cachet endorsed 1/3', then applied with pair 1d Mardon definitives, cancelled 14th November. Most attractive and unusual. £125
PD06 1972 22nd September, airmail cover sent from the UK but bearing Rhodesian stamps (Prevent Pollution 2½c and 13c), scored around in red ink and cancelled below 'BATTERSEA'. Endorsed 'T 5c', then applied with 5c due (SG D20, brown gum), cancelled 'UMTALI 4 OCT 72'. Unusual. £35
PD07 1974 26th March, cover underpaid at 2½c machine cancelled 'CRANBORNE' to Salisbury. Endorsed 'T 1c' in red ink, then applied with 1c due (SG D18, brown gum), cancelled 'SALISBURY' date unclear. £20
PD09 1975 1st March, stampless cover endorsed at top 'On Government Service', cancelled 'TRIANGLE' addressed to Salisbury. Disallowed although not marked as such, the reverse applied with pair 4c and 10c definitives (SG 492, 497) as dues, cancelled 'CAUSEWAY 20 MAR'. Endorsed '3', and presumably the 18c was a pool charge for three underpaid postal items. £40
PD10 1975 3rd March, stampless cover endorsed at top 'ON GOVERNMENT SERVICE', Causeway locally addressed. This disallowed, no tax markings then applied with pair 3c definitives (SG 491) as dues, cancelled 'CAUSEWAY 5 MAR 75'. Attractive. £45
PD11 (date unclear) native cover endorsed upper left 'urgent / Pay forward' addressed to Causeway. Struck with violet circular 'T-' cachet although not endorsed, then applied with pair 3c definitives (SG 491) as dues, cancelled 'CAUSEWAY JAN 76'. Attractive. £45
PD13 1976 16th February, airmail cover from Durban to Salisbury, underpaid at 5c then struck with black 'T' cachet endorsed '4/10'. Applied with 1c and 4c definitives (SG 489, 492) as dues, cancelled 'CAUSEWAY 18 FEB 76'. Most attractive. £50
PD17 1976 2nd August, stampless cover endorsed at top 'O.G.S.', from Llewellin Barracks to Causeway. This disallowed, no tax markings then applied with 2c and 6c dues (SG D19, D21, brown gum), cancelled 'CAUSEWAY 4 AUG 76'. £40
PD19 1976 10th September, airmail cover from South Africa to Salisbury, underpaid at 5c, then struck with black circular 'T 2/10' cachet. Applied with 1c and 2c dues (SG D18, D19, white gum), cancelled 'CAUSEWAY 20 SEP 76'. £35
PD20 (undated) long cover endorsed at top 'ON GOVERNMENT SERVICE', this disallowed. Applied with pair 5c dues (SG D20, white gum) on front and block of four 1c dues (SG D18, white gum) on reverse, cancelled 'CAUSEWAY 14 OCT 76'. £35
PD21 1976 10th November, stampless cover endorsed 'FORCES MAIL' upper left and with boxed military cachet mostly obscured. This disallowed and endorsed 'T 8c', then applied with 1c, 2c and 5c dues (SG D18-21, brown gum), cancelled 'UNION AVENUE SALISBURY 17 NOV 76'. Attractive. £40
PD25 1978 9th October, native cover apparently with re-used 5c sent from Gokwe to Salisbury. Struck with violet circular 'T -/c' cachet and endorsed 'TAX' in red ink. Applied with 6c due (SG D21, white gum), cancelled 'SALISBURY 10 OCT 78'. Some faults as to be expected, most attractive. £45
PD26 1979 5th March, stampless cover endorsed at top 'O.G.S.', sent from Chikato to Salisbury. This disallowed and endorsed 'T 10c' in red ink, then applied with 10c due (SG D22, white gum), cancelled 'SALISBURY 8 MAR 79'. This value seldom encountered. £50
PD28 1979 2nd April, cover Gatooma to Salisbury underpaid at 4c, struck with violet circular 'T -c' cachet endorsed '2'. Applied with what appears to be a re-used 2c due (SG D19, white gum), cancelled 'SALISBURY 5 APR 79'. £25
PD29 1979 11th October, printed commercial post card sent stampless from Salisbury locally addressed. Struck with violet circular 'T -c' cachet endorsed '8', then applied with 2c and 6c dues (SG D19, D21, white gum), cancelled 'SALISBURY 16 OCT 79'. £35
PD30 1980 11th March, window envelope from South Africa underpaid at 5c, struck with black circular 'T c' cachet endorsed '2/10' plus violet boxed 'T 4-cents' cachet. Applied with four 1c dues (SG D19, white gum), cancelled 'SALISBURY 19 MAR 80'. £30
R59 1980 12th March, underpaid long cover from Pretoria to Salisbury endorsed 'TAX 2/10' and boxed 'T4 / cents' cachet applied. Pair of 2c white paper postage dues paying deficiency indistinctly cancelled. £25
R60 1980 19th March, underpaid (5c) cover Pretoria to Salisbury, endorsed 'Tax 2/10' then applied with pair white paper 2c postage dues cancelled 'MOUNT PLEASANT'. £20
BOOKLETS
RU1883 1967 1/- booklet. Fine and complete. SG SB7
 
Note: this booklet is considerably more difficult to find than the lowly SG valuation would imply
£10
RA3903 1968 5/- Mardon booklet. Margins at right, no interleaving, all values original printings. SG SB8 £15
RU1268 1968 5/- Mardon booklet. Margins at left with interleaving, 1d fourth printing, 2d and 3d second printings. Fine and complete. SG SB8 £15
RU1271 1968 5/- Mardon booklet. Margins at left without interleaving, all panes cancelled 24th FEB 1969. SG SB8 £15
RA2901 1970 46c booklets, first printing with front covers pre-folded at staple edge. Complete set of four types, A, B, C and D panes. Very fine and complete. SG SB9 (1st printing) £35
RU1273 1970 46c booklet, first printing with front cover pre-folded at staple edge. A type panes imperforate top and right margins. Fine and complete. SG SB9 (first printing) £15
RU1274 1970 46c booklet, first printing with front cover pre-folded at staple edge. B type panes imperforate top margins. Fine and complete. SG SB9 (first printing) £10
RU1275 1970 46c booklet, first printing with front cover pre-folded at staple edge. C type panes imperforate left margins. Fine and complete. SG SB9 (first printing) £7
RU1276 1970 46c booklet, first printing with front cover pre-folded at staple edge. D type panes perforated all round. Fine and complete. SG SB9 (first printing) £4
RU1277 1970 46c booklet, first printing with cover pre-folder at staple edge. B type panes, all three 1c panes showing dot between 'TA' of 'POSTAGE' flaws. Fine and complete. SG SB9 and vars. (first printing) £20
RU1278 1970 46c booklet, first printing with cover pre-folder at staple edge. C type panes, both 2½c panes showing broken wall flaws. Fine and complete. SG SB9 and vars. (first printing) £12
RU1279 1970 46c booklet, first printing with cover pre-folder at staple edge. D type panes, all three 1c panes showing dot between 'TA' of 'POSTAGE' flaws. Fine and complete. SG SB9 and vars. (first printing) £10
RU1281 1970 46c booklet, first printing with cover pre-folded at staple edge. D type with a second printed cover stapled through the front in error. Unusual. Fine and complete. SG SB9 var. (first printing) £20
RU1284 1970 46c booklet, second printing with front cover not pre-folded at staple edge. A type panes imperforate top and right margins. Fine and complete. SG SB9 (second printing) £15
RU1285 1970 46c booklet, second printing with front cover not pre-folded at staple edge. B type panes imperforate top margins. Fine and complete. SG SB9 (second printing) £10
RU1291 1970 46c booklet, second printing with front cover not pre-folded at staple edge. B type panes mis-stapled at the right of the normal, through the stamps. Fine and complete. SG SB9 var. (second printing) £15
RU1287 1970 46c booklet, second printing with front cover not pre-folded at staple edge. D type panes perforated all round. Fine and complete. SG SB9 (second printing) £4
RU1292 1972 48c booklets, complete set of four types A, B, C and D panes. Very fine and complete. SG SB10 £65
RU1293 1972 48c booklet. A type panes imperforate top and right margins. Fine and complete. SG SB10 £30
RU1294 1972 48c booklet. B type panes imperforate top margins. Fine and complete. SG SB10 £20
RU1296 1972 48c booklet. D type panes perforated all round. Fine and complete. SG SB10 £8
RU1297 1972 48c booklet. B type panes, all three 1c panes showing dot between 'TA' of 'POSTAGE flaws. Fine and complete. SG SB10 and vars. £30
RU1300 1972 48c booklet, A type panes mis-stapled at the right of the normal, through the stamps. Fine and complete. SG SB10 var. £35
RU1299 1972 48c booklet, B type panes mis-stapled at the right of the normal, through the stamps. Fine and complete. SG SB10 var. £25
RA2903 1973 50c booklets, complete set of four types, A, B, C and D panes. Very fine and complete. Uncommon group. SG SB11 £90
RU1302 1973 50c booklet. A type panes imperforate top and right margins. Fine and complete. SG SB11 £35
RU1304 1973 50c booklet. C type panes imperforate right margins. Fine and complete. SG SB11 £20
RU1306 1973 50c booklet. A type each pane CTO '7 MAY 1973, First Day of Issue. Scarce as such. Fine and complete. SG SB11 £30
RU1307 1974 50c booklet. Fine and complete. SG SB12 £5
POSTAL AND POLITICAL HISTORY
RU1949 1964 (July), group of three items, firstly with a typewritten letted on headed 'PRIME MINISTER / SALISBURY' notepaper in response to a request for a signed photograph, this duly done with a black and white portrait of Ian Douglas Smith (92mm x 146mm) boldly in blue ink at base 'I. Douglas Smith'. Together with the return cover sent Airmail to Germany bearing QEII 6d and 1/- x two machine cancelled. Delightful. £300
RA1567 1965 11th November, cover bearing pair QEII ½d definitives cancelled 'SALISBURY 11th November 1965', printed at left 'RHODESIA INDEPENDENCE (etc.)'. Uncommon. £25
RU1931 1966 8th December, reduced coloured image of the Independence 'PROCLAMATION', bearing upper right 2/6 Independence (SG 358) cancelled 'SALISBURY 8 DEC 1965' on the first day of issue. Attractive and most unusual. £65
RA5371 1966 Independence overprints, complete set of 14 values (SG 359-372), on printed First Day cover, sent registered to England. Struck with boxed green ‘INVALID STAMPS / USED / POSTAGE DUE’ cachet endorsed ‘1/3’, however apparently no further action taken. £20
RA2099 1966 17th January, reduced coloured image of the Independence 'PROCLAMATION', bearing upper right £1 Independence overprint (SG 372) cancelled 'SALISBURY 17 JAN 1966' on the first day of issue. Attractive. £18
RA2105 1966 1st June, cover bearing 3d Harrison definitive (SG 376) machine cancelled 'RAYLTON', addressed to Bulawayo. The reverse struck with violet oval 'RHODESIA RAILWAYS / PARCELS OFFICE / GWELO' cachet, the cover apparently carried by them to Bulawayo. Most unusual. £25
RU1515 1966 8th July, 'SOUTHERN RHODESIA' printed registered envelope uprated with 6d and 5/- CAA (SG 393, 396), cancelled 'AVONDALE' and sent airmail to Holland. Unusual. £30
RA1295 1966 1d Mardon trial printing dri-gum, on plain cover postmarked on the First Day of Issue, 25th July 1966. Very scarce. £40
RA5377 1966 10th August, £1 Mardon definitive (SG 407) on plain cover cancelled ‘FIRST DAY OF ISSUE / SALISBURY’. Fine and clean, RARE £120
RA1296 1966 4d Mardon 2nd printing, on plain cover postmarked on the First Day of Issue, 21st September 1966. Uncommon. £22
RA3897 1966 1/3 Mardon on plain cover postmarked on the First Day of Issue, 9th November 1966. Neat hand written address, very scarce. £30
RA2108 1966 11th November, printed cover for the First Anniversary of Independence. At left with a reduced image of the Independence Proclamation in grey and bearing 2/6 Independence (SG 358) 'SALISBURY 11 NOV 1966' cds. £12
RA1578 1966 printed propaganda Air Letter, 'No doubt you are worried (etc.)'. Very fine unused. £15
RU1359 c1966 Airmail envelope with printed flag at lower left and slogan 'Rhodesians have confidence in an Independent Rhodesia' in light blue. Very fine unused. £8
RA3895 c1966, large printed 'ON HIS MAJESTY'S SERVICE / SOUTHERN RHODESIA' envelope, all but 'RHODESIA' blacked out (by hand?), further rubber stamped at top 'ON GOVERNMENT SERVICE'. The envelope originally item no. S.E.17, and printed in 1939. Obviously done soon after Independence to use up old stocks. Unused, most unusual and not previously seen. £17
RA3896 c1966, large printed 'ON HIS MAJESTY'S SERVICE / SOUTHERN RHODESIA' envelopes, all but 'RHODESIA' blacked out (by hand?), further rubber stamped at top 'ON GOVERNMENT SERVICE'. Five examples each a different print date, from 1938, 1939 x 2, 1941 and 1951, the envelopes originally item no. S.E.17. Obviously done soon after Independence to use up old stocks. Unused, most unusual and not previously seen. £60
RU1842 1967 17th May, printed 'We have confidence in an Independent Rhodesia' cover, bearing 1/6 Dr. Jameson, cancelled 'FT. VICTORIA', and addressed to 'The Hon. Ian Douglas Smith / Prime Minister's Office / SALISBURY'. Very fine and clean. Lovely. £45
RA5378 1967 21st November, 9d Mardon definitive (SG 402), on plain cover cancelled ‘SALISBURY’ on the first day of issue. Uncommon. £40
RA3234 1967 (?), printed black/orange ‘P. T. C. / TELEGRAM’ window envelope, sent from Avondale to Emerald Hill, respective backstamps. Dates not clear, but Emerald Hill datestamp 24 MAR 67(?). £15
RA1576 1968 19th August, plain long cover bearing 3d / 2½c to 2/- / 20c Dual Currencies (SG 408-11), cancelled with special 'RHODESIAN MEDICAL CONGRESS / BULAWAYO' datestamps, addressed to Salisbury. £15
RU1882 1968 6th November, blue cover (now opened out for display) endorsed at top 'FORCES MAIL' and sent without charge. Struck with red rectangular '(Crown) / HEADQUARTERS / OFFICIAL FREE / 2 BRIGADE' cachet and then despatch 'SALISBURY' datestamp. Locally addressed and with corresponding blue cachet on reverse, although this dated 1st November. Most unusual early period cover from the Terrorist War. £65
RU449 1968 10th December, large registered stationery envelope (foreshortened at left) Salisbury to USA, bearing 1/3 and 10/- Harrison and 6d and 2/- Mardons. US customs cachets in purple and arrival backstamp. Some faults though scarce high value usage. £45
RU630 1968 14th December, large registered stationery envelope (foreshortened at left) Salisbury to USA, bearing 1/3, 5/- and 10/- Mardons. US customs cachet in purple and arrival backstamp. Some faults though very scarce high value usage. £60
RU659 1969 (date unclear), cover bearing Dual Currency 25c in combination with 3d Mardon definitive, on commercial Airmail cover Salisbury to Scotland. Scarce. £50
RU1911 1970 8th May, printed cover for Eighth Annual Convention of Lions International, Salisbury May 8-10, 1970, bearing 8c decimal definitive (SG 444), cancelled SALISBURY and with special cachet alongside. Very fine. £15
RU1336 1970 25th May, airmail cover bearing 8c definitive Avondale to Jersey. No tax markings, then applied with 2d, 3d pairs and 1/- Jersey dues (SG D2-4) tied Jersey Channel Islands datestamps. £30
RU1337 1970 25th May, airmail cover bearing 8c definitive Mt Pleasant to Jersey. No tax markings, then applied with 2d x five and 1/- Jersey dues (SG D2, D4) tied Jersey Channel Islands datestamps £30
RU1342 1970 25th May, airmail cover bearing 8c definitive Mt Pleasant to Guernsey, small green boxed 'TO PAY / POSTED / UNPAID cachet endorsed '1/10d' applied with 4d, 6d and 1/- Guernsey dues (SG D6, D7) tied Guernsey Post Office datestamps. £35
RU1906 1970 25th June, cover bearing 8c decimal definitive (SG 444) machine cancelled SALISBURY sent Airmail to England. Applied with red/white printed label 'SOUTHERN RHODESIA STAMPS (etc.)' and struck with green '1/9 / TO PAY' cachet. Then applied with 3d, 6d and 1/- GB dues cancelled LONDON. Very fine. £20
RU1338 1970 25th June airmail cover bearing 8c definitive Salisbury to Jersey. Large black on white 'SOUTHERN RHODESIAN STAMPS / The States of Jersey has announced [etc]' label affixed then applied with 1d, 3d x three and 1/- (SG D1, D3, D4) Jersey Dues tied Jersey Channel Islands datestamps. £35
RU1339 1970 23rd July airmail cover bearing 8c definitive Salisbury to Jersey. Small black on white 'SOUTHERN RHODESIAN STAMPS / The States of Jersey has announced [etc]' label affixed then applied with 1d, 3d x three and 1/- (SG D1, D3, D4) Jersey Dues tied Jersey Channel Islands datestamps. £35
RU1340 1970 28th August, airmail cover bearing 2½c and 5c definitives Salisbury to Jersey. Small black on white 'SOUTHERN RHODESIAN STAMPS / The States of Jersey has announced [etc]' label affixed then applied with 1d, 2d x four and 1/- (SG D1, D2, D4) Jersey Dues tied Jersey Channel Islands datestamps. £35
RU1351 1970 August, airmail cover bearing 2½c PTC, Salisbury to Kitwe. Violet double ring 'T/5' endorsed '2'. Reverse applied with 1N and pair of 3N definitives used as postage dues tied Kitwe datestamps. £30
RU1354 1970 August, airmail cover Salisbury to India, bearing 5c x two definitives. Semi-circular 'CALCUTTA / DUE' tax marking applied in black and endorsed 'RS 2/10'. No due stamps applied as normal. £30
RU1353 1970 August, airmail cover bearing 10c definitive, Salisbury to India. Black semi-circular 'CALCUTTA / DUE' tax marking applied and endorsed 'RS 2/10'. No due stamps applied as normal. £30
RU1343 1970 2nd September, airmail cover bearing 2½c and 5c definitives Salisbury to Guernsey, violet boxed 'TO PAY / POSTED / UNPAID cachet endorsed '1/10' applied with 1d x two, 2d, 3d, 4d, 5d and 6d Guernsey dues (SG D1-D6) tied Guernsey Post Office datestamps. £35
RU1341 1970 3rd September, airmail cover bearing 2½c and 5c definitives Salisbury to Jersey. Small black on white 'SOUTHERN RHODESIAN STAMPS / The States of Jersey has announced [etc]' label affixed then applied with 3d strip of three and 1/- (SG D3, D4) Jersey Dues tied Jersey Channel Islands datestamps. £35
RU1352 1970 7th September, registered airmail window envelope, Causeway to Zambia. No tax markings but reverse bears pairs of 1N and 15N definitives used as postage dues tied Kitwe datestamps. £30
RU1434 1971 23rd February, Airmail cover bearing 1/6 Harrison with additional pairs of 1/- and 1/6 Harrisons (=50c) paying special charge for UK delivery, and struck with double ring 'EMERGENCY / MAIL SERVICE' cachet. £25
RA4260 1971, printed British folded 'POST CARD-REPLY', bearing 2½p Machin, the reply section cancelled dc 'MORGENSTER / RHODESIA' for the 27th July. Printed address to Sussex. A scarce office on cover.

Note: the sender of this item, R. King, apparently posted the same post card to all existing Post Offices in the Commonwealth, including Rhodesia, as usage of these reply cards was soon to be abolished.
£40
RU1923 1971 4th - 6th September. Three covers bearing 8c decimal definitive (SG 444), each cancelled with different special pictorial datestamp for KARIBA, TROUTBECK and VICTORIA FALLS. The latter seen regularly but the former two are very scarce and hardly ever encountered. Unusual trio. £50
RU1909 1971 10th November, printed VICTORIA FALLS HOTEL cover bearing 5c and 8c decimal definitives (SG 443, 444), cancelled with special pictorial 'VICTORIA FALLS / RHODESIA' datestamp. Very fine. £20
RU1432 1971 (date unclear), Airmail cover Bulawayo to UK bearing 5c and 10c definitives, with additional 50c definitive paying special delivery charge for UK delivery, and struck with double ring 'EMERGENCY / MAIL SERVICE' cachet. £20
RU1910 1972 8th September, publicity Federal 'VICTORIA FALLS' Air Letter, bearing 8c decimal definitive (SG 444), cancelled with special 'RHODESIAN MEDICA CONGRESS / BULAWAYO' datestamp. Addressed to East London, very fine. Uncommon. £20
RA5011 1972 31st October, Post Office printed blue/white REGISTERED LETTER envelope, bearing 2c and 13c Christmas (SG 477, 479), cancelled ‘UNION AVENUE SALISBURY’, printed registration label, addressed to Hatfield. Surprisingly scarce. £30
RU1916 1973 2nd April, illustrated official David Livingstone Centenary First Day Cover, unusually but appropriately cancelled with special pictorial 'VICTORIA FALLS / RHODESIA' datestamp. £15
RU1951 1973 2nd April, privately produced First Day cover for the David Livingstone Centenary, sent registered Airmail to Johannesburg. The correct rate being 16c and the shortfall paid by the additional 2c decimal definitive on reverse. Unusual. £20
RU1924 1973 31st July, airmail cover struck with special International Dental Conference cachet, Victoria Falls, bearing W.M.O. 3c cancelled with pictorial 'VICTORIA FALLS datestamp. Uncommon. £20
RU1925 1973 31st July, special printed cover for the International Dental Conference, Victoria Falls, bearing W.M.O. 3c cancelled with pictorial 'VICTORIA FALLS datestamp. Few of these were made. £20
RA2138 1973 1st – 4th November, set of 5 printed covers for the various Boeing 720 First Flights, each bearing 4c decimal definitive (SG 442b) and with special 'FIRST SCHEDULED FLIGHT' cachets. Salisbury to Johannesburg, Salisbury to Beira, Bulawayo to Johannesburg, Salisbury to Lourenco Marques and Salisbury to Durban. £20
RU1912 1973 1st – 4th November, set of 5 printed covers for the various Boeing 720 First Flights, each bearing 7½c c decimal definitive (SG 443c), Salisbury to Johannesburg, Salisbury to Beira, Bulawayo to Johannesburg, Salisbury to Lourenco Marques and Salisbury to Durban. Each with relevant special 'FIRST SCHEDULED FLIGHT' cachet and rubber stamped by the Captain of each. A most attractive and unusual group. £60
R70 1973 14th December, airmail cover bearing 4c Responsible Government 'MOUNT PLEASANT' to Johannesburg. Straight line violet bilingual 'UNKNOWN (etc.)' cachet applied in South Africa and endorsed 'RETURN TO SENDER' . Attractive. £12
RA9174 1974 23rd January, printed 'O.H.M.S.' cover, 'FOR A HAPPY HOLIDAY . . . . TOUR RHODESIA, THE HOLIDAY COUNTRY' below. Un-addressed but struck with violet boxed 'MAGISTRATES OFFICE' cachet lower left. Unusual. £10
RA2139 1974 30th May, printed cover for the Golden Jubilee of Parliament in Rhodesia, bearing 2½c (SG 484) cancelled at SALISBURY and with special large sc PARLIAMENTARY EXHIBITION cachet. £5
RA7355 1975 5th February, Postcard bearing 5c animal definitive, sent underpaid to Lundy, Bristol Channel. Struck with boxed green 'TO PAY' cachet and upon arrival applied with Lundy 2 puffin local issue, cancelled 'LUNDY 14 FEB 75'. Most unusual. £45
RU1902 1975 25th August, illustrated 'Train on the Bridge' cover. Printed '1975 Victoria Falls Bridge Constitutional Conference Monday 25th August, 1975'. Bearing 7½c definitive tied by large VICTORIA FALLS pictorial datestamp. £45
RU1370 1975 25th August, as above, but addressed to Johannesburg with small Victoria Falls (25 Aug) datestamp. Unusual as such. £55
RU1921 1975 25th August, cover bearing 7½c definitive, cancelled with special pictorial 'VICTORIA FALLS' datestamp. Typewritten at left for the Constitutional Conference held aboard the 'White Train' on the Victoria Falls Bridge. Addressed to W. H. Martin, Postmaster at Victoria Falls and duly signed by him below. Most unusual.
 
Note: it was recorded at the time that the Postmaster was somewhat reluctant to have many covers cancelled at all for this occasion
£65
RA7188 1975 2nd October, airmail cover from Belgium, addressed to 'The Hon. Ian Smith / Prime Minister', struck with magenta security cachet 'CHECKED / G.P.S.O.' and signed. Attractive. £45
RA7356 1976 16th September, window envelope bearing 2½c and 1c bisect definitives. Only the 2½c cancelled ‘SALISBURY’ with the 1c uncancelled indicating this practice being disallowed. Then struck with violet boxed ‘T / cents’ cachet endorsed ‘1’. Uncommon.
 
Note: on the 1st July various postal rates were increased, no postal rates remaining such that it included a ½c rate. On that same date all stamps that indicated a ½c face value were withdrawn. However, they were still valid for postage so anyone who wanted to use a 2½c would need to add an additional 1c stamp, thus overpaying by ½c. This was not of any great significance, although some people did bisect a 1c stamp to avoid over-paying. At first this was allowed, although sometime on the 16th September this was suddenly stopped and any further covers were treated as underpaid and taxed
£55
RA1588 1976 24th September, printed political cover for the conditional acceptance by Ian Smith of the Kissinger proposals leading to majority rule in two years. Illustrated with the images of Smith, Vorster and Kissinger, bearing 6c Wild Animals and cancelled at SALISBURY. £8
RU1943 1976 12th Octobber, cover endorsed at top 'Forces Mail' and struck with green rectangular 'B.S.A. POLICE / VICTORIA FALLS (date inserted by hand)' cachet with corresponding datestamp below. £25
RU1944 1976 4th November, cover endorsed at top 'Forces Mail' and struck with green rectangular 'B.S.A. POLICE / VICTORIA FALLS' cachet with corresponding datestamp below. £20
RA8706 1976 14th December, window envelope bearing 2½c and 1c bisect definitives, cancelled ‘BULAWAYO’. No tax markings and apparently allowed. Uncommon. £65
RU1946 1977 13th June, cover endorsed at top 'FORCES MAIL' and sent without charge. Struck at upper right with rectangular green '4 (INDEP) COY RR / OFFICIAL FREE' cachet, below 'VICTORIA FALLS' datestamp. Addressed to Marandellas. £25
RA3248 1977 and 1978, two printed RHODESIA registered envelopes, one light and the other darker buff papers. Both sent registered airmail to South Africa from SALISBURY or BULAWAYO, and both with machine printed registration label with value indicated at 26c or 32c. Fine and uncommon. £20
RA1594 1978 3rd March, printed political cover for the signing of Constitutional Agreement giving Rhodesia one man one vote (once) by the end of 1978. Illustrated with picture of the signing ceremony, bearing 4c animals definitive cancelled at SALISBURY. £6
RU1948 1978 18th July, group of six covers each with 3c definitive, and each cancelled with a different 'VICTORIA FALLS' datestamp, apparently all those available at the Post Office at that time. Obviously philatelic, although a remarkable record from the era. £60
RU1945 1978 31st October, printed company cover endorsed at top 'Forces Mail' and sent without charge. Struck at upper right with violet 'RHODESIA ARMY / OFFICIAL FREE' cachet and below 'VICTORIA FALLS' datestamp. Addressed to Salisbury. £20
RU1947 1979 22nd June, cover endorsed at top 'FORCES MAIL' and sent without charge. Struck at lower right with blue-green 'RHODESIAN ARMY / OFFICIAL FREE' cachet and 'VICTORIA FALLS (blank below)' datestamp. Attractive. £20
RA9186 1979 24th August, printed 'PRESS STATEMENT' issued by the Department of Information. 'COMBINED OPERATIONS HEADQUARTERS COMMUNIQUE', giving the latest details of the ongoing Terrorist War, in this instance a further update of a series of air and ground actions mounted against ZPRA targets within Zambia, one known as 'Moscow Base', and that all aircraft returned safely to Zimbabwe Rhodesia. A fascinating account from the time, and no doubt a very scarce survivor. £30
RA2145 1979 21st December, printed illustrated cover for the Ceasefire Agreement, bearing 7c definitive (SG 559) cancelled SALISBURY. £4
RA5192 1980 10th January, printed dark blue / blue Airletter, endorsed at top 'FORCES MAIL'. Then struck with violet boxed 'RHODESIAN ARMY / M. P. O. 2' cachet upper right. Further struck with violet circular 'RHODESIAN ARMY / (crest) / OFFICIAL FREE' cachet. The airletter then flown on the inaugural flight SALISBURY - LONDON on British Airways receiving an appropriate cachet 'CARRIED BY PASSENGER'. Most unusual. £40
RHODESIA BUSH WAR
MPO unused labels
The start and escalation of the Bush or Terrorist war in Rhodesia required the establishment of a specific postal service to suit the special requirements of the service members and those who wished to communicate with them, as the existing postal network did not operate in the remote and hostile environments service members were often located in. In collaboration with the Posts and Telecommunications Corporation, the Military Post Office (MPO) was established in February 1974, serving Operation Hurricane in the north and north east of Rhodesia, which grew and became more complex with time and the escalation of the war. The system developed was as follows: Service members received, upon call-up, specially printed M.P.O. labels which they were required to complete. A 'specimen' label would be given to any member of the general public who wished to communicate with them. On this label was indicated their regimental number, name and initials, company and unit. Additional completed labels were then affixed to any postal article, charged and posted in the normal way. All postal items bearing such labels were, initially, sorted and delivered to 2 Brigade Headquarters, Old Cranborne Barracks. They were then sorted there and delivered to sub MPO's in the operational areas. Should it be required, they were further delivered into the field by whatever Military Transport was available. The system was expanded into the Operation Thrasher area in the eastern border district, then into Operation Repulse in the Fort Victoria area, with a corresponding increase in sub MPO's and delivery networks.

A far more detailed explanation of this service can be found in the article written by Cecil Russell, a copy of which is available upon request)

The labels used were as follows: MPO 2 Salisbury, GREEN, Operation Hurricane
MPO 3 Umtali, SALMON, Operation Thrasher
MPO 4 Fort Victoria, WHITE, Operation Repulse
MPO 5 Gwelo, GREY, Operation Grapple
MPO 1 Bulawayo, YELLOW, Operation Tangent – although this saw limited use with the cessation of hostilities.

The system of MPO's catered for all postal articles addressed TO service members. Mail FROM service members were sent without charge, and required the endorsement 'Forces Mail' and relevant unit handstamp.

The selection offered below is related to the MPO system. It is interesting to note that these covers exist in far smaller quantities than mail sent from service members, which is strange as one would assume that members of the public would be in a better position to communicate with, rather than receive mail from them. A possible explanation is, to a service member in a hostile and remote area, the last thing on his mind would be to retain an envelope for the sake of philatelic prosterity.
MPO2 M.P.O. 1 SALISBURY, black on green serif lettering. First printing, February 1974. £20
RA6033 M. P. O. 2 SALISBURY, black on green serif lettering. Addressed but not used.

Note: members of the public were given a sample or specimen copy of the label indicating name, rank etc. of the person concerned, thus enabling them to keep a permant record of the servicemans whereabouts.
£20
MPO3 M.P.O. 2 SALISBURY, black on green serif lettering, with manuscript alteration of original '1' to '2'. June 1976 £20
MPO4 M.P.O. 2 SALISBURY, black on green serif lettering. First printing, February 1974. £20
MPO5 M.P.O. 2 SALISBURY, black on blue-green sans serif lettering. Second printing,September 1976. £20
MPO6 M.P.O. 2 SALISBURY, black on blue-green, sans serif lettering. Third printing, May, 1977. £20
MPO7 M.P.O. 3 SALISBURY, black on salmon serif lettering. First printing, March 1976. £20
MPO8 M.P.O. 3 with violet rubber handstamp 'UMTALI' cancelling 'SALISBURY', black on salmon serif lettering. First printing March 1976, handstamped July 1976. £20
MPO9 M.P.O. 3 UMTALI, black on salmon, sans serif lettering. Second printing, August 1976. £20
MPO10 M.P.O. 3 UMTALI, black on light salmon sans serif lettering. Third printing, May 1977. £20
MPO11 M.P.O. 3 UMTALI, black on light salmon sans serif lettering. Third printing, May 1977. £20
MPO12 M.P.O. 4 FORT VICTORIA, black on white sans serif lettering. Second printing, October 1976. £30
MPO13 M.P.O. 4 FORT VICTORIA, black on white sans serif lettering. Third printing, May 1977. £30
MPO14 M.P.O. 1 BULAWAYO, black on yellow sans serif lettering, black on yellow. First printing, September 1976 £30
MPO15 M.P.O. 5 GWELO, black on pale blue sans serif lettering. First printing, November 1977. £35
MPO covers
MPO17 1974 20th September, cover with green M.P.O. 1 SALISBURY label, machine cancelled BULAWAYO, postage paid at 3c. £50
RA6907 1974 26th September, cover bearing 3c definitive (SG 491), machine cancelled ‘QUE QUE’, applied with printed black/green ‘M. P. O. 1 SALISBURY’ label. Roughly opened at left, otherwise fine and clean. £50
RA6908 1974 2nd October, cover bearing 3c definitive (SG 491), machine cancelled ‘BULAWAYO’, applied with printed black/green ‘M. P. O. 1 SALISBURY’ label. Fine and clean. £50
MPO20 1974 2nd October, cover with green M.P.O. 1 SALISBURY label, machine cancelled BULAWAYO, postage paid at 3c. £40
RA6909 1974 3rd October, cover bearing 3c definitive (SG 491), machine cancelled ‘RAYLTON’, applied with printed black/green ‘M. P. O. 1 SALISBURY’ label. Fine and clean. £55
RA6911 1975 19th October, cover bearing 3c definitive (SG 491), machine cancelled ‘MARANDELLAS’, applied with printed black/salmon ‘M. P. O. 3 SALISBURY’ label. Fine and clean. £65
RA6913 1979, two printed ‘ON GOVERNMENT SERVICE’ envelopes, struck with violet circular ‘RHODESIA ARMY / OFFICIAL FREE’ cachets, plus boxed violet ‘RHODESIAN ARMY MPO 5’ and ‘RHODESIAN ARMY MPO 51’ cachets respectively. £20
Army use of the MPO system
MPO46 1980 21st March, large envelope cancelled FORT VICTORIA, addressed to Causeway. Struck with violet rectangular cachet 'RHODESIAN ARMY / 21 MAR 1980 / M. P. O. 4'. £25
MPO47 1980 9th April, long envelope cancelled FORT VICTORIA, addressed to Causeway. Struck with violet rectangular cachet 'RHODESIAN ARMY / 9 APR 1980 / M. P. O. 4'. £30
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