SOUTHERN RHODESIA
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1936 (date unclear), printed ‘RHODESIAN AND NYASALAND AIRWAYS LIMITED’ long cover, bearing 2d large Falls (SG 29), addressed to Bulawayo. Reverse applied with printed blue and red on yellow ‘FIRST SOUTHERN RHODESIAN AIR RALLY / MID AUGUST, 1936 / at Salisbury’ label. Folded at centre, most attractive with few covers showing this label known.
£100
Last updated: 13th March, 2017
AIRMAILS
SR754 1931 18th December, cover bearing KGV 6d Field Marshal (SG 20) cancelled 'SALISBURY' addressed to Natal. Straight line violet 'EXPERIMENTAL FLIGHT' handstamp alongside for this flight. Johannesburg (21st December) transit backstamp. £25
SR756 1931 19th December, cover bearing KGV ˝d pair Field Marshals and 2d small Falls pair (SG 15, 17), cancelled large 'SALISBURY' datestamps addressed to Keetmanshoop and endorsed 'Via Kimberley'. Straight line violet 'EXPERIMENTAL FLIGHT' cachet for this flight. Johannesburg (21st December) transit and Keetmanshoop arrival (21st December) backstamps. £30
SR683 1932 20th January, cover bearing KGV 4d, 8d, 10d and 1/6 Field Marshals (SG 19, 21, 22, 24) cancelled dc 'SALISBURY' datestamps sent registered to England. Black straight line 'FIRST OFFICIAL AIR MAIL' cachet and typewritten 'FIRST FLIGHT / RHODESIA-LONDON. / on through flight / Cape to England'. Most attractive. £120
RA2301 1932 25th January, cover bearing 10d KGV Field Marshal (SG 22), 'QUEQUE' datestamp to England. Struck with violet straight line ‘FIRST OFFICIAL AIR MAIL’ cachet alongside, for the Imperial Airways return flight to England. £20
SR354 1932 28th January, cover bearing KGV 10d Field Marshal (SG 22) cancelled dc 'SALISBURY' datestamp to England. Violet straight line 'FIRST OFFICIAL AIR MAIL' cachet. Very fine and clean. £30
SR873 1932 28th January, cover bearing KGV 10d Field Marshal (SG 22) cancelled 'BULAWAYO' datestamp, another alongside and addressed to England. Black straight line 'FIRST OFFICIAL AIR MAIL' cachet. Few opening faults at top. £20
RA2303 1932 28th January, company printed cover bearing KGV 10d Field Marshal (SG 22), cancelled 'BULAWAYO' to England. Struck with black straight line ‘FIRST OFFICIAL AIR MAIL’ cachet alongside for the Imperial Airways return flight to England. £30
SR349 1932 28th January, cover bearing KGV 1/6 Field Marshal and 2d small Falls (SG 24, 17), cancelled 'BULAWAYO' addressed to England. Struck with black straight line ‘FIRST OFFICIAL AIR MAIL’ cachet alongside for the Imperial Airways return flight to England. £75
AR257 1932 28th January, envelope addressed to Mpika, Northern Rhodesia. Bearing a KGV Field Marshal 1d scarlet and two Small Falls 2d black and sepia (SG 16, 17) all neatly tied by Bulawayo (28 Jan) double circle datestamps. With air mail label affixed and a single-line ‘FIRST OFFICIAL AIR MAIL’ struck in black below. Broken Hill (4 Feb) and Mpika (6 Feb) transit / arrival backstamps. Clean and attractive. £35
SR757 1932 29th January, cover bearing KGV 6d and 3d small Falls (SG 20, 18), cancelled 'SALISBURY'. Carried on the first scheduled southbound London - Cape Town flight struck with violet 'FIRST OFFICIAL AIR MAIL' handstamp, sent registered to Somerset West. Reverse with Johannesburg (1st February), Cape Town (2nd February) transit strikes and Somerset West (3rd February) arrival backstamps. £35
SR871 1933 30th November, cover bearing KGV 4d and 10d Field Marshals plus 3d large Falls (SG 19, 22, 30), lightly cancelled 'BULAWAYO'. Typewritten at top 'Extension of Imperial Airways Service to Singapore / First Flight / Rangoon-Singapore'. Cairo (9th December) transit and Singapore (11th December) arrival backstamps. Some light staining. Unusual. £45
SR674 1934 20th April, cover bearing South Africa 4d cancelled 'JOHANNESBURG' and addressed to Victoria Falls. Sent airmail and struck at left, another on reverse, with 'FIRST FLIGHT RAND-NDOLA / commencing Johannesburg 21st April 1934 / Bulawayo, Victoria Falls, Lusaka, Broken Hill, / & Ndola RETURN 24.4.34'. Receiving a Victoria Falls strike on the reverse dated 24th April and presumably on the return leg. Fine and clean, uncommon. £55
AR258 1934 (1st August), envelope with printed airmail label, addressed to Madagascar. Bearing a KGV Field Marshal 1/- black and greenish blue and Large Falls 3d deep ultramarine (SG 23, 30) each tied by Bulawayo (1 Aug) double circle datestamps. Typewritten endorsement ‘Via Broken Hill’ and Backstamped with a Tananarive (4 Aug) machine cancellation on arrival. An unusual destination for Rhodesian mail being carried on the first return trip of this service which commenced on the 29th July. £65
RA1895 1935 1st August, plain cover endorsed 'By First Air Mail Salisbury to Beira 1-8-35' bearing KGV 1d and 3d Silver Jubilee (SG 31, 33), each stamp cancelled 'SALISBURY 1 AUG 1935', Beira arrival datestamp on reverse dated the same day. £30
SR649 1936 27th April, cover bearing KGV 1d x three and 4d Field Marshals (SG 16b, 19a), cancelled 'VICTORIA FALLS', and sent airmail to England. the 7d rate represents the 6d airmail to the UK plus a late fee of 1d. £45
SR755 1936 14th March, cover bearing KGV 4d and 1/6 Field Marshals (SG 19a, 24), cancelled large 'SALISBURY' dc datestamps, endorsed at top 'First through air mail / S. Rhodesia to Hong Kong / 18 / 3 / 36'. Addressed to Messrs. Harry Wicking & Co., Hong Kong and with 'VICTORIA / HONG KONG / 31 MR 36' arrival backstamp. Opening tears at top. RARE. £225
SR650 1936 12th August, cover bearing KGV 6d Field Marshal and vertical pair 3d large Falls (SG 20, 30), cancelled 'VICTORIA FALLS', sent airmail to Germany. The 1/- rate represents the 11d airmail to Europe plus a late fee of 1d. £45
RA8712 1936 (date unclear), printed ‘RHODESIAN AND NYASALAND AIRWAYS LIMITED’ long cover, bearing 2d large Falls (SG 29), addressed to Bulawayo. Reverse applied with printed blue and red on yellow ‘FIRST SOUTHERN RHODESIAN AIR RALLY / MID AUGUST, 1936 / at Salisbury’ label. Folded at centre, most attractive with few covers showing this label known. £100
SR1038 1950 1st April, printed cover for the Central African Airways First Direct Air-Mail Johannesburg - Dar-Es-Salaam, bearing KGVI 6d (SG 44) cancelled 'SALISBURY' and connecting there for the onward flight. Dar-Es-Salaam arrival backstamp for the same day. Central vertical fold. £20
AIRMAIL RATES
SR367 1933 8th March, cover bearing KGV 1d and 10d (SG 16, 22), cancelled 'GWELO' datestamp, another below, to Germany. Attractive example of the 11d Airmail rate to Europe. £40
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