VICTORIA FALLS
EARLY POSTAL HISTORY AND BSAC PERIOD
EARLY POSTAL HISTORY AND BSAC PERIOD
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1910 (27th June), BSAC 1d Small Arms Pictorial Postal Stationery Card (H&G 11a). A used example of the full-size vertical view entitled ‘VICTORIA FALLS, RHODESIA. THE HIGHEST BRIDGE IN THE WORLD.’ Addressed to England and cancelled with light BROKEN HILL (27 Jun) double circle datestamp. Corner creases, otherwise fine used.
 
Note: the picture is unattributed and this view is recorded used as early as the 18th May 1905. The bridge was completed on the 1st April 1905 with the first train crossing in July (a light shunting engine named the ‘Jack Tar’ with two wagons) and the official opening was held on the 12th September 1905. It would have been impossible for a photograph of a passenger train crossing the bridge to reach London, for Waterlow’s to print the view on the 1d cards and despatch them to Rhodesia by this date. It therefore appears that the train (which looks out of proportion, being too small) and possibly all or part of the bridge has been added to a pre-1905 photograph. A wonderful early example of ‘photo-manipulation’.

£240