Postal History
Postal History
BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE (British Bechuanaland used in the Protectorate) 1895 (24th August), Great Britain QV 1d postal stationery card overprinted for British Bechuanaland (B&BS PC3 / H&G 4). Addressed to the Cape, the message was written at Molepolole on the 22nd August though the imprinted stamp is cancelled with a very fine strike of the ‘568’ BONC with a proving GABERONES B.B.P. (AU 24) single circle datestamp alongside. The front with a Sea Point (AU 28) datestamp where the card was readdressed to Green Point. Backstamped with a Western T.P.O. Up (25 AU) transit and a Green Point (AU 28) arrival datestamp. Some corner creasing. A rarely seen proving item for the ‘568’ BONC.
Note: the postcard rate from British Bechuanaland to the Cape was 1d at this date (same as the Cape rates), and the postcard rate from the Protectorate to the Cape was 1½d. However, it appears this card was treated as being correctly prepaid.