Postal History
Postal History
BRITISH BECHUANALAND (British Bechuanaland used after annexation) 1896 (21st January), envelope addressed to England bearing two 1891 ‘Jubilee’ 4d green and purple-brown (SG 35) tied by MAFEKING (JA 21) squared circle datestamps. With a Derby (FE 18) arrival datestamp on the front and backstamped with Birmingham (FE 17), Derby (FE 17) and Mackworth (FE 18) transit datestamps. The envelope somewhat grubby, though an interesting example of Bechuanaland stamps being accepted for use after annexation to the Cape.
Note: the 8d franking does not appear to conform to any postal rate, which was 2½d per half ounce at this date.