Postal History
Postal History
BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE 1893 (16th September), incoming envelope from England bearing QV ‘Jubilee’ ½d and pair of 1d (SG 172, 197) tied by London (SP 16) hooded datestamps. The printed address reads ‘The Kanya Exploration Company, Limited, / Kanya, / British Bechuanaland, / South Africa.’ and ‘Viâ Cape & Kimberley’. KANYE / BECHUANALAND (OC 10) single circle datestamp struck on arrival on the front. Backstamped with Cape Town (OC 6) and Vryburg (OC 8) transit datestamps. One 1d with corner damage and the envelope with tear at top
Note: despite being addressed to ‘British Bechuanaland’, ‘Kanya’ (Kanye) is situated in the Bechuanaland Protectorate. This envelope is correctly franked at the 2½d per half ounce rate introduced on the 1st July 1892 for letters from the United Kingdom to British Bechuanaland or Bechuanaland Protectorate.