Postal History
Postal History
BECHUANALAND 1932 (15th March), ‘Tamsen’ envelope sent registered to South Africa. Bearing Cape of Good Hope ½d (x 2) and 1d in blocks of four, all stamps bearing FORGED ‘British / Bechuanaland’ overprints with one ½d block and the 1d block additionally showing the OVERPRINT INVERTED, a ‘variety’ not recorded on genuine stamps. Each block is cancelled with a neat (genuine) central LOBATSI (15 MAR) double circle datestamp with an additional strike on the reverse. Lobatsi registration cachet at lower left and Nylstroom (16 Mar) arrival backstamp. Scarce.
Note: it is unclear if the sender, the eminent philatelist Emil Tamsen, was aware these overprints were forged at the time of mailing.