Postal History
Postal History
BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE 1924 (3rd January), envelope addressed and sent registered to Mafeking. Bearing 13 examples of the 1d scarlet (SG 74) with a strip of four on the front and a block of nine on the reverse, all cancelled or tied by rather messy MOCHUDI (3 Jan) double circle datestamps. The envelope with sender’s details ‘Chas. Bowden & Co., General Dealers, Mochudi Station, Bechuanaland Protectorate, South Africa.’ printed at upper left and with registration details in manuscript.
Note: the basis for calculating the rate paid is unclear. However, the fact the addressee is a bank suggests commercial, non-philatelic use. The envelope may well have contained valuables and an additional fee was paid to increase compensation in the event of loss.