Postal History, Postmarks
1895 (17th December), British Bechuanaland used in the Protectorate. Great Britain QV 1d postal stationery card overprinted for British Bechuanaland (H&G 4 / BBS PC3). Addressed to the Cape and uprated with the addition of a ½d vermilion (SG 9) tied by ‘676’ Barred Oval Numeral Cancellations with a proving PALACHWE / KHAMAS TOWN (17 Dec) single circle datestamp alongside. The card arrived in Cradock on Christmas day and five days later was readdressed and reposted to the OFS and an additional Cape 1d was affixed and tied by Cradock (30 Dec) datestamps. The reverse with Cradock (25 Dec) and Bethlehem (1 Jan) arrival datestamps.