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AR444 MISSIONARY MAIL, 1910 (10th November), BSAC 1d red postal stationery card (H&G 11) addressed to the Reverend Duby in Basutoland. The message (in French) is headed “Sefula / Lealui P.O. / N.W. Rhodesia” and dated “9th Nov. 1910”. The impressed stamp is cancelled with a very fine strike of the LEALUI / N.W. RHODESIA (10 Nov) double circle datestamp and there is an equally fine LIVINGSTONE / N.W. RHODESIA (25 Nov) transit datestamp alongside. With partial Morija (2 Dec) arrival backstamp. A small tear at foot does not unduly detract, otherwise very fine. Scarce mail from this Mission Station in Barotseland which was founded by Francois Coillard on behalf of the Paris Missionary Society in 1886. The message is signed "F(rancois) Escande". SOLD
AR443 MISSIONARY MAIL 1910 (17th November), BSAC 1d red postal stationery card (H&G 11) addressed to Neuchâtel, Switzerland. The message (in French) is headed “Sefula” and dated “16th Nov.” The impressed stamp is cancelled with a large part strike of the LEALUI / N.W. RHODESIA (17 Nov) double circle datestamp and there is a fine LIVINGSTONE / N.W. RHODESIA (2 Dec) transit datestamp below. Scarce mail from this Mission Station in Barotseland which was founded by by Francois Coillard on behalf of the Paris Missionary Society in 1886. The message is signed "F(rancois) Escande". SOLD
AR445 1908 (24th December), ‘Rhodesia’ ½d green Arms postal stationery card (H&G 13) addressed to ‘Abercorn / N.E.R.’ (North Eastern Rhodesia). The impressed stamp is cancelled with a superb strike of the rare KALANGUISI / N. E. RHODESIA (24 Dec) double circle datestamp (with ‘DFC’ for ‘DEC’). The message is headed “en-route / Johnston Falls / 10th December - 08” and was written by a ‘D. Campbell’ concerning an intended publication and the Wemba language. With a KASAMA / N. E. RHODESIA (30 Dec) squared circle datestamp applied in transit and an ABERCORN / N. E. RHODESIA (7 Jan 09) arrival double circle datestamp struck at left. Very fine condition and a very scarce combination of markings, Kalanguisi being particularly elusive.
 
Note: Although the message is headed ‘Johnston Falls’ and dated the 10th December, the card did not enter the official postal system at Kalanguisi until two weeks later. Although planned, it is uncertain if a post office was ever opened at Johnston Falls or if a datestamp was used there. A proof strike is recorded dated March 1931 and we are aware of a report of a datestamp offered on auction many years ago, though we are unable to confirm the status of this.
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