SOUTHERN RHODESIA
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1936 (date unclear), printed ‘RHODESIAN AND NYASALAND AIRWAYS LIMITED’ long cover, bearing 2d large Falls (SG 29), addressed to Bulawayo. Reverse applied with printed blue and red on yellow ‘FIRST SOUTHERN RHODESIAN AIR RALLY / MID AUGUST, 1936 / at Salisbury’ label. Folded at centre, most attractive with few covers showing this label known.
£100
Last updated: 9th May, 2020
AIRMAILS
SR1930 1931 December, incoming black and white Post Card of 'The Machine' aeroplane (achieving the record speed of 386 mph), bearing GB KGV 2d, 6d and most unusually 1d coil leader, machine cancelled LONDON, addressed to Salisbury. Arrival strike dated 19th December with a further 'POSTE RESTANTE' for the 21st December. Most attractive and unusual. £75
SR1933 1931 16th December, cover bearing KGV 8d Field Marshal (SG 21) cancelled 'REGD BULAWAYO' addressed to the Cape. Sent registered and struck with straight line black 'EXPERIMENTAL FLIGHT' handstamp alongside for this flight. Johannesburg (21st December) transit and Cape Town same day arrival backstamps. £35
SR754 1931 18th December, cover bearing KGV 6d Field Marshal (SG 20) cancelled 'SALISBURY' addressed to Natal. Straight line violet 'EXPERIMENTAL FLIGHT' handstamp alongside for this flight. Johannesburg (21st December) transit backstamp. £25
SR1931 1931 19th December, printed Imperial Airways cover bearing KGV 4d Field Marshal (SG 19) cancelled 'BULAWAYO' addressed to Transvaal. Straight line black 'EXPERIMENTAL FLIGHT' handstamp alongside for this flight. Johannesburg (21st December) transit and Pietersburg (22nd December) arrival backstamps. £30
SR756 1931 19th December, cover bearing KGV ˝d pair Field Marshals and 2d small Falls pair (SG 15, 17), cancelled large 'SALISBURY' datestamps addressed to Keetmanshoop and endorsed 'Via Kimberley'. Straight line violet 'EXPERIMENTAL FLIGHT' cachet for this flight. Johannesburg (21st December) transit and Keetmanshoop arrival (21st December) backstamps. £30
RA2301 1932 25th January, cover bearing 10d KGV Field Marshal (SG 22), 'QUEQUE' datestamp to England. Struck with violet straight line ‘FIRST OFFICIAL AIR MAIL’ cachet alongside, for the Imperial Airways return flight to England. £20
SR354 1932 28th January, cover bearing KGV 10d Field Marshal (SG 22) cancelled dc 'SALISBURY' datestamp to England. Violet straight line 'FIRST OFFICIAL AIR MAIL' cachet. Very fine and clean. £30
SR873 1932 28th January, cover bearing KGV 10d Field Marshal (SG 22) cancelled 'BULAWAYO' datestamp, another alongside and addressed to England. Black straight line 'FIRST OFFICIAL AIR MAIL' cachet. Few opening faults at top. £20
SR1926 1932 28th January, printed cover bearing 2d and 3d small Falls (SG 17, 18), cancelled large 'SALISBURY' dc datestamp, addressed to Mpika. Struck with violet straight line ‘FIRST OFFICIAL AIR MAIL’ cachet alongside for the Imperial Airways return flight to England. Arrival backstamp. £40
RA2303 1932 28th January, company printed cover bearing KGV 10d Field Marshal (SG 22), cancelled 'BULAWAYO' to England. Struck with black straight line ‘FIRST OFFICIAL AIR MAIL’ cachet alongside for the Imperial Airways return flight to England. £30
SR349 1932 28th January, cover bearing KGV 1/6 Field Marshal and 2d small Falls (SG 24, 17), cancelled 'BULAWAYO' addressed to England. Struck with black straight line ‘FIRST OFFICIAL AIR MAIL’ cachet alongside for the Imperial Airways return flight to England. £75
AR257 1932 28th January, envelope addressed to Mpika, Northern Rhodesia. Bearing a KGV Field Marshal 1d scarlet and two Small Falls 2d black and sepia (SG 16, 17) all neatly tied by Bulawayo (28 Jan) double circle datestamps. With air mail label affixed and a single-line ‘FIRST OFFICIAL AIR MAIL’ struck in black below. Broken Hill (4 Feb) and Mpika (6 Feb) transit / arrival backstamps. Clean and attractive. £35
SR757 1932 29th January, cover bearing KGV 6d and 3d small Falls (SG 20, 18), cancelled 'SALISBURY'. Carried on the first scheduled southbound London - Cape Town flight struck with violet 'FIRST OFFICIAL AIR MAIL' handstamp, sent registered to Somerset West. Reverse with Johannesburg (1st February), Cape Town (2nd February) transit strikes and Somerset West (3rd February) arrival backstamps. £35
SR871 1933 30th November, cover bearing KGV 4d and 10d Field Marshals plus 3d large Falls (SG 19, 22, 30), lightly cancelled 'BULAWAYO'. Typewritten at top 'Extension of Imperial Airways Service to Singapore / First Flight / Rangoon-Singapore'. Cairo (9th December) transit and Singapore (11th December) arrival backstamps. Some light staining. Unusual. £45
SR674 1934 20th April, cover bearing South Africa 4d cancelled 'JOHANNESBURG' and addressed to Victoria Falls. Sent airmail and struck at left, another on reverse, with 'FIRST FLIGHT RAND-NDOLA / commencing Johannesburg 21st April 1934 / Bulawayo, Victoria Falls, Lusaka, Broken Hill, / & Ndola RETURN 24.4.34'. Receiving a Victoria Falls strike on the reverse dated 24th April and presumably on the return leg. Fine and clean, uncommon. £55
AR258 1934 (1st August), envelope with printed airmail label, addressed to Madagascar. Bearing a KGV Field Marshal 1/- black and greenish blue and Large Falls 3d deep ultramarine (SG 23, 30) each tied by Bulawayo (1 Aug) double circle datestamps. Typewritten endorsement ‘Via Broken Hill’ and Backstamped with a Tananarive (4 Aug) machine cancellation on arrival. An unusual destination for Rhodesian mail being carried on the first return trip of this service which commenced on the 29th July. £65
RA1895 1935 1st August, plain cover endorsed 'By First Air Mail Salisbury to Beira 1-8-35' bearing KGV 1d and 3d Silver Jubilee (SG 31, 33), each stamp cancelled 'SALISBURY 1 AUG 1935', Beira arrival datestamp on reverse dated the same day. £30
SR649 1936 27th April, cover bearing KGV 1d x three and 4d Field Marshals (SG 16b, 19a), cancelled 'VICTORIA FALLS', and sent airmail to England. the 7d rate represents the 6d airmail to the UK plus a late fee of 1d. SOLD
SR755 1936 14th March, cover bearing KGV 4d and 1/6 Field Marshals (SG 19a, 24), cancelled large 'SALISBURY' dc datestamps, endorsed at top 'First through air mail / S. Rhodesia to Hong Kong / 18 / 3 / 36'. Addressed to Messrs. Harry Wicking & Co., Hong Kong and with 'VICTORIA / HONG KONG / 31 MR 36' arrival backstamp. Opening tears at top. RARE. £225
RA8712 1936 (date unclear), printed ‘RHODESIAN AND NYASALAND AIRWAYS LIMITED’ long cover, bearing 2d large Falls (SG 29), addressed to Bulawayo. Reverse applied with printed blue and red on yellow ‘FIRST SOUTHERN RHODESIAN AIR RALLY / MID AUGUST, 1936 / at Salisbury’ label. Folded at centre, most attractive with few covers showing this label known. £100
SR1921 1938 1st February, cover bearing KGVI 1˝d, lightly cancelled 'GWELO', typewritten 'First Airmail from Gwelo' upper left, addressed to Johannesburg. Red and blue Gwelo publicity label lower left. £20
SR1923 1938 1st February, printed cover for the First Inter-Town Air Service Gwelo-Johannesburg-Gwelo, bearing KGVI ˝d and 1d, cancelled 'GWELO', addressed to Durban. Reverse with red and blue Gwelo publicity label. £15
SR1996 1938 1st February, printed cover for the Inauguration of the First Daily Air Mail Salisbury - Bulawayo stopping service. Bearing KGVI 1d (SG 41), cancelled 'SALISBURY', addressed to Bulawayo. Arrival backstamp. £20
SR1997 1938 1st February, printed cover for the Inauguration of the First Daily Air Mail Salisbury - Bulawayo stopping service. Bearing KGVI 1˝d (SG 42), cancelled 'GATOOMA', addressed to Salisbury. £20
SR1922 1938 8th February, printed cover for the First Inter-Town Air Service Gwelo-Johannesburg-Gwelo, bearing KGVI 1d, cancelled 'GWELO', addressed to Bulawayo. £15
SR1981 1938 27th July, cover bearing KGVI 1˝d (SG 42), machine cancelled 'BULAWAYO', addressed to Australia. Typewritten endorsement at top 'Empire Air Mail - S. Rhodesia - Australia. £15
SR1936 1938 9th February, printed cover for the First Inter-Town Air Service Bulawayo - Salisbury, bearing KGVI 1d cancelled 'BULAWAYO', addressed to Gwelo. £30
SR1038 1950 1st April, printed cover for the Central African Airways First Direct Air-Mail Johannesburg - Dar-Es-Salaam, bearing KGVI 6d (SG 44) cancelled 'SALISBURY' and connecting there for the onward flight. Dar-Es-Salaam arrival backstamp for the same day. Central vertical fold. £20
SR1937 1950 1st April, printed cover for the Central African Airways First Direct Air-Mail Johannesburg - Dar-Es-Salaam, bearing KGVI 6d (SG 44) cancelled 'SALISBURY' and connecting there for the onward flight. Dar-Es-Salaam arrival backstamp for the same day. Further signed by W. Hodgson (?), R. M. A. 'Shire', and enclosed the original explanatory leaflet printed on Central African Airways Corporation headed paper. Most unusual. £65
SR2004 1964 6th November, printed Airmail cover for the British United Airways VC10 First Flight Salisbury to London, bearing QEII 1/3 (SG 100), cancelled 'SALISBURY'. Uncommon. £40
AIRMAIL RATES
SR367 1933 8th March, cover bearing KGV 1d and 10d (SG 16, 22), cancelled 'GWELO' datestamp, another below, to Germany. Attractive example of the 11d Airmail rate to Europe. £40
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