Mauritius

Lying approximately 500 miles east of Madagascar, Mauritius can be found in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Southern Africa. A British Crown Colony until 1967, Mauritius became independent within the Commonwealth on March 12,1968. Four different official seal designs are recorded to date. The first two are scarce.


Catalog: Drummond OS1

Date issued: 1936, EKU September 13, 1938

Printing: Black on tan

Perforation: Imperforate

Inscription: "E. (coat of arms) R. / FOUND OPEN / AND / OFFICIALLY / SEALED"

Control Number: "102/4/36 Pos. 3,000" at lower right

Description: Large registered envelope from Johannesburg, South Africa in 1938 to Quatre Bomes, Mauritius that was repaired upon arrival at the island nation. The seal was probably applied at the capital city of Port Louis.

Courtesy of Jim Kotanchik by permission.


Catalog: Drummond OS2

Date issued: 1939, EKU May 8, 1942

Printing: Black on tan

Perforation: Imperforate

Inscription: "G. R. / FOUND OPEN / AND / OFFICIALLY / SEALED"

Control Number: "P.O. Form 14" over horizontal line with "170-9-39--2,500" beneath

Description: Censored 1942 cover from Hants (Hampshire), England to Phoenix, Mauritius reclosed at top with a later type officially sealed label. Double circle May 8, 1942 GPO Mauritius datestamp ties seal on front.

Courtesy of Jim Kotanchik by permission.

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