Southern Rhodesia

Three different official seals are known from Southern Rhodesia. The country became independent Zimbabwe on April 18, 1980.



Catalog: Drummond OS1a

Date issued: August 7, 1929. EKU June 17, 1936

Printing: Black

Perforation: Imperforate

Inscription: "Found open and officially closed in the Post Office."

Control Number: "G.P.O. 882   1830--100,000.7.8.29   G. 121   P.180" at top

Description: 1939 cover from Prague, Czechoslovakia to Umtali, Southern Rhodesia with single first type Southern Rhodesian seal affixed at left. Also has two Czech currency control labels on reverse.

Courtesy of Jim Kotanchik by permission.





Catalog: Drummond OS2

Date issued: July 17, 1945. EKU January 13, 1947

Printing: Black

Perforation: Imperforate

Inscription: "Found open and officially closed in the Post Office."

Control Number: "G.P.O.--A.4350--H.01721--D.5363--20M.--17.7.45" at upper left and "P--180--G.P.O." at upper right

Description: Registered 1947 cover from Chicago, IL to Rangoon, Burma with a pile of forwarding slips stuck on front, the uppermost being a second design Southern Rhodesian official seal, which is also being used here as a forwarding slip. Letter passed through Singapore, Bombay & Calcutta, India, and Salisbury, Southern Rhodesia, and finally to Durban, South Africa. Very unusual usage!

Courtesy of Jim Kotanchik by permission.



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