South Africa



Catalog: Drummond OS9t

Date issued: Unknown, EKU August 16, 1940

Printing: Black on brown 1" wide kraft tape

Perforation: Imperforate

Inscription: Bilingual English/French "G. (crown) R. / Found open or damaged / and officially secured"

Control Number: "P144B" under the word "and" in the 3rd line of text

Description: Registered 1940 cover from Montreal, Canada to Port Elizabeth, South Africa "SALVED FROM THE SEA" with 1" wide black on brown South African officially sealed tape affixed to backflap. Tape tied by Port Elizabeth August 16, 1940 datestamp. This is from an unrecorded incident, and may be from the wreck of the freighter "Timavo", which sank from unknown causes off Durban, South Africa on June 11, 1940.

Courtesy of Jim Kotanchik by permission.




Catalog: Drummond OS16t and Drummond OS17

Date issued: Unknown, EKU October 31, 1967 (OS16t)

Printing: Black on brown 2" wide kraft tape (OS16t), Violet (OS17)

Perforation: Imperforate

Inscriptions: Bilingual English/Afrikaans "Republic of South Africa -- Republiek van Suid-Afrika. / Found open or damaged and officially / secured by the Postal Authorities / Oop en beskadig gevind en amptelik / deur die Posowerheid toegemaak" (OS16t);

Bilingual English/Afrikaans "Republic of South Africa/Republiek van Suid-Afrik(a.) / Found open or damaged and official(ly) / secured by the Postal Authorities. / Oop of beskadig gevind en amptelik de(ur) / die Posowerheid toegemaak." (OS17)

Control Number: None

Description: Damaged 1970 cover from Durban, South Africa to Montreal, Canada repaired with two different types of South African seals. Mixed seal usages are infrequently seen.

Courtesy of Jim Kotanchik by permission.

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