The Boer republic of Transvaal (or South African Republic) was invaded by British forces in the late spring of 1900 during the Second Anglo-Boer War (1899-1902). The British prepared their own seals for use in the occupied Transvaal. A related Afrikaans language seal can be seen in the "South African Republic" section.

Catalog: Drummond OS2

Date issued: Unknown, EKU June 25, 1902

Printing: Black

Perforation: 11 1/2

Inscription: "DEPARTMENT OF CIVIL POSTS, TRANSVAAL. / Found open and officially closed at"

Control Number: "P. 10." at upper right

Description: Censored 1902 cover from Durban, Natal to Johannesburg. The unclaimed letter was opened by the Returned Letter Office in Johannesburg, probably to search for a return address, and then reclosed with a Department of Civil Posts seal. Additional Dead Letter Office handstamp applied upon return to Durban.

Lone reported on-cover example of this seal.

Courtesy of Jim Kotanchik by permission.

Catalog: Drummond OSD1

Date issued: Unknown, EKU September 10, 1901

Printing: Black

Perforation: 11 1/2


Control Number: "R.L.O. 8." at upper right corner

Description: Registered (initially underpaid) 1901 cover from Johannesburg, British occupied Transvaal to Ballywalter, Ireland closed along right edge with a tÍte bÍche horizontal pair of Dead Letter Office labels. Uncommon use of a Pretoria DLO seal at Johannesburg.

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