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Telegraph stamps of the World

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Matabeleland Lagos G.E.A. C.O.G.H. Kenya


Rhodesia (Matabeleland).

28 March to June 1894

These were prepared for the purposes of providing accountancy for the Reuters Agent in Matabeleland.

Matabeleland strip-1 Matabeleland strip-1 Each sheet contained 6 of each of the 3 values,
making 18 stamps in all.

They were prepared by Capt. C. L. Norris-Newman,
the agent for Reuters in
Matabeleland to enable accounting for telegraphs.

The original stencil was copied in black by Cyclostyle onto white wove
unwatermarked paper. Gumming was with a natural Mimoza gum.

Hisc. Desc. Mint Used
H1 2/6d black (300) — Bulawayo to Fig Tree (29 miles). 350.00 350.00
H2 5/- black (300) — Bulawayo to Mangove (60 miles). 350.00 350.00
H3 10/- black (300) — Bulawayo to Ramaquabane River (96 miles).   280.00 550.00
- Strip of three values 1400.00 -
- Sheet of eighteen stamps 12000.00 -

Hiscocks added the following 2 notes:

Note 1. I am not aware of any forgeries but copies should be examined with the greatest care
                and, if possible, compared with copies known to be genuine.
Note 2. The original stencil from which these stamps were printed was produced by hand and
                no two stamps in the sheet are therefore quite the same.
                A very small number of complete sheets still exist.
Images courtesy of Grosvenor Auctions.




Lagos (now a state in Nigeria).


Lagos formally became a protectorate of Britain in 1861, largely prompted by threats fom the French.
Britain had provided military protection to Lagos since 1852.
For later stamps of Nigeria or Southern Nigeria, see the Army-2 page.

These are all on Crown CA watermarked paper.

Lagos Halfpenny Lagos 3 Pence Lagos 6 Pence Lagos 1 Shilling Lagos 1 Shilling
½d green   from 1882
courtesy of Paul & Les Bottomley
3d lilac and red-brown   from 1891
courtesy of ibredguy.co.uk
6d lilac and red-violet   from 1887 1s green   from 1887
courtesy of Paul & Les Bottomley
1s green   from 1887
courtesy of ibredguy.co.uk



German East Africa (G. E. A.) - later Tanganyika.

Occupied by the British in 1917 and initially used stamps of India overprinted I.E.F. until June.
A League of Nations Mandate in 1922 split the former German East Africa into British, Belgian and Portuguese parts.

The Government Telegraph usage can generally be only identified by punch holes.
Subsequent to the First World War though, the British Army used these stamps for telegraphy.
They are listed on the Army-2 page.

1917 - Stamps of East Africa and Uganda overprinted G.E.A. as a temporary measure.

a range of values

1c   25c

According to the Scott Catalogue(under Tanganyika), a similar set was issued in 1921 but on stamps of Kenya, Uganda and Tanganyika.
Confusingly though, their illustrations show the above set. They do though illustrate a new overprint on the small 1c and 10c values with slimmer lettering.

Mombassa 20R

This is a 20R stamp of the set but without the overprint dated May 1919.
It has a MOMBASA TELEGRAPHS cancel and no punch hole.
The high values, 1R to 500R (yes 500R) are this large format. Image courtesy of Les Bottomley.


1927 - New stamps inscribed Mandated Territory of Tanganyika.

Tanganyika 1   Tanganyika 2
Tanganyika 3   Tanganyika 4
Again, stamps up to 75c were in a smaller format. The large format also includes 10/- and £1 values.
Images courtesy of Les Bottomley.


Cape of Good Hope.

A couple of Telegraphic cancels courtesy of Les Bottomley:

COGH 1/- COGH 5/-
C.T.O (Central Telegraph Office) on 1/- Head Telegraph Office on 5/-



A couple of Telegraphic cancels courtesy of Les Bottomley:

Kenya 50c Kenya 1/-



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