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Telegraph stamps of the World

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

 

Rhodesia (Matabeleland).

Steve Hiscocks wrote:
These stamps were prepared and used by the Reuters Agent in Matabeleland, Capt. C. L. Norris-Newman, to keep track of payments for messages
carried from Bulawayo to the end of the telegraph line then being constructed from Tati to Bulawayo. The service was made generally available to
the public to offset costs but naturally had a limited life. The Post Office took over after about three months when the distance became less than the
minimum covered by the series.
Each sheet contained eighteen stamps: three rows of six of each value. There were fifty sheets cyclostyled (i.e. 300 of each value), and the sheets
were numbered 1 to 50 in red crayon in the top right corners. In use they were stuck to the original message, a copy of which was actually carried by
runners to the telegraph point, and cancelled in blue crayon or ink with Capt. Norris-Newman's initials and the date.
The three values, 10/-, 5/- and 2/6 corresponded to carriage from Bulawayo to Ramaguabane River (96 miles), Mangrove (60 miles) and Fig Tree (29 miles)
respectively, and the numbers actually used were 72, 135 and 151 respectively.

 

1894 (28 March to June) Cyclostyled in black on white wove paper,
gummed with natural gum (Mimoza). No watermark. Imperf.

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 GOVERNMENT
TELEGRAPHS

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

 

Lagos examples

These examples, courtesy of Ray of harris610 on ebay, were sold in December 2018 for £77.89 described as:-
Lagos SG35a x2, SG38a. Stamps catalogued £56 as postally used. Good condition, but slight perforation damage to centre stamp.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

Nyasaland Protectorate (1907-1953) - now Malawi.

Formed in 1907 with military involvement in WWII. Became part of the Central African Federation in 1953
and became independent as Malawi in 1964

Nyasaland Protectorate - Dedza
Dedza is near the border with Mozambique and has a mountain, making it strategic for radio telegraphy.
The town saw an influx of refugees in the 1920s and ’30s from Mozambique (evading taxation).
A.T.T. Co. was likely providing telegraphy, anyone have information about them ?
Image courtesy of Andrew Higson.

 

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/-

 

Kenya.

A couple of Telegraphic cancels courtesy of Les Bottomley:

Kenya 50c Kenya 1/-
on 50c NAIVASHA TELEGRAPHS on 1/-

 

 

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Last updated 22nd. Dec. 2018

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