AIRPLANES
AND
AIRMAIL IN SOUTH AFRICA
1911 – 1925

Part Two of Danie van Zyl’s contribution on the origins of airmail concentrates on the development of this service in South Africa. It is an uplifting display of a well-covered subject. Short and succinct, it takes off effortlessly and lands some 48 sheets later carrying no dead weight. Covering the first flights of 1911, the “Our Day” Red Cross Aerial Post of 1918 and the Airmail Experiment of 1925 and complete with photos, ephemera and anecdotes, this punchy display is simply pretty perfect.

FORUM

AIRMAIL
POSTAL HISTORY

As a complement to Danie van Zyl’s display above, there is now a Forum, AIRMAIL COVERS OF SOUTH AFRICA, where you can post your own covers and comment on Danie’s display.

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SHOW-OFF!

We have started a monthly cover competition. Winners will receive a “Show-Off of the Month” Certificate. Congratulations to December’s winners, Johan Bezuidenout and Yiannis Lazarides, the first recipients of the rarest award in Philatelydom.
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NOW SHOWING ON A SCREEN NEAR YOU
UPDATED 13th January 2021

NEW DISPLAYS

1852. For those who cannot take their eyes off the wonderful ‘PMBurg’ strike, the ‘PAID’ mark to GB is the only one known!

THE RARITIES OF
PRE-STAMP NATAL

Unable to show his Natal display to the Royal Philatelic Society London because of the Corona virus restrictions, Keith Klugman kindly offered it to the South African Philately Club. This is a huge honour. Keith’s display is said to be the finest of its kind in the world. You can see it here in two parts, the Rarities of Pre-Stamp Natal, followed by Victorian Natal, below. Keith recently posted a new cover that predates Piet Retief in Natal. Incredible!
Look on his work ye mighty and despair.

The unique ‘Goodricke’ cover with its block of
four embossed 1/- adhesives.

THE STAMPS & COVERS
OF VICTORIAN NATAL
1857 – 1899

The wonderful feast of the “Rarities of Natal” is a mere appertiser for this sumptious 120 page spread of unbelievable philatelic and postal history delights! If you wear a hat, hold onto it. If you do not, hold onto your hair or what is left of it! Hold onto something.
This display is a Knockout!

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SPACE – A SOUTH AFRICAN PERSPECTIVE

In our first thematic display, John Kollen provides us with a view of South Africa’s place within the wider world and the Universe beyond. It made me wonder “What did the British do for us?” Well, they built the first Observatory in the southern hemisphere in SA in 1820.

NEW RDPSAs

Our Congratulations to Andre du Plessis, President of the Pretoria Philatelic Society, and to Chris Board of the SA Collectors’ Society for being invited to sign the “Roll of Distinguished Philatelists of SA”. Among Andre’s notable achievements is his gaining of acceptance for ‘Open Class’ exhibiting which broadens the range of a traditional display by allowing material from other collecting fields to be included in order to develop a greater understanding of the subject. Chris has long specialised in esoteric areas of S African philately where his knowledge is second to none. Thank you both. You thoroughly deserve this recognition.