When South Africa issued airmail stamps in 1925, it was the 28th country in the world to do so. Danie van Zyl’s superb display covers the stamps that preceded SA’s first airmail issue. SA was the first country in the British Empire to introduce airmail stamps.
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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We are starting a monthly cover competition. Winners will receive a “Show-Off of the Month” Certificate. A majority vote of the four SAPC Founder Members will decide the winner. The first subject is the South African War (ABW). Click here for full details.
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UPDATED 16th December 2020
Phil Collins takes us on an informative introductory tour of South Africa’s first defintive stamp issues, the imperious ‘King’s Heads’ of 1913 – 1920. It so enthused me I produced the display below with Robert Hill’s help.
Further to Phil Collins’ display above, Steve Hannath and Robert Hill indulged themselves with a spot of long-overdue King’s Head postal history emphasising postmarks and cachets used in SA and SWA during 1913 to 1934. The cover above shows SWA’s rare WALDAU cancellation.
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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.
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.