1979 – Last Day of Rhodesia

Last Day of Rhodesia

31 May 1979

On 31 May 1979, Ian Smith left the stage as Prime Minister on the last day of white rule in Rhodesia. His legacy was a state unrecognised by the international community, subjected to trade boycotts, and a country ravaged by civil war.

On his last day in office, he addressed himself to the country’s white minority during a televised press conference, in which he said that the territory’s new government would collapse unless whites remained to fight on in the army.

His successor, Bishop Muzorewa, ushered in the state of Zimbabwe Rhodesia with a pre-taped midnight television address to the country.

Commemorative Covers

The two sized covers (below) were presented in a specially printed linen folder, bound (above).

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1970 – Declaration of Republic

Declaration of Republic

2 March 1970

During a two-proposition referendum held in 1969, the proposal for severing all remaining ties to the British Crown passed by a majority of 61,130 votes to 14,327. Rhodesia declared itself a republic on 2 March 1970.

Under the new constitution, a president served as ceremonial head of state, with the prime minister nominally reporting to him. Some in Rhodesian government had hoped in vain that the declaration of a republic would finally prompt other nations to grant recognition.

Commemorative Covers

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1965 – Independence (R)

Rhodesia

1965 – Independence

Details

  • Date of Issue: 8th December, 1965
  • Date Withdrawn: 7th February, 1966
  • Date Invalidated: 1st July, 1969
  • Designer: Cyril Hartley (also credited to Col. C. R. Dickenson)
  • Printer: Mardon Printers (PVT) Ltd, Salisbury Rhodesia
  • Process: Lithograph
  • Paper: White paper with clear gum
  • Watermark: None
  • Perf: Line 11
  • Cylinders: None
  • Sheet: 10 x 6
  • Quantity: 750,000

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1964 – Independence (M)

Independence

Malawi

Details

  • Date of Issue: 6th July, 1964
  • Date Withdrawn:
  • Date Invalidated:
  • Designer: M Goaman
  • Printer: Harrison & Sons Ltd, London
  • Process: Photogravure
  • Paper:
  • Watermark:
  • Perf: 14.5
  • Cylinders:
  • Sheet:
  • Quantity:

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1950 – Diamond Jubilee

Southern Rhodesia

1950 – Diamond Jubilee

Details

  • Date of Issue: 12th September, 1950
  • Date Withdrawn: 31st December, 1950
  • Date Invalidated: 1st September, 1954
  • Designer: 
  • Printer: Waterlow & Sons Ltd
  • Process: Recess
  • Paper:
  • Watermark: None
  • Perf: Line 14
  • Plates:
    • 44786 & 44825
    • 44786 & 44785
  • Sheet: 12 x 5
  • Booklet: N/A
  • Quantity: 4,650,000

Production

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1951 – Nyasaland Protectorate Diamond Jubilee

Nyasaland

Diamond Jubilee of Protectorate

Details

  • Date of Issue: 15th May, 1951
  • Date Withdrawn:
  • Date Invalidated:
  • Designer: C Twynam
  • Printer: Bradbury Wilkinson & Co. Ltd, Malden, Surrey, England
  • Process: Recess
  • Paper:
  • Watermark: Multi Script CA
  • Perf: 11 x 12
  • Plates:
    • 2d – 1 1
    • 3d – 1 1
    • 6d – 1 1
    • 5s – (1 1) & (1a & 1a)
  • Sheet:
  • Booklet: N/A
  • Quantity:

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1949 – 75th Anniversary of U.P.U. (N)

Nyasaland

75th Anniversary of U.P.U.

Details

  • Date of Issue: 21st November, 1949
  • Date Withdrawn:
  • Date Invalidated:
  • Designer: 
  • Printer: 
    • Bradbury Wilkinson & Co. Ltd, New Malden, Surrey, England (2d & 6d)
    • Waterlow & Sons Ltd, London (1d & 1/-)
  • Process:
    • Design – Recess
    • Name – Typo
  • Paper:
  • Watermark: Multi-script CA
  • Perf:
    • 13.5-14 (1d & 1/-)
    • 11 x 11.5 (2d & 6d)
  • Plates:
    • 1 (1d, 1/-)
    • 1a (6d)
    • 2 (3d)
    • 2a (3d, 6d)
  • Sheet:
  • Booklet: N/A
  • Quantity:

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1970 – Inauguration of Posts and Telecommunications Corporation

Inauguration of Posts and Telecommunications Corporation

Rhodesia

Details

  • Date of Issue: 1st July, 1970
  • Date Withdrawn: 31st December, 1970
  • Date Invalidated: 1st January, 1974
  • Designer: Rose Martin
  • Printer: Mardon Printers (Pvt) Ltd, Salisbury, Rhodesia
  • Process: Offset Lithography
  • Paper: White, brown gum
  • Perf: 14.25
  • Cylinders:
    • 1A 1A 1A 1A
    • 1B 1B 1B 1B
  • Sheet: 10 x 5
  • Quantities:
    • 2½c – 400,000
    • 3½c – 400,000
    • 15c – 250,000
    • 25c – 250,000

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International Telecommunication Union Centenary (Z)

International Telecommunication Union Centenary

Zambia

 

Details

  • Date of Issue: 26th July, 1965
  • Withdrawn: 12th October, 1965
  • Demonetized: 12th October, 1966
  • Designer: Unknown
  • Printer: Harrison & Sons Ltd., London
  • Print Type: Photogravure
  • Sheet Layout: 60 –  R5 x 12
  • Sheet Number: R1/12
  • Sheet Value: 6d only – R1/1-2
  • Imprint: Below R5/5-8
  • Cylinder No.: Below R5/11
  • Traffic lights: Alongside R5/12
  • Perf: 
    • Comb 14.3
    • Top border imperforate
    • Bottom border perforated through
    • Side margins imperforate (one hole only)
  • Cylinders: 1A 1A

Varities

6d – Break in the gold line under ‘U’ of “ITU” (R5/10)

2/6d – Break in the gold line under ‘U’ of “ITU” (R5/10)

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National Archives

The National Archives collection holds the following material:

  • A complete sheet of each value
  • A set of imperforate proofs individually mounted on presentation cards signed by L. Changufu (Minister of Information & Postal Services)

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Reference

  • Zambia’s Postage Stamps: The Post Federation Stamp Issues of Northern Rhodesia and Zambia 1963-71 – A R Drysdall and J Case
  • Statutory Instrument No.297 of 1965
  • Statutory Instrument No.287 of 1966

1965 – International Telecommunication Union Centenary (R)

Rhodesia

1965 – International Telecommunication Union Centenary

Details

  • Date of Issue: 17th May, 1965
  • Date Withdrawn: 16th July, 1965
  • Date Invalidated: 1st February, 1969
  • Designer: Victor Whiteley
  • Printer: Harrison and Sons Ltd London
  • Process: Photogravure
  • Paper: White with clear gum
  • Watermark: N/A
  • Perf: Comb 14.5
  • Cylinders: 1A 1A
  • Sheet: 10 x 6
  • Booklet: N/A
  • Quantity:
    • 6d – 592,000
    • 1/3d – 421,000
    • 2/6d – 271,000

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