Postcards: Blantyre Printing & Packaging Co Ltd – Type IVB

Blantyre Printing & Packaging Co Ltd

Type IVB

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TAP Air Portugal

TAP Air Portugal

TAP (Transportes Aéreos Portugueses) Air Portugal is the flag carrier airline of Portugal, headquartered at Lisbon Airport which also serves as its hub. The airline, founded on 14 March 1945 began commercial services on 19 September 1946, with a flight from Lisbon to Madrid using a Douglas DC-3. On 31 December, TAP Air Portugal began its Linha Aérea Imperial, a twelve-stop colonial service including Luanda, Angola and Lourenço Marques (now Maputo), Mozambique.

Rhodesia’s Unilateral Declaration of Independence on 11 November 1965 and the subsequent imposition of sanctions imposed by Britain and independent African states, closed down almost all international flights operating through Rhodesia, with the exception of TAP and South African Airways.

In June 2015 the company was semi-privatised and became majority-owned by the Atlantic Gateway Consortium. The deal has been surrounded in controversy because it was completed at the end of the center-right government’s mandate with wide opposition from TAP employees. On October 2015, a new left-wing government has sought to return majority control of the airline to the state.

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Postcards: The Central Bookshop – Type III

The Central Bookshop

Type III

No.sDescriptionEarliest PMK Date
N/ABeautiful Malawi - Young fisherman at lake Malawi.23/04/1981

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Postcards: The Central Bookshop – Type II

The Central Bookshop

Type II

No.sDescriptionEarliest PMK Date
N/ADugouts. Lake Malawi.07/03/1985
N/AKhande Traders - Zomba, Malawi.
N/AMalawi Children*01/11/1985
N/AMarket Scene in Malawi.00/00/1982

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Postcards: Blantyre Printing & Packaging Co Ltd – Type IVA

Blantyre Printing & Packaging Co Ltd

Type IVA

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The Boys’ Brigade

The Boys’ Brigade

The Boys’ Brigade (BB) is an international interdenominational Christian youth organisation, conceived by Sir William Alexander Smith and Chester to combine drill and fun activities with Christian values. Following its inception in Glasgow in 1883 The Boys’ Brigade quickly spread across the United Kingdom, becoming a worldwide organisation by the early 1890s. As of 2018, there were 750,000 Boys’ Brigade members in 60 countries.

The Boys’ Brigade has branches in Malawi (est.1910), Zambia (est.1957) and Zimbabwe (est.1948).

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Republic of Malawi

Republic of Malawi

Malawi is a landlocked country in southeast Africa that was formerly known as Nyasaland. The name Malawi comes from the Maravi, an old name of the Nyanja people that inhabit the area. The part of Africa now known as Malawi was settled by migrating Bantu groups around the 10th century. Centuries later in 1891 the area was colonised by the British as British Central Africa. In 1907, it became a Protectorate named Nyasaland.

In 1953 Malawi in joined the Federation of Rhodesia & Nyasaland. The Federation was dissolved in 1963 and in 1964 the protectorate over Nyasaland was ended and Nyasaland became an independent country under Queen Elizabeth II with the new name Malawi. Two years later it became a republic.

Upon gaining independence it became a totalitarian one-party state under the presidency of Hastings Banda, who remained president until 1994. Malawi now has a democratic, multi-party government headed by an elected president, currently Lazarus Chakwera.

Malawi’s foreign policy is pro-Western and includes positive diplomatic relations with most countries and participation in several international organisations, including the United Nations, the Commonwealth of Nations, the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), and the African Union (AU).

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Ryall’s Blantyre Hotel Ltd

Ryall’s Blantyre Hotel Ltd

Blantyre

Louisa Ryall, whose husband worked for the Nyasaland Volunteer Reserve as builder and contractor, responded to an advertisement appearing in the Nyasaland Times in 1919 requesting the need for hotel accommodation in Nyasaland. Louisa had already established the Limbe Hotel in 1914.

Ryall converted one of the buildings that used to be a concentration camp during the First World War as the first premise for a hotel in Blantyre. The building later became Nash’s Hotel, a family business owned by Mr Nash.

After the death of her husband, Francis Ryall, she married the manager of her Limbe Hotel, John Stratton. They built a new establishment, Ryall’s Blantyre Hotel, which opened in 1922.

The business is now known as Protea Hotel Blantyre Ryalls. It is the longest established hotel in Malawi.

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Universal Postal Union

Universal Postal Union

The Universal Postal Union (UPU) is a specialised agency of the United Nations (UN), established in 1947, that regulates international mail services with its headquarters at Bern, Switzerland.

Established in 1875 following adoption of the Universal Postal Convention, it is one of the oldest extant international governmental organisations. The Universal Postal Congress, the governing body, usually meets every four years to discuss and adopt a world postal strategy and consider the activities of the executive council, whose 40 members are elected on a geographical basis and meet yearly.

The UPU consists of:

  • 4 bodies
    • The Congress
    • The Council of Administration (CA)
    • The Postal Operations Council (POC)
    • The International Bureau (IB)
  • 2 cooperatives
    • Telematics Cooperative
    • EMS Cooperative

Countries that belong to the union form a unified postal territory with easy international exchange of mail. The union also provides technical assistance and advice in attempts to improve postal service, especially in developing countries. It facilitates the development of the contemporary postal network which, in addition to the traditional delivery of mail, also includes electronic and financial services. The UPU has 192 member nations.

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Postcards: Blantyre Printing & Publishing Co Ltd – Type IIA

Blantyre Printing & Publishing Co Ltd

Type IIA

No.sDescriptionEarliest PMK Date
N/AFishermen...
N/AMount Soche Hotel, Blantyre

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