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).

Contributors
  • James Gavin

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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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References

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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Postcards: Blantyre Printing & Publishing Co Ltd – Type II

Blantyre Printing & Publishing Co Ltd

Type II

See Type IIA for backings with descriptions.

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Montfort Press

Montfort Press

Limbe

Monfort Press was established in 1957 in Thyolo by the Montfort Fathers to multiply their missionary efforts to print explanations of the catechism, to print a bible commentary with explanations to actual life, and print a magazine with how their teachings applied to life.

In 1961, after years of using second-hand printing devices which did not work on arrival, the press moved to new premises in Limbe. As part of its effort to manage budget, the press undertook a number of commercial activities. Popular Publications became one its subsidiaries.

It is now known as Monfort Media.

Postcards

References

  • The Society of Malawi Journal Vol. 31, No. 2 (July, 1978)

Postcards: Montfort Press – Type I

Montfort Press

Type I

No.sDescriptionEarliest PMK Date
N/AA modern shopping centre, Blantyre City, Malawi31/01/1978

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Postcards: Central Africana Ltd – Type VIII

Central Africana Ltd

Type VIII

No.sDescriptionEarliest PMK Date
N/AMalawi's Lake of Stars14/07/2007
N/ATo a celebration, Mzimba00/08/2015

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