Lalji Kurji Ltd was owned by Indian trader, Lalji Kurji (b.1898). Lalji arrived in Blantyre, Nyasaland in 1912. He soon opened a business as a wholesale and retail merchant. He also was an importer dealing in bed sheets, pillow cases, cotton blankets, bicycle spares, sundries and general merchandise.
The British Red Cross Society formed a central branch in Nyasaland in 1936. The primary object of the society was to furnish aid to the sick and wounded in the time of war, and in addition, improve the health, prevent disease and mitigate suffering in the world.
Since its creation in 1863, the International Committee of the Red Cross’ sole objective has been to ensure protection and assistance for victims of armed conflict and strife. It does so through its direct action around the world, as well as by encouraging the development of international humanitarian law (IHL) and promoting respect for it by governments and all weapon bearers. Its story is about the development of humanitarian action, the Geneva Conventions and the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.
Within central Africa, the first branches were established through the British Red Cross Society, a society formed in 1870.
J Abegg was established by Hans and Dora Abegg. In the beginning it was primarily involved in produce; exporting and importing beans & maize and the like. The business then developed into a hardware shop, builder’s merchant, timber, glazing and motor vehicle windscreens.
The two letters above are from postcard printers for Type IV. Judging from the quote specifically referring to 18 subjects, and the earliest postmark dates, we can assume that Maclure, Macdonald & Co were the printers.