Postcards: Beanes Photo Service – Type I

Beanes Photo Service

Type I

No.sDescriptionEarliest PMK Date
126Pretoria, Church Square, Looking East
163Abakweta Dancers
166A Zulu Warrior
181The Drinking Pool, Game Reserve
204Cutting Up Platform, Whaling Station, Durban
209Victoria Falls, Rhodesia
210Tropical Vegetation, Victoria Falls, Rhodesia
211Zimbabwe Ruins, South Rhodesia
212Zimbabwe Ruins, South Rhodesia

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Postcards: Sallo Epstein & Co. – Type IA – Green

Sallo Epstein & Co.

Type IA – Green

Similar to Type I but with Printed in Dresden next to the stamp box.

No.sDescriptionEarliest PMK Date
N/ABlantyre Church - Central Africa.22/10/1906

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Postmarks: 1905 – Visit of the British Association for the Advancement of Science

Visit of the British Association for the Advancement of Science

Two special postmarks were used as part of the Visit of the British Association for the Advancement of Science in 1905.

Type I – Tour Cancellation

The Tour Cancellation was used in both South Africa and Rhodesia on the 9th, 11th and 14th of September. The cancels are found in violet up until the 13 Sept, and black for the 14 Sept.

Type II – Opening of the Victoria Falls Bridge

September 12th was the opening day for the Victoria Falls road/rail bridge as well as being public holiday. Therefore, the Victoria Falls Post Office was only open for two hours to commemorate the visit of the Association (for whose benefit the special cancel was used).

Contributors
  • Adrian de Bourbon

1905 – Visit of the British Association for the Advancement of Science

Visit of the British Association for the Advancement of Science

9-21 September 1905

The British Association for the Advancement of Science was established to hold regular meetings in various countries of the British Empire in order to encourage scientific research in other parts of the world.

In 1905, the Association visited South Africa.The overseas delegates travelled to two South African cities as part of the meeting and visited five other cities on excursions. At each venue they met their South African counterparts and presented public lectures. There were two distinct meetings; Cape Town (15-18 August), and Johannesburg (28 August – 1 September).

330 members and their wives arrived in Cape Town on 15 August and travelled on to Durban arriving on 22 August 1905. They then travelled through South Africa to Bulawayo in two special trains arriving on 9 September 1905.

In addition to these meetings, the Association commissioned a young archaeologist from England, Sir David Randall-MacIver to carry out excavations at the Zimbabwe Ruins and to report on the significance of the monument. MacIvers methods were vastly different to those used by James Theodore Bent and Richard Nicklin Hall. MacIver’s subsequent publication, Medieval Rhodesia caused great academic controversy upon its release.

Members of the Association also travelled to Rhodesia, arriving 9 September. In Bulawayo, the second Rhodesia Museum was opened by Professor G Darwin, President of the British Association, and son of Charles Darwin. In addition, Randall-MacIver presented the results of his investigations before members of the British and South African Associations in an evening discourse. The party left Bulawayo on the 10th, stopping at the Matopos on 11 September.

The Association travelled onto Victoria Falls where the Victoria Falls Bridge was officially opened by Professor Darwin on 12 September 1905. After the ceremony, members visited the Rain Forest, Livingstone Island and other areas. On 13 September, the Association visited various points of interest around the bridge before returning by training to Bulawayo on the 13 September.

After returning to Bulawayo on the 14th, one group (206 persons) went directly to Cape Town and sailed on 17 September 1905 for home, the other group going north to Salisbury, Umtali and then to Beira before travelling back to Cape Town and to the UK.

Stamp Issues

Postmarks

References

  • Journal of the Rhodesian Study Circle No.67
  • Journal of the Rhodesian Study Circle No.68
  • Journal of the Rhodesian Study Circle No.69
  • wellcomecollection.org
Contributors
  • Adrian de Bourbon

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Letter Cards: Darter Bros & Co – Type II

Darter Bros & Co

Type II

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Darter Bros & Co

Darter Bros & Co

Cape Town

Darter Bros & Walton was established in 1877 on the corner of Adderley St and Church St, Cape Town. The business was a large seller of books as well as magazines, newspapers, stationery, artist materials and fancy leather goods.

Letter Cards

Letter Cards: Darter Bros & Co – Type I

Darter Bros & Co

Type I

The photos in this release were taken by E Peters.

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Postcards: The SASCo – Type II (Numbered)

The SASCo

Type II (Numbered)

No.sDescriptionEarliest PMK Date
154Victoria Falls

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Postcards: The SASCo – Type II (V Series)

The SASCo

Type II (V Series)

No.sDescriptionEarliest PMK Date
V2Victoria Falls Bridge24/04/1909

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