Postcards: Tourist Promotion in Africa (PVT) Ltd – Type IC – F Series

Tourist Promotion in Africa (PVT) Ltd

Type IC – F Series

No.sDescriptionEarliest PMK Date
F/6635Flame Lily. Gloriosa Superba. Zimbabwe.


Postcards: P.P.I (Pvt) Ltd – Type VIA (Green Banner)

Packaging and Printing Industries (Pvt) Ltd

Type VIA

No.sDescriptionEarliest PMK Date
ZMP 1The Ox wagon...


Postcards: Tourist Promotion in Africa (Pvt) Ltd – Type V – A Series

Tourist Promotion in Africa (Pvt) Ltd

Type V – A Series

No.sDescriptionEarliest PMK Date
A/17Shangaan Dancers at Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe


Roman Catholic Church: St Albert’s Mission

Roman Catholic Church

St Albert’s Mission

The East German province of Jesuits established St. Albert’s Mission in 1962, which became the center of their efforts in Southern Rhodesia.  The mission is located near the village of Centenary in Mashonaland Central province, on the escarpment overlooking the Zambezi Valley.

St. Albert’s Mission Hospital was completed in 1963 with 85 beds.  It was originally run by nurses from the Dominican Sisters.  In 1983, Dr Elizabeth Tarira became the first resident doctor, building up the hospital to its present 140-bed capacity.  A convent for the Little Children of our Blessed Lady (LCBL), who also worked in the hospital, was completed in 1968. St. Albert’s became a district (government funded) hospital in 1985. It is the only hospital serving the 120,000 people in the district.  Today the hospital includes male, female and children’s wards, maternity and neonatal units, surgical theater, laboratory and pharmacy.  It admits about 5,000 patients per year and treats approximately 40,000 outpatients.

The Dominican Sisters opened a secondary school (St. Albert’s High School) in 1964. By 1973 the school had 197 students and there was a primary school of 261 pupils.  In February 1973, the High School was closed by Rhodesian security forces as a ‘communal punishment’ after the discovery of a guerilla base nearby. The school reopened in April, but three months later a force from the Zimbabwe African National Liberation Army (ZANLA) captured approximately 300 pupils and staff and force marched them towards Mozambique to train as guerilla fighters. Before crossing the border, Rhodesian Security Forces were able to secure the release of all but eight of the children and staff.  The school was later closed in the late 1970’s during the height of the “liberation struggle”, not opening again until 1981 with 120 students.


  • Mark Loomis


1970 – Cuboree 70

Cuboree 70

1-4 May 1970


Cuboree 70 was held at Lake Kyle, Fort Victoria in May 1970.



The special mark for the event has been found on a couple of Caudwell Cards – Type I. Although the postmark has been seen applied to other cards.

  • Paul Raynor


1981 – First Flight Zimbabwe to Portugal

First Flight Zimbabwe to Portugal

22 September 1981

First Flight Covers


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.



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).

  • James Gavin


Republic of Zimbabwe

Republic of Zimbabwe

The Republic of Zimbabwe, since the 11th century, has been the site of several organised states and kingdoms as well as a major route for migration and trade. The British South Africa Company of Cecil Rhodes first demarcated the present territory during the 1890s; it became the self-governing British colony of Southern Rhodesia in 1923. In 1965, the conservative white minority government unilaterally declared independence (UDI) as Rhodesia.

Robert Mugabe became Prime Minister of Zimbabwe in 1980, when his ZANU-PF party won the elections following the end of white minority rule; he was the President of Zimbabwe from 1987 until his resignation in 2017. Under Mugabe’s authoritarian regime, the state security apparatus dominated the country and was responsible for widespread human rights violations. Mugabe maintained the revolutionary socialist rhetoric of the Cold War era, blaming Zimbabwe’s economic woes on conspiring Western capitalist countries. Contemporary African political leaders were reluctant to criticise Mugabe, who was burnished by his anti-imperialist credentials, though Archbishop Desmond Tutu called him “a cartoon figure of an archetypal African dictator”. The country has been in economic decline since the 1990s, experiencing several crashes and hyperinflation along the way.

The state endured international isolation and a 15-year guerrilla war with black nationalist forces; this culminated in a peace agreement that established universal enfranchisement and de jure sovereignty as Zimbabwe in April 1980. Zimbabwe then joined the Commonwealth of Nations, from which it was suspended in 2002 for breaches of international law by its then-government, and from which it withdrew in December 2003.

On 15 November 2017, in the wake of over a year of protests against his government as well as Zimbabwe’s rapidly declining economy, Mugabe was placed under house arrest by the country’s national army in a coup d’état. On 19 November 2017, ZANU-PF sacked Robert Mugabe as party leader and appointed former Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa in his place. On 21 November 2017, Mugabe tendered his resignation prior to impeachment proceedings being completed. On 30 July 2018 Zimbabwe held its general elections, which was won by the ZANU-PF party led by Emmerson Mnangagwa.

The sovereign state is a member of the United Nations, the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the African Union (AU), and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA). 


Cinderellas: RAPT – 1981 Butterflies of Southern Africa

Rehabilitation and Prevention of Tuberculosis (RAPT)

1981 Butterflies of Southern Africa


  • Date of Issue: 1981
  • Designer: 
  • Printer: Mardon Printers
  • Process:
  • Paper:
  • Perf: Comb 14
  • Sheet: 10 x 5
  • Booklet:
  • Quantity: ½ pane (25)
  • Price: 50c

Commercial Covers


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