Rhodesian Philately to 1924: The British South Africa Company Period – Brian Trotter, Colin Hoffman and Patrick Flanagan
A RPSL Publication.
A RPSL Publication.
Friday, 29 April, to Sunday, 1 May.
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To assist with planning, we are asking for expressions of interest as to attendance. Please direct them to Brian Trotter at email@example.com
All are most welcome.
The RSC is also going to organise a Virtual Conference for 2022 as we did in 2021.
The plating and positioning of the 1d Double Head is a task that has preoccupied a number of enthusiasts for many a year. In a 2003 presentation, Keith Watkins quoted from The Philatelic Magazine of 1 November, 1917:
(Writing about the 1d Double Head) .. we can vouch for the existence of the above 23 varieties .. there remain 77 more to complete the plate. Any reader finding the full number will be awarded a first class ticket to the nearest Lunatic Asylum.
Stephen Reah-Johnson once reflected that the Penny Double Head is like a desert into which great philatelists wander and are then never heard from again.
So, in order to assist those brave who wish to venture into this abyss, we offer some support.
Firstly, two diagrams from Ian Hamilton which offer one an initial guide as to positioning:
What follows is a detailed analysis obtained through the work of Keith Watkins and Charles Temple and others:
To follow this analysis one must use the Thirkell Co-ordinates
In addition, here are some Positioning Diagrams 1-100 ex Bill O’Connell which are another useful resource in this study.
And something very exciting. Bob Gibbs has begun detailed work on writing up each individual position on Plate A and Plate B. This is a work-in-progress and will be added to over time.
Following the completion of the Rhodesia and Zimbabwe Encyclopaedia, I was “persuaded”
to go further back and look at the issues during the reign of Queen Elizabeth II. My collection is almost entirely centred around the territory of Southern Rhodesia, and not to any great extent the other two territories. It was therefore logical that the issues of the Federation should be handled together collectively.
For many of the RSC members who were brought up in any of the three territories the first
stamps they would have seen on a regular basis would be those issued during the Federal
period. I can well recall the excitement that was generated when a new issue about to be
released. On one issue, in particular, was released on my tenth birthday!
There were only eleven issues of stamps (including two postage dues) during this period, with a further one planned but never issued. Researching the issues during this period has been a challenge. Whilst there is a fair amount of published material for the 1954 definitive, this is not the case for the 1959 definitive. The Mashonaland Guide has been a useful source of material but here are gaps that have been identified.
Whilst I, personally, have a fairly extensive collection of the varieties found in all the issues, I had not built up a collection of imprints, cylinder blocks and other important information. I am therefore very reliant of being able to study material held in members collections. I know that the material as it is being released will have gaps and I would therefore be very grateful if members can provide additional this material.
I have had a significant amount of material provided already and am most grateful to the following members that have assisted:
Pat Flanagan, Keith Harrop, Adrian de Bourbon,Jamie Smith, Christopher Cooksey, Phil Clarke, Dave Trathen, Dave Cooper.I will in advance also like to thank Sean Burke who will be downloading this material on to the RSC website.
Please peruse the files and feedback comments, criticisms and, more specifically, more
information and additional material. This has been a big project but one that goes to the heart of the Study Circle’s aims and objectives. Please contact me by email at
The Rhodesian Study Circle (RSC), following the successful similar venture undertaken to update the listing of all Rhodesia and Zimbabwe stamps since 1964, is now compiling a full list of the stamps issued in Malawi since 1964.
I am attempting to gather and present as much information as possible. Any and all contributions are welcome and the entries will be updated and amended as appropriate. Information can come from whatever source -magazines, journals, auction catalogues and, of course, actual studies already undertaken or in progress.
Please peruse the files and feedback comments, criticisms and, more specifically, more information and additional material. This is a big project but one that goes to the heart of the Rhodesian Study Circle in an area that has only had scattered attention.
If you would like to contribute any information, please Contact Us.
Eunice Ott 1914-1956
Eunice Irene Ott was born to Mr. and Mrs. Roy Ott near Green, Iowa, January 1914. After graduating from the Moody Bible Institute and undergoing nurses training at Booth Memorial Hospital in New York, she served at Bible Witness Mission in Chicago. She was commissioned in 1944 as a missionary in Southern Rhodesia with the Evangelical Alliance Mission (TEAM). Eunice served first as a teacher at Msengedzi Mission.
In 1951, she transferred to teach at Mavuradontha Mission, where she also helped out in the dispensary.Eunice moved to Chironga Mission in 1956 to work at the newly established Teacher Training Institute. Tragically, she died shortly thereafter in May 1956, and is buried at Mavuradontha.