South West Africa
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|SWASPS: South West Africa|
from the Francis Kiddle award-winning collection of South West Africa Postal Stationery |
All items were overprinted SPECIMEN type SWA1 (47½×6mm) in red diagonally from BL to TR by the Union Government Printer.
5 post cards: H&G 1a, 1a[BEC], 2, 2[BEC], 2a.
9 registered envelopes: H&G C3a, C3b, C3b[BEC], C4, C4[UPU], C4a, C4a[BEC], C4a[UPU], C4b.
8 newspaper wrappers: H&G E1, E1[UPU], E2, E2[BEC] rather crumpled, E3, E3[BEC], E4, E4[UPU].
The 6 items annotated [BEC] are additionally handstamped SPECIMEN type BEC2a and are from the Bechuanaland Protectorate UPU collection and are the only examples in private hands, the other two are in the National Postal Museum and the British Library collections.
The 4 items annotated [UPU] are additionally handstamped with a numbering machine to show a 4-digit year of issue and originate from the UPU's own collection and are believed to be unique.
A total of 22 items in VF condition (one exception noted).
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