CAPE OF GOOD HOPE, RARE 1855 6d slate lilac on blued paper see description MLH.
The first message recorded as having been passed from one vessel to another by leaving it under Post Office Tree (Mossel Bay) was in 1601. Letters are known from c. 1619, but the earliest government postal system was set up by the Dutch in Cape Town on 28 September 1791. Prepayment was an early feature of the British system. Country POs linked by horse riders spread from 1816; by 1855 there were more than 100. Named 'Paid' hand-stamps were introduced in 1817, 'Ship Letter' and 'Packet Letter' hand-stamps a little earlier. Monthly steam packets to England were introduced in 1850, railway TPOs in 1883. Early triangular stamps were obliterated with a triangle of bars incorporating the initials CGH. Circular town date stamps, introduced in the 1850s, were placed alongside. The number of POs had risen to 500 by 1864 when the Cape numeral series of 'killers' was introduced to cancel the 'rectangulars'. Cape Colony joined the UPU in 1895 and adopted Imperial Penny Postage on 1 September 1899. (STAMP ATLAS).
Photo # 1 is to show you how to recognize a 6d slate lilac from a pale rose-lilac.
This stamp, is in my possession and is for sale this fall with, LIGHTLY USED ,NG, NO WMK that I can see.
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