Presented by the Orange Free State Philatelic Society




Chairman:                         Mr Jan van Beukering

Secretary:                         Mr Joof van der Merwe

Additional members:         Me Gerda van Zyl

                                         Prof. Gary Osthoff




Chairman :                        Mr Emil Minnaar RDPSA

Secretary :                        Mr Joof van der Merwe / Jan van Beukering

Additional members:         Mr Michael Wigmore RDPSA                           

                 Mrs Anne-Marie Wigmore

                 Mr Emil Bührman RDPSA                                 

                 Dr Gerhard Kamffer RDPSA

                 Mr Louwrence Erasmus

                                         Mr Michael Smith FRPSL

                 Mr Peter van der Molen RDPSA

                 Mr Cedric Roché RDPSA

                 Mr Hugh Amoore RDPSA



The OFSPS was founded in the surgery of Dr Stolreither on 27th February 1901 with five others attending. Mr J C Muller was elected as its first chairman. The first President was the Hon. Maj. Hamilton Gould-Adams, CB C.M.G, vice administrator of the Orange River Colony. In 1909 mr F C Carter (a well-known pharmacist) was elected Chairman. Gould-Adams was named Patron and shortly hereafter the first Junior competition was held. From 1914 to 1933 it was Carter, and later the well-known J B Levy who rekindled the dwindling Society and renamed it the OFS and Basutoland Philatelic Society. During 1961 the word Basutoland was removed.

Renowned philatelists from the ranks of the Society include messrs. Aubrey Scott, Helmut Hagen, Meyburgh, Denne, Gilbert, Freund, Bezuidenhout and others, no longer with us. Honorary Life Presidents were Dr T B Berry, Mr A L Meyburgh, and mr Bezuidenhout RDPSA.

OFSPS Signatories to the Roll of distinguished philatelists were Karl Freund †, Bert Meyburgh †, André Bezuidenhout † ,Emil Bührmann, Pauw Steyl and Neil Cronjé.

The Society meets every fourth Friday of each month at 19h00 (except December) at the Anglo Boer War Museum in Memoriam Road Bloemfontein. Other stamp clubs in the region are the Goldfields PS, Odendaalsrust, The Kimberley PS  and Oilfilat in Sasolburg.







Our sincere gratitude to the following instances for their donations, financial and in kind, and  technical support for the Bofex experimental one frame virtual exhibition:

Mr Emil Minnaar – RDPSA Without whom this show could not be a success

The Philatelic Federation of South Africa

The Bellville Philatelic Society

The Natal Philastelioc Society

Port Elizabeth Philatelic Society

The East Rand Philatelic Society

Daniel and Tarryn Cronjé – Hobby Expo 2017 organisers

The Orange Free State Philatelic Society




The “5th  Province “ of the Union of South Africa                               Exhibit 39

Von Varendorff Mr R – Johannesburg PS                                                          55%

In 1915, after defeating the Schutztruppe, South African forces occupied German South West Africa with the intention of incorporating it as the ‘5th Province’. The South African Government took over the administration of GSWA , including the postal service; only South African stamps were sold at the post offices as the official franking medium. The exhibit shows the provincial and Union of South Africa postage and postage due stamps that were in use during the period of occupation 1915 – 1922. As the mint stamps were the same as those used in the other four provinces, their usage in SWA can only be determined by their postmarks.


Commemorating the 1849 British Settlers to Port Natal                     Exhibit 01   

Beyleveld Mr J – Highway PS                                                                           68x%


The 1949 centenary was commemorated with the issue of a 1½d stamp which was sold from 2 May 1949 to 30 June 1949. Printed at the Government Printing Works, Pretoria by rotogravure process in sheets of 120 (6 columns of 20) on multiple springbok head watermarked paper, and inscribed in English and  Afrikaans. The exhibit endeavours to illustrate aspects of a single commemorative stamp issue of the Union of South Africa with respect to : Stamp usage, different printings, colour varieties, errors, listed varieties and some unlisted varieties.


Air Mail stamps of the Union of South Africa                                       Exhibit 10                                       

Du Plessis Mr A  - Pretoria PS                                                                            82%


The first Air Mail stamps appeared in 1925 when a three-month Experimental Air Mail service were instituted.  It consisted of four denominations – 1d, 3d, 6d and 9d. A second set with values 4d and 1/- were issued on 16 August 1929 and marked the inauguration of the permanent Air Mail service by the Union Airways (Pty) Ltd. The words “AIR MAIL” does not appear on the third issue.  Upon operation of the Empire Air Mail Scheme in 1937, all first-class mail was conveyed over Empire air routes at a rate of 1½d per half ounce. A special 1½d stamp were prepared and placed on sale in 1936.  This exhibit deal with the stamps and production of the Air Mail stamps of the Union of South Africa.


RSA 4th Definitives – Some print identification aspects                     Exhibit 34            

v d Merwe Mr J – OFSPS                                                                                  66%


The Fourth Definitive series of the Republic South Africa, issued 15 th July 1982, shows various facets of historic buildings of South Africa. Initially 17 stamp values were printed with 4 roll/coil values. Four additional values followed as annual postage costs escalated.  Some of the differences between the original printings and the redrawn printings are shown, highlighted by varieties. The issue was printed using Recess or Litho printing. Paper used for the series is Harrisons, PVA gum, on fluorescent paper. Litho printings consist of two panes, Recess printings consist of four panes. Five cylinders were re-chromed namely: 2c Cylinder S24, 3c

CylinderS21, 15c CylinderS26 (re-chroming is doubtful), 50c CylinderS39 and R2 CylinderS35. The 4th Definitive series was replaced late 1988.

Guernsey & Jersey : 1940 - 1969                                                               Exhibit 37                                

Viljoen Mr D – Belville PS                                                                                   72%


This exhibit starts with the war occupation period which is then followed by the regional issues for each island. Known colour shades, different watermarks & papers, phosphor issues and variations on the stamps are shown. A variety of interesting postal stationary items are included especially during the war years as well as general postal usage with relevant postage for the period.


Varieties on the RSA 1974 - 1977definitive and commemorative stamp issues  

                                                                                                                  Exhibit 41

Williams Mr J – OFSPS                                                                                      69%


Varieties such as colour shift, colour differences, colour proofs, i.e. 3c Geranium. Perf shifts, i.e. Voortrekker Monument, paper foldover, i.e. Sasol. There are imperf pairs, smudges, doctor blade marks and date errors on cylinder blocks. Of note is the ‘Black Jacket’ variety of the 4c Diedericks stamp of which 60 are known to exist.


Celebrating a reluctant king – Union of South Africa King George VI coronation issue                                                                                    Exhibit 36                                                        

Venter Mr L – OFSPS                                                                                        71%


On 12 May 1937 Prince Albert became King George VI of the British Empire. As a dominium, South Africa issued a set of five stamps in commemoration of this event. A number of recurring varieties have been identified within the issue over the years, which makes for an interesting field of study. This exhibit shows the 22 commonly listed varieties. Included are a 1d-block showing a paper joint (one of only four known to exist) and amongst others examples of all nine interior plate varieties in the ultra-scarce 1d with watermark to the right, all in unmounted mint condition.


Great Britain – The circular delivery companies                                 Exhibit 28

Suttill Mr M – Royal PS CT                                                                                86 %


The Edinburgh and Leith circular delivery company was established by Robert Brydon in 1865 to provide for bulk mailing and was advertised as one farthing. This undermined the minimum rate at the time of the one penny by the post office, who quickly opposed the service. The founding of companies in other cities failed to save the operation. None of the companies survived beyond 1867. The exhibit shows good coverage of the stamps produced, many in multiples, various values, imperforate and with different perforations. Most of the major varieties are present, at least one unlisted.


Celebrating a reluctant king – Union of South Africa King George VI coronation issue                                                                                    Exhibit 36                                                        

Venter Mr L – OFSPS                                                                                        71%


On 12 May 1937 Prince Albert became King George VI of the British Empire. As a dominium, South Africa issued a set of five stamps in commemoration of this event. A number of recurring varieties have been identified within the issue over the years, which makes for an interesting field of study. This exhibit shows the 22 commonly listed varieties. Included are a 1d-block showing a paper joint (one of only four known to exist) and amongst others examples of all nine interior plate varieties in the ultra-scarce 1d with watermark to the right, all in unmounted mint condition.


Great Britain – The circular delivery companies                                 Exhibit 28

Suttill Mr M – Royal PS CT                                                                                86 %


The Edinburgh and Leith circular delivery company was established by Robert Brydon in 1865 to provide for bulk mailing and was advertised as one farthing. This undermined the minimum rate at the time of the one penny by the post office, who quickly opposed the service. The founding of companies in other cities failed to save the operation. None of the companies survived beyond 1867. The exhibit shows good coverage of the stamps produced, many in multiples, various values, imperforate and with different perforations. Most of the major varieties are present, at least one unlisted.


Great Britain – The low value printing changes of 1879                     Exhibit 30

Suttill Mr M – Royal PS CT                                                                                88 %


The post office decided the remaining line engraved stamp. Halfpenny to two pence, were unsafe. In 1879 seven printers were asked to tender for a surface printed stamp. Much work was done on this tender, particularly by Perkins Bacon, who had the existing contract. However it was a foregone conclusion that De la Rue and Co, who had the contract for the higher values would win this contract too. The exhibit shows the original line engraved stamps, followed by a considerable number of trials, proofs, etc. and the new one penny stamp.


Nederlanse Konings en Koninginnen 1849 – 2013                                Exhibit 8                                   

De Waal Mrs J OFSPS                                                                                       50%


The Dutch constitutional monarchy was established in 1806. The Royal Palace is that part of the royal family entitled to the throne and is under ministerial responsibility. Willem III became the first King in 1849 and after his death his wife Emma (at the age of 42) became the Lady Governor Queen as their daughter Wilhelmina was just ten years old at the time of his passing. On her 18th birthday in 1898 Wilhelmina was crowned queen, followed by her daughter Juliana in 1948 at the age of 39 years. Juliana’s daughter Beatrix  took over the reign from 1980 till 2013.


Printing techniques of SA stamps 1910 – 2009                                    Exhibit 11                                    

Du Plessis Mr A – Pretoria PS                                                                            xx%


The Union of South Africa came into being on 31 May 1910 and became a Republicon 31 May 1961. From 1929 Union stamps were printed by the Government Printing Works, Pretoria using a Photo gravure process. On 9 October 2010, South Africa issued a miniature sheet showcasing the first stamp(s) printed with a different print technique between 1910 to 2009.The sheetlet comprising 12 redesigned stamps of Standard Postage rate (R2.40). The exhibit describes the different printing techniques between 1910 and 2009 used in the production of South African stamps with a brief explanation of the printing technique.


Cape of Good Hope Woodblocks                                                         Exhibit 17                          

Kisch Mr B – Highway PS                                                                                   50%


“Woodblocks” is a nickname given to an emergency printing of the triangular Cape of Good Hope stamps, necessitated as the order from Britain was mislaid. Saul Solomon was commissioned in 1861 to produce “Woodblocks” for the one and four penny values. All catalogued shades are shown. Included is a picture of two original Penny , undefaced  “Woodblocks”, one with a blue tidemark, genuine colour of error, or replicas? In 1883 official reprints of the “Woodblocks” were produced in different shades to the originals. In 1940 AA Jurgens produced prints of the original and enhanced “Woodblock” defacements, The corner retouch flaw and forgeries are shown.


A Study of the Australian 1d Die 3                                                        Exhibit 21                                                   

Monk Mr G – Eastern Dist’s PS Aus.                                                                 83%


The King George V Die 3 exhibit shows 25 of the possible 27 varieties found in this issue on and off covers, as official issues and with private company perforations. The Die 3 was also used for postal stationery and the exhibit shows items of those issues.


Coil stamps of the Rhodesias and Nyasaland 1924 – 1966               Exhibit 04                   

Coetzee - Mr P – Wits PS                                                                                  72%


This Exhibit is a record of the known and recorded pre-independence coil stamps issued in the period 1924 to 1966 in the Rhodesias (Northern, Southern and Federation) and Nyasaland. There are no records of coil stamps being issued in any of the earlier BSAP/Rhodesia/BCA period or after UDI. The one coil production, which was still used after UDI was declared, is the Harrison printed issue on page when the word “Southern “was dropped just prior to UDI being declared.


RSA - A Study of the 12½c stamps in South Africa                             Exhibit 43                               

Erasmus Dr L – AFV - RSA                                                                                68%


This is a study of the 121/2 c denomination stamps issued in the Republic of South Africa from 1961 to 1971 treated in the categories of nature, history, medical, religion, sport, science/technology, and prime ministers/state president. The standard airmail rate to the UK and Ireland was 121/2 c during this time. Cylinder blocks, commercially used covers and other philatelic material are shown from this period. The exhibit is presented in Afrikaans.




Great Britain – The College stamps of Oxford & Cambridge             Exhibit 29  

Suttill Mr M – Royal PS CT                                                                                82 %


The exhibit shows examples of each of the stamps produced for seven Oxford and three Cambridge colleges. The first issue was by Keble in 1871, followed in Oxford by Marten, Hertford, Exeter, St John’s , All Souls and Lincoln. Balliot produced stamps in 1885 but never used them The Cambridge Colleges involved were Selwyn, Queen’s and ST John’s. The exhibit displays stamps together with the somewhat scarce stationery used by a few colleges. There are a number of contemporary die proofs and a few used covers. Very few of such covers have survived.


Pre-Philatelic Postal History of Jerusalem                                           Exhibit 14                                           

Glassman Dr D L – Wits PS                                                                                86%


Jerusalem has always had historical and religious importance to Jews, Christians and Muslims, yet the Holy Land was not home to a large literate writing population. The are of Jerusalem was less than one square kilometer and the population did not exceed 17,000 inhabitants. The exhibit illustrates the development of the postal communications to and from Jerusalem during the Pre-Philatelic period, spanning two centuries from 1683 to 1872


South African War correspondence                                                     Exhibit 45

Mitchell Mr V – Port Elizabeth PS                                                                      61%


The exhibit shows mail with cancellations and censor markings used during the First and Second World Wars


Treatment of newspaper and prices current between USA and Great Britain 1849 – 1875                                                                                             Exhibit 16                                                                                               

Jones Mr J – Southampton PS UK                                                                     81%


The exhibit shows examples of rates and treatment of newspapers and registered and unregistered prices current (circulars / printed matter) between Great Britain and the USA in the Anglo-US Treaty period 1849 to 1875. Newspapers and circulars between the USA and GB in the period 1849 to 1867 are shown, including evidence of US postage due and treatment of circulars sent paid and unpaid to GB.Matter demonstrating payment to destination, rather than to the port, resulting from Treaty changes from 1867, are also shown.


Russian mail to Britain ‘via Hamburg’                                                  Exhibit 18                                                

Marshall Dr R – WPS New Zealand                                                                   88%

The exhibit illustrates all the routes from Russia to the Hamburg City Post Office, along with rates and markings. It includes all the important aspects of the subject. Especially the impact of the various Postal Conventions and Agreements, including the British Hamburg Agreement and the associated Lubick Arrangement between Russia and Prussia. The purpose of these Conventions was to speed up the delivery of the mail and reduce costs and they were effective. From St Petersburg to London the delivery time in 1817 was 24 days, in 1827 20 days, in 1841 13 days and in 1844 10 days


S Rhodesia WWII civilian and RAF censorship                                    Exhibit 27                                      

Stewart Mr G – Southland PS  NZ                                                                      82%


Censorship in Southern Rhodesia operated in three distinctive periods. The censor marks changed within those periods. Censorship was administrated by the Justice Department; the limited air force censorship ran alongside. Not all mail was censored. The censorship marks have long been recorded, together with changes, but why the changes took place was not known. The archive material discovered by the exhibitor shows why the mark changed, as seen from the 1980s photostats made by the National Archives of Zimbabwe which are shown.


Sample mail                                                                                             Exhibit 38                                                 

Viney Mr R – Shropshire PS UK                                                                        64%


A special postage rate for trade samples or patterns was introduced in 1863; it was discontinued as a distinct category of ,ail from 1st July 1971. This exhibit contains examples of various forms of sample mail, ranging from envelopes to parcel labels. It shows that mail through he period and from countries across the globe. The rates of postage vary widely and no attempt to explain the rates in various countries has been made here.




The other parts of the Bechuanaland Post Office                               Exhibit 32                               

Thy Mr P – WPS USA                                                                                         77%


The role of the Post Offices in the Bechuanalands was not restricted to handling letters, newspapers and parcels. Many other public services were daily activities like the telegraph, transmission of money, savings bank, distribution of revenue stamps, business licenses , fee collection and customs functions. The early long distance coach that connected the main post offices stropped to exchange goods, passengers and mail. Later the rail line connected the main post offices sharing personnel and facilities. The Bechuanaland post office thus emerges as an institution with deep roots in the development of the communication and transportation sectors of the country


Surface letter Postal Rates from New Zealand to the USA : a Survey from 1891 to 1948                                                                                            Exhibit 40

Watson Mr B – Wellington PS                                                                            83%


Before New Zealand joined the UPU in 1891, a variety of routes and rates applied to overseas destinations. Once New Zealand joined the UPU, and throughout the first half of the 20th Century, a variety of international postal rates prevailed. During this period rates were characterised by fluctuations governed by the cost of shipping mail to overseas destinations, the desire on the part of various Governments to alleviate costs to postal users and the exigencies of two world wars. This display illustrates the changing rates to one destination, the United States, with example covers for each rate period.




Anti-slavery reforms in the Victorian era                                              Exhibit 20

Mc Lellan-Smith Dr R – Highway PS                                                                  67%


The  British Society for the Abolition of the Slave trade approached William Wilberforce to be their voice in Parliament and the Abolition of Slavery Act was subsequently passed in 1807. Slavery in the British Empire was abolished in 1833 but continued elsewhere in the world. In the 1850’s a number of pictorial envelopes were produced to support the Anti-Slavery movement and this influenced public opinion to support the abolition of slavery in America at the end of the Civil War in 1865. In the exhibit are  letters from Wilberforce and examples of the pictorial envelopes from the two known publishers in various designs and states.


The Power of One                                                                                    Exhibit 09

Dooley Mr T – East Rand PS                                                                              55%


This exhibit is about the influence that Baden Powel had over the whole world with the formation of the boy scout movement. Far over a hundred years since the Anglo Boer War growth world wide is outstanding. It shows that one man / woman can still have such an influence in the world if some good is produced





Helipost in Belgium (1947 – 1958)                                                         Exhibit 24                                               

Roland Mr M – EDPS Australia                                                                           71%


After WWll Belgium roads, the train network and aerodromes were in a poor state but the mail still needed to be carried and the helicopter was seen as a saver over short distances. The carriage of mail was named ”HELIPOST”. This exhibit shows the collaboration between the Postal  Administration and the Belgium airline SABENA. The first flight carrying mail was in 1947 and after nine years of existence HELIPOST ceased in 1958, replaced by fast trains on the European network.




New Zealand – Prisoner of War air letter cards 1941-1945                Exhibit 07                         

Chitty Mr L – Waikato PS                                                                                   83%


This exhibit shows the variety of POW Air letter cards sent from New Zealand to POWs in Europe and the Far East. They were designed for Europe mail, printed in English, French and German. All of the main varieties are shown, including the eighteen pence, one Shilling, and 6d overprint of One Shilling rates. Scarce items include the earliest recorded copy of the eighteen pence watermarked paper lettercard, and two items improperly used to the Far East – a One Shilling lettercard, and a Six Pence overprint.


Postage Due mail notification in the RSA 1981 – 2000                       Exhibit 33                                            

Van Beukering Mr J – OFSPS                                                                            64%


Use of postage due stamps in the RSA came to a complete halt during 1981. Notification cards, type P1/62 were posted to the addressee informing them that a postally underfranked item was ‘detained at the Post Office’ and the deficiency amount was indicated. Initially ‘T’ type cachets and the written surcharge amount were applied. From 1984 small gummed labels type P1/151 were applied to the cover indicating reasons for the surcharge. This exhibit relates to the various ways this system was dealt with by the Post Office and the public, as well as studying the reprints of the cards and labels.


Nyasaland 1913-33 King George V issue – Revenue usage              Exhibit 31                      

Sutton M – Taranaki PS NZ                                                                              69%


Prior to the release of Nyasaland’s 1953 QEII stamps with “REVENUE” overprinted on them, all values of NYASALAND’s stamps included the  words POSTAGE and REVENUE in their design. As such these stamps where valid for both Postage and Revenue usage. This exhibit focuses on the usage of the 1913-33 KGV stamp issue for revenue purposes. To demonstrate this the exhibit includes different types of revenue cancellations on various documents and document pieces. These cancellation strikes give a clear indication of the stamps revenue usages and include the Issuing Authority, Date of usage and the Nyasaland town in which the government duty was paid.


Entertainment tax in Russia                                                                  Exhibit 19                                                            

Matheson Dr I  - Johannesburg PS                                                                    91%


This exhibit includes every entertainment tax stamp issued by Imperial Russia, and also a selection off regional issued. Many are shown properly used on tickets, where standard practice was to tear  the adhesive in half when used. Rarities include the first, third and fourth issues used on tickets, as well as the top values of the second set. The later issues reflect the serious inflation problems during World War I. Almost all the provincial issues are extremely rare.


The Viennese Newspaper wrappers                                                    Exhibit 45                                                      

Wenger  - Wits PS                                                                                              52%


This exhibit shows the “Wiener Zeitung” (Viennese Newspaper) brown paper wrappers, which were sent by air mail to the German Consuls in the main centres of South African Austrian consulates in Pretoria, Johannesburg and Durban.  The wrappers are from the Durban Consulate. In most countries newspapers were sent by air to foreign destinations, where, when received, the wrappers were removed and mostly discarded, as only the paper’s content was read. These were therefore “difficult to find’.




‘Green Emu” the Australian Frama reprint paper                                Exhibit 26                                     

Roland Mr M – EDPS Australia                                                                           83%


This short period in Australian philately is relatively obscure to most collectors. It occurred between July and Christmas 1994 in only seventeen FRAMA machines. The greenish- grey shade of the new CPL paper reprint did not faithfully reproduce the original slate-grey printing on Harrison paper. This exhibit is original research by the exhibitor.


2012 Olympics and Paralympics – British Gold medal winners        Exhibit 35     

Van der Molen Mr P - East Rand PS                                                                  70%


The British Royal Mail undertook to issue a stamp for each British competitor winning a Gold Medal, by noon of the next day. The exhibit explains logistics employed with results obtained. At the Olympics, 29 Gold Medals were won by British competitors with the issue target achieved in 28 cases. At the Paralympics, 34 Gold Medals were won by British competitors but with winners combined in some issues, the issue target achieved only 7 cases out of 34. All these stamps are shown in their ‘sheetlet’ issue format




The FIPEX Triangles – An uncommon shape represents an international stamp show                                                                                             Exhibit 03                                                                                                  

Cahoon Mr E  - APS  - USA                                                                              74%


This exhibit illustrates the predominant use of a triangular motif to represent the Fifth International Philatelic Exhibition (FIPEX) in New York in 1956. At no other philatelic exhibition has an unusual shape and design of a show emblem been so directly translated into other show components to include the show logo, the official seals, the show medals and all triangular motif first day cover cachets used on the U.S.Postal Service postal card issued to commemorate the show and the only U.S. postal card ever featuring a triangular indicia.


The Post Magazine and its decorative borders                                    Exhibit 06                                        

Cheetham Mr P – The GB Society                                                                     79%


With help from Steve Walker (Windsor Philatelics) and dr Richard J.M. Hobbs I have looked through some 7500 auction catalogues and dealers’ lists from the Yates Auctions to date to arrive at a database of 113 Post Magazines. With the examination of scans of actual copies of some 80 of the 113  I have sufficient information to look at the various designs of the address panel and the information on each side. Examples of each of the five types so far recorded are shown in the 16-page exhibit.


Scouting’s African origin: Robert Baden-Powel & the birth of the Scout Movement                                                                                                Exhibit 22                                                                                               

Pienaar Mr G – Johannesburg PS                                                                     72%                                                                                                                                    


Robert Baden-Powell, the well known founder of the World Scout Movement had a long association with the African continent.  Many of his original ideas for Scouting emanated from his experiences there and whilst stationed in South Africa in particular.  This open class exhibit tells the story of the early years of the Movement and some of the influences that shaped Baden-Powell’s thinking.  Starting with his Army career, to the Siege of Mafeking and then to his eventual retirement to Kenya, the story of Baden-Powell’s life is illustrated through a wide variety of different items.


Union Christmas seals on Golden Jubilee seals                                 Exhibit 44                                

Erasmus Dr L – AFV                                                                                          74%


This is a treatment of the South African Christmas seals issued from 1929 to 1960 depicted on the golden jubilee seals of 1979. Maja Christiansen had founded the South African Christmas Stamp Fund in 1929. Christmas seals had been issued annually. They had been distributed, sold and accounted for officially by the Union Postal authorities. The proceeds had been used for “preventoriums” or Sunshine Homes (Sonskynhuise) where children with TB had been housed. The Union’s Christmas seals are cinderella stamps and are not valid postage stamps. They are labels placed on mail during the Christmas season. They were considered as possible antecedents for a future semi-postal issue.




A Child’s plea “ Please have you got a cigarette picture?”                Exhibit 13                       

Figg Mr D – APC – USA                                                                                     76%


Children have collected many things over the years, but one item they quickly learnt to cadge from smokers was the ubiquitous cigarette card. This exhibit shows comical postcards of gentlemen in unusual predicaments with little boys eager to seize upon the moment and hopefully add to their collection.


The early postcards of Cape Town in the undivided back era.         Exhibit 15               

Hoffman Mr C – Rhodesian Study Circle - GB                                                   78%


“The Early Post Cards of Cape Town in the undivided back era”

This subject is limited because until 1 January 1903 the Cape Post Office did not allow private picture postcards to be posted at the postcard rate and the backs had to be undivided; after an initial experiment in 1897 (when private postcards were first allowed) Hubrich added pictures to official postcards to obtain the postcard rate, and this was followed in the Stuttaford series and by Maskew Millar. Interrupted by the Boer War production of picture postcards resumed in 1900 with new publishers coming on the scene.  The limitations disappeared in 1903 when backs could be divided and all postcards could be sent at the postcard rate.


The 4th dimension                                                                                   Exhibit 25                                                                          

Roland Mr M – EDPS Australia                                                                           67%


Time is scientifically acknowledged as our fourth dimension. Time is a great mystery to mankind. No one can say exactly what it is. Yet the ability to measure time regulates life’s activities. When man- kind began to count repeating events, it began to measure time.  This exhibit shows the evolution of the measurement of time through the judicious usage of picture postcards.


Brookes Limited                                                                                     Exhibit 12                                                                                  

Figg Mr D – APC – USA                                                                                     79%


This exhibit shows the range of adbvertising postcards produced by Brookes Limited. They were in the stone works business with quarries in England, Wales, Scandinavia and the Channel Islands. Around 500 local authorities and railways used their non-slip stone and in 1930 were the world’s largest supplier of road and building materials.


Manual labour                                                                                         Exhibit 23                                                                                    

Roland Mrs J – EPDS Australia                                                                         65%


In the beginning, mankind only had its resourcefulness to get things done. The exhibit addresses many activities and tasks pre formed by men, women and children for the purpose of earning a living, recreation, or simply survival. Many occupations depicted on these cards no longer exist or have evolved to more elaborate achievements.




Maltese Cross cancellations                                                                 Exhibit 05                                                                  

Chandler Prof. D – Sandton PS                                                                          85%                                                             

A selection of Maltese cross cancellations as used in the United Kingdom between 1840 and 1844 is presented. Both on and off cover examples are shown arranged according to 1) - colour, 2) - distinctive features arising from manufacturing defects in the obliterator castings, 3) - varieties arising from in service use or abuse and 4) - locally produced and regional types.





Stamp Friends                                      Francois Friend                    082 892 0459

Johnson Philatelics                             Richard Johnson                  041 583 3159

Atlas Auctioneers                              Clinton Goslin




The crux of a one frame exhibit is that the contents should be the alpha and omega of the subject shown, thus not just a section of a broader collection.  This is of such importance that it is being considered by jurors to either give full marks for ‘suitability’ or zero, when it is clear that an exhibit is clearly not suitable for a single frame exhibit. At this stage there remains some ‘leniency in this respect.  Thus the ‘story’ starts on page 1 end ends on Page 16!


The introduction first page is also extremely important and should be concise, to the point and informative of the structure and plan for the rest of the 15 pages of the exhibit. A compact index can be included but should not conflict with the plan structure. Lengthy descriptions are unnecessary.


The Plan as set out in the introduction page must be logically adhered to without repetition in the wording, page heading or common knowledge information. Avoid unnecessary catalogue details. Rather use the space to show own research or more relevant write-up.


Senior exhibitors at National exhibition level should avoid including material which is detrimental to the content, such as ‘Cancelled-to-Order’ or CTO stamps, blacklisted material and use of First Day covers. The latter may be included in exhibits in specific classes if catered for in an exhibition only. Select good clean mint or used material instead.


Page layout should be consistent throughout the exhibit and neat mounting is highly important and is an indication of the respect which the material exhibited deserves. If viewed as a whole the sixteen pages should present themselves as a coherent unit pleasing to the eye, well balanced and  without gaps.


The most important is however that you must be pleased, satisfied with and enjoy your end product!  Don’t forget to implement advice from jury comments before showing again. Your exhibit, once shown, now has a history!
































Results :   14 & 15 July 2017


Matheson Dr I  - Johannesburg PS - Entertainment tax in Russia                     91%

Marshall Dr R – WPS New Zealand - Russian mail to Britain                            88%

Suttill Mr M – Royal PS CT - GB – The low value printing changes of 1879     88%

Glassman Dr D L – Wits PS - Pre-Philatelic Postal History of Jerusalem         86%

Suttill Mr M – Royal PS CT - GB – The circular delivery companies                  86%

Chandler Prof. D – Sandton PS - Maltese Cross cancellations                          85%                                                            

Chitty Mr L – Waikato PS- New Zealand – POW air letter cards                        83%

Monk Mr G – Eastern Dist’s PS Aus. - Study of the Australian 1d Die 3            83%

Watson Mr B – Wellington PS – Surface letter Postal rates NZ to USA             83%

Roland Mr M – EDPS Australia - ‘Green Emu”, Australian Frama paper          83%

Du Plessis Mr A  - Pretoria PS - Air Mail stamps of the Union                           82%

Stewart Mr G – Southland PS  NZ - S Rhodesia WWII censorship                    82%

Suttill Mr M – Royal PS CT - GB– The College stamps                                     82%

Jones Mr J – Southampton PS UK - USA and Great Britain 1849 – 1875        81%

Cheetham Mr P – The GB Society - The Post Magazine and borders              79%

Figg Mr D – APC – Brookes Limited                                                                  79%

Hoffman Mr C – RSC - Early postcards of Cape Town                                      78%

Thy Mr P – WPS USA - The other parts of the Bechuanaland P O                   77%

Figg Mr D – APC - A Child’s plea….                                                                  76%

Cahoon Mr E  - APS -  The FIPEX Triangles                                                     74%

Erasmus Dr L – AFV - Union Christmas seals on Golden Jubilee seals          74%

Coetzee - Mr P – Wits PS - Coil stamps of the Rhodesias                                72%

Viljoen Mr D – Belville PS - Guernsey & Jersey : 1940 – 1969                         72%

Pienaar Mr G – Johannesburg PS - The birth of the Scout Movement              72%                                                                                                                                    

Roland Mr M – EDPS Australia - Helipost in Belgium (1947 – 1958)                71%

Venter Mr L – OFSPS -  Union King George VI coronation issue                      71%

Van der Molen Mr P - East Rand PS - The 2012 Olympics                                70%

Du Plessis Mr A – Pretoria PS – Printing techniques SA stamps                       69%

Sutton M – Taranaki PS NZ - Nyasaland 1913-33 KGV Revenues                   69%

Williams Mr J – OFSPS - Varieties on the RSA 1974 – 1977 issues                 69%

Erasmus Dr L – AFV - RSA - A Study of the 12½c stamps in South Africa       68%

Beyleveld Mr J – Highway PS - Commemorating the 1849 British Settlers      68%

Roland Mr M – EDPS Australia - The 4th dimension                                           67%

Mc Lellan-Smith Dr R – Highway PS – Anti Slavery reforms Victorian era       67%

V d Merwe Mr J – OFSPS - RSA 4th Definitives some print ID aspects             66%

Roland Mrs J – EPDS Australia - Manual labour                                               65%

Van Beukering Mr J – OFSPS – RSA Postage due notices 1981 – 2000         65%

Viney Mr R – Shropshire PS UK - Sample mail                                                  64%

Mitchell Mr V – Port Elizabeth PS - South African War correspondence            61%

Dooley Mr T – East Rand PS - The Power of One                                             55%

Von Varendorff Mr R – Johannesburg PS – “5th Province “ of the Union          55%

Wenger  - Wits PS – The Viennese Newspaper wrappers                                 52%

De Waal Mrs J OFSPS – Nederlandse Koningshuis 1849 – 2013                     50%

Kisch Mr B – Highway PS – Cape of Good Hope Woodblocks                          50%