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Auction: 20035 - The Philatelic Collectors' Series Sale
Lot: 3305

Cape of Good Hope
Covers and Cancellations
Official Mail
1865 (13 July) entire from Queenstown to Cape Town, marked "On Post Service" and signed by Post Contractor at lower left, showing arrival c.d.s. (24.7) with, on reverse, fine despatch d.s. in red (latest recorded date), fine

Note: Postal contractors were private concerns that picked up and delivered mails between post offices on a regular schedule. Postal contractors were obligated to collect the mail from intermediate post offices and deliver it to those on the main route. They also had to provide a suitable post cart, driver, guard and waterproof mail bags. Passenger were also carried. The service existed between 1830 and 1887.

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