"THE MAFEKING BLUES 1900"
large format light blue stamp with cracked plate variety (position 6)
cover front by MAFEKING C.G.H. MY 2, 1900 cds, addressed to Colonel
Baden Powell at his HQs in Hotel Dixon
only known of this
position on cover (front)
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This exhibit is
Panayotis D. Cangelaris scouts on stamps collection. He
collecting these stamps in the early '60s, just as he became member of
This collection was first presented to the
public in 1970 at the Scouts on Stamps Exhibition,
which he initiated, proposed to the then leadership of the Greek
Boy-Scouts Association and materialized in fifteen
participation to national, international and world philatelic
exhibitions (competitive or not) followed thereafter, where he
exhibited parts of this
collection with three distinct exhibits: World Scout Movement (since
2002) in five frames at the thematic philately class, The Czech Scout Post
(since 2006) and this one (since
2010) in one frame each at the traditional philately class (one frame).
The Siege of Mafeking
Mafeking (Now Mafikeng) during the Boer War in the Cape of Good Hope
October 13, 1899, two days after the declaration of war by the
the Transvaal Republic.
It lasted 217
days, having been ended on May 17, 1900. Due
of stamps and in order to assure postal operations
during the Siege, the commanding officer and defender of the town
R.S.S. Baden-Powell ordered at the outset the overprint of the existing
supply of stamps with the “MAFEKING BESIEGED”
overprint together with new
values and later the issue of two new stamps for local postal use only.
“Mafeking Blues”, as these two new values of
3d and 1d were called, consisted of two designs (Colonel Baden-Powell
Major Warner Goodyear, Troop-leader of the Mafeking Cadet Corps,
The first of the
to appear (Baden-Powell 3d small format or “head”
stamp) was officially issued
on (Monday) April 9, 1900 but in fact circulated three days earlier, on
(Friday) the 6th. Since
format did not give justice to the design, it was decided that a larger
of the same value be produced.
generally accepted that April 10 is the first day of its issue. That
same day the other value (Goodyear 1d or
the “bicycle” stamp) was issued as well to honour
the boys of the Cadet
A first larger
design of the “bicycle” stamp was rejected.
ferroprussiate process was used to produce both values.
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