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Voortrekker Centenary Celebrations, 1938, August 8 To December 16

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VOORTREKKER CENTENARY CELEBRATIONS, 1938, August 8
to December 16As part of these centenary
celebrations, which were to culminate on the 16th of
December 1938 in Pretoria, an ox-wagon trek from
Cape Town to Pretoria was arranged. En route the
symbolic trek visited many places of historic
interest. The route in general followed that taken
by the Voortrekkers a century before.A souvenir or
commemorative cover was designed by the well-known
artist W.H. Coetzer, also the designer of the
Voortrekker stamps and some of the datestamps. Only
these souvenir covers, issued by the Central
Voortekker Centenary Committee, were to be carried
by the ox-wagon mail. These covers (mail) was
collected en route and carried in sealed bags and
boxes, which were opened on arrival at Pretoria.Here
they were backstamped with special machine
cancellations and then transmitted through the usual
postal channels. About 111,740 covers were carried
by the ox-wagon post.The wagons (2) left Cape Town
on 8 August 1938 and travelled along many of the
trails taken by the emigrating Boers who left the
Cape Colony in 1836. The journey of about 2,500
kilometres took four months to complete.A total of
69 Post Offices and temporary PO`s en route were
visited where a total of 94,814 of these
commemorative covers destined for Pretoria were
collected.References: H.O. Reisener, The Special &
Commemorative Postmarks, Cachets & Covers of South
Africa, 1975.Postmaster-General`s Yearly Report
1938/ 1939.

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Item #: 142558
Category: Stamps: First Day Covers: Western Europe: United Kingdom
Last updated: March 28, 2013
Item: Single Collectible
Condition: Used
Item for: Sale

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