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South Africa to Great Britain
November 2, 1936

These two covers are First Day Covers for the souvenir sheets issued
for the Johannesburg International Philatelic Exhibition of 1936.
The covers were further uprated to provide for the registered airmail rate.

The circular date stamp is the exhibition cancel and reads:

The souvenir sheets were made by overprinting booklet panes with marginal ads.
The 1936 p springbok green and gray pane of six (Scott 72)
and the 1936 1p carmine and gray van Riebeek's ship Drommedaris (Scott 73)
were overprinted

In addition, the p sheet had a bilingual pair of the 1936 4p native kraal brown (Scott 41) - total 11p;
and the 1p sheet had an English single of the same stamp added (Scott 41a) - total 10p.
At least one cover is improperly rated.

Note that the exhibition lasted from November 2 through November 14.


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