Airmail Collector Reference Database - Northern Rhodesia

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(Northern Rhodesia) Broken Hill to Cape Town, b/s 21/12,  via Jo'burg 21/12, via Johannesburg, 21/12, flown on Croydon-Cape Town Christmas Flight, Springbok cover franked 1/4d, Imperial Airways.

Northern Rhodesia, 1931, Dec 17
Broken Hill to Cape Town, b/s 21/12, via Jo'burg 21/12, via Johannesburg, 21/12, flown on Croydon-Cape Town Christmas Flight, Springbok cover franked 1/4d, Imperial Airways.

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(Northern Rhodesia) Early airmail from Northern Rhodesia to India, accepted for carriage by air on the Imperial Airways Christmas Flight from London to Cape Town, Broken Hill to Calcutta 16/1/32, via Johannesburg 21/12, attractive Aerophilatelic Club of Calcutta souvenir cover addressed c/o Postmaster, Calcutta, Intally PO, India via Karachi, franked Northern Rhodesia 1/-, canc 'Broken Hill/17 Dec 31' cds.
Unusual. Image.

Northern Rhodesia, 1931, Dec 17
Early airmail from Northern Rhodesia to India, accepted for carriage by air on the Imperial Airways Christmas Flight from London to Cape Town, Broken Hill to Calcutta 16/1/32, via Johannesburg 21/12, attractive Aerophilatelic Club of Calcutta souvenir cover addressed c/o Postmaster, Calcutta, Intally PO, India via Karachi, franked Northern Rhodesia 1/-, canc 'Broken Hill/17 Dec 31' cds. Unusual. Image.

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(Northern Rhodesia) Imperial Airways F/F Mpika to Cape Town, b/s 2/2, carried on first regular flight from London-Cape Town, fine strike violet three line cachet 'By Imperial Airways/First Flight/Mpika to Cape Town', Springbok cover franked KGV 1d, 2d x2.

Northern Rhodesia, 1932, Jan 28
Imperial Airways F/F Mpika to Cape Town, b/s 2/2, carried on first regular flight from London-Cape Town, fine strike violet three line cachet 'By Imperial Airways/First Flight/Mpika to Cape Town', Springbok cover franked KGV 1d, 2d x2.

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(Northern Rhodesia) F/F Mpika to Keetmanshoop 8/2, via Kimberley 2/2, carried on the first regular flight from London to Cape Town, plain cover franked KGV 2d, 3d, Imperial Airways. Flight interrupted at Broken Hill.

Northern Rhodesia, 1932, Jan 28
F/F Mpika to Keetmanshoop 8/2, via Kimberley 2/2, carried on the first regular flight from London to Cape Town, plain cover franked KGV 2d, 3d, Imperial Airways. Flight interrupted at Broken Hill.

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(Northern Rhodesia) F/F Mpika to London, 17/2 Anglesey arrival ds on front, carried on the first regular flight from Cape Town to London, Springbok souvenir cover franked KGV 6d, 2d x2, Imperial Airways. Flight interrupted at Broken Hill.

Northern Rhodesia, 1932, Jan 28
F/F Mpika to London, 17/2 Anglesey arrival ds on front, carried on the first regular flight from Cape Town to London, Springbok souvenir cover franked KGV 6d, 2d x2, Imperial Airways. Flight interrupted at Broken Hill.

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(Northern Rhodesia) F/F Mpika to London, carried on the first regular flight from Cape Town to London, plain cover franked 2d ordinary plus 8d airmail fee, violet three line 'By Imperial Airways/First Flight/Mpika to London' cachet, Imperial Airways. Flight interrupted at Broken Hill.

Northern Rhodesia, 1932, Jan 28
F/F Mpika to London, carried on the first regular flight from Cape Town to London, plain cover franked 2d ordinary plus 8d airmail fee, violet three line 'By Imperial Airways/First Flight/Mpika to London' cachet, Imperial Airways. Flight interrupted at Broken Hill.

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(Northern Rhodesia) Imperial Airways F/F Mpika to Cape Town, bs 2/2, carried on first regular flight from London-Cape Town, violet three line cachet 'By Imperial Airways/First Flight/Mpika to Cape Town', Springbok cover.

Northern Rhodesia, 1932, Jan 28
Imperial Airways F/F Mpika to Cape Town, bs 2/2, carried on first regular flight from London-Cape Town, violet three line cachet 'By Imperial Airways/First Flight/Mpika to Cape Town', Springbok cover.

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(Northern Rhodesia) Scarce accelerated emergency mail, Imperial Airways inaugural Cape Town-London service, carried by 'City of Baghdad'  from Broken Hill to Athens, bs 13/2, via Nairobi 3/2 transit cds verso, blue/orange/white Robertson souvenir cover franked 11d, canc Broken Hill 29 Jan 1932 cds. Due to the delay of the ill fated first service from Cape Town, the 'City of Baghdad' waited at Broken Hill until February 2nd, when it took off via Mpika, Dodoma, and Moshi, arriving Nairobi 3/2. This accelerated emergency mail, backstamped between February 2nd and 4th is of considerable rarity, and of unusual interest to aerophilatelists in that it anticipated the first mails from points south of Broken Hill by several days..

Northern Rhodesia, 1932, Jan 29
Scarce accelerated emergency mail, Imperial Airways inaugural Cape Town-London service, carried by 'City of Baghdad' from Broken Hill to Athens, bs 13/2, via Nairobi 3/2 transit cds verso, blue/orange/white Robertson souvenir cover franked 11d, canc Broken Hill 29 Jan 1932 cds. Due to the delay of the ill fated first service from Cape Town, the 'City of Baghdad' waited at Broken Hill until February 2nd, when it took off via Mpika, Dodoma, and Moshi, arriving Nairobi 3/2. This accelerated emergency mail, backstamped between February 2nd and 4th is of considerable rarity, and of unusual interest to aerophilatelists in that it anticipated the first mails from points south of Broken Hill by several days..

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(Northern Rhodesia) Scarce accelerated emergency mail, Imperial Airways inaugural Cape Town-London service, carried by 'City of Baghdad'  from Broken Hill to  Nairobi 3/2 transit cds verso, where it waited for the second Cape Town-London flight for OAT to Alexandria, bs 13/2, orange/white Springbok souvenir cover franked KGV 2d, 3d, 4d, canc Broken Hill 29 Jan 1932 cds. The flight from Cape Town was interrupted twice, first when a wheel was damaged on take off from Salisbury, and again when bad weather forced the plane to  land in a swamp near Broken Hill, ref Ni 320129 and 320129B. The 'City of Baghdad' waited at Broken Hill until February 2nd, when it took off via Mpika, Dodoma, and Moshi, arriving Nairobi 3/2. This accelerated emergency mail, back stamped between February 2nd and 4th is of considerable rarity, and of unusual interest to aerophilatelists.

Northern Rhodesia, 1932, Jan 29
Scarce accelerated emergency mail, Imperial Airways inaugural Cape Town-London service, carried by 'City of Baghdad' from Broken Hill to Nairobi 3/2 transit cds verso, where it waited for the second Cape Town-London flight for OAT to Alexandria, bs 13/2, orange/white Springbok souvenir cover franked KGV 2d, 3d, 4d, canc Broken Hill 29 Jan 1932 cds. The flight from Cape Town was interrupted twice, first when a wheel was damaged on take off from Salisbury, and again when bad weather forced the plane to land in a swamp near Broken Hill, ref Ni 320129 and 320129B. The 'City of Baghdad' waited at Broken Hill until February 2nd, when it took off via Mpika, Dodoma, and Moshi, arriving Nairobi 3/2. This accelerated emergency mail, back stamped between February 2nd and 4th is of considerable rarity, and of unusual interest to aerophilatelists.

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(Northern Rhodesia) Scarce first acceptance of mail from Northern Rhodesia for carriage on the first Indian service to be extended from Karachi to Calcutta, Broken Hill to Calcutta, bs 9/7, via Cairo 28/6, plain cover franked NR 1/- & 2d, canc Broken Hill 23/6, black framed "Karachi-Calcutta/7 Jly. 33/First Airmail" cachet. Imperial Aiways flights AN20 and IE223

Northern Rhodesia, 1933, Jun 23
Scarce first acceptance of mail from Northern Rhodesia for carriage on the first Indian service to be extended from Karachi to Calcutta, Broken Hill to Calcutta, bs 9/7, via Cairo 28/6, plain cover franked NR 1/- & 2d, canc Broken Hill 23/6, black framed "Karachi-Calcutta/7 Jly. 33/First Airmail" cachet. Imperial Aiways flights AN20 and IE223

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(Northern Rhodesia) F/F, Broken Hill to Quelimane, bs 2/8, French feeder service to Madagascar, typed endorsement "Via Broken Hill Air Mail 2/8/34" plain Robertson cover, franked 10d, Service de la Navigation de Madagascar.  Flown by Assolant and Lefevre, flight interrupted by accident between Broken Hill and Tete. Scarce.

Northern Rhodesia, 1934, Aug 1
F/F, Broken Hill to Quelimane, bs 2/8, French feeder service to Madagascar, typed endorsement "Via Broken Hill Air Mail 2/8/34" plain Robertson cover, franked 10d, Service de la Navigation de Madagascar. Flown by Assolant and Lefevre, flight interrupted by accident between Broken Hill and Tete. Scarce.

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(Northern Rhodesia) Northern Rhodesia acceptance for Australia, Mpika to Lombok Island,NEI,  bs 20/12,  via Cairo 10/12, carried on F/F IAW extension of London-Singapore service to Australia, franked 1/6d, red/white/blue official Imperial Airways/Qantas cover. Scarce item in fine condition.

Northern Rhodesia, 1934, Dec 4
Northern Rhodesia acceptance for Australia, Mpika to Lombok Island,NEI, bs 20/12, via Cairo 10/12, carried on F/F IAW extension of London-Singapore service to Australia, franked 1/6d, red/white/blue official Imperial Airways/Qantas cover. Scarce item in fine condition.

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(Northern Rhodesia) Northern Rhodesia first acceptance for Australia for carriage on the F/F ImperialAirways/Qantas extension of the London-Singapore service, attractive red/cream  Wyndham 1d 1/2d PSC uprated to 10 1/2d  canc Bulawayo Dec 5 34 cds, in excellent condition. Scarce, PC's particularly so.

Northern Rhodesia, 1934, Dec 5
Northern Rhodesia first acceptance for Australia for carriage on the F/F ImperialAirways/Qantas extension of the London-Singapore service, attractive red/cream Wyndham 1d 1/2d PSC uprated to 10 1/2d canc Bulawayo Dec 5 34 cds, in excellent condition. Scarce, PC's particularly so.

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Northern Rhodesia, 1935, Nov 26
Likely first acceptance of mail from Northern Rhodesia for the Middle Congo, Broken Hill to Brazzaville, bs 2/12, via Elisabethville 29/11, H.J.Davidson cover franked Silver Jubilee set of four, canc Broken Hill cds. In November 1935, Sabena/Air Afrique extended their joint Europe-Congo service as far as Elisabethville. At the same time Regie Malgache opened the Elisabethville-Madagascar service via Broken Hill. The involvement of L.J.Davidson in the preparation of this cover may also be significant, particularly as there is also a Francis Field authentication hs verso. An interesting challenge for the specialist.

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Northern Rhodesia, 1935, Dec 6
Regie Malgache/Imperial Airways, Elisabethville to Bulawayo, via Broken Hill 7/12, commercial airmail corner cover addressed to The Beira, Mashonoland and Rhodesia Railways, and franked 5.50F, regular feeder service to Broken Hill, then IAW to Bulawayo.

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(Northern Rhodesia) SAA inauguration of new service over the Imperial Airways former route from Lusaka to Johannesburg, bs 12/6, airmail etiquette cover franked 8d.. These were the first external flights of South African Airways.

Northern Rhodesia, 1937, Jun 11
SAA inauguration of new service over the Imperial Airways former route from Lusaka to Johannesburg, bs 12/6, airmail etiquette cover franked 8d.. These were the first external flights of South African Airways.

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(Northern Rhodesia) SAA inauguration of new service over the Imperial Airways former route from Johannesburg to Livingstone, b/s 11/6, via Lusaka 9/6, plain cover franked 4d, canc Johannesburg cds, also tying blue/white airmail etiquette.. These were the first external flights of South African Airways.Francis Field authentication hs verso.

Northern Rhodesia, 1937, Jun 11
SAA inauguration of new service over the Imperial Airways former route from Johannesburg to Livingstone, b/s 11/6, via Lusaka 9/6, plain cover franked 4d, canc Johannesburg cds, also tying blue/white airmail etiquette.. These were the first external flights of South African Airways.Francis Field authentication hs verso.

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(Northern Rhodesia) Barotseland's First Airmail, RANA,Lusaka to Mongu, bs 9/1,plain cover franked 1 1/2d, canc Lusaka/N. Rhodesia/2 Jan 1939. No advance publicity given, and no Postal Notice issued, for this flight. Mongu was one of the most isolated and desolate outposts of the British Empire with less than 50 European residents. Only seven covers (all posted in Johannesberg) appear to have caught the first flight.The remainder believed, by Field, to be between 7-14, caught the second flight and, like this one were backstamped 9/1.A truly scarce item in fine condition.

Northern Rhodesia, 1939, Jan 2
Barotseland's First Airmail, RANA,Lusaka to Mongu, bs 9/1,plain cover franked 1 1/2d, canc Lusaka/N. Rhodesia/2 Jan 1939. No advance publicity given, and no Postal Notice issued, for this flight. Mongu was one of the most isolated and desolate outposts of the British Empire with less than 50 European residents. Only seven covers (all posted in Johannesberg) appear to have caught the first flight.The remainder believed, by Field, to be between 7-14, caught the second flight and, like this one were backstamped 9/1.A truly scarce item in fine condition.

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(Northern Rhodesia) RANA first airmail Lusaka-Fort Jameson, bs 3/1, plain cover franked NR 2d canc Lusaka cds, typed 'First Air Mail/Lusaka-Fort Jamieson' and has been autographed by the pilot A.H. Downing. The addressee is Captain L.E. Creasy a highly respected aerophilatelist. Lusaka replaced Livingstone as the capital of Northern Rhodesia in 1935. A truly scarce item in fine condition.

Northern Rhodesia, 1939, Jan 3
RANA first airmail Lusaka-Fort Jameson, bs 3/1, plain cover franked NR 2d canc Lusaka cds, typed 'First Air Mail/Lusaka-Fort Jamieson' and has been autographed by the pilot A.H. Downing. The addressee is Captain L.E. Creasy a highly respected aerophilatelist. Lusaka replaced Livingstone as the capital of Northern Rhodesia in 1935. A truly scarce item in fine condition.

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(Northern Rhodesia) Barotseland's First Airmail, RANA, Fort Jamieson to Mongu, via Livingstone bs 13/1, plain cover franked 1 1/2d, canc Fort Jamieson/N. Rhodesia/4 Jan 1939, typed 'Via Lusaka'. Mongu was one of the most isolated and desolate outposts of the British Empire with less than 50 European residents. No advance publicity about the inaugural flight was given, and very little mail was carried - the bulk of the freight being bundles of bibles for mission stations, govt. stationary, and provisions for isolated settlers. All intended FFC's were carried on this the second flight.. A  scarce item in fine condition.

Northern Rhodesia, 1939, Jan 4
Barotseland's First Airmail, RANA, Fort Jamieson to Mongu, via Livingstone bs 13/1, plain cover franked 1 1/2d, canc Fort Jamieson/N. Rhodesia/4 Jan 1939, typed 'Via Lusaka'. Mongu was one of the most isolated and desolate outposts of the British Empire with less than 50 European residents. No advance publicity about the inaugural flight was given, and very little mail was carried - the bulk of the freight being bundles of bibles for mission stations, govt. stationary, and provisions for isolated settlers. All intended FFC's were carried on this the second flight.. A scarce item in fine condition.

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(Northern Rhodesia) Northern Rhodesia to  Australia, early censored WWII  airmail Lusaka to Queensland via Darwin 21/1 and Brisbane 23/1, registered 4d PSE with additional 1/3d canc Lusaka 6 Jan 40 cds, airmail etiquette, Lusaka registration label. Wartime airmail out of Northern Rhodesia is difficult to find.

Northern Rhodesia, 1940, Jan 6
Northern Rhodesia to Australia, early censored WWII airmail Lusaka to Queensland via Darwin 21/1 and Brisbane 23/1, registered 4d PSE with additional 1/3d canc Lusaka 6 Jan 40 cds, airmail etiquette, Lusaka registration label. Wartime airmail out of Northern Rhodesia is difficult to find.

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(Northern Rhodesia) WWII censored airmail cover, Ndola to Michigan, USA, via the all air Pan Am FAM 22 West Africa-Brazil-Miami service, plain airmail etiquette cover, correctly rated 3/6d canc Ndola cds, typed 'Via Leopoldville', sealed B&W OBC O/ PC90 Southern Rhodesia censor tape, tied by blue hexagonal' Crown over Passed/05 SR censor mark. Carried by FAM 22 to Miami, then US internal air service to final destination. A nice wartime item.

Northern Rhodesia, 1943, Oct 4
WWII censored airmail cover, Ndola to Michigan, USA, via the all air Pan Am FAM 22 West Africa-Brazil-Miami service, plain airmail etiquette cover, correctly rated 3/6d canc Ndola cds, typed 'Via Leopoldville', sealed B&W OBC O/ PC90 Southern Rhodesia censor tape, tied by blue hexagonal' Crown over Passed/05 SR censor mark. Carried by FAM 22 to Miami, then US internal air service to final destination. A nice wartime item.

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(Northern Rhodesia) Northern to Southern Rhodesia, F/F Lusaka to Kariba, bs 3/9, 1d Southern Rhodesia PSE with additional 1 1/2d Rhodesia & Nyasaland stamps canc '** Northern**Sep***' cds, ms 'By First Air Mail/Lusaka-Kariba/3-9-56". This  inaugural flight marked the opening of the Kariba Post Office to serve the needs of workers on the dam project. The service was operated by Hunting Clan (Africa) Airways. To date we have been unable to find any record of an incoming flight to Kariba from Lusaka on this opening date. So we believe it is extremely rare. An exhibition gem in fine condition.

Northern Rhodesia, 1956, Sep 3
Northern to Southern Rhodesia, F/F Lusaka to Kariba, bs 3/9, 1d Southern Rhodesia PSE with additional 1 1/2d Rhodesia & Nyasaland stamps canc '** Northern**Sep***' cds, ms 'By First Air Mail/Lusaka-Kariba/3-9-56". This inaugural flight marked the opening of the Kariba Post Office to serve the needs of workers on the dam project. The service was operated by Hunting Clan (Africa) Airways. To date we have been unable to find any record of an incoming flight to Kariba from Lusaka on this opening date. So we believe it is extremely rare. An exhibition gem in fine condition.

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