Transvaal Postal Stationery Newspaper Wrappers
during the Boer War period
Wrappers issued 1 May 1899
Four different values of newspaper wrappers were issued on 1 May 1899
½d green newspaper wrapper
1d carmine & green newspaper wrapper
2d brown & green newspaper wrapper
3d violet & green newspaper wrapper
June 1900 Wrappers from Rustenberg
In June 1900 Rustenberg was occupied by British Forces. All four values of the Transvaal newspaper wrappers were hand stamped locally with a V.R. handstamp.
½d green newspaper wrapper with a V.R. handstamp
September 1900 Wrappers from Lydenburg
On 7 September 1900 Lydenburg was occupied by British Forces and part of its stock of Transvaal wrappers was overprinted V.R.I. All four values were overprinted.
2d brown & green newspaper wrapper with V.R.I. overprint
September 1900 Wrappers from Barberton
Barberton is 137km (86 miles) South East of Lyndenburg
On 13 September 1900 the British Forces occupied Barberton. The examples below have a CTO cancel from this period.
From the above it would appear that the British Forces had someone amongst them who was a keen philatelist. These were possibly the product of the same person.
1d carmine & green newspaper wrapper with a Barberton 11 September 1900 CTO postmark
½d green newspaper wrapper with a Barberton 13 September 1900 CTO postmark