Cape of Good Hope 1864 1d Triangle Port Elizabeth "Drop" Letter


  • Folded blue wrapper posted locally within Port Elizabeth (oval datestamp JA 4 1864 on reverse) to "R J Miller / Port Elizabeth".
  • Franked 1d rose (SG 5a) triangular clear to full margins neatly tied by triangular defacer leaving Hope unobscured.
  • VF, fresh, the adhesive with lovely colour attractively offset on the blue wrapper.
  • An exceedingly rare example of this local 1d franking (within the Colony's second city) of which we record only five examples.
  • An exhibition piece for the postal history connoisseur.
  • Photo-cert: PFSA. Ex collections Johnson & Dillaway. See additional image and of certificate.
  • The term "Drop Letter" refers to those letters mailed within the municipal boundaries of a town providing the service/rate.
  • It was effective in Cape Town from 15th September 1860 and from 1st May 1861 in Port Elizabeth, a requirement being that at least twice-daily services existed between the dispatch/receiving offices.
  • PILLAR BOXES were provided in select locations, thus the term "Drop Letter".
  • As postal services expanded the reduced rate came to apply to regional mailings, examples still uncommon, but not to be confused with true within-city-limits Drop Letters.
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