South Africa 1938 Voortrekker Centenary Pigeon Post, Rarity!

  • Message "flimsy" together with leg wrapper from this pigeon post organised by Park Smith to commemorate the Centenary of the Voortrekkers and Great Trek.
  • The birds were released in Bloemfontein on 29 October and reached The Strand (Cape) the next day.
  • Whilst the manuscript notations and numberings imply that this pigeongram was number 551 of 743 flown, it is probable that a far fewer number were actually flown.
  • The envelope is endorsed on reverse "Pigeon Post Bloemfontein to Strand, CP. 565 miles. Only 6 carried."
  • In support of that statement, only two other surviving examples (No's 554 & 558) are recorded to date.
  • A wonderful complete "set" together with the envelope in which onward mailed to recipient,
  • franked Voortrekker Monument 1d tied Cape Town cds 2 XI 38.
  • VF, rare, an aerophilatelic showpiece.
  • Ex Jeidel & Polakow.
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