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Postal History of the 1904-1906 King Edward VII Keyplate Issue of Lagos

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This week's post will be my last for the stamps of Lagos, and will present an interesting range of postal history from the 1904-1906 King Edward VII issue of Lagos. Included is an intriguing series of overpaid postcards all sent to Germany aboard a ship from the recipient's wife. All of the stamps are arranged in a way on the cards that suggests that the cards are not philatelic, but are in fact, actual commercial overpaid usages.

Registered Envelopes


Here is a registered cover sent from Ibadan on August 14, 1906, after Amalgamation, to Holsheim, Germany. There is a U.K. transit backstamp dated September 3 1906, but no arrival backstamp in Germany. The postage paid is 2/3d over the 2d value of the envelope, for a total of 2/5d. This has been paid with chalky paper examples of the 1/2d, 1d, and 2.5d and ordinary paper examples of the 2d, 3d and 6d.

The next scan shows the back of the envelope:



Note how the indicta on the back of the envelope is Lagos. 
The next scans show a Sou…

The 1904-1906 King Edward VII Keyplate Issue of Lagos Part Two

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Today's post comes a few days late, as I was away on a much needed temporary vacation. However, it will hopefully have been worth the wait, as today, I will be showing you a wide array of cancellations on this issue. Next week, I will complete my coverage of this issue, with a nice selection of covers and postal history.

Cancellations on Single Stamps of the Issue 

Halfpenny Deep Dull Green and Myrtle Green on Ordinary Paper


The left stamp has a German seepost cancel. The second stamp from the left is postmarked with a Plymouth Paquebot cancel and is dated December 21, 1904.This is a relatively early date, as the stamp was first issued on October 10, 1904. The third stamp shows a large Ibadan May 25, 1905 CDS cancel, while the right stamp bears an Ogbomosho CDS cancel, dated January 1, 1905.



The left stamp is a faint Oyo cds, dated April 7, 1905. The right stamp is a January 1906 registered Lagos CDS.

Halfpenny Dull Green and Myrtle Green on Chalk-Surfaced Paper


These three stamps a…