Postal History of the 1904-1906 King Edward VII Keyplate Issue of Lagos
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:
This cover was sent to Grand Popo in Dahomey on April 30, 1907, and arrived there on May 4, 1907. The postage was 5d, paid by a pair of the 2.5d purple and ultramarine, type 2, which is tied by a Lagos, Southern Nigeria oval registered cancel.
This cover was sent from Forcados to the Colonial Postmaster General in Freetown, Sierra Leone on December 27, 1906. The postage was rated at 1d and was paid with a pair of 1/2d stamps on ordinary paper.
This 1905 postcard depicts the Government Vessels Department in Lagos, near the marina. The transformation of this part of Lagos to what it looks like today is staggering.
This card was sent from Lagos in July 1905. It arrived in Leighton-on-Sea on July 23, 1905, and was re-directed after it was unable to be delivered.
This one is particularly amusing for the message written on the card. Note the "Savage West Africa" written on the card in the lower right corner. This card depicts the colonial hospital in Lagos.
This card depicts a native canoe. The card inscription says "Bonny S.N (Southern Nigeria). Bonny was part of the Niger Coast Protectorate prior to Amalgamation.
This is a Spanish postcard, depicting Pico de Teide. It has been used in Lagos and sent to Bristol from Warri on August 24, 1906.
This card is franked with a pair of the 1/2d on chalky paper.
This card depicts Susan's Bay in Freetown, Sierra Leone. The message states "From a hot country to a cold country. Greetings!!".
This is the first colour postcard I have seen from Lagos in this time period. Unfortunately there are no stamps, but the cancel left an imprint on the card that shows it was sent in 1911.
The message is intriguing: " The baskets on the ground are what they take chickens to market in. Everything, even an umbrella is carried on the head. The mats are to keep the sun from the front of the shop , which is open."
The bank of British West Africa in Lagos.
Hamburg Amerika Line postcard showing the Furst Bismarck.
This card is rated 4d and the postage is paid with a pair of 2d's on ordinary paper.
This card shows the Kiautschou, another ship of the Hamburg Amerika Line.
This card is rated 1/0.5d, and the postage is paid with a pair of the 6d on ordinary paper and a single 1/2d on ordinary paper.
This card depicts the Auguste Victoria, another ship from the Hamburg Amerika Line.