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"The Postage Stamps of South Australia", edited byJames, Briskham, & Stewart.

Published by Philatelic Society of South Australia, year not mentioned. Hardcover with dust-jacket, 128 pages. The dust-jacket is slightly worn at edges, interior fine. A former library book of a stamp club, and has rubber-stamps of the club on front and title page.

This illustrated book gives lots of details about the fascinating and elusive stamps of the State of South Australia, with details of printing, quantities, official overprints and punching, and departmental stamps (these latter being VERY scarce today, and were the first version of "Official" stamps in the colony.)


The colony of South Australia began issuing postage stamps in 1855, and continued until the first stamps of the Australian Commonwealth were issued in 1913. Many of these stamps were intended for use on official mail by government departments, and were overprinted with various initials to prevent unofficial usage by staff and to identify the department concerned. The overprints were in use from 1 April 1868 until 1874, when they were replaced by the letters "O.S." which was then used on official mail of South Australia. Red and black were the most common colours for overprints, but blue was also used.


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