ZANZIBAR 1938 SGD28 Cover underfranked from London with 30c brown postage due pair

Stock Code: P212021085

Postage Due. 1938 (23 FEB) incoming cover from London, underfranked by 1934-36 2d orange and 1937 ½d green, tied by machine cancel, with hexagonal "T" due mark applied on despatch and blue crayon "4/70" to indicate double deficiency of 70 gold centimes, at the fourth weight step. [The correct postage was assessed at 6d]. On arrival in Zanzibar 1936 30c brown due vertical pair was affixed to face (with pencil "60" below as the conversion from 70 gold centimes) and tied by type KD16 cds of "4 MR 38", but the cover was refused by the addressee, causing defacement of the due pair by violet "CHARGES NOT PAID / (Cross)" H/S, and application of boxed "RETOUR" and small "REFUSE / REFUSED" handstamps in same ink. On reverse pencil endorsement "Refused Retour / Tried by Postman / 4/3/38" and two strikes of "RETURNED LETTER OFFICE / ZANZIBAR" cds, dated "19 MR 38" and "24 AP 38", the latter marking the date of return to London. Finally, back in London, a bold red M/S endorsement "7d TO Pay/(initials)" was added on face. Some cover creasing and the GB ½d defective, but a fascinating and rare cover. Ex Griffith-Jones, discussed and illustrated (Fig. 13.10) on pp.348-9 of his book. Census G.15.

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