On 1 October 1951, Southern Rhodesia issued its first postage due stamps. These were contemporary British postage due stamps, locally overprinted “SOUTHERN RHODESIA.” It is not known why Rhodesia did not opt to use the key type postage dues used in other colonies.
In 1954, Southern Rhodesia joined the federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland. At the time, postage due stamps inscribed “Rhodesia and Nyasaland” were in use in the federation. These did not supersede the overprinted stamps in Southern Rhodesia until 1961. The overprinted stamps remained in use until at least April 1963 and some values were withdrawn only on 16 June 1965.
At the time of issuance, the General Post Office changed the colours of some of its stamps to comply with Universal Postal Union guidelines for stamps for use on international mail. Since neither the yellow-orange ½d stamp, nor the 1s ochre stamp exist overprinted, it is supposed only a single overprinting took place. British stamps without the overprint were also in use. The overprints are not always clear, especially on the 2d stamp.
It, soon, became apparent that the 4d stamp in both the old dull grey-green and new blue had been overprinted. Consequently, the dull grey-green stamp was withdrawn and destroyed. There are reports some survived and were re-issued to Gwelo (Gweru).
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