The National Stamp Exhibition is being held at Museum Africa in Johannesburg, South Africa, from 19 October to 8 December.
Some of Museum Africa's rarest and finest stamp and postcard collections, alongside a number of interesting and informative private exhibitor collections are currently on display to the public.
Museum Africa's Curle collection of Transvaal (ZAR) stamps is regarded as being "the world's rarest group of stamps". Collected by James Herbert Curle during the early 1900s, it is made up of unusual stamp misprints and Republic stamps printed at the time of the British annexation of the Transvaal in 1877. This collection was last put on public view in 2010.
Another of Museum Africa's prized philatelic collections is the JH Harvey Pirie collection of Second World War Southern and East African postmarks and stamps. This unique collection gives a postal history of these two areas during that time, and also a greater insight into the War itself.
Visitors will also be able to view a sample of Museum Africa's large number of postcards.
Those on display cover parts of Johannesburg's postal and philatelic history as well as a glimpse into the city itself and how it looked and began to grow in the early 1900s.
The collection of old Cape rectangular stamps, which won the overall international grand prix at a giant world philatelic exhibition in 2013 in Australia will be on display, alongside stamps showing a variety of countries and themes from all over the world. The South African Post Office has a large display of stamps from around the world on show too.
On permanent display at Museum Africa is the Zeederberg Royal Mail delivery coach. It is South Africa's only remaining coach of this kind and was put into use as a horse- (and sometimes zebra-) drawn coach, delivering post and passengers on various routes between Pretoria and Bulawayo, amongst others.
For children who may be interested in taking up stamp collecting as a hobby, you can learn about the necessary accessories and pick up ideas on how to start your own collection.
StampNews.com thanks www.heritageportal.co.za for the provided information.