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Combination NATAL and British Occupied ORANGE FREE STATE stamps used ORANGE RIVER COLONY
1900 used of "E. No. 708" blue stock NATAL GOVERNMENT RAILWAYS (deleted) foolscap cover marked "Regd", "60", "Fee Paid" to Serg. Major C. Stride, Dorset Yeomanry, Wimborne, Dorset with combination Natal block of ten QV 1d carmine and British Occupied OFS 2d purple ovp'd "V.R.I." and 2d pmk'd P.O.A. 107 obliterators, both stamps and adhesives with faults, reverse Wimborne DE 8 00 arrival.
The Orange Free State was formally annexed to the British Crown and renamed the Orange River Colony on 28 May 1900.

ROUXVILLE, Orange Free State postal history
1884 use of 1d brownish-orange Brief Kaart pmk'd magenta ROUXVILLE W/MY 30 84 O.V.S. datestamp to Port Elizabeth, reverse headed "Commissie Drift Bridge, Rouxville" with A/JU 4 84 arrival, closed central spike hole.

Y used DEWETSDORP, Orange Free State postal history
tying 1d on 2d Brief Kaart to Chicago, reverse DEWETSDORP SP 5 95 despatch cds.

21 used VERNTERSBURG, Orange Free State postal history
11 bar tying 1d on 3d Brief Kaart within Ventersburg, reverse FE 20 96 cds.

FICKSBURG, Orange Free State postal history
(SQC) in purple ink dated 23 AUG 95 tying d, pair 1d on cover to Dulwich, b/stamped red London SP 17 95 arrival, peripheral opening faults along top.
The "18" numeral with Ficksburg sqc seen as late as 18 MEI 96 on this correspondence

LADYSMITH, Natal postal history
QV 1d Post Card dated 3/JA 15 89 to Winburg, reverse printed B. SPARKS transport rates from Ladysmith.

1901 (JY 27) BOER WAR - Orange Free State RAILWAY STATIONERY used in Transvaal
censored reg. cover with Arms on flap with 1d, 4d tied boxed Pretoria reg. h/stamp dated 27 JUL 01, unkindly opened along top.

PARIJS, Orange Free State postal history
dated JA 23 94 on pair d cover to Port Elizabeth, b/stamped very fine strikes VREDEFORT JA 23 94 and MIDLAND DOWN JA 25 94 cds, slight toning around perfs.

17 written LADYBRAND, Orange Free State postal history
without despatch cds (contrary to regulations)tying design 1d orange Brief Kaart arriving Port Elizabeth 25 OC 90.

10 used PHILIPPOLIS, Orange Free State postal history
on 1d Brief Kaart written 24 Sept to Cape Town.

1900 (JU 23) BOER WAR: RAILWAY PIONEER REGIMENT entire describing 1000 strong Boer attack
with original photo of the bridge at Norvalspont, the outer cover with some toning, tears, Newport Pagnell JY 16 00 arrival.

violet dbl-ring oval dated 10/4/99 used as senders cachet on d carmine Brief Kaart addressed Bethlehem, minor blemishes.

868 used ALIWAL NORTH, Cape of Good Hope postal history
C/MY 2 98 with CGH 1d tied on uncancelled Orange Free State 1d orange Brief Kaart to Hamburg.