(French Post Office) 1897 (4 Sept) registered, slightly larger cover to Metz franked at 7½a. double rate with registration with 2a. on 20c., 2 ½a. on 25c. and 3a. on 30c. tied double ring cds, red framed ‘R’ handstamp, La Reunion A Marseille LV. No.3 octagonal maritime cancel, Metz arrival backstamp. The backflap is missing but still desirable as the latest recorded use of the red ‘R’.
(French Post Office) 1898 (15 Juil) registered cover to Uzel pres L’oust, France bearing single franking 5 annas on 50c. rose tied double-ring cds with another strike below, framed ‘R’ handstamp, Modane A Paris tpo. Reverse with Aden transit and arrival cds. Light vertical filing crease.
(French Post Office) 1899 (29 Juil) cover to Mooldava, Madagascar franked on reverse with 2 ½a. on 25c. tied unclear cds, a good strike on front, octagonal Marseille A La Reunion LU No.3 date stamp, Majunga Madagascar cds to left.
(Maritime) 1906 (Aug)Turkish picture postcard written from Constantinople to Trieste franked 10h. tied AFRICA De LLOYD cds, the date a little unclear, the ship on its journey Durban to Trieste had arrived at Zanzibar on its way north on 10th August.
(Postage Due) 1930 (JY 1) incoming underpaid cover from Kampala, Uganda to Poste Restante, underfranked with 1c., 'T' in circle and plain 'T' tax mark alongside, deficiency of 14 Uganda cents calculated as 35 gold centimes (=21 Zanzibar cents) paid by 1926-30 21c. black/orange postage due tied cds, subsequently marked with red m/s cross and initials, and charged "Charges Paid" below, the same ink deleting Tax marks and used fro the return address to Kampala. Philatelic (with the co-operation of the Zanzibar postmaster), still scarce and very fine. Ex Griffith-Jones, page 462 of his book.
(Postage Due) 1931 (Dec 10) unpaid ‘Cutress’ cover from London with Post Early for Christmas slogan cancel, blue “T.30” to indicate double deficiency of 1 ½d. x 2 (= 30 gold centimes), arrival backstamp of 30 DE, with 1930-33 6c. black/yellow and 12c. black/bue applied on face and tied by Zanzibar cds of following day. Fine and scarce. Ex Griffith-Jones.
(Postage Due) 1931 (JA 29) incoming ‘Mehta’ cover from Nairobi, underfranked at 14c rate tied, ‘T’ in circle tax mark at lower, arrival backstamp with the correct 2c. deficiency paid by 1926-30 2c. black/orange postage due tied neat cds. Philtelic, but very fine and the only recorded single usage of this stamp. Ex Griffith-Jones, illustrated in his book.
(Postage Due) 1931 cover from Japan to a Japanese resident or business, the adhesive is missing, circular-framed ‘35/CTMS/T’ handstamp and manuscript “70” and “130”, 1926-30 21c. black/orange postage due applied and tied cds. Some faults with stamp roughly separated at base, an unusual source country.
(Postage Due) 1932 (3 OC) incoming printd commercial cover from India, underfranked on reverse by two 1a. tied Kalavad cds of 17 Sep, Kalavad/Due horseshoe taxmark (partly obscured) and bold ‘T 10 Cents’to indicate double deficiency in gold centimes, part arrival backstamp of 2 OC, with 1930-33 6c. black/yellow (6th setting, 1st printing, R2/2) applied on face and tied by Reg Zanzibar cds of following day. Small envelope faults but a fine and striking commercial usage. Ex Griffith-Jones (illustrated as fig 11.25 on p.306 of his book).
(Postage Due) 1932 (3 Sep) unpaid ‘Cutress’ cover from London with Telephone slogan cancel, hexagonal ‘T/30/L’ charge handstamp to indicate double deficiency of 1 ½d. x 2 (= 30 gold centimes), arrival backstamp of 2 OC, with 1926-30 18c. black/orange postage due (R2/2 on sheet) applied on face and tied by very fine Reg Zanzibar double-circle cds of following day. Fine and scarce. Ex Griffith-Jones (illustrated on p.331 of his book)
(Postage Due) 1933 incoming airmail cover from Dar es Salaam underfranked at 35c. single rate, with blue endorsement "over 1/2 oz./ T87 centimes" at lower left. On reverse arrival cds, with the double deficiency paid at the approximate conversion rate (87 gold centimes should properly have been 54 Zanzibar cents) by 1926-30 15c. black/orange corner vertical pair and 20c. black/orange and 1930-33 3c. black/rose tied by Reg Zanzibar cds. The 20c. due with corner faut, but a very rare and desirable mixed issue franking, with the 1930-33 3c. being one of just eight examples recorded on cover. Ex Griffith-Jones, described and illustrated on p 315 of his book.
(Postage Due) 1934 (23 Aug) unpaid cover from Majunga, Madagascar with despatch on front together with triangular framed ‘T’, manuscript “R” (in pencil) and “100” in red crayon. On reverse arrival cds with postage dues to value of 31c. (apparently rflecting a recaluculated deficinency of 50 gold centimes) applied, comprising 1926-30 9c black/orange certical strip of 3 (R3-5/1 on sheet, showing ‘cent.s’ error on central stamp) and 1930-33 2c. black/salmon horizontal pair (6th setting, 3rd printing, R2/1-2) tied by three strikes of Reg/ Zanzibar cds. Some creasing affecting some stamps, still a spectacular and desirable mixed issue franking, with rare commercial usage of 9c. error in a se-tenant mutiple, which is also the latest recorded date of this value. Ex Griffith-Jones.
(Postage Due) 1934 stampless cover bearing fine Paquebot Zanzibar backstamp, ‘T’ in circle handstamp at top right, postage dues applied on front, 1926-30 18c. black/orange and 1930-33 2c. black/salmon x 2 and 3c. black/rose (small fault bottom left) tied by fine cds.
(Postage Due) 1936 (14 NO) incoming airmail cover from Kilindini, Kenya, underfranked with ‘T’ handstamp and m/s “2/50” on despatch, indicating a double deficiency of 50 (gold centimes) = 40 Zanzibar cents, 1936 40c. ultramarine postage due applied and tied Reg. Zanzibar cds of 16 NO. Some slight imperfections still a very fine and rare cover, being the earliest recorded commercial usage of the 1936 Due issue, and the first involving an airmail rate. Ex Griffith-Jones.
(Postage Due) 1942 (1 AU) incoming censored stampless cover written in arabic and translated on arrival, maybe carried by private ship, charged “60” in pencil which would equate double deficiency of 3a6p (x2) the rate from the Gulf, and paid by 1936 Due 30c. brown vertical pair tied cds. Censorship on arrival with Opened by Examiner/ U tape. Ex Griffith-Jones.
1886 cover probably from mainland to Zanzibar Island franked at 1 anna double inland rate and with framed SHIP LETTER/ POSTAGE DUE Ans with “1” added in manuscript as the charge. The square circle date stamp of AU 13, normally used as a departure cancel may in this case been used ti mark the covers arrival in Zanzibar Town from the mainland. Ex Griffith-Jones and illustrated in his book, page 119.
1894 incoming printed cover from India franked on reverse with two ½a., cancelled on arrival, the sender paying domestic 1a rate and not 2 ½a. foreign letter rate, double the deficiency resulted in a 3a charge, the front bearing a fine ‘FOREIGN POSTAGE DUE/ 3 ANNAS – PIES’ HANDSTAMP; slight faults to opened-out envelope.
1895 (Nov 18) Appendix sheet from De La Rue archives bearing two 2a Registered envelopes, sizes F and B, inscribed ‘State of N Africa’ being used as colour trials for British East Africa, British Central Africa and for Zanzibar. Size B envelope endorsed in pencil “The pattern sent to take the place of the British Coat Of Arms to take the place of this stamp” and on size F “to be replaced by pattern sent for postcards”. Some insignificant faults, very rare.
1896 (25 Mar) registered ‘On Postal Service’ from ‘Postmaster General’ envelope to Roxbury, Mass, USA franked 1895-96 India overprinted 1a.6p. and 6a. tied neat cds, London transits below, reverse with Boston transit and arrival date stamps. Repaired tear at left. The 6a showing a very heavy overprint.